The Umhoefer file:
Dave Umhoefer

Watchdog reporter

Dave Umhoefer is a reporter for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Watchdog Team. He won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for local reporting for his investigation into pension padding by Milwaukee County officials. Umhoefer has covered governmental affairs in Milwaukee for 25 years as a reporter and editor. He is a La Crosse native and University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate.

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The latest Truth-O-Meter items from Dave Umhoefer

"I created the school choice program."

"As Jim Doyle’s Commerce secretary, Mary Burke spent $12.5 million dollars to buy a vacant lot for a company that said it had no plans to create jobs in Wisconsin" and had laid off 800 workers.

A statewide poll showing 76 percent support and other surveys are a "strong indicator" of  broad public support in Milwaukee County for a $10.10 minimum wage

When asked by a reporter whether he’s at the center of a "criminal scheme" to violate campaign laws, Gov. Scott Walker nodded yes.

"When Jim Doyle was governor and Mary Burke was commerce secretary," Wisconsin saw "billions in middle-class tax hikes on nursing home beds, gas, phones and garbage."  

Wisconsin was the "first state to ban public and private sector employment discrimination based on sexual orientation."

Says the secret John Doe criminal investigation of his campaign has been "resolved" and two judges have said it is "over."

"The typical Wisconsin worker makes $5,000 less each year than our neighbors in Minnesota" under Gov. Scott Walker’s policies.

"Already in Wisconsin we have seen fewer people pursuing education as a career" due to the Act 10 collective bargaining law.

"Graduation and third-grade reading scores are up in the state since I took office."

Recent stories from Dave Umhoefer
Scott Walker on gay marriage ban ruling: "I don't have any choice" but to appeal. Is he right?

Gov. Scott Walker says his oath of office rather than political calculations explain his appeal of a federal court decision overturning Wisconsin’s ban on gay marriage. We examine how much discretion, if any, he had.

Fact-checking recent claims about climate change

As new studies shined a spotlight on rising sea levels and global warming, politicians and pundits made several statements we fact-checked.

In Context: Gov. Scott Walker's much-scrutinized comments on the state's gay marriage ban

Supporters and critics of Gov. Scott Walker parsed his recent comments on gay marriage. We examine the transcript and compare it to his past words and deeds on the issue.

Fact-checking recent claims about climate change

As new studies shined a spotlight on rising sea levels and global warming, politicians and pundits made several statements we fact-checked.

Attacks and claims about climate change heat up the Truth-O-Meter

As new studies shined a spotlight on rising sea levels and global warming, Sen. Marco Rubio and other politicians and pundits made several statements we fact-checked

Digging into Scott Walker’s talk of 17,000 job-producing new businesses

Pivoting from his promise of 250,000 new jobs in one term, Gov. Scott Walker is talking up the idea that 17,000 new business entities in the state could get him to that mark in 2015 if he wins a second term. We examine the reality behind his rosy scenario.

Burke, Walker and the promises of 2014

After deliberately avoiding talking specifics early in her campaign for governor, Democrat Mary Burke has cranked up the pledge machine in her bid to defeat Republican Scott Walker. We take an early look at what both candidates have promised so far.

The High Five for March: jobs, guns, poverty

Readers flocked to items that sought to settle the facts and shed light on Wisconsin's employment picture, Rep. Paul Ryan's comments on poverty, Senator Ron Johnson's take on gun-control and the state of the state budget.

The battle over early voting access: How many votes are really at stake?

Political scientists don't see a dramatic difference in overall voter turnout when early voting is expanded or limited, but there's emerging evidence that African-American turnout falls when the chance to vote early is reduced.

Walker, Dems tilt (a bit) toward True on State of the State night

With the 2014 elections approaching fast, Republican Gov. Scott Walker rolled out his state of the state speech, touting an improved economy and a big budget surplus. He and Democratic opponents recycled several of their greatest hits.

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