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Op-Ed: Big Money Is Taking Over the Courts
Op-Ed

Big Money Is Taking Over the Courts

Wealthy, right-wing interests are assaulting the integrity of the judiciary.

Supreme Court Suspends Gun Wielding Judge

Supreme Court Suspends Gun Wielding Judge

Winnebago County judge's ‘undignified language’ included threat to kill anyone who breaks into his house.

Court Watch: Budget Gives Judges An 11% Raise
Court Watch

Budget Gives Judges An 11% Raise

Topped by increase of $18,732 in annual salary for state Supreme Court judges.

State Supreme Court Upholds DNR Water Authority

State Supreme Court Upholds DNR Water Authority

DNR can place restrictions on high capacity wells, large livestock farms to protect water.

Court Watch: High Court Ruling Restricts Expungements
Court Watch

High Court Ruling Restricts Expungements

Decision puts expungement of criminal records “further out of the reach," dissent charges.

Court Tosses Law Allowing Blood Draws From Unconscious Drunk Driver Suspects

Court Tosses Law Allowing Blood Draws From Unconscious Drunk Driver Suspects

WI Supreme Court rules law deeming drivers consent to these searches is unconstitutional.

State Supreme Court Rejects Redistricting Rule Change

State Supreme Court Rejects Redistricting Rule Change

GOP backed lawsuit wanted all redistricting legal challenges to be heard by supreme court.

The State of Politics: Hagedorn Is High Court’s Deciding Justice
The State of Politics

Hagedorn Is High Court’s Deciding Justice

Expected to be right-wing stalwart, he takes turns siding with Supreme Court's liberals and conservatives.

State High Court Upholds Gun Conviction

State High Court Upholds Gun Conviction

But Justice Rebecca Bradley dissents, defending right to get drunk and carry firearms.

Court Watch: Let the Crowds In
Court Watch

Let the Crowds In

Highlights from state Supreme Court ruling overthrowing state order on bar and restaurant capacity limits.

State Supreme Court Elects Annette Ziegler New Chief Justice

State Supreme Court Elects Annette Ziegler New Chief Justice

Ziegler replaces Patience Roggensack, who did not seek re-election.

Court Kills Another Evers Pandemic Order

Court Kills Another Evers Pandemic Order

4-3 State Supreme Court ruling overthrows October order limiting restaurant and bar capacity.

Supreme Court Considers Water Pollution Rules

Supreme Court Considers Water Pollution Rules

Environmental groups challenge 2011 law limiting state DNR’s rules to protect groundwater.

Murphy’s Law: WILL’s Harvard Lawyers Fail at Voter Purge
Murphy’s Law

WILL’s Harvard Lawyers Fail at Voter Purge

Supreme Court decision strikes down voter suppression effort, rejects conservative group's weak argument.

State Supreme Court Tosses Voter Purge Suit

State Supreme Court Tosses Voter Purge Suit

Conservative group wanted voters that may have moved purged from the voter roll.

Court Watch: Why Court Voided Evers Emergency Order
Court Watch

Why Court Voided Evers Emergency Order

Highlights of the Supreme Court ruling — and the dissent.

Op Ed: Grogan’s Smear Campaign Against Davis
Op Ed

Grogan’s Smear Campaign Against Davis

Her fear mongering ads in Court of Appeals race mislead voters about jurisprudence and the Constitution.

Op Ed: Wisconsin Needs Fair Maps
Op Ed

Wisconsin Needs Fair Maps

Gerrymandered districts give Republicans outsized legislative power.

Wisconsin’s Hyperpartisan Supreme Court is Endangering the Public
State Appeals Court Races Getting More Partisan

State Appeals Court Races Getting More Partisan

With big donations from Uihlein, Menard, a 9-1 advantage for GOP-backed candidate.

Campaign Cash: GOP Group Targets Appeals Court Race
Campaign Cash

GOP Group Targets Appeals Court Race

Spends $56,000 on candidate backed by Scott Walker, to defeat Evers appointee.

Court Watch: State Must Release Sex Offender Data
Court Watch

State Must Release Sex Offender Data

Supreme Court rules for defense lawyer who argues DOC has overstated how often offenders commit future crimes.

Murphy’s Law: Hupy & Abraham Face Political Storm
Murphy’s Law

Hupy & Abraham Face Political Storm

Hupy’s donations to Ron Johnson attacked by Minocqua brewer and law firm losing business.

Data Wonk: High Court Minority Embarrasses Itself
Data Wonk

High Court Minority Embarrasses Itself

State Supreme Court came perilously close to invalidating a legal election.

