Saturday, March 16, 2013
With a couple of key moves in recent few days, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker sends clear signal that he is interested in making a presidential run.
Editor's note: This story was updated at 4:50 p.m. Saturday to include CPAC straw poll results. Coming off Mitt Romney's defeat in November, Republicans are looking for a strong candidate who will give the party a chance at taking back the White House in 2016. Could Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker be their man? Even before the November presidential election, there has been speculation that Walker — along with U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and others — would go after the GOP nomination in 2016. And in an interview with Politico on Friday, Walker did little to quell that speculation. “Would I ever be (interested)?" Walker told the political web site. "Possibly. I guess the only …
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Ed Fallone, who is challenging incumbent Patience Roggensack in Wisconsin Supreme Court election, say justice should have recused herself from a case involving attorney who also represented her.
In 2010, the Wisconsin Supreme Court reinstated a criminal conviction against Dimitri Henley. Afterward, his lawyers filed a motion arguing that Justice Patience Roggensack should have recused herself from taking part, given her role in a case involving Henley’s co-defendant. This motion was later denied, on a 4-3 vote. What surprised and even shocked some court observers was that Roggensack took part in this ruling. “Justice Roggensack’s participation in judging her own conduct showed astounding disregard for legal ethics and every litigant’s right to impartial justice,” thundered the New York Times. But it was in keeping with what Roggensack, now seeking a second 10-year term, has helped make the standard — that individual justices have …
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Kathleen Novack's first countywide election went smoothly, but then again this is Waukesha County. City of New Berlin provided inaccurate totals in the State Supreme Court election – however it did not alter overall election night outcome.
Waukesha County Clerk Kathleen Novack coasted through her first countywide election Tuesday with final results being reported shortly after 10 p.m. in the low-turnout election. However, this is Waukesha County, and seemingly every election has its twists and turns. Results from communities throughout Waukesha County started coming in shortly after 8 p.m., which helped make for a quick reporting turnaround. “We are thrilled by that,” Novack said while waiting for the very last units to report Tuesday night. However, it was revelead Wednesday morning that the City of New Berlin provided inaccurate totals in the State Supreme Court election – however it does not alter the overall election night outcome. Novack provided the following …
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
The primary election shows Justice Pat Roggensack taking a strong lead in Brookfield.
The town and city of Brookfield helped carry Supreme Court Justice Pat Roggensack and challenger Ed Fallone to advance to the April 2 election. With statewide results at 93 percent units reporting, Roggensack captured more than 63 percent of the ballots cast, while Fallone had 30 percent, according to Patch's media partners at WISN 12. Vince Megna, who had 6 percent of the vote, lost in the primary. Roggensack and Fallone will square off in the April election. While Roggensack took the majority of the statewide vote, she took 84 percent of votes in Brookfield, according to unofficial results.
The state will choose between Pat Roggensack, who has served on the State Supreme Court since 2003, and Ed Fallone, a Marquette University Law professor who teaches constitutional, corporate and criminal law, as their justice.
Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Pat Roggensack of Madison and Marquette University law professor Ed Fallone of Whitefish Bay will square off in the April 2 election for the high court after advancing in Tuesday's primary. With 93 percent of the votes counted statewide as of 10:36 p.m., Roggensack captured more than 63 percent of the ballots cast, while Fallone had 30 percent, according to Patch's media partners at WISN 12. Vince Megna was eliminated from the race and had garnered about 6 percent of the vote. Roggensack has served on the State Supreme Court since 2003. Fallone, 48, teaches constitutional, corporate and criminal law. Megna, 68, of Menomonee Falls, is a lemon law lawyer who works for Aiken & Scoptur, S.C. in Milwaukee.
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Voters will choose between a lemon law attorney, a Marquette University law professor and an incumbent in the Feb. 19 primary election.
Three candidates — Ed Fallone, Vince Megna and incumbent Pat Roggensack — are vying for a 10-year seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice in the Feb. 19 primary election. The job is non-partisan, but there's a stark contrast between these candidates. The top two vote-getters will square off in the April 2 general election. Ed Fallone, 48, of Whitefish Bay, is a Marquette University Law professor who teaches constitutional, corporate and criminal law. He has never been a judge before. Still, Fallone has called out the Supreme Court justices for playing politics and becoming dysfunctional. A number of liberal and progressive groups have endorsed Fallone, including the AFL-CIO. Fallone also founded Centro Legal, a firm that helps needy …
Saturday, February 2, 2013
2012 was the most expensive election in the "history of the world," and advocate says it's all the U.S. Supreme Court's fault.
During a recent news conference at the state Capitol, Lisa Graves, executive director of the Madison-based Center for Media and Democracy, made an astonishing claim. “This past election, in 2012, was the most expensive election in U.S. history,” Graves said. “In fact, it was the most expensive election in the history of the world.” She later pointed to articles that backed this up, at least in terms of total amount. The Jan. 22 event, before a mostly empty room, highlighted a new report tracking spending in the 2012 elections, the first since the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 ruling in Citizens United. That ruling, which equated money with speech and barred government from restricting “independent” spending on political campaigns, opened two …
Thursday, January 17, 2013
State Democrats are using the techniques learned during President Barack Obama's successful run for a second term in hopes of retaking Madison in 2014.
Touting it as a calculated risk they think will pay off big in 2014, state Democrats are putting "boots on the ground" now to start reaching out to voters in an effort to take back the Capitol building. In a conference call with reporters Thursday, Wisconsin Democratic Party Chair Mike Tate, Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) and State Minority Leader Chris Larson (D-Milwaukee) unveiled plans of attack to swing the 2014 gubernatorial and state representative races back to blue. In a nutshell, Dems are looking at establishing a dynamic ground game in all 72 counties because party leaders recognize that they'll need a strong presence outside the major Democratic strongholds of Milwaukee and Dane Counties. "We know this is a …
Monday, January 14, 2013
On Monday, the justices tossed a case challenging the 2011 Voter ID law back to the appellate court. This marks the third time the state's high court has declined to pick up the case.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court won't weigh in on the court challenge to the voter ID law, declining to pick up the case. Their decision means the case will stay before the Court of Appeals in Waukesha, according to the Journal-Sentinel. The law in question, approved by the Legislature in 2011, requires voters to show a photo ID at the polls. But there were legal challenges, and two Dane County judges struck down the law. One said the Legislature did not have the power to impose a photo ID requirement on voters, the JS reported, and the other found the photo ID requirement "placed an unreasonable burden on the right to vote." This refusal—included as a pdf above—marks the third time the Supreme Court has declined to take up the issue. …
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Alderman McCarthy, school board member Allgaier and former board member Jones only names on local election ballot this spring.
Incumbent Jeff McCarthy is the only candidate who filed papers for the 3rd Aldermanic District, according the Brookfield City Clerk on Wednesday. McCarthy must run for re-election after he was appointed in March to the seat held by Jim Garvens, 75, who died last February following complications due to knee surgery. After the election in April, the seat will be up for reelection in April of 2014 during its regular cycle. Aldermen serve four-year terms with an annual salary of about $10,000. Incumbent Glen Allgaier will run unopposed for the Area II seat of the Elmbrook School Board. Former School Board member Gary Jones will run unopposed for the at-large seat after Robert Ziegler decided not to seek reelection. School Board members make…