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Data Wonk: Why Absentee Ballot Drop Boxes Are Now Legal
Data Wonk

Why Absentee Ballot Drop Boxes Are Now Legal

The explanation begins with a highly unusual 2022 Wisconsin Supreme Court decision.

Wisconsin Supreme Court Restores Ballot Drop Box Access

Wisconsin Supreme Court Restores Ballot Drop Box Access

Decision reverses a 2022 ruling, restores use of unmanned boxes to return absentee ballots.

Dane County Judge Strikes Down Parts of Act 10 Collective Bargaining Law

Dane County Judge Strikes Down Parts of Act 10 Collective Bargaining Law

Lawsuit argues law violates state Constitution by treating different public unions differently.

Wisconsin Supreme Court Accepts Abortion Rights Cases

Wisconsin Supreme Court Accepts Abortion Rights Cases

Both would advance abortion rights. Justices already bickering about cases.

The State of Politics: Feuding Supreme Court Justices Need a Break
The State of Politics

Feuding Supreme Court Justices Need a Break

Will a summer vacation cool tempers of three conservatives vs four liberals?

Supreme Court Bickers Over Consultant Costs For Redistricting

Supreme Court Bickers Over Consultant Costs For Redistricting

'What a mess... today’s order is a brazen imposition of judicial will.'

On 2nd Anniversary of Dobbs Ruling, Democrats Say Abortion Rights Still Key Issue

On 2nd Anniversary of Dobbs Ruling, Democrats Say Abortion Rights Still Key Issue

Dobbs decision overturned Roe v. Wade, causing 1849 law to go into effect in Wisconsin until challenged.

All 4 Liberal Justices Back Crawford’s Wisconsin Supreme Court Campaign

All 4 Liberal Justices Back Crawford’s Wisconsin Supreme Court Campaign

Endorsing just 2 days after Dane County Judge Susan Crawford announces her candidacy.

Dane County Judge Susan Crawford Will Run for Wisconsin Supreme Court

Dane County Judge Susan Crawford Will Run for Wisconsin Supreme Court

Seeks to maintain court's 4-3 liberal majority after Justice Ann Walsh Bradley retires.

State Supreme Court Upholds Milwaukee Cop’s Firing Over Facebook Posts

State Supreme Court Upholds Milwaukee Cop’s Firing Over Facebook Posts

Former officer Erik Andrade's posts mocked 2018 arrest of Bucks player Sterling Brown.

State High Court Maintains Law Against Unmarried Adoptions

State High Court Maintains Law Against Unmarried Adoptions

Unmarried people cannot adopt the children of their partners, majority rules.

Liberal Supreme Court Justice Ann Walsh Bradley Won’t Seek Reelection

Liberal Supreme Court Justice Ann Walsh Bradley Won’t Seek Reelection

Surprise announcement heightens stakes for spring 2025 election.

Evers Urges State Supreme Court to Allow Absentee Ballot Drop Boxes

Evers Urges State Supreme Court to Allow Absentee Ballot Drop Boxes

Governor's legal brief calls on court to reverse ruling by prior conservative majority.

Vote April 2: Meet the Candidates for County Office
Vote April 2

Meet the Candidates for County Office

And read the analysis of each race and bios for each candidate.

Vote April 2: Meet the Candidates for County Office
Vote April 2

Meet the Candidates for County Office

And read the analysis of each race and bios for each candidate.

Op Ed: Wisconsin’s Very Own Rudy Giuliani Should Not Oversee Judicial Ethics
Op Ed

Wisconsin’s Very Own Rudy Giuliani Should Not Oversee Judicial Ethics

How did Jim Troupis, a leader in fake Republican elector scheme, get reappointed?

Protasiewicz Will Not Step Aside in Racine Voting Case

Protasiewicz Will Not Step Aside in Racine Voting Case

The Wisconsin Elections Commission says the case could have statewide implications for absentee voting.

The State of Politics: How New Supreme Court Influenced Legislative Decisions
The State of Politics

How New Supreme Court Influenced Legislative Decisions

Everything important passed by the Legislature came after court gained a liberal majority.

Senate Fires 8 Evers Appointees, Approves 3 Constitutional Amendments

Senate Fires 8 Evers Appointees, Approves 3 Constitutional Amendments

Senate ends session for year with governor 'apoplectic' over 'petty partisan politics.'

Jim Piwowarczyk for Assembly: ‘Conservatives Must Start Winning Again’
Wisconsin Supreme Court Changes Procedures To Speed Up Cases

Wisconsin Supreme Court Changes Procedures To Speed Up Cases

The changes were made quietly last month with objections from conservative justices.

Op Ed: Democrats Optimistic About New Voting Maps
Op Ed

Democrats Optimistic About New Voting Maps

'This is a sea change in Wisconsin politics.'

WisGOP Statement on Evers’ Asking Wisconsin Supreme Court to Review Congressional Maps
Evers Signs Legislative Maps Into Law, Ending Court Fight

Evers Signs Legislative Maps Into Law, Ending Court Fight

Maps reduce GOP's advantage, GOP avoids court drawing new maps via gerrymandering lawsuit.

Wisconsin Democrats on Enactment of New Legislative Maps
Who Will Run For Gallagher’s Congressional Seat?

Who Will Run For Gallagher’s Congressional Seat?

Big name Republicans -- and some Democrats -- may run for position.

WisGOP Statement on Co-Consultants’ Report
GOP Congressmen Call For Protasiewicz Recusal on New Maps Case

GOP Congressmen Call For Protasiewicz Recusal on New Maps Case

Court faces new lawsuit charging congressional district maps are gerrymandered.

