Judge issues 'benediction' for eliminated elections board

Published: Jun. 10, 2016 at 10:52 AM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A member of Wisconsin's nonpartisan state elections board says he prays that the public "come to its senses" and demand a reversal of a state Supreme Court ruling ending an investigation into Gov. Scott Walker.

Government Accountability Board member Gerald Nichol issued a "Benediction for the GAB" at its meeting Friday. The Republican-controlled Legislature voted to do away with the board of former judges and replace it with two partisan commissions, one to oversee elections and another for ethics. One of the largest cited reasons for eliminating the GAB was due to its involvement in the John Doe investigation into Walker and conservative groups.

Nichol says he also prays the new commissions will "put aside partisan politics" and that the public will demand legislation outlawing coordination in campaign finance.

Copyright 2016: Associated Press