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Retired judge to serve as Capitol mediator

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A retired judge serving on the state elections board will mediate the dispute over Wisconsin Capitol access.

Dane County Circuit Court Judge John Albert has appointed retired Court of Appeals Judge Gordon Myse as mediator. Myse is serving an extended term on the Government Accountability Board until a replacement is chosen by Gov. Scott Walker.

The Capitol went under heightened security earlier this year when thousands of people protested Walker’s plan to eliminate most collective bargaining by public employees.

Albert has said Myse will work toward a resolution between the state public employees union and the Department of Administration over Capitol access. The unions claim the department violated Albert’s order to return access to pre-protest levels. The department claims it is in compliance.

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