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  • Will discovery reveal more bombshell information about ‘rogue’ GAB?

    05/10/2015 8:02:29 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 14 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 5-7-15 | M. D. Kittle
    MADISON, Wis. — The state Supreme Court is weighing several key questions related to Wisconsin’s political John Doe investigation, including whether the stalled probe will be allowed to resume. But testimony is now being taken in another John Doe-related lawsuit that could further shine light on the abuses perpetrated by the prosecutors and their partners at the state Government Accountability Board. In December, following the release of bombshell documents that exposed the GAB as a rogue agency fixated on its “parallel” probe into Wisconsin conservatives and the campaign of Gov. Scott Walker, the attorney for plaintiffs in the lawsuit against...
  • Elections chief: State needs to revise laws on campaign giving

    03/24/2015 10:40:18 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 10 replies
    The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 3-24-15 | Jason Stein
    Madison — The state must revise its laws governing political spending — especially that done by independent groups — in light of recent free speech decisions by federal courts, the head of Wisconsin's elections agency told lawmakers Tuesday. Spurred by federal judges, outside groups and their own preference for less regulation, GOP lawmakers are considering changes to the state's complex campaign laws that would likely make it easier for independent groups to spend money to influence Wisconsin politics. Kevin Kennedy, executive director of the state Government Accountability Board, told a joint elections committee of legislators that decisions in federal appellate...
  • John Doe target says they are the victim of identity theft

    03/18/2015 4:23:46 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies Wisconsnin Reporter ^ | 3-17-15 | M. D. Kittle
    MADISON, Wis. — Could it be a case of John Doe collateral damage? At least one target of Wisconsin’s politically charged John Doe investigation — whose home was raided and whose personal information was seized — tells Wisconsin Reporter they’re a victim of identity theft. The individual spoke on condition of anonymity because the probe comes with a strict gag order. Targets who speak publicly about the John Doe could go to jail. Wisconsin Reporter obtained a copy of an Internal Revenue Service letter alerting the subject to the identify theft problem. The letter, titled, “Identity Verification Service,” advises that...
  • Rogue agency defied judges to carry out partisan probe of Wisconsin conservatives

    12/19/2014 6:21:29 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 17 replies
    Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 12-19-2014 | M.D. Kittle
    Agents for the embattled state Government Accountability Board continued a zealous campaign finance investigation into dozens of conservative groups even after judges who preside over the board voted to shut it down, according to a previously sealed brief made public Friday. The documents, from an updated complaint filed by conservative plaintiffs in a case against the GAB, appear to support claims that the campaign finance, ethics and election law regulator is a rogue agency. They also show that the GAB considered using the state’s John Doe law to investigate key state conservatives and even national figures, including Fox News’ Sean...
  • Anti-Walker forces in Wisconsin may have broken the law and altered documents in cover-up

    12/10/2014 1:49:35 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 23 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | December 10, 2014 | Thomas Lifson
    A major scandal involving a Democrat witch-hunt aimed at crippling the campaign of Governor Scott Walker may be breaking in Wisconsin. Laws may have been broken by prosecutors seeking to discredit Walker, and it appears that documents may have been altered to hide evidence of misconduct. It is too early to know with certainty, but this drama is playing out with zero mainstream media attention, but has the potential to generate headlines. Some background: Readers may recall the outrageous political prosecution attempted by Democrats in Wisconsin, using that state’s so-called “John Doe prosecution” system under the Badger State’s Government Accountability...
  • Vos: There will be reforms to John Doe, GAB (WI)

    11/08/2014 10:34:08 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 14 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 11-7-14 | M. D. Kittle
    MADISON, Wis. — Changes are coming to Wisconsin’s “John Doe” law and what many conservatives see as the partisan regulatory agency that spurred secret investigations into dozens of conservative groups, according to Speaker of the Assembly Robin Vos. “Yes, we are going to make those changes period,” the Rochester Republican said Wednesday during a celebratory press conference with reporters a day after huge GOP wins in Wisconsin, and nationally. Vos, addressing the press with state Rep. John Nygren, R-Marinette, who co-chairs the Legislature’s powerful budget-writing committee, touched on some of the majority party’s priorities in the next session, including programs...
  • Election observers face more restrictions this year (WI)

