Now that the Wisconsin Legislature has wrapped up its budget work, Republican leaders are setting their sights on a new goal — overhauling the state’s Government Accountability Board. It’s the non-partisan board tasked with overseeing elections and political ethics. Its leader, Kevin Kennedy, has have come under fire recently after redesigning the ballot – some believe it gave Democrats an advantage, and for approving a John Doe investigation into Gov. Walker’s 2012 recall campaign. An anonymous article in the Wall Street Journal is prompting renewed calls for change.Full Article: Wisconsin GOP Looks to Overhaul Government Accountability Board | WUWM.
Wisconsin: Nygren appeal denied by judge, first Wisconsin recall election set for July 19 | Ballotnews
Dane County Judge Richard Niess denied state Rep. John Nygren’s appeal to be placed on the ballot in the District 30 recall election against Dave Hansen. In a statement issued following the decision, Nygren said he will not further challenge the decision in court, blaming the outcome on “Democrat-appointed GAB staff that has constantly worked against me as I defended myself from the Democratic Party’s frivolous challenges.”
Although appointed by a Democratic governor, three of the six members of the GAB previously held office as Republicans.
Eric McLeod, Nygren’s attorney, argued that three signatures struck from the petition were in fact valid. One signer listed his work address on the petition, which is out of the 30th District and was therefore deemed invalid. His home address, however, is in the correct district. The second signature was that of Nygren himself, who signed the nomination papers as a circulator, but never actually signed the petition and was not counted toward the necessary 400 signatures. The third signature was that of a supporter who accidentally signed nominating papers for Nygren as well as David VanderLeest, which is illegal. An affidavit from the woman stated that she planned to vote for Nygren.Full Article: Nygren appeal denied by judge, first Wisconsin recall election set for July 19 | Ballotnews.
A GOP Assembly lawmaker is suing to be placed on the ballot in a recall election against a Democratic senator. In a filing in Dane County Circuit Court, Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette) said the state Government Accountability Board wrongly took him off the ballot in the recall election for Sen. Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay) in the 30th Senate District.
The accountability board took Nygren off the ballot Monday after finding that he fell just short of collecting enough valid nominating signatures. The board found Nygren collected only 398 valid signatures and 400 are needed.Full Article: Rep. Nygren sues to get on ballot in Sen. Hansen recall - JSOnline.
County clerks in northeastern Wisconsin have begun preparing ballots for a recall election in three weeks, fully aware that an impending court ruling involving the state senate race could turn all their plans upside-down. Clerks in Brown, Marinette, Oconto and Shawano counties are getting ready for a general election July 19 between Democratic state Sen. Dave Hansen and Republican challenger David VanderLeest. Both are from Green Bay.
Meanwhile, state Rep. John Nygren, R-Marinette, has sued to get his name on the ballot as well. He was ruled ineligible this week after state election officials said he submitted only 398 valid voter signatures with his nomination papers, two shy of the minimum required. Nygren’s lawsuit accused the state Government Accountability Board of issuing its ruling without giving him a fair chance to defend his eligibility.
A Dane County judge is scheduled to hear arguments in the case Friday at 9 a.m. It’s not immediately known when a ruling can be expected.Full Article: Nygren lawsuit could upend election preparations « Wisconsin Law Journal.
State elections officials Monday took a Republican Assembly lawmaker off the ballot in a recall election against a Democratic senator.
The state Government Accountability Board voted unanimously to leave Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette) off the ballot in the July 19 recall election for Sen. Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay) in the 30th Senate District. The board found that Nygren fell just short of collecting the 400 valid nominating signatures needed to qualify for the ballot, finding he collected only 398 valid signatures.