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  • 2011 Printable G.A.B. Meeting Calendar

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    August 12, 2011
    Summary: 
    One-page 2011 calendar with Government Accountability Board meetings marked. Print for reference.
  • Statement on Legislative Audit Bureau Evaluation of the Contract Sunshine Act

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    August 31, 2011

    MADISON, WI – Kevin J. Kennedy, director and general counsel of the Government Accountability Board, released the following statement regarding the Legislative Audit Bureau’s evaluation of the Contract Sunshine Act:

    For more information, contact: 

    Reid Magney, public information officer, 608-267-7887

  • Governor Receives Nominees to Government Accountability Board

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    February 23, 2012

    MADISON, WI – The Government Accountability Candidate Committee has selected four former Wisconsin judges for nomination to fill two vacancies – one current and one future – on the Government Accountability Board.

    The committee unanimously selected the Hon. Gary L. Carlson of Medford, Hon. Charles P. Dykman of Madison, the Hon. Gerald C. Nichol of Madison (a current G.A.B. member whose term ends in May), and the Hon. Timothy Vocke of Rhinelander (a former G.A.B. member).

    For more information, contact: 

    Reid Magney, Public Information Officer, 608-267-7887

  • Recall Petition Update 8: Senate Recall Decisions

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    March 12, 2012

    Madison, WI – The Government Accountability Board on Monday took several important actions regarding the four State Senate recall petitions which should lead to recall elections being ordered for State Senators Scott Fitzgerald (SD 13), Van Wanggaard (SD 21), Terry Moulton (SD 23) and Pam Galloway (SD 29).

    For more information, contact: 

    Reid Magney, public information officer, 608-267-7887

  • Recall Petition Update 9: Extension Granted, Likely Recall Election Dates May 8 and June 5

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    March 14, 2012

    Madison, WI – The Government Accountability Board on Wednesday received an extension to March 30 to complete its review of all the recall petitions, setting the stage for the Board to order recall elections for May 8 and June 5, 2012.

    Dane County Circuit Court Judge Richard Niess approved a stipulation agreement between the G.A.B., the recall petitioners and the incumbents to extend the original deadline of March 19. Judge Niess said the G.A.B. showed “ample” good cause for its request.

    For more information, contact: 

    Reid Magney, public information officer, 608-267-7887

  • G.A.B.: Like Us on Facebook!

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    April 25, 2012

    MADISON, WI – The Government Accountability Board today launched its first Facebook page, giving voters another way to keep up with news about elections and government ethics in Wisconsin.

    “Our main website contains in-depth information about the G.A.B. and its mission,” said Kevin J. Kennedy, director and general counsel of the agency. “Our Facebook page is a quick and convenient way for the public to see what’s new and get basic information about important events like upcoming elections.”

    For more information, contact: 

    Reid Magney, public information officer, 608-267-7887

  • G.A.B.: Follow Us on Twitter!

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    May 4, 2012

    MADISON, WI – The Government Accountability Board today continued its move into social media with the launch of a Twitter feed. Coupled with the Board’s new Facebook page, Twitter gives voters even more ways to keep up with news about elections and government ethics in Wisconsin.

    For more information, contact: 

    Reid Magney, public information officer, 608-267-7887

  • Judge Nichol Reappointed to Government Accountability Board

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    June 21, 2012

    MADISON, WI – Governor Scott Walker announced today that he has reappointed Judge Gerald C. Nichol to a six-year term on the Government Accountability Board. 

    For more information, contact: 

    Reid Magney, public information officer, 608-267-7887

  • 2013 Printable G.A.B. Meeting Calendar

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    Date: 
    May 2, 2013
    Summary: 
    One-page 2013 calendar with Government Accountability Board meetings marked. Print for reference.
  • G.A.B. Announces New Officers for 2013

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    January 14, 2013

    MADISON, WI – Judge Timothy L. Vocke of Rhinelander became chairperson of the Government Accountability Board for 2013 on Monday.

    Under state law, the Board’s leadership is chosen by lot at its first meeting in January each year.
    Judge Gerald Nichol of Madison was chosen as vice-chairperson for 2013, and Judge Micheal Brennan of Marshfield was chosen as secretary of the Board.

    For more information, contact: 

    Reid Magney, public information officer, 608-267-7887

  • Chief Justice to Select New G.A.B. Candidate Committee

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    February 11, 2013

    MADISON, WI – Four Wisconsin Court of Appeals judges will be selected Tuesday to serve on the Government Accountability Candidate Committee.

    Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice Shirley S. Abramson will conduct the random drawing at 9:45 a.m. Tuesday, February 12, prior to oral arguments in the Supreme Court Hearing Room at the Capitol.  As required by state law, all seven justices must be present for the drawing.

    For more information, contact: 

    Reid Magney, public information officer, 608-267-7887

  • New G.A.B. Candidate Committee Selected

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    February 12, 2013

    MADISON, WI – Four Wisconsin Court of Appeals judges were selected Tuesday to serve on the Government Accountability Candidate Committee.

    They are Judge Ralph Adam Fine of District I in Milwaukee, Judge Paul F. Reilly of District II in Waukesha, Deputy Chief and Presiding Judge Michael W. Hoover of District III in Wausau, and Presiding Judge Paul Lundsten of District IV in Madison.