Murphy’s Law: Democrats Crushing GOP in Fundraising
Murphy’s Law

Democrats Crushing GOP in Fundraising

A 4-1 edge for state Democratic party last year, the biggest ever. And they have Scott Walker and Republicans to thank.

Hoping To Avoid Court Drawing Them, GOP Approves New Legislative Maps

Hoping To Avoid Court Drawing Them, GOP Approves New Legislative Maps

But Gov. Tony Evers said he will veto proposal, which leaves Wisconsin Supreme Court in control.

Murphy’s Law: Who Are These Guys?
Murphy’s Law

Who Are These Guys?

Who filed second gerrymandering lawsuit and why? Nine questions the case raises.

Democratic Firm’s Lawsuit Challenges State’s Congressional Maps

Democratic Firm’s Lawsuit Challenges State’s Congressional Maps

'Wisconsin is a purple state, but... district maps don’t reflect that.'

Data Wonk: District 8 Becoming More Democratic. Its Senator Isn’t.
Data Wonk

District 8 Becoming More Democratic. Its Senator Isn’t.

State Sen. Dan Knodl votes like MAGA Republican in a nearly evenly divided district.

MKE County: County Supervisor Patti Logsdon Faces Challenger
MKE County

County Supervisor Patti Logsdon Faces Challenger

Danelle Kenney running for District 9. Will Rock Sports Complex be an issue?

Murphy’s Law: Did Leonard Leo Save Scott Walker?
Murphy’s Law

Did Leonard Leo Save Scott Walker?

Federalist Society leader helped elect Wisconsin justices who killed John Doe probe.

The State of Politics: Top 10 State Government Stories of 2023
The State of Politics

Top 10 State Government Stories of 2023

A year filled with surprises and big stories, led by the election of Janet Protasiewicz to Supreme Court.

Data Wonk: The State Supreme Court Minority’s View of Gerrymandering
Data Wonk

The State Supreme Court Minority’s View of Gerrymandering

226 pages of dissent that ignore key facts and data.

What To Expect in 2024 Legislative Session

What To Expect in 2024 Legislative Session

Issues could include DEI, child care, medical marijuana and abortion referendum, Assembly leaders say.

Back in the News: MAGA Republicans Hate Robin Vos
Back in the News

MAGA Republicans Hate Robin Vos

Assembly Speaker confesses he regrets hiring Gableman: 'He was way wackier than I thought.'

Wisconsin Supreme Court Throws Out Republican-Drawn Legislative Maps

Wisconsin Supreme Court Throws Out Republican-Drawn Legislative Maps

But now comes the challenge of creating new maps. Court first gives task to Governor, Legislature.

Speaker Vos Says He Expects Court To Throw Out Legislative Maps, Impeachment Unlikely

Speaker Vos Says He Expects Court To Throw Out Legislative Maps, Impeachment Unlikely

"We're going to get maps," says Vos of pending Wisconsin Supreme Court lawsuit.

Murphy’s Law: Will Women Vote for Brad Schimel?
Murphy’s Law

Will Women Vote for Brad Schimel?

Former Attorney General a formidable candidate for state Supreme Court. Except for a couple issues.

State Appeals Court Could Next Decide If Abortion Legal

State Appeals Court Could Next Decide If Abortion Legal

Sheboygan District Attorney appeals Dane County decision invalidating 1849 abortion ban.

New Act 10 Lawsuit Puts Renewed Focus On Protasiewicz

New Act 10 Lawsuit Puts Renewed Focus On Protasiewicz

New Supreme Court judge previously said she disagreed with prior rulings on 2011 law.

The State of Politics: Schimel Could Be Potent Supreme Court Candidate
The State of Politics

Schimel Could Be Potent Supreme Court Candidate

He's run up big election totals in key counties and statewide running for attorney general.

Former Attorney General Brad Schimel Running For Wisconsin Supreme Court

Former Attorney General Brad Schimel Running For Wisconsin Supreme Court

Schimel, a Republican, enters 2025 race where conservatives hope to take back control of court.

Judge Dismisses Lawsuit About Assembly Speaker’s Impeachment Panel

Judge Dismisses Lawsuit About Assembly Speaker’s Impeachment Panel

Judge says Vos, panel violated open meeting laws, but lawsuit was filed prematurely.

Data Wonk: How the Gerrymander Wastes Votes
Data Wonk

How the Gerrymander Wastes Votes

Compared to 4 other maps of Wisconsin's legislative districts, the current one nullifies the most votes.

The State of Politics: Justices Favoring New Legislative Maps Face Tough Questions
The State of Politics

Justices Favoring New Legislative Maps Face Tough Questions

Must entire state be redistricted? And who should court ask to draw the maps?

Wisconsin Supreme Court Hears Arguments In Gerrymandering Case

Wisconsin Supreme Court Hears Arguments In Gerrymandering Case

Case, before court’s now-liberal majority, could overturn Republicans’ entrenched advantage.

Statement on Redistricting Case
Data Wonk: Is Legislature Illegally Grabbing Executive Power?
Data Wonk

Is Legislature Illegally Grabbing Executive Power?

Evers suit charges Legislature has repeatedly violated state constitution.

The State of Politics: Ziegler Still Pushing for Courts Security Agency
The State of Politics

Ziegler Still Pushing for Courts Security Agency

Chief Justice warns that courts must do a better job handling mentally ill offenders.

Court Orders Former Judge Roggensack To Produce Records Used To Advise Vos On Impeachment

Court Orders Former Judge Roggensack To Produce Records Used To Advise Vos On Impeachment

Lawsuit challenges shrouded nature of how 3 judges guided Vos on possibly impeaching Judge Protasiewicz.