GOP Spends Big on Appeals Court Race

GOP Spends Big on Appeals Court Race

Led by Republican fat cats Richard Uihlein, John Menard. Cost of state appeals court races up 700%.

Will State Supreme Court Draw New Legislative Boundaries?

Will State Supreme Court Draw New Legislative Boundaries?

Chief Justice is leery of the court expanding its role in redistricting. Conservatives want it to be the final arbiter of new district maps.

Data Wonk: We Hate State Administrators
Data Wonk

We Hate State Administrators

State Supreme Court conservatives keep blasting the administrative state. Why?

Legislators Argue Over Masks, Capitol Access

Legislators Argue Over Masks, Capitol Access

And much more. Senate allows virtual attendance but Vos requires in-person Assembly.

Lawyers Denounce Attacks on State Justices

Lawyers Denounce Attacks on State Justices

They call on state bar, Supreme Court leadership to condemn threatening, anti-Semitic attacks.

Op Ed: Why Shirley Abrahamson Mattered
Op Ed

Why Shirley Abrahamson Mattered

For decades one of the leading state supreme court judges in the nation.

Back in the News: ‘I Am Not a Republican Justice’
Back in the News

‘I Am Not a Republican Justice’

State Supreme Court Justice Brian Hagedorn discusses his decisions and right-wing attacks on him

Ron Johnson Parrots Trump’s Rejected Legal Arguments

Ron Johnson Parrots Trump’s Rejected Legal Arguments

Sen. Johnson's hears from Trump attorney at committee on 2020 election, alleges illegal votes were counted.

Data Wonk: State Supreme Court Justices Unmasked
Data Wonk

State Supreme Court Justices Unmasked

The losing minority in Trump election case vent their anger and reveal their prejudices.

Wisconsin Supreme Court Strikes Down Trump Case

Wisconsin Supreme Court Strikes Down Trump Case

4-3 vote rejects Trump's move to throw out 220,000 Milwaukee and Dane county ballots.

Karofsky Calls Trump Suit ‘Un-American’

Karofsky Calls Trump Suit ‘Un-American’

Justice charges suit is "so your king can stay in power” at state Supreme Court hearing.

Murphy’s Law: The Hating of Justice Hagedorn
Murphy’s Law

The Hating of Justice Hagedorn

As promised, he’s upholding the law as written. So why are right wingers so angry?

Trump’s Lawsuits May Impact State

Trump’s Lawsuits May Impact State

Failing in court but increasing Wisconsin’s partisan divide and undermining legitimacy of its elections.

Supreme Court Won’t Hear Lawsuit to Overturn Election

Supreme Court Won’t Hear Lawsuit to Overturn Election

Petitioners had insufficient evidence to go before the court. And sought disenfranchisement of every Wisconsin voter.

Trump Sues Again, This Time in Milwaukee and Dane Counties

Trump Sues Again, This Time in Milwaukee and Dane Counties

Trump campaign now has three suits pending to overturn Wisconsin's election.

Wisconsin Supreme Court Won’t Hear Trump Lawsuit

Wisconsin Supreme Court Won’t Hear Trump Lawsuit

Trump still has a federal court challenge pending.

WI Supreme Court Sows Confusion After Declining Ballot Error Case

WI Supreme Court Sows Confusion After Declining Ballot Error Case

Outagamie and Calumet county election officials uncertain what to do with misprinted ballots

Data Wonk: Supreme Court Shows Its Colors
Data Wonk

Supreme Court Shows Its Colors

What the Green Party ruling tells about the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

Data Wonk: State Supreme Court Is Radically Activist
Data Wonk

State Supreme Court Is Radically Activist

Record shows many examples of grabbing cases before lower courts rule.

The State of Politics: Abrahamson’s Remarkable Legacy Honored
The State of Politics

Abrahamson’s Remarkable Legacy Honored

State’s longest serving justice, longest serving chief justice, a trailblazer for women jurists.

Will Karofsky Rebalance the WI Supreme Court?

Will Karofsky Rebalance the WI Supreme Court?

The conservative majority on the court has been reduced to one vote.

Data Wonk: Evers Should Re-Order All Restrictions
Data Wonk

Evers Should Re-Order All Restrictions

Not just a mask mandate. Put the Supreme Court on the hot seat.

Data Wonk: Why Evers Must Take Action
Data Wonk

Why Evers Must Take Action

Data shows state is losing the battle against COVID-19. He must reissue an emergency order.

The State of Politics: Court Rulings Against Evers Sow Confusion
The State of Politics

Court Rulings Against Evers Sow Confusion

Supreme Court overrules vetoes and health orders with vague language offering no guidance.

