UPDATE: Appointments to elections board delayed

UPDATED Friday, November 8, 2013 --- 2:51 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin state Senate is delaying consideration of Gov. Scott Walker's appointees to the state board that oversees elections, campaign finance and ethics laws.

Walker's decision to replace existing Government Accountability Board member David Deininger midway through his term has drawn attention to the normally routine appointment process. Walker says Deininger wouldn't be confirmed by the Senate, so he chose to replace him with former judge and Republican congressman Harold Froehlich.

But Democrats objected, pointing out that Froehlich had donated $200 to Walker and $200 to Senate Republicans in 2011.

A spokesman for Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald says the vote was being delayed until bipartisan support can be assured for Froehlich's appointment. Both Democrats on the Senate Elections committee voted against recommending his appointment.

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UPDATED Wednesday, November 6, 2013 --- 3:47 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- State Sen. Mary Lazich storms out of a meeting of the Senate Elections Committee midway through a vote to approve Gov. Scott Walker's appointee to the state elections board.

The Republican Lazich left Wednesday's meeting after Democratic Sen. Lena Taylor would not abide by her order to stop asking a question of the committee attorney.

The committee was voting on whether to recommend appointing former judge Harold Froehlich to the Government Accountability Board. Taylor and fellow Democratic Sen. Mark Miller voted against it since Froehlich made $400 in donations two years ago to Walker and the committee that works to elect Republican senators.

Before leaving, Lazich told Taylor, "I'm the chair. I deserve some respect here."

Lazich returned minutes later and the committee voted 3-2 to recommend Froehlich's appointment.

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UPDATED Wednesday, November 6, 2013 --- 9:20 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Senate Elections Committee plans to vote on approving Gov. Scott Walker's four appointees to the board that oversees elections, ethics and campaign finance laws in Wisconsin.

The appointments have drawn more attention than normal because Walker is taking the unusual step of withdrawing his nomination of a current board member before his term expires. Walker wants to replace former judge David Deininger with Harold Froehlich, a 30-year veteran judge and former one-term Republican congressman.

Walker says he is making the change because the Republican Senate would not confirm Deininger, himself a former Republican state lawmaker.

Froehlich and Elsa Lamelas are two new Government Accountability Board members up for a vote Wednesday in the Senate committee. Two current board members, Gerald Nichol and Tim Vocke, are up for reappointment.

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UPDATED Tuesday, November 5, 2013 --- 11:03 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker's appointee to the board that oversees elections in Wisconsin says he sees impartiality on the panel as being an "absolute necessity."

Former judge and Republican congressman Howard Froehlich told the Senate Elections Committee on Tuesday that he wasn't involved in politics during his 30 years as a judge.

And, Froehlich says his vote as a member of the House Judiciary Committee to impeach President Richard Nixon shows he met the standard of impartiality needed to serve on the Government Accountability Board.

Walker selected Froehlich to serve on the board to replace current member David Deininger, even though Deininger's term wasn't up until 2016.

The Senate committee expected to vote Wednesday on the nomination of Froehlich and three others for the board.

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UPDATED Monday, November 4, 2013 --- 12:48 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker has withdrawn his nomination of a former judge who was chairman of the nonpartisan board that oversees elections during Walker's recall in 2012.

Walker's office on Monday provided The Associated Press with a copy of the governor's Oct. 24 letter withdrawing the nomination of Judge David Deininger. Deininger is a former Republican state representative who was one of the first members of the Government Accountability Board when it was created in 2008.

Walker reappointed Deininger to the board in 2011 for a term that expires in 2016. But Deininger was never confirmed by the Republican-controlled state Senate.

Walker is asking the Senate to replace Deininger on the board with Harold Froehlich, an 81-year-old former Republican congressman who worked as an Outagamie County circuit judge for 30 years.

Copyright 2013. The Associated Press.


Posted Thursday, January 12, 2012 --- 9:25 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Judge David Deininger has been selected as chairman of the nonpartisan board that oversees elections in Wisconsin.

Deininger picked his own name at random from a glass vase Thursday to serve as chairman for this year. He succeeds Judge Tom Barland.

A new chairman is selected at random by the Government Accountability Board at the first meeting of every year. The board is comprised of six retired judges who each serve staggered six-year terms.

The board works with local election clerks on administering elections and is also in the spotlight for its role verifying signatures on petitions being circulated to recall Gov. Scott Walker and four Republicans from office.

Deininger is a former Green County circuit court and state appeals court judge.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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