Wisconsin's new Government Accountability Board has held its first meeting. And the question is, whether or not the panel of six retired judges will get a better handle on elections and ethics violations than the current boards charged with overseeing those issues. That will depend on the members, says Mike McCabe of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, who notes that the board has been set up to be none partisan and politically independent. The retired judges "don't have to look for another appointment or please politicians to advance their careers." McCabe says the Ethics and Elections Boards which the new board will replace were "lamely reactive." Retired Appeals Court Chief Judge Tom Cane heads up the six judge GAB , which is unique in the nation: no other state has a board of this type whose members are all judges.
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