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Friday, May 27, 2011

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GAB delays considering recall petitions against three Dem senators

The Government Accountability Board announced this afternoon it will not take up next week the recall petitions against three Dem senators because of "numerous factual and legal issues" that need to be investigated further.

It also said all of the recall elections may be pushed back from the original target date of July 12 because of the delay.

The GAB noted there were also legal issues raised regarding the petitions against Sen. Alberta Darling, R-River Hills, but the board will be ready to consider that petition and those against fellow Republicans Rob Cowles of Green Bay and Sheila Harsdorf of River Hills.

The petitions against Dems Dave Hansen of Green Bay, Jim Holperin of Conover and Bob Wirch of Kenosha will be considered later in the week of June 6.

“Because of the strong likelihood that any finding of sufficiency or insufficiency by the Board will be appealed to a circuit court, it is imperative that the issues raised by these challenges are fully examined, and that a complete record is created for a court to consider,” the board said this afternoon.

GAB staff has been in discussions with its attorney from the Department of Justice about the next steps before a court-ordered June 3 deadline to determine the sufficiency of the recall petitions and order elections.

The board has already certified the recalls against Republicans Randy Hopper of Fond du Lac, Dan Kapanke of La Crosse and Luther Olsen of Ripon. But the elections have not yet been officially ordered.

See the release.

-- By JR Ross

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