Area conservatives have planned a rally protesting recent decisions made by Dane County judges from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the state Capitol in Madison.
The organizing group consists of Caledonia resident Eddie Willing, a member of Founders Intent; Paris Procopis, an activist affiliated with Founders Intent; Wisconsin state treasurer Kurt Schuller; the Tea Party Patriots; an unnamed former judge; and an unnamed state legislator.
“We demand they respect the other two branches of government and allow our state to run by the consent of the people,” according to a statement released by the group. “Our state Constitution needs judges that apply the law the people write, not reinterpret it.”
The purpose of the rally is to remind “judges they are consistently ruling against the democratic majority in this great state,” according to the statement.
The group cited several examples of decisions, including DNR regulations, voter ID laws and the collective bargaining law — and call the judges' actions an abuse of power.
The law that ended most collective bargaining rights for public employees was struck down Friday by Dane County Circuit Judge Juan Colas. Dane County Circuit Judge David Flanagan in July decided that the voter ID law would be a "substantial impairment of the right to vote" under the state constitution.
According to the press release:
"June 5 was the day Wisconsin voters put an end to 18 months of drama, manipulation of our system and outside national pressures on local Wisconsin governing, when our state overwhelmingly re-elected our governor. It was a win for the administration, but even more so for the conservative agenda and the People of this state."
In addition to Procopis and Willing, other speakers will include Ross Brown, a local activist and leader of We The People of The Republic; and Jenny Beth Martin of the Tea Party Patriots.
If You Go
WHAT: "We Ain’t Backing Down" rally against activist judges
WHERE: North Hamilton St Access – Wisconsin State Capitol, Madison
WHEN: 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday
For information: https://www.facebook.com/events/408964145823690/