Poll Shows Biden-Trump Toss Up In Wisconsin, But Others Outperform Trump

Poll Shows Biden-Trump Toss Up In Wisconsin, But Others Outperform Trump

Latest Marquette University Law School poll shows preference for Haley, DeSantis versus Biden.

The State of Politics: Major Changes Loom To Wisconsin’s Elections
The State of Politics

Major Changes Loom To Wisconsin’s Elections

And they're proposed in an election year that is already predicted to be "rocky."

Lawsuit Underway On Absentee Ballot Rules

Lawsuit Underway On Absentee Ballot Rules

Judge hears oral argument on case that seeks to improve absentee ballot access.

Murphy’s Law: Republican Bullying Isn’t Working
Murphy’s Law

Republican Bullying Isn’t Working

Tactic is backfiring as Democrats and public officials resist.

Data Wonk: In Defense of Gerrymandering
Data Wonk

In Defense of Gerrymandering

How the Supreme Court minority defends its objection to 'Fair maps!'.

Will U.S. Supreme Court Rule on State’s Voting Maps Fight?

Will U.S. Supreme Court Rule on State’s Voting Maps Fight?

Robin Vos warns high court will have 'last word.' Experts have their doubts.

The State of Politics: Why Protasiewicz Decided Not to Recuse
The State of Politics

Why Protasiewicz Decided Not to Recuse

Her 47-page decision makes strong argument against any justice recusing.

Vos Says Impeaching Janet Protasiewicz Still An Option

Vos Says Impeaching Janet Protasiewicz Still An Option

Two former justices advised Assembly Speaker not to pursue it.

Wisconsin Democrats on GOP Impeachment Threats
More than 250 WI Medical Professionals Call on Assembly Republican Leaders to Cease Impeachment Threats Against Justice Protasiewicz
Press Release

More than 250 WI Medical Professionals Call on Assembly Republican Leaders to Cease Impeachment Threats Against Justice Protasiewicz

Physicians Urge Speaker Vos to Allow Will of Voters, Including on Abortion, to Stand

Data Wonk: How Gerrymanders Hurt Both Parties
Data Wonk

How Gerrymanders Hurt Both Parties

Making political parties in state and nation more extreme, unrepresentative.

Republicans Back Off On Impeaching Protasiewicz

Republicans Back Off On Impeaching Protasiewicz

Former justice Prosser advises Vos against it. Some GOP state senators agree.

Fair Maps Advocates Condemn GOP Redistricting Plan

Fair Maps Advocates Condemn GOP Redistricting Plan

Still battling, Vos says U.S. Supreme Court will make Protasiewicz recuse.

Wisconsin Democrats on Findings of Secret GOP Impeachment Panel
Speaker Vos Statement on Protasiewicz’s Refusal to Recuse
Wisconsin Democrats on Supreme Court Decision To Hear Challenges To Legislative Maps
Data Wonk: Why That ‘Iowa’ Redistricting Plan Was Unfair
Data Wonk

Why That ‘Iowa’ Redistricting Plan Was Unfair

Wisconsin Republicans' plan did not provide political proportionality.

Prosser Won’t Name Others Advising On Protasiewicz Impeachment

Prosser Won’t Name Others Advising On Protasiewicz Impeachment

American Oversight has sued, demanding Vos name other members of panel.

Murphy’s Law: The Legal Trickery of Robin Vos
Murphy’s Law

The Legal Trickery of Robin Vos

Using every pseudo-legal tactic to fight fair maps and muzzle Justice Protasiewicz.

Data Wonk: The Impact of Impeachment Threats
Data Wonk

The Impact of Impeachment Threats

Republicans seek to scare Justice Protasiewicz and elections overseer Meagan Wolfe into following their dictates.

2023 Women’s Convention Set to Take Place in Milwaukee to Bring Together Feminist Advocates in Preparation for 2024 Elections
Press Release

2023 Women’s Convention Set to Take Place in Milwaukee to Bring Together Feminist Advocates in Preparation for 2024 Elections

Event Kicks Off 2024 Election Season with Abortion Rights, Democracy Front & Center in Fight to Shape the Future of the Country

Five Republicans Move To Impeach Elections Administrator

Five Republicans Move To Impeach Elections Administrator

Meagan Wolfe says legislators willfully distorting the truth.

Taxpayers Paying For Both Sides of Senate Lawsuit Over Redistricting

Taxpayers Paying For Both Sides of Senate Lawsuit Over Redistricting

Democrats and Republicans both charging State of Wisconsin for redistricting legal fight.

Data Wonk: The Power of Wisconsin’s Gerrymander
Data Wonk

The Power of Wisconsin’s Gerrymander

Recent election results show how entrenched the Republican advantage is.

The State of Politics: Parties Bicker Over How to Do Iowa-Style Redistricting
The State of Politics

Parties Bicker Over How to Do Iowa-Style Redistricting

Democrats charge that Vos plan will hand ultimate power to Republican legislators.

With Lawsuits Pending, Assembly Republicans Approve Redistricting Changes

With Lawsuits Pending, Assembly Republicans Approve Redistricting Changes

Fight over gerrymandering now moves to Senate.

Speaker Vos Consulting Former Supreme Court Justices On Protasiewicz Impeachment

Speaker Vos Consulting Former Supreme Court Justices On Protasiewicz Impeachment

Move comes as Republicans rush to push through redistricting alternative.

Data Wonk: 3 Scenarios For GOP Threats Against Protasiewicz
Data Wonk

3 Scenarios For GOP Threats Against Protasiewicz

Federal and state case law suggest there are no grounds for impeachment.

Facing Court Challenge, Republicans Offer Drastic Redistricting Proposal

Facing Court Challenge, Republicans Offer Drastic Redistricting Proposal

After opposing it for years, Vos says state should adopt Iowa-style nonpartisan process.