    10/20/2014 7:24:34 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 10 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 10-20-14 | M. D. Kittle
    MADISON, Wis. — The same election commission that banned a 78-year-old poll monitor from observing next month’s election is pushing a policy that would keep election observers farther away from voters. In a letter obtained by Wisconsin Reporter, the City of Milwaukee Election Commission receives guidance from the city attorney on how to comply with a provision in a new state law involving election observers. Wisconsin Act 177, which into effect in April, allows the chief election inspector or municipal clerk to restrict the viewing area of poll observers to an area “not less than three feet nor more than...
  • Milwaukee election chief bans 78-year-old grandmother from observing at polls

    10/18/2014 6:59:57 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 23 replies
    Wisconsin Election Watch ^ | 10-16-14 | M. D. Kittle
    MADISON, Wis. – Leave it to the Dem-heavy City of Milwaukee Election Commission to ban a 78-year-old poll observer for doing her job, a draconian punishment one election official described as nothing short of partisan “intimidation” in the remaining days before Wisconsin’s tightly contested gubernatorial election. Now, the commission’s executive director has turned in Marguerite Ingold to the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s office, the same agency that has spent the past four years drag-netting conservatives in secret, politically charged John Doe investigations. The reason, according to Ingold: The election director believed this Muskego great-grandmother could have become “violent and stormed...
  • Speaker Vos: It’s time for Kevin Kennedy to go as GAB Director (WI)

    10/09/2014 10:18:07 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 3 replies
    Wisconsin Election Watch ^ | 10-9-14 | Kyle Maichle
    MADISON – During a luncheon yesterday in Madison, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester, 53rd District) said that Government Accountability Board Director Kevin Kennedy should go. Speaker Vos made the comment during a lunch-time speaking engagement with Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha, 64th District). The comments made by the Assembly Speaker came after he responded to a question from Jeff Mayers of regarding campaign finance laws. Vos said that the GAB will not exist in its current format two years from now. “I promise you that two years from now the GAB will not be in the current format....
  • The Day John Doe Rushed Through the Door

    10/03/2014 8:58:17 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 8 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 10-3-14 | M. D. Kittle
    MADISON, Wis. — One year ago, about an hour before dawn, police surrounded the homes of several Wisconsin conservatives and then hit them with floodlights. Police didn’t draw their guns. They didn’t have to. Garish light blinded the groggy targets of the secret probe, startling neighbors. The uniforms, the lights, the early hour got everybody’s attention. One of the targets says police threatened to use battering rams to break down the front door, but the targets let them in. Armed with warrants approved at the request of prosecutors, investigators searched the homes for evidence of a political crime. The fact...
  • Target of secret John Doe probe is fighting back and speaking out (WI)

    10/02/2014 8:50:58 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 11 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 10-2-14 | M. D. Kittle
    MADISON, Wis. — On the eve of the one-year anniversary of sweeping raids in Wisconsin’s politically charged John Doe investigation into conservative activists, Eric O’Keefe, one of the targets of that probe, is going public in a big way. Speaking at length for the first time O’Keefe, a director of the conservative Wisconsin Club for Growth, tells Wisconsin Reporter he was shocked by the prosecutors’ tactics: predawn, paramilitary-style raids on the homes of conservatives, and the confiscation of their papers and electronic equipment. “We ran a meticulous political operation; not only did we comply with Wisconsin’s laws — we were...
  • Waukesha County judge tosses out GOP lawsuit seeking ballot changes

    09/24/2014 9:00:50 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 15 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 9-24-14 | Patrick Marley
    A Waukesha County judge tossed out a lawsuit Wednesday attempting to force changes to the Nov. 4 ballot. Waukesha County Circuit Judge James Kieffer dismissed the case after 25 minutes of arguments because those who brought the suit had not followed a procedure requiring them to first file a complaint with state election officials. The case was brought last week by the campaign committees of Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau). In another blow to the lawsuit, Kieffer also ruled that only electors could bring such a challenge, not the political committees of candidates....
  • Wisconsin Elections Board urges voters to not use older registration forms