Op Ed: State GOP Holding Convention in Hot Spot
Op Ed

State GOP Holding Convention in Hot Spot

In-person Republican convention next week in Brown County which has second-highest COVID-19 outbreak.

Op Ed: Vos Blames Immigrants for Pandemic
Op Ed

Vos Blames Immigrants for Pandemic

High rate of COVID-19 in Racine caused by “immigrant culture”, Assembly Speaker says.

Data Wonk: Justice Hagedorn Surprises Observers
Data Wonk

Justice Hagedorn Surprises Observers

Supreme Court justice seems like a true conservative, not a right-wing activist.

Court Watch: Ruling Limits Involuntary Medication of Inmates
Court Watch

Ruling Limits Involuntary Medication of Inmates

WI Supreme Court says prisoners can’t be forcibly medicated unless they are dangerous.

City Activists Decry Supreme Court Ruling

City Activists Decry Supreme Court Ruling

Getting rid of the Safer-At-Home Order is a "recipe for disaster," they say.

Supreme Court Strikes Down “Safer at Home”

Supreme Court Strikes Down “Safer at Home”

Decision goes into effect immediately. Milwaukee's order remains in effect.

Op Ed: Republicans Test Ugly Campaign Theme
Op Ed

Republicans Test Ugly Campaign Theme

Message for 2020: ’Some of you will have to die’.

Campaign Cash: The Portfolio of Pat Roggensack
Campaign Cash

The Portfolio of Pat Roggensack

Justice who suggested meat packers aren’t “regular folks” has big investments, campaign donations.

Justice Suggests Evers’ Order Is ‘Tyranny’

Justice Suggests Evers’ Order Is ‘Tyranny’

State Supreme Court justices compare safer-at-home order to Japanese internment camps.

Special Interests Battle on High Court Case

Special Interests Battle on High Court Case

Koch and WMC filings push Supreme Court to stop Evers state shutdown, liberal groups disagree.

Will High Court Limit Evers’ Veto Power?

Will High Court Limit Evers’ Veto Power?

Supreme Court hears arguments from conservatives targeting governor’s power.

Data Wonk: Why Was Election in Pandemic Required?
Data Wonk

Why Was Election in Pandemic Required?

So ruled both the Wisconsin and U.S. Supreme Court. Let’s examine their reasoning.

12 Election Takeaways

12 Election Takeaways

How high was turnout, lawyers will be busy, girl power, streetcar wins again and a new council president?

Did High Court Ignore Their Rules on Election Case?

Did High Court Ignore Their Rules on Election Case?

An attorney says the court didn't follow their normal rules for accepting briefs.

Data Wonk: Is Dan Kelly Good for Democracy?
Data Wonk

Is Dan Kelly Good for Democracy?

His legal work and rulings as Supreme Court justice show strong anti-democratic views.

Supreme Decision

Supreme Decision

Karofsky v. Kelly, stakes are high in state Supreme Court race.

The Contrarian: Karofsky Wrong About State Supreme Court
The Contrarian

Karofsky Wrong About State Supreme Court

Her campaign charges against the Supreme Court amount to slander.

State High Court Suspends Jury Trials

State High Court Suspends Jury Trials

In blistering dissent, Justice Rebecca Bradley says court 'nullifies our Constitution.’

Supreme Court Candidates Spar Over Integrity

Supreme Court Candidates Spar Over Integrity

Karofsky went after Kelly for the partisanship of his campaign and the state's high court at a debate Thursday.

Data Wonk: State Regulators at Issue in High Court Race
Data Wonk

State Regulators at Issue in High Court Race

Justice Dan Kelly seems to side with those out to destroy the “administrative state.”

Data Wonk: The Myth of Nonpartisan Judicial Elections
Data Wonk

The Myth of Nonpartisan Judicial Elections

They could hardly be more partisan. Time to rethink how we elect Supreme Court members?

State Supreme Court Candidates Battle at Debate

State Supreme Court Candidates Battle at Debate

Fallone manages to stay on the outside as Karofsky and Kelly sling mud at each other.

Court Watch: High Court Weakens Suspect Line-Up Rules
Court Watch

High Court Weakens Suspect Line-Up Rules

Roggensack decision allows police to use single-person showups rather than multi-person lineups.

Hagedorn Forswears Politics at Swearing-In

Hagedorn Forswears Politics at Swearing-In

New Supreme Court Justice promises he won’t be “pro-Republican.”

Suit to Limit Evers Veto Power Criticized

Suit to Limit Evers Veto Power Criticized

A “power grab” or trying to “get the constitution right”?

Data Wonk: State Supreme Court Off the Deep End?
Data Wonk

State Supreme Court Off the Deep End?

