Ethics, elections heads take different paths to try saving their jobs

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The heads of the state’s ethics and elections commissions took different paths to try to save their jobs this week, with one of them criticizing the former agency where they worked and the other defending it. Meanwhile, the Wisconsin Senate has scheduled confirmation votes for the embattled leaders for Tuesday. > Wisconsin Public Radio

State Journal: Fitzgerald and Vos should drop their vendetta

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Editors at the Wisconsin State Journal write: “The leaders of the state Senate and Assembly need to stop obsessing over the state Elections and Ethics commissions. Lawmakers have little to fear from these weak and subservient state agencies.”

Audit: Nearly 15 percent of Wisconsin lobbyists operated without authorization

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Nearly 15 percent of Wisconsin lobbyists apparently tried to influence lawmakers and other state officials in 2017 without being authorized to do so, according to a new state report. The lobbyists and lobbying groups that may have violated the authorization requirement were not named in the report. > Wisconsin State Journal

Bipartisan ethics panel passes vote of confidence in its chief as GOP lawmakers threaten his ouster

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The bipartisan state Ethics Commission has made a public show of support for its administrator, Brian Bell, as Republican legislative leaders vow to force him out later this month. Comprised of three Democrats and three Republicans, the commission cast a formal, unanimous vote of confidence in Bell at their meeting Thursday. > Wisconsin State Journal

11 good government groups to state Senate: Stop your attacks on Elections and Ethics chiefs

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We, the undersigned local and national civil rights, election reform and community organizations, urge you to call off the scurrilous attacks on Elections Commission Administrator Michael Haas, Ethics Commission Administrator Brian Bell, and the commissions they lead. Give them a public hearing so that they may clear their names. > Cap Times