    07/03/2014 10:09:38 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    Wisconsin Election Watch ^ | By Kyle Maichle
    MADISON – The Wisconsin Government Accountability Board (GAB) is urging voters to not use old voter registration forms in a press statement issued by the state’s elections authority on Tuesday. The reason for the advisory is because Governor Scott Walker signed into law new legislation that would require the proof of residency of a voter to be disclosed on the official form used for voter registration. Kevin Kennedy, the Director of the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, said: “State law changed on April 4, and most voters who register must now provide proof of residence. The G.A.B. has revised the form...
  • Wisconsin GAB to Extend Filing Deadlines Due to Extreme Cold

    01/07/2014 8:13:39 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 1 replies
    Wisconsin Election Watch ^ | 1-7-14 | Kyle Maichle
    MADISON – With Wisconsin facing extreme cold temperatures that have closed schools and governments across the state, the Government Accountability Board will provide a one day extension to those entities that close on January 7th. A memorandum obtained from the Government Accountability Board says that if in the event a government or school district is ordered to be closed by an authorized official that the day would be considered a holiday. Therefore, the filing deadline becomes Wednesday January 8th by 5:00 PM. For candidates running for school board, the only way that the extension would be applied is if the...
  • Wisconsin Government Accountability Board Releases 2013 Fines List

    12/18/2013 8:18:45 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 2 replies
    Wisconsin Election Watch ^ | 12-17-13 | Kyle Maichle
    MADISON – On Tuesday, the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board released its list on who got fined in the year 2013. A total of five individuals were fined for violating the aggregate contribution limit of $10,000 in 2013. The individuals who were fined for going over the limit were Grant Albert, Anthony Bryant, David DeBruin, and Henry Lynch. Two committees were fined in 2013 for accepting improper corporate contributions. One of them was Scott Walker’s campaign committee known as the Friends of Scott Walker. They were fined $150 for accepting corporate money. Wisconsin law bans direct contributions by corporations and labor...
  • Wisconsin Elections Board Hardens Security of Voting Equipment

    11/10/2013 3:56:09 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 11 replies
    Wisconsin Election Watch ^ | 11-9-13 | Jared McHenry
    MADISON – The Wisconsin Government Accountability Board (GAB) reaffirmed their approval of voting technology from their August meeting. During Tuesday’s meeting, the GAB upheld their requirement that all election systems be hardened, or solely designated for voting and tabulation. Brown County Clerk Sandy Juno requested to allow counties to use existing equipment. She cited budget concerns over purchasing equipment solely for the purpose of election day practices saying such equipment purchases would cost her county a minimum of $15,000. Because Brown County’s voting equipment creates a paper trail, Juno believes that there is enough ability to verify the accuracy of...
  • Wisconsin Senate Elections Committee Approves Four Nominations to State Elections Board

    11/10/2013 3:45:10 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 3 replies
    Wisconsin Election Watch ^ | 11-9-13 | Jerad McHenry
    MADISON – On Wednesday, The Senate Elections and Urban Affairs Committee approved the nominations of four members to the Government Accountability Board. This came after a public hearing on Tuesday in review of the nominations. During the hearing, the committee reviewed the nominations of two existing board members: Judges Gerald C. Nichol and Timothy Vocke along with two new members: Judges Harold Froehlich and Elsa Lamelas. Judge Timothy Vocke, who currently serves as the Board’s Chairperson, was approved on an unanimous 5-0 vote on Wednesday. Vocke, resides in Rhinelander and is a retired Vilas County Circuit Court Judge. He holds...
  • Ending same-day registration could bring lawsuits, elections board told

    12/19/2012 9:31:45 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 12-19-12 | Patrick Marley
    Madison - Ending election day registration would likely open the state to lawsuits from groups that believe agencies that administer public benefits aren't doing enough to sign people up to vote, the state's elections board was told Tuesday. Also Tuesday, the Government Accountability Board was told that a separate proposal to check whether voters are citizens would cost $1.2 million over five years but may identify few problems. Republicans who will control the Legislature starting next month are considering ending the ability of people to register to vote at the polls, though the idea has foundered lately because of concerns...
  • Presidential, Senate races dead heats in Wisconsin (O 49% R 48% )