Ruling reducing state superintendent’s power violates state constitution, common sense.

The State of Politics: An Uphill Fight for ‘Lame Duck’ Challengers?
The State of Politics

An Uphill Fight for ‘Lame Duck’ Challengers?

Wisconsin’s history shows legislative sessions are legal and necessary -- and the courts have backed them.

Conservatives Argue Against Lame-Duck Lawsuit

Conservatives Argue Against Lame-Duck Lawsuit

Right-leaning members of Wisconsin Supreme Court skeptical in oral arguments on lawsuit challenging lame-duck session before Evers took office.

Gov. Evers Signs Executive Order #19 Relating to the Creation of the Committee to Celebrate the Centennial Anniversary of Wisconsin’s Ratification of the 19th Amendment
Smart Politics: High Court Race 4th Closest in State History
Smart Politics

High Court Race 4th Closest in State History

Hagedorn’s margin of 0.495% is tighter than 121 of 125 state Supreme Court races since 1850s.

Murphy’s Law: The Trashing of Shirley Abrahamson
Murphy’s Law

The Trashing of Shirley Abrahamson

Why is Brian Hagedorn attacking a legal giant, rather than his opponent in high court race?

The State of Politics: Hagedorn Also Running Against Abrahamson
The State of Politics

Hagedorn Also Running Against Abrahamson

Conservative Supreme Court candidate keeps bashing the liberal justice, who has cancer and is retiring.

High Court Hears Gun Liability Case

High Court Hears Gun Liability Case

Is website facilitating illegal gun sales liable for Brookfield spa shooting?

Data Wonk: The Rise of Federalist Society Judges
Data Wonk

The Rise of Federalist Society Judges

Nationally and in Wisconsin they have become activists and super legislators.

Data Wonk: McAdams Decision Is a Travesty
Data Wonk

McAdams Decision Is a Travesty

Cyber-bullying was championed by state Supreme Court, while trashing faculty governance.

Murphy’s Law: High Court Sticks It To Milwaukee
Murphy’s Law

High Court Sticks It To Milwaukee

Roggensack’s political decision gives police and fire unions more power over pension fund.

Campaign Cash: High Court Favors Donors to Justices
Campaign Cash

High Court Favors Donors to Justices

Conservative justices decide malpractice case in favor of business groups who gave them $37,000.

Your Right to Know: State High Court Evades Open Records
Your Right to Know

State High Court Evades Open Records

Are Roggensack and justices claiming they're exempt from state open records law?

High Court Backs Evers Over Walker

High Court Backs Evers Over Walker

Evers can hire his own attorney in legal battle rather than AG Schimel, as Walker insisted.

The State of Politics: Abrahamson’s Career from Dominator to Dissenter
The State of Politics

Abrahamson’s Career from Dominator to Dissenter

Justice Shirley Abrahamson who joined the high court in 1976 and led the court for years, won't be running for another term.

7 Election Takeaways

7 Election Takeaways

What did we learn as the blue wave washed over Wisconsin?

Smart Politics: Dallet Would Make History If Elected
Smart Politics

Dallet Would Make History If Elected

6 of 7 state Supreme Court members would be women, highest percentage in American history.

Murphy’s Law: The Strange Race for Supreme Court
Murphy’s Law

The Strange Race for Supreme Court

Look carefully. Both candidates are not what they claim to be.

The State of Politics: Supreme Court Rewrites Flowage Property Rights
The State of Politics

Supreme Court Rewrites Flowage Property Rights

Restricts ability to build piers. Dissenting judges say it’s an issue for legislators.

Court Watch: Justices Differ on Right to Lawyer
Court Watch

Justices Differ on Right to Lawyer

High Court majority sides with police, who say suspect waived right, dissent calls that a "fantasy.”

Court Watch: State High Court Restricts Open Records
Court Watch

State High Court Restricts Open Records

Ruling makes it harder for unions to determine who has voted in elections.

The State of Politics: Supreme Court Primary Very Divisive
The State of Politics

Supreme Court Primary Very Divisive

Battle of Dallet, Burns and Screnock mirrors national, state political divides.

Murphy’s Law: Dark Money’s High Court Candidate
Murphy’s Law

Dark Money’s High Court Candidate

Michael Screnock blows off candidate forums, bets on special interest money.

Court Watch: Voter’s Choice, Burns vs. Dallet
Court Watch

Voter’s Choice, Burns vs. Dallet

Two Supreme Court candidates answer questions, but Screnock declines.

Murphy’s Law: Can Dallet Win Supreme Court Primary?
Murphy’s Law

Can Dallet Win Supreme Court Primary?

