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Monday, June 20, 2011

 5:09 PM 

GOP attorney wants recall challenges considered together

The attorney for Republican senators facing recall, as well as the committees to recall three Dem senators, believes the nine challenges to the Government Accountability Board's recall certifications should be consolidated for the sake of both efficiency and consistency.

"Our view is that all of the actions, including those related to the three Democrat senators, ought to be recalled into a single action," Eric McLeod told WisPolitics Monday.

A motion filed by Dem attorney Jeremy Levinson sought the consolidation of the six challenges by GOP senators. McLeod said he wouldn't be opposed to that, but added a single judge should evaluate each recall -- Dem and Republican -- in a consistent manner.

He acknowledged that while the Dem and GOP recall petitions raised widely different legal issues, "the procedural and general review questions are all going to be similar."

McLeod said he didn't know if the issue would be raised in a hearing over GOP Sen. Dan Kapanke's challenge scheduled for Wednesday, but that he expected a motion to combine the cases to be filed before that hearing.

Levinson did not return a call from WisPolitics this afternoon.

-- By Andy Szal

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