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Oct 21, 2015

Senator says elections board bill doesn’t have votes to pass

The Wisconsin Assembly was poised Wednesday to vote to dissolve the state's nonpartisan elections board, however a Republican state senator said the bill in its current form doesn't have enough support to pass in his chamber.

Oct 20, 2015

Clerks voice support for embattled elections board (UPDATE)

Election clerks registered their support Tuesday for Wisconsin's embattled nonpartisan elections board, which would be eliminated under a bill moving quickly through the Legislature.

Oct 19, 2015

Democrats lash out at John Doe, elections board changes (UPDATE)

Three Republican-backed proposals to eliminate Wisconsin's unique nonpartisan elections board, do away with secret investigations into political wrongdoing and legalize coordination between issue advocacy groups and candidates will usher in a new era of corruption, Democrats said Monday.

Oct 15, 2015

Bill dissolving elections board bill advances

The head of Wisconsin's nonpartisan elections board is defending the agency from Republicans who want to do away with it.

Oct 14, 2015

Assembly to vote on elections board, John Doe

The Wisconsin state Assembly plans to vote next week on bills dissolving the nonpartisan state elections board to create a partisan commission and prohibiting the use of secret John Doe investigations into political crimes.

Oct 13, 2015

Republicans call elections board ‘failed experiment’

Wisconsin's unique nonpartisan elections and government ethics oversight board is a failed experiment that has not lived up to expectations, Republicans who support moving to a new partisan model argued at a joint legislative hearing Tuesday.

Oct 7, 2015

Republicans introduce bill to reform elections board (UPDATE)

Republicans moved Wednesday to assert more control over Wisconsin elections, introducing bills that would dramatically re-shape the state elections board and rewrite campaign finance law.

Aug 27, 2015

View from around the state: Elections, ethics watchdog just trying to do its job

As we suspected, a state audit released last week found no major problems with Wisconsin's nonpartisan Government Accountability Board, which handles ethics complaints and supervises state elections.

Aug 20, 2015

Audit finds no major problems with retired judges on elections board

An audit released Thursday looking into how Wisconsin's nonpartisan elections and ethics board handles complaints found no major problems, leading the panel's director to say it should put to rest concerns about its operations even as Republicans and Gov. Scott Walker plan major overhauls.

Aug 7, 2015

View from around the state: Sensible GOP senators should save the GAB

When his Republican colleagues were stuffing the state budget with non-fiscal policies that didn't belong there, state Sen. Rob Cowles wisely objected.

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Jul 27, 2015

Nonpartisan elections board targeted for overhaul

Stung by a corruption scandal that led to the convictions of five lawmakers, a longtime Republican state senator met with the head of a government watchdog agency at a bar down the street from the Capitol to talk about how to improve ethics oversight.

Feb 2, 2015

Judge orders board to post campaign finance decisions (UPDATE)

A federal judge has ordered state election officials to post links to decisions striking down swaths of Wisconsin's campaign finance laws on its website.


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