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Government Accountability Board

Jan 25, 2018

Wisconsin ethics administrator returns to policy analyst job

Wisconsin Ethics Commission Administrator Brian Bell returned to his old job at the state Department of Safety and Professional Services on Thursday, two days after Senate Republicans refused to confirm his appointment to the commission.

Jan 23, 2018

GOP votes to oust elections, ethics agency heads

The Wisconsin Senate was scheduled to vote Tuesday on whether to confirm the administrators of the state agencies that run elections and oversee the ethics laws that office holders, candidates and lobbyists have to follow.

Jan 23, 2018

Wisconsin GOP set to rebuke elections, ethics agency heads

Republicans still smarting from a secret investigation into conservative groups and Gov. Scott Walker have scheduled a vote to oust leaders of the bipartisan state agencies charged with running elections and overseeing ethics laws.

Dec 21, 2017

Elections head says Republican Schimel can’t be trusted

The chairman of the Wisconsin Elections Commission said Thursday that Republican Attorney General Brad Schimel can't be trusted to conduct an "objective and complete investigation" into former employees of the now-defunct Government Accountability Board.

Dec 21, 2017

Wisconsin Senate panel votes to authorize probe into GAB (UPDATE)

Wisconsin Senate Republicans voted Thursday to authorize Attorney General Brad Schimel to start an investigation into the conduct of former workers at the now-dissolved agency that oversaw state elections and ethics laws.

Dec 12, 2017

Schimel stands by Walker probe report, despite criticisms (UPDATE)

Wisconsin ethics and elections officials are expected to respond to what they have said are inaccuracies in a report by Attorney General Brad Schimel about a now-closed secret investigation into Gov. Scott Walker's campaign.

Dec 7, 2017

Schimel defends not asking journalist for source of leak

Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel didn't ask a journalist to reveal who leaked documents to him that were collected during the investigation of Gov. Scott Walker's campaign out of respect for the reporter's free-speech rights, Schimel's spokesman said Thursday.

Dec 6, 2017

No criminal charges following John Doe leak investigation (UPDATE)

The Wisconsin Department of Justice is not recommending the filing of any criminal charges following its investigation of a leak of information collected during a now-closed secret investigation into Gov. Scott Walker's campaign.

Dec 22, 2015

CLOSING ARGUMENTS: Is the breaking up of the GAB justified?

Will the breaking up of the state’s Government Accountability Board into two agencies controlled mostly by representatives of the main political parties result in nothing more than gridlock and inaction?

Jul 10, 2014

Wisconsin elections board can keep records secret

Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen says the state elections board does not have to turn over its investigative records to auditors.

Oct 24, 2012

Wis., Romney campaign settle ballot lawsuit

The state of Wisconsin has settled a federal lawsuit brought by Republican Mitt Romney's campaign seeking more time for military and overseas voters in Wisconsin to return ballots that were sent past a federal deadline.

Sep 17, 2012

Editorial: The cost of justice

Although it appears Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser is about to win the biggest legal battle of his career, he should be worried, even embarrassed, about the cost.

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