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The GAB Beclowns Itself, Again

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Another election, another chance for the Wisconsin GAB to make fools of themselves.

As my colleague Brian Fraley writes:


Well, to the surprise of no one, the folks at the misnamed Wisconsin Government Accountability Board didn’t wait until Election Day to beclown themselves this year.
Also not surprising, it involved election mischief in Racine.
Let’s set the stage. On Friday, the Racine Journal Times reported that the Racine Parks and Rec Board would be giving away Brewers tickets today. RightWisconsin’s Collin Roth did what the mainstream press couldn’t or wouldn’t do: he connected the dots.
He understood that this sudden ticket give away would betaking place one Election Day. At a polling place. He also reported the fact that one of the candidates for School Board in Racine, Mike Frontier, also serves on the Park and Rec Board. You know, the organization giving away Brewers tickets.
At a polling place.
On Election Day.
Late Friday we ran Roth’s story. We even issued a special breaking news Daily Briefing newsletter. Conservatives in Racine and across the state began expressing outrage online and elsewhere.
And that’s where the curtain went up on the GAB Circus.
In a rare move of responsiveness, Reid Magney, the flack for the GAB responded to press inquiries with a statement that absolved everyone of any wrongdoing 
But Reid Magney, spokesman for the state’s Government Accountability Board, said it doesn’t appear to be a problem.
There would be an issue if the organizers were giving out tickets only to people who voted," he said in an email. "But it does not say that."
Really? So someone could announce they are giving away $10 bills in envelopes outside polling locations an as long as they don’t say it’s tied to the other big activity at those locations, there is no problem.  Check out the rest of today's must read to find out what happened next.

Also on RightWisconsin today, a poll on your voting habits and our free Key Reads post which includes links to the following stories from around the Web:

  • Wisconsin tax climate among the worst in the country (Media Trackers)
  • Unemployment fraud in Wisconsin (MacIver Institute)
  • Milwaukee to bailout north side housing development (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
  • Drug cartels expanding in Wisconsin (Wausau Daily Herald)
  • Stockton, California is the first major city to go bankrupt (LA Times)
  • Could this lawsuit kill Obamacare? (Washington Times)
  • The new climate deniers (National Review)
  • Yes, let's keep government out of marriage (Red State)
  • 2012 doesn't mean Republicans need to reboot (Washington Post)
  • A victory for school choice (Washington Post)
  • Why freight rail pays and passenger rail flunks (Washington Examiner)
  • Does Google benefit from aligning with liberalism? (The Atlantic)
  • The House's new Ron Paul (Politico)



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