WI Supreme Court Starts New Term Quietly

WI Supreme Court Starts New Term Quietly

Hearing cases on adoption law and religious exemption from state unemployment law.

Rep. Cabrera: Statement on GOP Impeachment Threat
Ad Campaign Targets Republicans on Protasiewicz Impeachment

Ad Campaign Targets Republicans on Protasiewicz Impeachment

Six-figure ad buy by Republican Accountability Project targets GOP districts.

Judge Protasiewicz Participates In First Supreme Court Hearing

Judge Protasiewicz Participates In First Supreme Court Hearing

Court resumes work following August investiture, meets on eviction records rules.

Congresswoman Gwen Moore Condemns Wisconsin GOP Efforts to Subvert the Will of Wisconsin Voters with Impeachment Threats
Judicial Commission Dismisses Complaints Against Protasiewicz

Judicial Commission Dismisses Complaints Against Protasiewicz

Her campaign comments on redistricting did not violate judicial code of ethics.

Democrats Launch $4 Million Blitz to Oppose Protasiewicz’s Impeachment

Democrats Launch $4 Million Blitz to Oppose Protasiewicz’s Impeachment

Party plans 'multi-pronged statewide campaign' to defend Supreme Court Justice.

Democrats Respond To Republican Attempt to Force Protasiewicz Off Gerrymandering Case

Democrats Respond To Republican Attempt to Force Protasiewicz Off Gerrymandering Case

Legislative Republicans have threatened impeachment if new judge doesn't recuse herself.

Data Wonk: Should Judicial Candidates Be Muzzled?
Data Wonk

Should Judicial Candidates Be Muzzled?

Forcing Protasiewicz to recuse could doom fair maps and discourage informative judicial races.

State Supreme Court Emails Show Chaotic First Week of Liberal Control

State Supreme Court Emails Show Chaotic First Week of Liberal Control

Documents offer portrait of a court at war with itself.

Senator Agard Statement on Justice Protasiewicz Impeachment Threats by Speaker Vos & Legislative Republicans
Raphael Ramos Announces for Circuit Court Judge

Raphael Ramos Announces for Circuit Court Judge

Gov. Evers appointed him to fill vacancy left by new Supreme Court Justice Protasiewicz.

Republicans Could Force Protasiewicz Off Redistricting Case

Republicans Could Force Protasiewicz Off Redistricting Case

Assembly impeachment would force her to step down while awaiting Senate trial.

Ron Johnson Calls for Justice Protasiewicz to Recuse

Ron Johnson Calls for Justice Protasiewicz to Recuse

Joins other Republicans calling for Supreme Count member to recuse on redistricting case.

Data Wonk: Should Protasiewicz Recuse From Redistricting Cases?
Data Wonk

Should Protasiewicz Recuse From Redistricting Cases?

Or should Rebecca Bradley? Her comment was less factual and more scathing.

Judicial Rotation Explained By An Insider

Judicial Rotation Explained By An Insider

Judges face an annual court house shuffle on August 1.

Data Wonk: Who Are State Supreme Court’s ‘Rogue Members’?
Data Wonk

Who Are State Supreme Court’s ‘Rogue Members’?

Ziegler and conservatives have ignored state Constitution in governance dispute.

Vos Says Republicans May Consider Impeaching Protasiewicz

Vos Says Republicans May Consider Impeaching Protasiewicz

Assembly Speaker says Supreme Court justice should recuse from redistricting case.

Republicans Seek To Intervene In Democrats’ Absentee Voting Lawsuit

Republicans Seek To Intervene In Democrats’ Absentee Voting Lawsuit

Lawsuit by Democratic groups seeks to restore access to drop boxes, allow clerks to cure ballots.

Former Gov. Scott Walker Says Overturning Act 10 Would Set ‘Horrible Precedent’

Former Gov. Scott Walker Says Overturning Act 10 Would Set ‘Horrible Precedent’

Walker says newly-liberal court shouldn't touch his signature policy measure.

The State of Politics: New Court Majority Changes Target Chief Justice Ziegler
The State of Politics

New Court Majority Changes Target Chief Justice Ziegler

Is it revenge for conservatives' past overthrow of Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson?

Conservative Chief Justice Annette Ziegler Accuses Liberal Majority of Going ‘Rogue’

Conservative Chief Justice Annette Ziegler Accuses Liberal Majority of Going ‘Rogue’

Claims state Supreme Court liberal majority of holding a 'secret' meeting. Majority says all justices were invited.

Now Liberal Wisconsin Supreme Court Fires Administrator

Now Liberal Wisconsin Supreme Court Fires Administrator

Randy Koschnick, hired in 2017, previously ran for court as conservative candidate.

Lawsuit Filed To Overturn Republican-Drawn Legislative Maps

Lawsuit Filed To Overturn Republican-Drawn Legislative Maps

Progressive law firms asking now-liberal-controlled Wisconsin Supreme Court to throw out controversial maps.

Justice Janet Protasiewicz Sworn In, Giving Liberals Control of Supreme Court

Justice Janet Protasiewicz Sworn In, Giving Liberals Control of Supreme Court

Wisconsin court's ideological persuasion flips for first time in 15 years.

Senator Agard Statement on the Investiture of Justice Janet Protasiewicz
Mayor’s Political Director Steps Down, Leaves Nation Consulting

Mayor’s Political Director Steps Down, Leaves Nation Consulting

Sachin Chheda, who led successful statewide campaigns, leaves political consulting firm.

GOP Launches Early Voting Campaign

GOP Launches Early Voting Campaign

After years of claiming early and absentee voting leads to fraud, Republicans change course.