    10/17/2012 10:47:32 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 4 replies
    Lacrosse Tribune ^ | October 18, 2012 | Bill Novak
    The races for president and U.S. senator in Wisconsin are as tight as they can get, according to a new poll of likely voters. The Marquette Law School Poll, released Wednesday, shows Democratic candidate President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney in a virtual deadlock among Wisconsin voters, with Obama garnering 49 percent of the votes from likely voters and Romney 48 percent. For the U.S. Senate, former governor and Republican candidate Tommy Thompson was the favorite of 46 percent of those polled while Democratic Rep. Tammy Baldwin was the favorite of 45 percent of those polled. The poll...
  • Romney campaign files federal suit to ensure all military ballots count in Wisconsin

    10/15/2012 8:14:07 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 29 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 1:53 PM 10/15/2012 | Caroline May
    Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s campaign has filed a federal lawsuit in Wisconsin to extend the amount of time military and overseas absentee ballots can be returned. The federal suit came on the heels a campaign request to the state’s Government Accountability Board to extend the deadline after at least 30 Wisconsin municipalities failed to send overseas ballots 45 days before the election, which is required under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voter Act (UOCAVA). The campaign proceeded with the suit against GAB after their initial request was denied. “Because members of the military are often stationed in remote,...
  • Dane Co. (Madison, WI) Sheriff says he won't stop felon voters

    10/09/2012 4:54:40 PM PDT · by Wisconsinlady · 35 replies
    Media Trackers ^ | 10/08/12 | Brian Sikma
    In a battleground state where voter fraud has been an issue in previous presidential elections, one leading county sheriff is saying his office won’t stop ineligible felon voters from casting a ballot. An internal memo from the Dane County Sheriff’s Office instructed deputies and other staff assigned to the county jail to facilitate the absentee ballot requests of inmates. Sent from Lt. Mark Twombly, the memo specifically instructed law enforcement officials to not check on the felony status of inmates and to help everyone vote regardless of their criminal record. In Wisconsin an individual serving jail time for a felony...
  • Update: Romney Campaign May Sue to Guarantee Wisconsin's Military Voters' Ballot Access

    10/02/2012 12:04:30 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 15 replies
    MacIver Institute ^ | October 2, 2012 11:48 AM | MacIver News Service
    State Election Officials Downplay Errors by Municipal Clerks [Madison, Wisc...] The Wisconsin Government Accountability Board could be facing a lawsuit because 30 municipalities failed to send absentee ballots to military and overseas voters, a mistake a GAB official downplayed Tuesday afternoon. "The Department of Justice will file a lawsuit when UOCAVA [Uniformed and Overseas Citizen Absentee Voter Act] is violated, and we've been in contact with them about Wisconsin and other states," Ryan Williams, spokesperson for the Romney campaign told the MacIver News Service. "If the Department of Justice does not act, we're willing to file the paperwork with the...
  • Another Massive Problem with Military Ballots in Wisconsin

    10/01/2012 5:52:13 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 32 replies
    MacIver Institute ^ | October 1, 2012 6:09 PM | MacIver News Service
    [Madison, Wisc...] At least 30 Wisconsin municipalities failed to send absentee ballots to military voters before the 45 day deadline, according to former U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Anthony Principi, and he's demanding the Government Accountability Board address the problem immediately. As reported by the website, Principi sent a letter to the GAB on Monday pointing out the failure to meet the 45 day deadline is in violation of Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voter Act. "This violation is particularly unsettling in light of the fact that, only six months ago, a federal court entered a consent decree against...
  • Military Voters in Wisconsin Told to Submit Ballots a Week After Deadline

    09/25/2012 3:46:56 PM PDT · by madameguinot · 23 replies
    MacIver News Service ^ | 9/25/12 | Breitbart
    "The Federal Voting Assistance Program website published an incorrect deadline for the return of returning military ballots in Wisconsin." "The FVAB website incorrectly stated ballots must be returned by November 16. The actual deadline is 4 p.m. November 9. Any military ballots received in that intervening week would not have been counted by local and state election officials. MacIver News Service contacted the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board about the error on Tuesday and requested comment. "All Wisconsin absentee ballots are due by 4 p.m. the Friday after the election. The FVAP site was incorrect.." See rest of article at source.
  • Elections chief does not want Supreme Court to act on voter ID this fall

