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Dec 15, 2011

Walker, GOP file recall lawsuit

Gov. Scott Walker's campaign and the Wisconsin Republican Party have filed a lawsuit that says the state elections board's process for reviewing petitions on recall petitions is unconstitutional.

Dec 13, 2011

ACLU files federal lawsuit over voter ID law (UPDATE)

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday, claiming Wisconsin's new voter identification law imposes a severe burden on the right to vote — the second lawsuit filed in the last two months.

Dec 13, 2011

Elections board to approve Waukesha County changes

Changes in procedure made after the Waukesha County clerk failed to report thousands of votes in this spring's Wisconsin Supreme Court election were set to be approved by the state board that oversees elections.

Dec 12, 2011

Federal appeals court strikes down Wis. donation law (UPDATE)

A federal appeals court has struck down a Wisconsin law limiting how much any one person can donate to independent political action groups.

Nov 15, 2011

Judge Lamelas announces retirement plans

Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge Elsa Lamelas will not seek another term on the bench.

Sep 28, 2011

Probe: Waukesha County clerk likely violated law in election (UPDATE)

By TODD RICHMOND Associated Press MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A county clerk likely violated the law when she failed to report thousands of votes in this spring’s tightly contested Wisconsin Supreme Court election, but her conduct wasn’t criminal, state investigators said Wednesday. Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus touched off a firestorm in April when she […]

Sep 21, 2011

Judge: Wis. campaign law is unconstitutional

MILWAUKEE (AP) – A federal judge has struck down Wisconsin campaign disclosure laws that required a Whitewater man to register before distributing flyers and postcards about a referendum. The laws require anyone who spends $25 to influence a referendum to register, disclose names of donors and include disclaimers saying who paid for materials. In March […]

Sep 12, 2011

Board asks for attorney general opinion on recall

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The Wisconsin attorney general’s office is being asked for a legal opinion on whether a recall targeting the governor would also include the lieutenant governor. The Wisconsin Government Accountability Board on Monday voted to ask for the opinion. Board staff said in a memo that it believes a recall initiative against […]

Sep 12, 2011

Elections board told lawsuit over photo ID law coming soon (UPDATE)

By SCOTT BAUER Associated Press MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Wisconsin’s new law requiring photo identification be shown at the polls will be filed in the next week or two, the head of the state chapter of the League of Women Voters told the election oversight board Monday. Andrea Kaminski […]

Sep 7, 2011

Legal opinion sought on possible Walker recall

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The board that oversees elections in Wisconsin is asking the attorney general to issue a legal opinion on whether a recall targeting the governor would also include the lieutenant governor. Wisconsin Government Accountability Board director Kevin Kennedy said in a memo to the board that the agency believes a recall initiative […]

Sep 6, 2011

Attorney: New campaign ad rules too broad (UPDATE)

By TODD RICHMOND Associated Press MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A rule designed to regulate those nasty campaign ads that flood Wisconsin air waves every fall could stifle political speech across the state, an attorney for a coalition of conservative groups argued before the state Supreme Court on Tuesday. The group wants the high court to […]

Sep 2, 2011

Prosser won’t sit on case involving his attorney (UPDATE)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser will not hear a campaign finance case being argued next week by the attorney who represented him in a recount of his election victory. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Friday that Prosser told parties involved in the case on Thursday that he would step aside. […]

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