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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

 10:34 AM 

GAB formally asks judge for more time to consider recall petitions against Dems

The challenges Sens. Dave Hansen, Jim Holperin and Bob Wirch have filed to the recall petitions against them are more complex and extensive than those the GAB has considered in the recalls of GOP lawmakers, the agency said Thursday in asking a judge for more time to consider the efforts targeting the Dem lawmakers.

The state Department of Justice argues in a brief that the Government Accountability Board did not take into account politics in deciding to finish the recall petitions against GOP senators first. Rather, it was the most efficient way to finish the reviews because the issues raised by all six Republicans in challenging the petitions against them were similar.

Complicating matters, the GAB staff has been dealing with a statewide recount and preparing an analysis of the new voter ID law that have strained its limited resources, the brief states.

Judge John Markson had originally set a Friday deadline for the GAB to certify all of the recall elections. But today’s brief asks for a one-week extension to June 10 to finish the work on the recall petitions filed against the three Dems.

See the brief:
http://wispolitics.com/1006/110601_GAB_filing.pdf

Three of the targeted GOP lawmakers -- Randy Hopper, Dan Kapanke and Luther Olsen -- have filed petitions in Dane County Court challenging the recall petitions approved last week by the GAB. The complaints raise similar legal issues that the GAB rejected in deciding to certify the elections against them. That includes the argument that the efforts were not properly registered with the agency.

Attorney Eric McLeod, who represented the GOP lawmakers before the GAB, said he will participate in Friday’s 1:30 p.m. hearing on the GAB’s request for more time.

-- By JR Ross

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