    09/15/2012 5:41:28 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 26 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 9-13-12 | Patrick Marley
    Madison - The state's chief elections official said Wednesday that he does not want the Wisconsin Supreme Court to rule before the Nov. 6 presidential election on two cases that have blocked the state's voter ID law. If the high court were to reinstate the law in the next eight weeks, people who do not have appropriate IDs may have to scramble to get them, said Kevin Kennedy, director of the state Government Accountability Board. Additionally, his agency would have to rush to train clerks and poll workers on what IDs could be used for voting. "There's not enough time,"...
  • Vos pulls his name from attempt to intervene in photo ID case

    06/23/2012 8:54:30 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 7 replies
    JS ONLINE ^ | 6-21-12 | Jason Stein
    Madison - A second state lawmaker is pulling his name from an effort to intervene in a lawsuit over the state's photo ID law. Rep. Robin Vos (R-Rochester), the influential co-chairman of the Legislature's budget committee, said he was withdrawing his name from a motion filed in the case after questions were raised about whether he was violating state ethics law by accepting legal help in making the filing. Rep. Bob Ziegelbauer (I-Manitowoc), who also had signed on to the motion, withdrew from it earlier this week. Vos acknowledged a finding by state officials that receiving legal help on the...
  • COMMENTARY: WI’s ticking elections time bomb?

    05/05/2012 9:58:00 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 2 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 5-4-12 | Kevin Binversie
    In a powerful piece of investigative journalism, my Wisconsin Reporter colleague Kirsten Adsheadpointed out the very real possibility that there’s a land mine in Wisconsin’s election future. Adshead’s profile of computer software tester John Washburn revealed that the Government Accountability Board, Wisconsin’s election oversight agency, does not require municipalities to recertify their election machines when they update aging technology. That makes the state’s election system vulnerable to breakdown. With the state politically polarized, any election abnormality quickly could metastasize, producing legal challenges and counter-challenges like those that trashed the presidential election of 2000. Nothing better exemplifies the potential for meltdown...
  • SPECIAL REPORT: Voting machine concerns bubble up as WI recall elections near

    05/04/2012 9:22:09 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 8 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 5-4-12 | Kirsten Adshead
    MADISON — You might be forgiven for thinking John Washburn is paranoid. Plenty of people do, Washburn admits with some humor. The Germantown man, who tests computer software for a living, estimates that, when he gets to discussing the perils of electronic voting machines, about 70 percent of people think just that. Twenty percent think there might be something to his worries, Washburn said. And about 10 percent — those who do some digging — start to believe. “Quite frankly, I’m not really concerned by (being called paranoid), because it’s highly correlated with how much people have checked my claims,”...
  • Challenge to fakes in recall planned (WI)

    04/11/2012 12:52:40 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 23 replies
    JS Online ^ | 4-11-12 | Patrick Marley & Jason Stein
    Democrats oppose Republican strategy of protest candidates Madison - A host of candidates filed paperwork Tuesday to run in the upcoming round of recall elections - including a half dozen fake Democrats that a Milwaukee attorney will try to kick off the ballot. Along with legitimate opponents to Gov. Scott Walker and other GOP officials facing recall are Republicans who are running as Democrats. The state Republican Party launched the plan to ensure there are primaries in all races, which would make all general elections on June 5. That amounts to election fraud, said Jeremy Levinson, an attorney who has...
  • Recalls just start of long election year in WI

    03/30/2012 7:10:19 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 3 replies
    Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 3-29-12 | Kirsten Adshead
    Roger Breske understands state Senate District 12 better than most — he did, after all, represent it for 18 years. The longtime Democrat knows what it will take to win the seat now that his successor, Democratic Sen. Jim Holperin of Conover, has opted not to seek re-election in the north-central Wisconsin district; state Rep. Tim Tiffany, R-Hazelhurst, has announced his intention to run for the seat. “Well, for one thing, it’s going to take a lot of work because it’s a big district. It’s huge, and you only have three major cities … And the rest (including parts of...
  • WI politicos take umbrage with recall petition database

