Sanfelippo, R-New Berlin, and other Assembly Republicans — including Rep. Dean Knudson, R-Hudson, named by Assembly Speaker Robin Vos as the lawmaker who will shepherd a GAB overhaul bill — want to change the GAB to have the same structure as the FEC. The federal commission has six members: three Democrats and three Republicans.
The GAB is nonpartisan, made up of six former judges appointed by the governor and confirmed by the state Senate.
The notion that people are unbiased or nonpartisan is unrealistic. Yes, people can be fair, but everyone has their biases. It is part of the human condition. Our Founding Fathers knew that, which is why our government is set up as a set of balancing interests – states vs. federal; executive vs. legislative; party vs. party; prosecutor vs. defense attorney. This forces the government to gain support from a majority of opposing factions before levying the coercive power of the government against the liberties of the individual. It is far better to be honest and transparent about people’s biases than to try to pretend that anyone can be an unthinking, unemotional robot with no opinions on what’s going on in the world.