    For more information, contact: 

    Reid Magney, public information officer, 608-267-7887

  • Governor Receives Nominees to Government Accountability Board

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    April 2, 2013

    MADISON, WI – The Government Accountability Candidate Committee today nominated four former Wisconsin judges to fill an upcoming vacancy on the Government Accountability Board due to the expiration of the term of Judge Thomas Cane.

    The committee selected the Honorable Gary L. Carlson of Medford, the Honorable Harold V. Froehlich of Appleton, the Honorable William A. Jennaro of Milwaukee, and the Honorable Elsa C. Lamelas of Shorewood from a field of seven applicants.  

    For more information, contact: 

    Reid Magney, public information officer, 608-267-7887

  • 2009-2011 G.A.B. Biennial Performance Report

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    Date: 
    October 15, 2011

    MEMORANDUM

    DATE:    October 15, 2011                            

    TO:        The Honorable Scott Walker, Governor
                   Chief Clerk Wisconsin State Senate
                   Chief Clerk Wisconsin State Assembly

  • 2014 Printable G.A.B. Meeting Calendar

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    Date: 
    August 20, 2013
    Summary: 
    One-page 2014 calendar with Government Accountability Board meetings marked. Print for reference.
  • 2011-2013 G.A.B. Biennial Performance Report

    Posted in
    Date: 
    October 15, 2013

    MEMORANDUM

    DATE:    October 15, 2013                        

    TO:        The Honorable Scott Walker, Governor
                   Chief Clerk Wisconsin State Senate
                   Chief Clerk Wisconsin State Assembly

  • Government Accountability Board - Agency Overview 2014

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    February 10, 2014

    This 10-page overview of the Government Accountability Board serves as an introduction to the agency, its mission and history, with descriptions of its divisions and operations. 

  • Governor Receives Nominees to Government Accountability Board

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    Date: 
    April 8, 2014

    MADISON, WI – The Government Accountability Candidate Committee today nominated four former Wisconsin judges to fill an upcoming vacancy on the Government Accountability Board due to an expiring term.

    The committee selected the following nominees from a field of five applicants:

    For more information, contact: 

    Reid Magney, Public Information Officer, 608-267-7887

  • 2015 Printable G.A.B. Meeting Calendar

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    Date: 
    January 5, 2015
    Summary: 
    One-page 2015 calendar with Government Accountability Board meetings marked. Print for reference.
  • G.A.B. Announces New Officers for 2015

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    Date: 
    January 14, 2015

    MADISON, WI – Judge Gerald C. Nichol of Madison became chairperson of the Government Accountability Board for 2015 on Tuesday, replacing Judge Thomas H. Barland of Eau Claire.

    Under state law, the Board’s leadership is chosen by lot at its first regular meeting in January each year.

    Judge Elsa Lamelas of Shorewood was chosen as vice-chairperson for 2015, and Judge Barland was chosen as secretary of the Board. 

    For more information, contact: 

    Reid Magney, public information officer, 608-267-7887, reid.magney@wi.gov

  • Testimony to Joint Legislative Committee on Audit on AB9 and SB6

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    January 21, 2015

    Government Accountability Board testimony before the Joint Committee on Legislative Audit on two bills, AB9 and SB6, which would permit the Legislative Audit Bureau to review certain confidential investigative G.A.B. records.

  • Judge Nichol's letter to Speaker Vos Regarding Media Comments

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    January 26, 2015

    On January 22, 2015, Judge Gerald C. Nichol, chair of the Government Accountability Board, wrote the letter attached below to Assembly Speaker Robin Vos regarding inaccurate comments the Speaker made to the media about the G.A.B. staff's role in the John Doe investigation.

     

    For more information, contact: 

    Reid Magney, Public Information Officer, 608-267-7887, reid.magney@wi.gov

  • Chief Justice to Select New G.A.B. Candidate Committee

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    Date: 
    February 3, 2015

    MADISON, WI – Four Wisconsin Court of Appeals judges will be selected Thursday, February 5, to serve on the Government Accountability Candidate Committee.

    Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice Shirley S. Abramson will conduct the random drawing at 9:45 a.m. Thursday, February 5, prior to oral arguments in the Supreme Court Hearing Room at the Capitol.  As required by state law, all seven justices must be present for the drawing.

    For more information, contact: 

    Reid Magney, Public Information Officer, 608-267-7887, reid.magney@wi.gov

  • New G.A.B. Candidate Committee Selected

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    Date: 
    February 6, 2015

    MADISON, WI – Four Wisconsin Court of Appeals judges have been selected to serve on the Government Accountability Candidate Committee.

    They are Judge Joan F. Kessler of District I in Milwaukee, Judge Paul F. Reilly of District II in Waukesha, Judge Lisa K. Stark of District III in Wausau, and Judge JoAnne F. Kloppenburg of District IV in Madison.

    For more information, contact: 

    Reid Magney, public information officer, 608-267-7887, reid.magney@wi.gov

  • New G.A.B. Board Member Applications Due April 6

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    Date: 
    March 23, 2015

    MADISON, WI – Applications to serve on the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board are due April 6, said Judge Gerald C. Nichol, chair of the G.A.B.

    Each year, the Governor appoints one member of the G.A.B. from names of former state judges approved by a nominating committee of sitting Court of Appeals judges.

    For more information, contact: 

    Reid Magney, Public Information Officer, 608-267-7887, reid.magney@wi.gov

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