    03/22/2012 8:01:41 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 3-22-12 | Ryan Ekvall
    MADISON — A funding showdown is shaping up between one of the Legislature's most powerful committees and Wisconsin’s elections watchdog, in part over a recall database not released to the public. The GAB's $75,000 expenditure on a database that failed to allow the public to search recall petition signatures stopped state Rep. Robin Vos, R-Rochester, dead in his tracks. He is co-chairman of the Joint Finance Committee, or JFC, which reviews all bills dealing state appropriations and revenue before they pass to the Legislature. “Why would we pay (GAB) money to create a useless database that the public can’t use?”...
  • Top election official did not want immediate appeals of photo ID (Wisconsin)

    03/20/2012 3:33:06 PM PDT · by Jean S · 7 replies
    Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ^ | 3/20/12 | Patrick Marley of the Journal Sentinel
    Madison - The state’s top election official said Tuesday he told the state Department of Justice he did not want to immediately appeal two decisions blocking the state’s new law requiring photo IDs at the polls because voters should have plenty of advance knowledge of what rules will be in place for the April 3 election. Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen did not heed that request and on Thursday appealed both decisions. “We advised the attorney general’s office that it would be better if nothing changed before April 3,” said Kevin Kennedy, director of the state Government Accountability Board....
  • Board seeks more time to review Walker recall petitions

    03/01/2012 5:50:20 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 1 replies
    JS Online ^ | 2-19-12 | Patrick Marley and Jason Stein
    Madison - State election officials say they likely will need extra time to review recall signatures even though Gov. Scott Walker has said he will not challenge the petitions against him - a move that would give Walker more time to raise unlimited sums of money. Meanwhile, Republican legislators groused Wednesday that the Government Accountability Board was not doing a thorough enough analysis of the signatures even as it was asking them for $975,000 to do its work. "It just seems like they are doing the bare minimum but not enough to instill confidence in the system," said Rep. Robin...
  • Gov. Walker will not challenge recall signatures

    02/27/2012 8:32:51 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 36 replies · 1+ views
    JS Online ^ | 2-27-12 | Jason Stein
    Madison -- Gov. Scott Walker will not challenge any signatures in an attempt to stop a recall election from being held against him later this year, according to a media report. The election if held would represent only the third recall election for a governor is U.S. history. Walker faced a deadline Monday to challenge the signatures and a campaign spokeswoman told WisPolitics Monday that the Republican governor had not had enough time to examine the signatures. The spokeswoman, Ciara Matthews, did not immediately respond to a phone and email seeking comment. Organizers gathered more than 1 million signatures in...
  • GOP leader Fitzgerald sees recall elections moving ahead (WI)

    02/16/2012 8:59:34 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 5 replies
    Wisconsin State journal ^ | 2-15-12 | SCOTT BAUER
    The Republican leader of the state Senate said Friday he expects recall elections to proceed against three of his colleagues, despite challenges they made to thousands of signatures on petitions seeking their ouster from office. Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said he is hopeful, though, that his election can be blocked through the challenges he made to the Government Accountability Board on Thursday. As for the others, Fitzgerald said, "They're not even close." Fitzgerald was the only one of the four who clearly challenged more than enough signatures to void an election. But whether to reject the signatures is up to...
  • GOP Senate leader expects 3 recalls to proceed

    02/11/2012 3:54:21 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 3 replies
    The Republican leader of the state Senate said Friday he expects recall elections to proceed against three of his colleagues, despite challenges they made to thousands of signatures on petitions seeking their ouster from office. Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said he is hopeful, though, that his election can be blocked through the challenges he made to the Government Accountability Board on Thursday. As for the others, Fitzgerald said, "They're not even close." Fitzgerald was the only one of the four who clearly challenged more than enough signatures to void an election. But whether to reject the signatures is up to...
  • Recall Walker, Kleefisch petitions missing from GAB's website

    02/10/2012 8:50:18 AM PST · by knittnmom · 7 replies
    TMJ4 ^ | Feb. 8, 2012 | Tom Murray
    MILWAUKEE - You might be a skeptical of petition problems Michael Zore brought to TODAY'S TMJ4 because of his background. Zore was convicted of voter fraud five years ago after he claims he accidentally voted twice in the same election. "The goal for the whole of process is transparency," Zore told TODAY'S TMJ4 reporter Tom Murray. Turns out, this career computer guru uncovered a problem that took the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board most of the day to explain. He discovered hundreds of pages of petitions missing from the GAB's website. "Scanning forms in and posting them to a website should...
  • GAB says, ‘no thanks,’ to ‘Grandsons’ request

