Archive for the tag 'Wisconsin'

Jan 18 2012

Judicial Politics in Wisconsin Undermines Public Trust

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The courts have become a football in Wisconsin’s ongoing political fights.  Wisconsin’s judges, like those in Pennsylvania, are elected, and judicial elections have become markedly more contentious since Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s row with the state’s labor unions last year.  The Wisconsin State Journal has called for merit selection stating:  Wisconsin’s broken system for selecting […]

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Dec 12 2011

Talking About Whether There’s a Better Way

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Recently, we reported that a debate was held in Minnesota about whether to change the way judges are selected.  Now, we’re reading that similar debates are being held and questions raised about judicial selection in Tennessee, Virginia, and Wisconsin.  While each of these states is different and has its own unique no prescription viagra experiences […]

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Sep 09 2011

Wisconsin Ready for a Change…to Merit Selection

The recent events in Wisconsin have brought to a head growing concerns about the independence and integrity of the Wisconsin judiciary. The latest proponent of change? Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson. According to a Wisconsin State Journal editorial, Abrahamson “indicated in a memo to her colleagues this week that she wants her Wisconsin Supreme Court to […]

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Aug 16 2011

Recusal Issue with a Twist

Here’s a recusal question related to judicial elections, but one with a twist. What happens when a sitting judge or justice pays or has paid a lawyer or law firm for help in an election case and that lawyer or firm appears before the judge? That’s the issue facing Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser. […]

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Jul 20 2011

Wisconsin’s Badger Herald supports merit selection

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Yesterday, the Badger Herald came out in support of State Senators Cullen and Schultz’s effort to bring merit selection to the the state of Wisconsin. In a spirited editorial, they criticize Wisconsin’s most recent judicial election, which turned into a referendum on Governor Scott Walker’s anti-union bill, declaring “The influence of outside groups on the elections, be it Wisconsin Manufacturers […]

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Jul 14 2011

Count Phil Hands among those calling for change

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The recent fracas on the Wisconsin Supreme Court has given cartoonist Phil Hands plenty of material for his political cartoons. However, even he isn’t happy with his muse. In yesterday’s edition of the Wisconsin State-Journal, in “Clowns on the Court” (with cartoon, found here) he criticizes the partisan divide on the court, writing “The court […]

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Jul 08 2011

Public Distrust in Judiciary a Cause for Concern

The recent events in Wisconsin have everyone talking, and no one should like what the public has to say: it has lost respect for and trust in the judiciary. Public faith in the courts is the very basis of our justice system. When allegations of physical altercations arise and enormous amounts of judicial campaign spending […]

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Mar 23 2011

Public Financing Challenge at The Supreme Court

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On Monday, 3/28, the Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments in McComish v. Bennett, a case that challenges a portion of Arizona’s Citizens Clean Elections Act. The ruling could have serious consequences for states that use public financing to allow elected judges to run for the bench without having to raise campaign funds. The challenged […]

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Mar 16 2011

Partisan Politics Already Dominating Wisconsin Supreme Court Race

Despite their ostensibly nonpartisan structure, recent elections for the Wisconsin Supreme Court have proven as bitter and heated as any political contest in memory. When then-Justice Louis Butler ran for re-election in 2008, he was defeated by challenger Michael Gableman, who led a multi-million dollar smear campaign that distorted Butler’s record. This year’s contest, which […]

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Mar 01 2011

Campaign Strategies For Judicial Elections

As we make our cheap cigarettes case for reforming the way Pennsylvania selects its appellate judges, we’ve consistently tried to explain the things that (should) make judges different from politicians. Legislative and executive positions are political by design. Holders of those offices are elected in partisan contests, running on a political platform, with clearly defined […]

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