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KeepItReal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 07:02 PM
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Just Trust Her: Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus - (R)
Edited on Thu Apr-07-11 07:13 PM by KeepItReal


WI's Waukesha County Clerk to Keep Elections Results on Her Personal Computer

Waukesha - Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus' decision to go it alone in how she collects and maintains election results has some county officials raising a red flag about the integrity of the system.

Nickolaus said she decided to take the election data collection and storage system off the county's computer network - and keep it on stand-alone personal computers accessible only in her office - for security reasons. "What it gave me was good security of the elections from start to finish, without the ability of someone unauthorized to be involved," she said.

Nonetheless, Director of Administration Norman A. Cummings said because Nickolaus has kept them out of the loop, the county's information technology specialists have not been able to verify Nickolaus' claim that the system is secure from failure.

"How does anybody else in the county know, except for her verbal word, that there are backups, and that the software she has out there is performing as it should?" he said. "There's no way I can assure that the election system is going to be fine for the next presidential election."

http://www.bradblog.com/?p=7988

HERES MORE:

An audit of Nickolaus' handling of the 2010 election found that she needed to take steps to improve security and backup procedures, like stop sharing passwords. The audit was requested after the county's director of administration said Nickolaus had been uncooperative with attempts to have county experts review her systems and confirm backups were in place.

Nickolaus was given immunity from prosecution in a 2002 criminal investigation into illegal activity by members of the assembly Republican Caucus. She worked for 13 years as a data analyst and computer specialist for the caucus.

She resigned from her state job in 2002 just before launching her county clerk campaign.

The corruption probe took down then-Assembly Speaker Scott Jensen, a Republican; Senate Majority Leader Chuck Chvala, D-Madison; Sen. Brian Burke, D-Milwaukee, co-chairman of the powerful Joint Finance Committee; Assembly Majority Leader Steve Foti, R-Oconomowoc; and Rep. Bonnie Ladwig, R-Racine. They all reached plea deals.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/42483089/ns/us_news /

(edited to add more content on her past)
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somone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 07:05 PM
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1. WTF
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Parker CA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 07:06 PM
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3. Major WTF.
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KeepItReal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 07:07 PM
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4. Yeah, you're reading it right
WTF, indeed.
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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 07:06 PM
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2. She's a programmer. Isn't that like handing a magician a deck of cards?
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bluestate10 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 07:17 PM
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14. She had damned better be the best programmer in the world. She has
messed up big-time.
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Buns_of_Fire Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-08-11 04:15 PM
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33. She THINKS she's a programmer.
She's someone with a little knowledge, and a big agenda. I wouldn't waste a 5081 card on her.
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michaz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 07:07 PM
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5. This should be illegal. n/t
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rufus dog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 07:08 PM
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6. Is it only me
Or is there a backwards B missing from her cheek?
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blondeatlast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 07:17 PM
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15. Baaad... But damn, uncanny resemblance. nt
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MadMaddie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 07:09 PM
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7. That breaks all rules of security
This is criminal activity. I call bullshit.. They need to have a revote...no way this is legitimate now.
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louslobbs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-08-11 03:31 PM
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30. Agreed, she has proven herself to have no integrity, shes a cheat, shes a snitch to save her own ass
and she has a criminal mind and way of being. I agree, re-vote, and investigate this Republicon vote rigger, give her due process and once she is found guilty, send her to prison to think about all of her past crimes that she got away with.
Lou
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Warren DeMontague Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 07:09 PM
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8. something smells fishy
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fascisthunter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 07:10 PM
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9. you piece of shit traitor to democracy
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Bozita Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 07:10 PM
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10. Unfuckingbelievable. Simply and totally unfuckingbelievable.
This can't stand.

Or can it?
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in_cog_ni_to Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-08-11 12:00 AM
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23. More than likely WILL. n/t
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michaz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 07:10 PM
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11. Now that is a bumper sticker. n/t
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Zorra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 07:13 PM
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12. She was granted immunity by authorities in 2001:
Nickolaus has had a long career in Republican politics.