    02/08/2012 8:34:27 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 6 replies
    Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 2-8-12 | Ryan Ekvall
    MADISON — The state's elections watchdog is saying thanks, but no thanks, to another pair of eyes in the vetting of recall petition signatures, turning down assistance from a conservative-leaning group engaged in its own petition review. “We are finding abnormalities. We are finding duplicates, and we will make all this information open to the public and available,” Larry Gamble from the Wisconsin GrandSons of Liberty, an organization sympathetic to the tea party agenda, and Verify the Recall, told members of the Government Accountability Board, or GAB, Tuesday. Verify the Recall, a joint venture between the Grandsons of Liberty and...
  • Sen. Fitzgerald plans enough challenges to derail recall

    02/08/2012 3:48:01 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 2 replies
    JS Online ^ | 2-8-12 | Patrick Marley
    Madison - Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said Tuesday he will challenge thousands of signatures this week - enough to prevent a recall election against him if state officials agree. Fitzgerald made the comments Tuesday as the state Government Accountability Board disclosed it is considering using statistical sampling to determine how frequently duplicate names have appeared on petitions to recall Fitzgerald, Gov. Scott Walker and four other Republicans. The board's director, Kevin Kennedy, said the board is committed to creating a database of those who signed the Walker recall petitions to find people who may have signed twice. But the...
  • Analysis: Invalid signatures likely not enough to halt Walker recall

    02/08/2012 3:35:25 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 13 replies
    JS Online ^ | 2-8-12 | Ben Poston, Bill Glauber and Don Walker
    About 15% of the signatures in a random sample of the petitions seeking the recall of Republican Gov. Scott Walker could not be verified, according to an analysis by the Journal Sentinel. The review suggests that even if the number of unverifiable signatures turned out to be three times higher, Walker supporters - barring a new legal challenge - will have a difficult time striking enough of the 1 million signatures submitted to stop a recall election. To force a recall election against Walker and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, 540,208 valid signatures are needed for each - a figure equivalent...
  • Elections board might not accept tea party recall petition challenges (WI)

    02/07/2012 9:30:26 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 26 replies
    JS Online ^ | 2-7-12 | Patrick Marley
    Madison - The next fight over recall petitions will center on who can challenge signatures. Tea party groups are analyzing the petitions to recall Gov. Scott Walker and are likely to ask election officials to remove names they find questionable. The director of the state Government Accountability Board said he believes the board cannot accept such challenges, and the board will take up that issue at a meeting Tuesday. In a memo to board members, the director noted that in the past the board has determined what signatures are valid based on its own reviews, supplemented by challenges made by...
  • Wis. board posts Kleefisch recall petitions online (WI)

    02/06/2012 10:51:25 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 8 replies
    The state board overseeing elections in Wisconsin has now posted online the petitions seeking the recall of Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch. That follows the Government Accountability Board's decision this week to post online the petitions seeking the recall of Republican Gov. Scott Walker. Board staff scanned 140,123 petition pages for Kleefisch's recall. The pages were given to the lieutenant governor's representative Friday and posted on the board's website. The board says it has not yet estimated the number of signatures on the petitions. The board says the petitions are being released under Wisconsin's open records law, as well as a...
  • Madison-based Appeals court vacates order on the review of recall petitions (WI)

    02/04/2012 11:51:47 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 16 replies
    JSOnline ^ | 2-3-12 | Patrick Marley
    Madison - A state Court of Appeals on Friday vacated an order requiring election officials to more aggressively check for duplicate and fictitious signatures to recall Gov. Scott Walker. The Madison-based appeals court took that step because it found the trial court judge had improperly barred Democratic recall committees from intervening in the case brought by the Republican governor. Walker's campaign in December sued the state Government Accountability Board, arguing it did not plan to do enough to find duplicate and fictitious names on the petitions. The recall groups tried to intervene in the case, but Waukesha County Circuit Judge...
  • WI’s GAB sides with transparency in petition privacy debate

    02/01/2012 4:25:35 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 6 replies
    Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 1-31-12 | M. D. Kittle
    MADISON — The state’s elections watchdog Tuesday announced it would release all 153,335 pages of recall petitions online, 24 hours after pausing to consider the impact of posting personal information about domestic violence victims. The decision comes after victims’ advocates and the state’s attorney general weighed in on the question. ‘Balancing test’ Following an analysis, the Government Accountability Board [1], or GAB, determined the petitions will be released, in accordance with Wisconsin law, as well as a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision, “Doe v. Reed [2],” which involved the release of referendum petition in Washington state. “Unlike an elector’s vote,...
  • Want to check recall signatures yourself?