MKE County: Supervisors Debate Sales Tax Hike
MKE County

Supervisors Debate Sales Tax Hike

Does the board have the 12 votes needed to approve this critical measure?

The State of Politics: Abortion Rights Backers Get Two Wins
The State of Politics

Abortion Rights Backers Get Two Wins

'There is no such thing as an 1849 abortion ban in Wisconsin.'

State Supreme Court Rejects DEI Education for Attorneys

State Supreme Court Rejects DEI Education for Attorneys

Would create 'goose-stepping brigade," Justice Rebecca Bradley contends.

Republicans Outraged By Evers’ Vetoes

Republicans Outraged By Evers’ Vetoes

Blasting 'trickery' of 'radical governor,' they vow to 'stand up and fight.'

City Hall: Common Council Plans To Approve Sales Tax
City Hall

Common Council Plans To Approve Sales Tax

And later sue the state over policy restrictions. They 'will not dampen our creativity.'

Republicans Discuss Unity, Abortion at State Convention

Republicans Discuss Unity, Abortion at State Convention

"This is not your pop's Republican Party. We've got tattoos, piercings."

The State of Politics: Democrats Rehire Wikler for 2024 Races
The State of Politics

Democrats Rehire Wikler for 2024 Races

State party chair Ben Wikler has led Democrats to victories and has a growing national profile.

State Democratic Convention Hails Victories

State Democratic Convention Hails Victories

Speakers call for fair maps by 2024 and Biden and Baldwin victories.

Gallagher Won’t Challenge Baldwin for US Senate

Gallagher Won’t Challenge Baldwin for US Senate

A blow to GOP leaders who saw congressman as best shot to defeat Democrat in 2024.

Gov. Evers Appoints Three New Milwaukee Judges

Gov. Evers Appoints Three New Milwaukee Judges

Amber Raffeet August, Anderson Gansner and Raphael Ramos picked to fill vacancies.

Gov. Evers Appoints Amber Raffeet August, Raphael Ramos, and Anderson Gansner to the Milwaukee County Circuit Court
Press Release

Gov. Evers Appoints Amber Raffeet August, Raphael Ramos, and Anderson Gansner to the Milwaukee County Circuit Court

Gov. Tony Evers announced today his appointments of Amber Raffeet August, Raphael Ramos, and Anderson Gansner to the Milwaukee County Circuit Court.

Data Wonk: Why GOP Fears Advisory Referendums
Data Wonk

Why GOP Fears Advisory Referendums

Vernon County's vote against abortion ban helps explain local restrictions in revenue sharing bill.

Data Wonk: Two Issues Show Decline Of Democracy In Wisconsin
Data Wonk

Two Issues Show Decline Of Democracy In Wisconsin

Republican Legislature ignores huge majority of voters on abortion and redistricting.

Is Vos Allowing ‘Bipartisan’ Compromise?

Is Vos Allowing ‘Bipartisan’ Compromise?

Budget and shared revenue bills don't quite match vision articulated by Assembly Speaker.

MKE County: Committee Rejects Abortion Travel Fund
MKE County

Committee Rejects Abortion Travel Fund

With Republican legislators watching Milwaukee's every move, supervisors reject proposal.

Wisconsin’s Youth Turnout Led Nation in November Midterm

Wisconsin’s Youth Turnout Led Nation in November Midterm

48.7% of state's voters aged 18-24 turned out, Census Bureau numbers show.

Camaign Cash: Outside Groups Spent Record $28.8 Million on State Supreme Court Race
Camaign Cash

Outside Groups Spent Record $28.8 Million on State Supreme Court Race

Nearly six times more than previous record of $5.03 million set in 2020.

Lawsuit Underway On Validity of Wisconsin’s 1849 Abortion Ban

Lawsuit Underway On Validity of Wisconsin’s 1849 Abortion Ban

Attorney General Josh Kaul is attempting to get law struck down.

Data Wonk: Will State Supreme Court Cool Its Ideological Rancor?
Data Wonk

Will State Supreme Court Cool Its Ideological Rancor?

As of August 1, its hostility toward experts and democracy won't fly.

Data Wonk: Liberals Winning State Supreme Court Races
Data Wonk

Liberals Winning State Supreme Court Races

They’ve now won three of last four races by big margins. What the data shows.

Johnson Calls For Abortion Referendum

Johnson Calls For Abortion Referendum

'I have a hard time believing people would allow abortion past about 12 weeks.'

Murphy’s Law: Why Republicans Lose Younger Voters
Murphy’s Law

Why Republicans Lose Younger Voters

Can Scott Walker lead the way to transforming the party’s aging demographics?

Op Ed: This Is First Liberal Wisconsin Supreme Court In Living Memory
Op Ed

This Is First Liberal Wisconsin Supreme Court In Living Memory

Media says court was liberal 15 years ago. Dead wrong. This is a radical change.

The State of Politics: Conservatives Push To Protect Walker-Era Reforms
The State of Politics

Conservatives Push To Protect Walker-Era Reforms

Seeking constitutional amendments to enshrine Act 10, right-to-work, school choice laws.

GOP Congressman Calls For Abortion Exceptions

GOP Congressman Calls For Abortion Exceptions

As Republicans reel from Supreme Court loss Van Orden calls on party to change.

Murphy’s Law: 11 Lessons From The Democrats’ Victory
Murphy’s Law

11 Lessons From The Democrats’ Victory

How did Protasiewicz win by so big in such an evenly divided state?

Data Wonk: Election Shows Shifting Demographics
Data Wonk

Election Shows Shifting Demographics

The WOW counties delivered less wow for the Republican Party.

