7/2/11 – A judge in Madison refused today to put a state representative’s name on the ballot for a Senate recall election, after he failed to get enough valid nominating signatures. Dane County Circuit Judge Richard Niess refused to buy John Nygren’s argument that the state Government Accountability Board should have taken more time to review his papers – and that they rejected signatures that should have been approved. The board ruled on Monday that Nygren, a Republican from Marinette, was two signatures short of the 400 valid ones he needed to get on the ballot for Senate Democrat Dave Hansen’s seat. Today’s decision means that David VanderLeest of Green Bay will be the only candidate against Hansen. They’re scheduled to square off in a July 19th general election.