    01/31/2012 8:08:39 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 7 replies
    JSOnline ^ | 1-31-12 | Sharif Durhams
    More than a million signatures were submitted this month in a bid to force a recall election of Gov. Scott Walker. The petitions have been scanned by the Government Accountability Board and are now available for public viewing on the GAB site. Like other organizations, the Journal Sentinel is examining the signatures. If you find signatures, names or addresses of people who signed the petitions that are noteworthy, you can submit them to our database in our Data on Demand portal. We will review submissions and post those that we can independently verify.
  • WI: Officials to post recall petitions online Monday night (UPDATE: Petitions have been posted)

    01/31/2012 4:15:35 PM PST · by Jean S · 22 replies
    Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ^ | 1/31/12 | Patrick Marley
    Madison - State election officials plan to post all the petitions to recall Gov. Scott Walker late Tuesday, the board announced. "In the interest of full transparency, the (Government Accountability) Board has always planned to release copies of recall petitions to anyone who requested them, and to post them online," Kevin Kennedy, the board's director said in a statement. "However, we recently heard from a number of people who are concerned about their personal safety if their names and addresses are made public. As a result, our staff had to do a thorough analysis under Wisconsin's public records law. These...
  • Privacy concerns stall release of WI recall signatures

    01/31/2012 8:06:08 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 36 replies
    Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 1-29-12 | M.D. Kittle
    MADISON — What’s in a million names? Wisconsin and the world were supposed to find out Monday. Now, the Government Accountability Board, or GAB, which oversees state elections and campaigns, is reportedly holding off posting the reported 1 million signatures on petitions seeking to recall Gov. Scott Walker due to privacy concerns. GAB spokesman Reid Magney told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Monday evening the board was holding off on posting the names online after hearing concerns about a stalking victim and others who did not want their names released. Earlier in the day, Magney told Wisconsin Reporter that the...
  • Software for petition database needs human assistance

    01/21/2012 10:43:47 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    JSOnline ^ | 1-21-12 | Patrick marley
    Madison - In their effort to review 1.9 million recall signatures, state election officials are embarking on a project unlike any they have done before, relying on newly purchased software that can convert handwritten names into entries in six searchable databases. Experts say that the type of software the state is using can produce databases in a short time, but that officials must be ready to address numerous errors because computers sometimes misread handwritten letters. "Handwriting recognition software is not great," said Daniel Lopresti, a computer science professor at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania. "A lot of the names are going...
  • Accountability Board seeks more time to review recall signatures

    01/20/2012 9:38:32 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 1-19-12 | Tom Tolan
    The state Government Accountability Board plans to go to court next week to ask for more time to review the 1.9 million signatures turned in this week in the recall attempts against Gov. Scott Walker and other public officials. But Kevin Kennedy, director and general counsel of the state ethics and elections agency, said Thursday that he's not ready to say how much extra time the board will seek. The software the board bought to help check for duplicate signatures is being tested. "We think it works," Kennedy said. Kennedy, who spoke in a public interview Thursday at the Marquette...
  • 'Help wanted' (Wisconsin GAB)

    01/19/2012 9:01:04 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 2 replies
    The state Government Accountability Board is hiring temporary workers to help with the petition-review process. The agency has hired about 30 of a desired 50 people, said spokesman Reid Magney. Finding people in the Madison area who have not signed a recall petition — one of the prerequisites — has slowed the effort, he said. The agency is staffing two shifts between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m. weekdays. The hourly pay is between $9 and $11. Interested people should apply through one of the following companies: • ABR Employment Services, 608-827-5818. • Spherion, 608-274-6000. • Hiring & Staff Services Inc.,...