Murphy’s Law: Yes, Protasiewicz Could Be Impeached
Murphy’s Law

Yes, Protasiewicz Could Be Impeached

And removed from office by Republican Senate supermajority. But then Gov. Evers could step in.

The State of Politics: Collegiality a Casualty in Supreme Court Election?
The State of Politics

Collegiality a Casualty in Supreme Court Election?

Current court members were active in election, could intensify rancor between judges.

Young, Student Voters Turned Out for Wisconsin Supreme Court Race

Young, Student Voters Turned Out for Wisconsin Supreme Court Race

Voters around college campuses overwhelmingly voted for Janet Protasiewicz.

Republicans Can’t Simply Remove a WI Supreme Court Justice

Republicans Can’t Simply Remove a WI Supreme Court Justice

Rep. Knodl’s victory gives Republicans a two-thirds Senate majority, creating speculation about whether they could impeach Justice Janet Protasiewicz.

Gov. Evers Seeks Applicants for Milwaukee County Circuit Court – Branch 24
Wisconsin Supreme Court Flip Was Years In the Making

Wisconsin Supreme Court Flip Was Years In the Making

Partisan-style campaigning and waning influence of Republican WOW counties contribute to Protasiewicz victory.

Murphy’s Law: 17 Election Winners and Losers
Murphy’s Law

17 Election Winners and Losers

Beyond the election results, who were the other people, groups and trends that won or lost?

Geenen Upsets Brash in Appeals Court Race

Geenen Upsets Brash in Appeals Court Race

Incumbent William Brash loses in a landslide to challenger Sara Geenen.

Dan Knodl Declares Victory in 8th District Senate Race

Dan Knodl Declares Victory in 8th District Senate Race

Democrat Jodi Habush Sinykin hasn't conceded. Republican supermajority at stake.

Milwaukee DSA Congratulates Missy Zombor on Winning MPS School Board Citywide Seat
Justice-elect Janet Protasiewicz delivers remarks after winning Wisconsin Supreme Court race
Janet Protasiewicz Defeats Kelly, Flips Supreme Court For Liberals

Janet Protasiewicz Defeats Kelly, Flips Supreme Court For Liberals

Her win creates liberal majority on Wisconsin's high court for first time in 15 years.

Judge Janet Protasiewicz’s election a victory for democracy and the environment
Campaign Cash: Top 20 Donors to State Political Parties
Campaign Cash

Top 20 Donors to State Political Parties

George Soros, Steven Spielberg and LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman among rich donors across U.S. pouring money into Wisconsin.

Democratic Party of Wisconsin Statement Congratulating Justice-Elect Janet Protasiewicz
Wisconsin Conservation Voters IEC invests $1.5 million in 2023 spring election
Supreme Court Candidates Make Last Push For Votes

Supreme Court Candidates Make Last Push For Votes

Will Trump indictment affect race between Dan Kelly and Janet Protasiewicz?

Data Wonk: Republicans Seek a One-Party State
Data Wonk

Republicans Seek a One-Party State

Gerrymandering, and electing Dan Knodl, are a means to get there.

The State of Politics: How Wisconsin Became Wild West of Campaign Spending
The State of Politics

How Wisconsin Became Wild West of Campaign Spending

In just 20 years quiet nonpartisan Supreme Court races turned into something ugly.

Protasiewicz Embraces Democratic Issues

Protasiewicz Embraces Democratic Issues

If elected, Supreme Court candidate could flip state on abortion, gerrymandering, election laws.

The Life and Times of Dan Kelly

The Life and Times of Dan Kelly

Supreme Court candidate says he is 'boring,' not political. His life and record tell a different story.

Campaign Cash: $38 Million Spent on High Court Race
Campaign Cash

$38 Million Spent on High Court Race

$23.7 million by outside groups and $14.6 million by campaigns, with Kelly still behind in total spending.

Why Does April Ballot Have Two Bail Proposals?

Why Does April Ballot Have Two Bail Proposals?

Why two constitutional amendments and what impact would they have?

Wisconsin Supreme Court Has Highest Percentage of Women Justices

Wisconsin Supreme Court Has Highest Percentage of Women Justices

That's 86%, compared to a 38% average for all state high courts.

Kelly Campaign Airing Remake of Racist “Willie Horton Ad”

Kelly Campaign Airing Remake of Racist “Willie Horton Ad”

1988 ad was used by George H.W. Bush against Michael Dukakis. Kelly creates nearly shot-for-shot remake.

Op Ed: Referendums on Ballot Are Confusing
Op Ed

Referendums on Ballot Are Confusing

Three proposals by Republicans sow confusion, resentment.

Back in the News: Republican Party Raising Cash for Kelly
Back in the News

Republican Party Raising Cash for Kelly

Emails from 4th District Republican chairman Bob Spindell shows how partisan the race is.

Kelly, Protasiewicz Get Personal in Debate

Kelly, Protasiewicz Get Personal in Debate

He accuses her of lying, she calls him a 'threat to democracy.'

Wisconsin Building Trades Council Endorses Janet Protasiewicz for Supreme Court
Jan. 6 Attendee Key Campaign Activist for Kelly

Jan. 6 Attendee Key Campaign Activist for Kelly

West Virginian 'Stop the Steal' activist spending month here to work on high court race.

WISN 12 Presents Election Special as National Spotlight is on Wisconsin’s Supreme Court Race
Press Release

WISN 12 Presents Election Special as National Spotlight is on Wisconsin’s Supreme Court Race

“Commitment 2023: Candidates on the Record” features sit-down interviews with candidates Daniel Kelly and Janet Protasiewicz

Republicans Propose Exceptions To Wisconsin’s 1849 Abortion Ban

Republicans Propose Exceptions To Wisconsin’s 1849 Abortion Ban

But Senate Majority Leader says he won't let proposal move forward, become political football.

