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The Wisconsin Government Accountability Board administers Wisconsin election and ethics laws.  It is independent and non-partisan.  Below are editorials and letters to the editor published in newspapers and television, discussing the structure and actions of the GAB.

Attacking the GAB (1 newspaper, 3 total)

More Wisconsin Emails 9/16/15 Wall Street Journal
We "the Sheeple"


Wall Street Journal
Wisconsin's Friend at the IRS


Wall Street Journal

Supporting the GAB - Editorials (11 newspapers, 1 TV, 27 total editorials)




Changes to GAB would be assault on good government 10/7/15 WISC-TV
Judge offers strong idea to save the GAB 10/4/15 Wisconsin State Journal
GAB "reform" proposals would only expand and extend corruption 9/9/15 Capital Times
Election, ethics watchdog just trying to do its job 8/25/15 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Clean audit more reason to keep GAB 8/23/15 Wisconsin State Journal, LaCrosse Tribune
No good reason to make changes 8/22/15 Beloit Daily News
Governor, GOP ignore evidence GAB has no problems 8/21/15 WISC-TV
Let watchdog do it job without partisanship 8/6/15 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
GOP wrong to dismantle elections board 8/4/15 LaCrosse Tribune, Chippewa Herald, Dunn County News
Sensible senators should save the GAB 8/2/15 Wisconsin State Journal
Darts and Laurels 8/2/15 Kenosha News
GAB should remain intact 7/28/15 Racine Journal Times
People lose with partisan control 7/27/15 Beloit Daily News
Proposal to shut down GAB is attack on open government 7/21/15 WISC-TV in Madison
Don't replace state's elections watchdog agency 7/21/15 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Little evidence suggests GAB out to get GOP 7/12/15 Wisconsin State Journal and Oshkosh Northwestern
Get to bottom of GAB report 7/11/15 Beloit Daily News
State GOP should leave independent agencies alone 2/19/15 Racine Journal Times
Say no to look-the-other-way ethics, elections board 1/31/15 Beloit Daily News
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A GOP attack on the GAB 12/18/14 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Don't swap retired judges for party hacks 12/14/14 Wisconsin State Journal
GAB calm in middle of political storm 10/5/14 Wisconsin State Journal
Legislature threatens GAB's independence 7/21/14 Appleton Post Crescent

Attacking the GAB - Columnists (3 + 1 duplicate)

GAB changes seem likely... 9/17/15 Al Campbell in Germantown NOW
Partisan GAB will be fair, transparent 9/11/15 Rep. Joe Sanfelippo in Wi State Journal and Mil. Journal Sentinel.  See reply letter and column.
Will the Government Accountability Board continue unchanged?


Al Campbell in Germantown NOW

Supporting the GAB - Columnists (19 + 7 duplicates)




Don't "fix" a GAB that isn't broken 10/6/15 Nancy Kaplan in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Republicans simply out for revenge on GAB 10/4/15 Ernst-Ulrich Franzen in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
FEC isn't right model for Wisconsin 9/18/15 Professor Barry Burden in the Wi State Journal, reply to Sanfelippo
GAB is doing its job 8/23/15 Ernst-Ulrich Franzen, Journal Sentinel's associate editorial page editor
Be suspicious of changes to election agency 8/20/15 Steve Lund, Kenosha News editorial page editor
Challenges to open government reveal troubling pattern 8/7/15 Senator Julie Lassa in the Wisconsin Rapids Tribune
GAB does not deserve torrent of disrespect 8/6/15 Bill Lueders in the Green Bay Press Gazette, Wausau Daily Herald and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Vote-counting GAB targeted with Walker running as 'favorite son' 7/27/15 Steve Walters in the Janesville Gazette (Does not contain express advocacy.)
Don't turn our government watchdog into a lap dog 7/24/15 Rep. Terese Berceau in the Capital Times online
Beware of politicians who target watchdogs 7/24/15 Andrea Kaminski, LWV Wi, Wausau Daily Herald, Green Bay Press-Gazette,  Cap Times,   LaCrosse Tribune Tomah Journal Onalaska Courier Life
Is GAB a watchdog or a lap dog? 1/23/15 Reps. Berceau and Sargent in the Capital Times
Keep the GAB nonpartisan and free to investigate 1/17/15 Judge Michael Brennan in the WI State Journal
Wisconsin Government Accountability Board works 1/11/15 Judge Thomas Barland in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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GOP wants to kill the umpire in Wisconsin elections 12/27/14 Joel McNally in the Capital Times
Election referees 12/22/14 Phil Hands cartoon in the Wisconsin State Journal
Wisconsin partisans want to kill the Watchdog 12/21/14 Andrea Kaminski, LWV Wi, in the MJS
Don't let GAB 'reform' mean return to corruption 12/20/14 Senator Kathleen Vinehout in the Capital Times
A GOP attack on the GAB 12/18/14 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Attacks on GAB Unfounded 10/26/14 Judge David Deininger in the Wisconsin State Journal
Keep hands off the GAB 10/15/14 Professors Burden, Cannon, Mayer, Moynihan in the MJS
Protect independence of our election watchdog 12/6/11 Don Moynihan in the Capital Times

Letters to Editor from citizens attacking the GAB (1)

The GAB isn't really independent


Verne Siverling in the
Wi State Journal.  See reply.

Letters to Editor from citizens supporting the GAB (14 + 3 duplicates)

GAB should remain nonpartisan 10/4/15 Judge Gordon Myse
A plea for the GAB 9/19/15 Jean Seitz in the Capital Times
Partisan GAB would lead to more gridlock 9/14/15 Bob Larsen in the Wi State Journal, reply to Sanfelippo
Let the Government Accountability Board do its job 9/9/15 Phil Blazkowski in the Capital Times
Forum will consider Wisconsin GAB 9/8/15 Virginia Kirsch in the Wausau Daily Herald
Open government and Wisconsin values are at stake 9/3/15 Kathy Kascewicz in the Lakeland Times
Attack on Government Accountability Board compromised democracy 8/27/15 Ernie Wittwer in the Capital Times, Wi State Journal
Tell reps to stop the attack on GAB 8/19/15 Rita Wittwer in the Capital Times
Our leaders must work to protect us 8/5/15 Carol Lenz in the Appleton Post-Crescent
Most GAB members appointed by Walker 8/3/15 Carl Silverman in the Wi State Journal, replying to Verne Siverling
Tell lawmakers to keep nonpartisan GAB 7/31/15 Bill Dagnon in the Wisconsin State Journal, Capital Times and Leader-Telegram
Wisconsin deserves better leadership 7/27/15 Gary Moseson in the Wisconsin State Journal
Open, ethical government 7/27/15 Barbara Seguin in the Beloit Daily News
Tell Republicans to leave GAB alone 7/26/15 Dick Tschanz in the Wisconsin State Journal
GAB needs more power to fight shenanigans 7/22/15 Ann Collins in the Wisconsin State Journal
GAB watchdog needed more than ever 1/11/15 Co-Presidents, League of Women Voters of Dane County
GAB more transparent than Caucuses 7/21/14 Paul Malischke in the Wisconsin State Journal

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