For 13 years, she worked as a staffer for the Assembly Republican caucus, one of four GOP and Democratic legislative groups that were shut down following a criminal investigation into state staffers doing campaign work on state time.

The investigation eventually led to the resignations and criminal convictions of leaders in the Senate and Assembly for directing caucus and staff employees to engage in illegal political activity during their state employment.

Nickolaus, who earned $54,000 a year as a data analyst and computer specialist for Assembly Republicans, was granted immunity in 2001 by authorities conducting the investigation.

http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/119410124.ht...

Immunity in this context generally means immunity from prosecution, doesn't it?
:shrug:
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in_cog_ni_to Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-08-11 12:16 AM
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26. Yup...but another article said it was in 2002. You cannot tell me that the ONLY
County where votes were lost and found, just happened to be in THIS WOMAN'S COUNTY OFFICE and fraud wasn't committed. BULLSHIT. Now I KNOW she committed fraud and the Democrats had better do something about it. Investigate her ass NOW. Confiscate ALL voting machines/computers and hire the best damn computer people you can find to uncover what she did.
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bluestate10 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 07:15 PM
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13. She is going to have a prison girlfriend, maybe several. nt
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GoddessOfGuinness Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 08:26 PM
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19. Nope. She'll be Wisconsin's Katherine Harris.
...and get away with her crime.
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Wabbajack_ Donating Member (669 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 11:52 PM
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20. Prison rape isn't something to be made light of
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Blue Meany Donating Member (986 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 07:26 PM
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16. I trust that John Fund will be all over this...
after all, he already declared there was voter fraud without a shred of evidence when Prosser was losing. Now that a partisan Republican has found 7,000 votes I'm sure he will be very suspicious.
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benld74 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 07:51 PM
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17. 6-2 odds she runs for Congress in less than 5 years,,,,
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highplainsdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 08:04 PM
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18. K&R
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Bluebear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 11:54 PM
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21. The new Katherine Harris.
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in_cog_ni_to Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 11:59 PM
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22.  A Serial election stealer....and a Repuke. Why the hell was she given immunity from
prosecution in 2002? Did she work for THE JUDGE PROSSER at that time???

These people make me ill. It just never stops. They are corrupt to the core.
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FeelingBlue Donating Member (146 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-08-11 12:06 AM
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24. I wonder if she feels that she is doing something morally right
since she is a real pro-life person. I wonder if she justifies fraud by imagining that she is somehow saving Walker's behind, and therefore, also, preparing the way for Walker's agenda to flourish. I don't know, but in the same way that some pro-life people have been violent offenders, murderers, I wonder if she has that same psychological thing going. In another post she is described as extremely prolife, bringing that issue into unrelated conversations. This may be something she feels almost compelled to do in order to usher in the new order with Walker in charge. Just wondering.
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louslobbs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-08-11 03:36 PM
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31. In her warped mind, in which there is no real morality, you are probably right she "thinks" she is
doing something moral, when she is completely without morals. She's a lying, cheating, hypocrite criminal, no matter how many "babies" she claims to want to save from people who choose differently than her in life. She is a pathological psycho and a rabid right wing sociopath.
Lou
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midnight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-08-11 12:13 AM
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25. I didn't realize she was tied into that scandle... They
Edited on Fri Apr-08-11 12:13 AM by midnight
should of taken her with the whole mess.... A computer specialist for the republican gang....
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in_cog_ni_to Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-08-11 12:19 AM
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27. Indeed. She's been "working her magic" in G-d only knows how many elections!
I cannot believe she was still allowed to run for County Clerk after that scandal! It's un-freakin'-believable!
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Dawson Leery Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-08-11 12:21 AM
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28. Kathy Nickolaus: the Katherine Harris of Waukesha County!
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louslobbs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-08-11 03:38 PM
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32. Yep, the apples don't fall far from the extreme rabid right Republicon nut Tree.
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Rex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-08-11 12:21 AM
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29. Oh haha ha ha haha ha ha!!!
TRUST ME. *wink*
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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-08-11 04:36 PM
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34. Recommend
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