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Yes, We Need To Scrap the GAB

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Newly re-minted Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald is suggesting it's time to overhaul the GAB clown car and is taking fire from all the usual suspects. But he's right, and RightWisconsin's Brian Fraley lays out the case.

Need proof that the GAB needs reform? Look no further than the reaction from Democrats who fear their sure thing panel of holier than thou retired judges may be on the chopping block.

Former Democratic Senate Leader Mark Miller, who led the fleebag 14 to Illinois last year in an unsuccessful attempt to thwart the Act 10 public employee labor reforms, invoked none other than Josef Stalin.

Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca proclaimed that an effort to bring more certainty, transparency and accountability to the GAB was ‘anti democracy.’

In the coming days look for the blowhard spokesclown of the state Democratic party and the self righteous lefties at One Wisconsin Now to offer similar breathless indignation.

The Wisconsin GAB, whose symbol bears and uncanny resemblance to that of the anarchists, has a brief and soiled history.

Why would Republicans say that the GAB has turned out to not be the impartial arbiter they hoped it would be when they teamed with the Democrats in 2007 to create the panel?

Consider the following:

The GAB originally had no intention of scrutinizing and flagging and omitting obviously fake names from the recall petitions last year. Signatures from Adolph Hitler and Mickey mouse would be deemed valid and only stricken if challenged.

Similarly, they had no intention, originally, of creating an online database of those who foisted upon taxpayers the most expensive temper tantrum in state’s history. Had two Tea Party organizations not produced iverifytherecall.com, no one in the state would have had confidence that the recallers brought forward enough valid signatures.

Staff which oversaw the recall had obvious partisan leanings. When one was caught mocking the GOP on twitter, he quickly moved to erase the evidence. But the Internet is forever.

This year, when presented with evidence of gross incompetence during the administration of the election in Racine, the GAB moved to crack down on…election observers....

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