Back in the News: Protasiewicz Crushing Kelly in TV Ads
Back in the News

Protasiewicz Crushing Kelly in TV Ads

Liberal candidate has run more than three times as many ads as the conservative. Kelly's campaign vows to catch up.

Anti-Abortion Groups Unite to Defend State Law

Anti-Abortion Groups Unite to Defend State Law

Opposing Vos proposal of exceptions for rape and incest. Working to elect Dan Kelly.

Dan Kelly Did Paid Partisan Work

Dan Kelly Did Paid Partisan Work

Supreme Court candidate's financial disclosure forms show payments from Republican Party. No such work done by Protasiewicz.

Supreme Court Race Costs $13 Million in Three Weeks

Supreme Court Race Costs $13 Million in Three Weeks

Ad war will help set national spending record. 'We're gonna blow it out of the water.'

Murphy’s Law: Protasiewicz Ahead In High Court Race
Murphy’s Law

Protasiewicz Ahead In High Court Race

All signs suggest Kelly well behind in election for state Supreme Court. Can he catch up?

Supreme Court Candidates Will Debate Just Once

Supreme Court Candidates Will Debate Just Once

Kelly and Protasiewicz will debate March 21. Protasiewicz declined other debates.

Democratic Party of Wisconsin Statement on Jim Troupis
Protasiewicz Says She Would Recuse Herself From Cases Involving Democratic Party

Protasiewicz Says She Would Recuse Herself From Cases Involving Democratic Party

Kelly declines to see if he would recuse himself on cases involving megadonor Richard Uihlein.

Murphy’s Law: Supreme Court Race All About Sex Offenders
Murphy’s Law

Supreme Court Race All About Sex Offenders

Which is strange because the state high court will probably never rule on such cases.

Liberal Candidates for Supreme Court Won a Majority

Liberal Candidates for Supreme Court Won a Majority

Janet Protasiewicz and Everett Mitchell got 54% of vote in primary election.

Protasiewicz, Kelly To Face Off In High-Stakes Supreme Court Race

Protasiewicz, Kelly To Face Off In High-Stakes Supreme Court Race

Jennifer Dorow falls to Kelly in hotly-contested race between conservatives.

WI Supreme Court Race: Daniel Kelly Advances as Right-Wing Candidate
Democratic Party of Wisconsin Endorses Judge Janet Protasiewicz
Judge Janet Protasiewicz election night speech excerpts
City Hall: Gas Station Porn Video Spurs Revamp of City’s Licensing Process
City Hall

Gas Station Porn Video Spurs Revamp of City’s Licensing Process

It's a strange tale, with three suits against the city forcing council to change its process.

Vote Tuesday: Wisconsin Supreme Court Candidates
Vote Tuesday

Wisconsin Supreme Court Candidates

Plus: Three aldermanic races and a north shore state senate race.

Campaign Cash: $7 Million Already Spent On Supreme Court Race
Campaign Cash

$7 Million Already Spent On Supreme Court Race

Protasiewicz has spent $1.6 million, but outside group backing Kelly spends $1.8 million.

Protasiewicz campaign raises $2 million, more than any spring primary candidate in state history
Dan Kelly Makes His Case for High Court

Dan Kelly Makes His Case for High Court

'Where do our rights come from?' asks former state Supreme Court justice. 'God!'

Can Everett Mitchell Win High Court Race?

Can Everett Mitchell Win High Court Race?

Last in fundraising in state Supreme Court race, Dane County judge says grass roots support is key.

Justice Ann Walsh Bradley endorses Judge Janet Protasiewicz for Wisconsin Supreme Court
Murphy’s Law: Is Judge Dorow Hiding Her Biography?
Murphy’s Law

Is Judge Dorow Hiding Her Biography?

Supreme Court candidate’s years defending criminals could be fodder for attack ads.

Dorow Tells Drug Dealers They Are Responsible for Overdose Deaths

Dorow Tells Drug Dealers They Are Responsible for Overdose Deaths

Cases shine light on how judge handles issue that may involve her son.

Murphy’s Law: A Right-Wing War In High Court Race
Murphy’s Law

A Right-Wing War In High Court Race

It's getting nasty: Mark Belling blasts candidate Kelly and Justice Bradley attacks candidate Dorow and Belling.

Electrical Workers union endorses Judge Janet Protasiewicz for Wisconsin Supreme Court
North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters endorse Judge Janet Protasiewicz for Wisconsin Supreme Court
Murphy’s Law: The Radical Views of Kelly and Dorow
Murphy’s Law

The Radical Views of Kelly and Dorow

Both candidates for state Supreme Court got legal training from mediocre Bible-oriented school.

Campaign Cash: Protasiewicz Outraises Opponents in State Supreme Court Race
Campaign Cash

Protasiewicz Outraises Opponents in State Supreme Court Race

A 3-1 advantage over her nearest opponent in total campaign donations.

State Supreme Court Candidates Discuss Abortion, Redistricting

State Supreme Court Candidates Discuss Abortion, Redistricting

Race between Dorow, Kelly, Mitchell and Protasiewicz could change court's majority.

Ana Berrios-Schroeder Announces First Round of Judicial Endorsements
The State of Politics: High Court Race Divides Republicans
The State of Politics

High Court Race Divides Republicans

And Democrats. But the obvious friction is between conservatives Dan Kelly and Jennifer Dorow.

Protasiewicz Says She’ll Bring Fairness to State Supreme Court

Protasiewicz Says She’ll Bring Fairness to State Supreme Court

Milwaukee judge running for high court seat says current majority 'unfair to the citizens.'

