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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, 2 total)

 TITLE DATE SOURCE
We "the Sheeple"

8/27/15

Wall Street Journal
Wisconsin's Friend at the IRS

7/9/15

Wall Street Journal

Supporting the GAB - Editorials (10 newspapers, 1 TV, 24 total editorials)

TITLE

DATE

SOURCE

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
2015 above   2014 below
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 (1)

 TITLE DATE SOURCE
Will the Government Accountability Board continue unchanged?

8/29/15

Al Campbell in Germantown NOW

Supporting the GAB - Columnists (18 + 7 duplicates)

TITLE

DATE

SOURCE

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
2015 above   2014 below
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)

 TITLE DATE SOURCE
The GAB isn't really independent

7/29/15

Verne Siverling in the
Wi State Journal.  See reply.

Letters to Editor from citizens supporting the GAB (10 + 3 duplicates)

 TITLE DATE SOURCE
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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