State’s Assembly Maps More Skewed Than Ever

State’s Assembly Maps More Skewed Than Ever

Wisconsin, the fourth most pro-Republican gerrymandered state, has gotten worse.

Crowded Supreme Court Race To Become Partisan Battles

Crowded Supreme Court Race To Become Partisan Battles

Four candidates are running, with the conservative-liberal split of court hanging in balance.

Waukesha Parade Judge To Run For State Supreme Court

Waukesha Parade Judge To Run For State Supreme Court

Walker appointee, Circuit Court Judge Jennifer Dorow, will be fourth candidate in race.

The State of Politics: Democrats Retain Capitol ‘Firewalls’
The State of Politics

Democrats Retain Capitol ‘Firewalls’

Barnes sets record, the most telling campaign quote and Northwest Wisconsin turns red.

Statement of Alejandro Verdin, Campaign Manager for Judge Janet Protasiewicz for Justice on Dan Kelly’s entry into the race for Wisconsin Supreme Court
Press Release

Statement of Alejandro Verdin, Campaign Manager for Judge Janet Protasiewicz for Justice on Dan Kelly’s entry into the race for Wisconsin Supreme Court

“We welcome Dan Kelly to the race to provide a strong contrast with Judge Janet Protasiewicz."

Protasiewicz Running For Supreme Court

Protasiewicz Running For Supreme Court

Milwaukee circuit court judge running in 2023 election for seat being vacated by retiring Justice Roggensack.

Nidhi Kashyap Announces Judicial and Commissioner Endorsements
Judges Letter for Immediate Publication

Contribution to Vincent Bobot of $50

Judges Letter for Immediate Publication
Press Release

Judges Letter for Immediate Publication

Letter from thirty six sitting and retired Milwaukee area judges regarding the upcoming Supreme Court election on April 2nd.

Campaign to Retain Judge Andrew Jones Earns Broad Support From Judiciary
Press Release

Campaign to Retain Judge Andrew Jones Earns Broad Support From Judiciary

"It is an honor to have the support of so many members of the Milwaukee County judiciary.

Court Watch: Borowski Transferred to Different Court
Court Watch

Borowski Transferred to Different Court

Judicial rotation for circuit court judges switches him from court where he caused a furor.

Court Watch: 36 Judges Call for Defense Lawyer Pay Hikes
Court Watch

36 Judges Call for Defense Lawyer Pay Hikes

Circuit judges from 18 counties cite difficulties finding lawyers for indigent defendants.

Court Watch: Who’s Charged for Pot Possession?
Court Watch

Who’s Charged for Pot Possession?

Review of cases shows black males mostly charged for a second offense.

Plenty of Horne: Chisholm For Governor?
Plenty of Horne

Chisholm For Governor?

Will District Attorney run against Walker? DA's son encourages speculation.

Grassroots Effort Launched as 9 More Judges Endorse Judge Wales for Branch 47
Press Release

Grassroots Effort Launched as 9 More Judges Endorse Judge Wales for Branch 47

Our community has happily surprised me with an outpouring of support for the campaign"

Judge Paul Rifelj launches campaign with support of majority of fellow judges
Press Release

Judge Paul Rifelj launches campaign with support of majority of fellow judges

Public safety organizations also support Rifelj at launch of campaign to win a full term on Milwaukee County Circuit Court

Judges rally behind Gwen Connolly in race for Circuit Court Judge

Contribution to Terry Witkowski of $30

Judges rally behind Gwen Connolly in race for Circuit Court Judge
Press Release

Judges rally behind Gwen Connolly in race for Circuit Court Judge

“The campaign has been energizing, and it’s a privilege to have the support of these distinguished leaders,” said Connolly.

Plenty of Horne: Barrett’s Birthday Party
Plenty of Horne

Barrett’s Birthday Party

The mayor's celebration is 11 days late. And Lakefront Brewery shatters its record for annual barrels manufactured.

Plenty of Horne: Campaign Season Kicks Off
Plenty of Horne

Campaign Season Kicks Off

Politicos flock to Jon Richards fundraiser, and judicial candidate Janet C. Protasiewicz's event.

The Other Mandela

The Other Mandela

The fundraiser for Rep. Mandela Barnes, just two days before his namesake Nelson Mandela died, had a big turnout.

Plenty of Horne: Amtrak to Chicago Will Go Wireless
Plenty of Horne

Amtrak to Chicago Will Go Wireless

Finally, the line will get Wi-Fi (we hope), but Milwaukee's Amtrak station still lacks it.

Commissioner Cedric Cornwall Announces Campaign Kick-Off Event
Press Release

Commissioner Cedric Cornwall Announces Campaign Kick-Off Event

Candidate for Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge to Launch Campaign on November 20

Murphy’s Law: Winners and Losers
Murphy’s Law

Winners and Losers

It was a good election for Scott Walker and conservatives but there were some bright spots for liberals.

Murphy’s Law: Who’s the Conservative for Circuit Judge?
Murphy’s Law

Who’s the Conservative for Circuit Judge?

The race between Rebecca Bradley and Janet Protasiewicz is hard to call.

Plenty of Horne: Local Artist’s Gift to Obama Gets Complicated
Plenty of Horne

Local Artist’s Gift to Obama Gets Complicated

Tim Meyerring's present to the president gets caught up in the law on gifts and consultations with the White House assessor.

Plenty of Horne: School Switcheroo?
Plenty of Horne

School Switcheroo?

Maryland Avenue Montessori might swap buildings with Cass Street School. And poor Sweet Water's building is available for lease.

Plenty of Horne: Every Politician in Town
Plenty of Horne

Every Politician in Town

Well, not quite, but the City's Birthday Party had a big turnout of politicians and insiders.