Outspoken Madison liberal Tim Burns stands in her way.

Murphy’s Law: 11 Sure-Fire Predictions For 2018
Murphy’s Law

11 Sure-Fire Predictions For 2018

How crazy will 2018 be? Let us count the ways.

The State of Politics: Judge Kelly Handed Doe Controversy
The State of Politics

Judge Kelly Handed Doe Controversy

Latest judge to handle John Doe must decide on contempt of court referrals.

Fewer Injured Workers Getting Compensation

Fewer Injured Workers Getting Compensation

Study shows Walker appointees overwhelmingly favor employers in workers comp cases.

Court Watch: Judges At MU Panel Demand Recusal Rules
Court Watch

Judges At MU Panel Demand Recusal Rules

Common Cause and judges at town hall meeting say state’s judicial system must be reformed.

Data Wonk: The “Democrats Are Evil” Trap
Data Wonk

The “Democrats Are Evil” Trap

National Review’s David French blames this for GOP loyalty to Trump. Let us consider the irony.

Wisconsin Citizens and Judicial Watchdogs Support Reform of State Court Rules on Judicial Recusal
Press Release

Wisconsin Citizens and Judicial Watchdogs Support Reform of State Court Rules on Judicial Recusal

State Supreme Court Set to Meet to Consider Petition Calling for Reform of Court Rules to Remove Appearance of Corruption

Op Ed: Supreme Court Should Address Recusal Issue
Op Ed

Supreme Court Should Address Recusal Issue

State's top justices ignore voter concerns about campaign donations they get.

Murphy’s Law: Pat Roggensack On the Warpath
Murphy’s Law

Pat Roggensack On the Warpath

Supreme Court chief justice slams Journal Sentinel, Janine Geske, and others.

Court Watch: Supreme Court Workload Down By 48%
Court Watch

Supreme Court Workload Down By 48%

Huge drop in cases handled by state high court. Court of Appeals workload also way down.

Campaign Cash: How Realtors Association Gains Clout
Campaign Cash

How Realtors Association Gains Clout

$10 million in campaign donations, heavy lobbying wins it favored legislation.

Court Watch: 54 Judges’ Powerful Case for Recusal
Court Watch

54 Judges’ Powerful Case for Recusal

Their petition lays bare the problem. State Supreme Court hasn’t responded.

Campaign Cash: Business Groups Back Pay Hike For Judges
Campaign Cash

Business Groups Back Pay Hike For Judges

Roggensack wants 16% raise for judges, gets support of special interests.

Campaign Cash: Please Reform the Courts, Judges Ask
Campaign Cash

Please Reform the Courts, Judges Ask

54 retired judges urge Supreme Court to require recusal for cases with big donors.

The State of Politics: Why Ziegler Has No Opponent
The State of Politics

Why Ziegler Has No Opponent

Overwhelming dark money advantage and Democratic fatigue are factors.

Court Watch: Supreme Court Rules Against Open Records
Court Watch

Supreme Court Rules Against Open Records

Conservative majority exempts Schimel’s training videos from disclosure.

Murphy’s Law: The Hypocrisy of the WMC
Murphy’s Law

The Hypocrisy of the WMC

Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce wants no judge recusals -- except when it benefits them.

Court Watch: AG Schimel Attacks Open Records Law
Court Watch

AG Schimel Attacks Open Records Law

He is appealing to the Wisconsin Supreme Court in an effort to keep two law enforcement training videos secret.

Data Wonk: The Radical State Supreme Court?
Data Wonk

The Radical State Supreme Court?

Three cases reveal the court overruling precedent while claiming it isn’t.

Murphy’s Law: The Plot Thickens In John Doe
Murphy’s Law

The Plot Thickens In John Doe

Did State Supreme Court try to sabotage appeal of its Doe ruling to US Supreme Court?

Are Conservative Groups Hiding Campaign Spending?

Are Conservative Groups Hiding Campaign Spending?

Anti-Kloppenburg ads could be funded by Wisconsin Manufacturers and Club for Growth

Wisconsin’s Largest Police Group Endorses Judge JoAnne Kloppenburg for State Supreme Court
Press Release

Wisconsin’s Largest Police Group Endorses Judge JoAnne Kloppenburg for State Supreme Court

With nearly 10,000 members, the WPPA is truly independent having previously endorsed both Republicans and Democrats.

Roggensack Weakens Judicial Watchdog?

Roggensack Weakens Judicial Watchdog?

Chief justice appoints GOP operative sanctioned by federal court to Judicial Commission.

Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice N. Patrick Crooks dies
Citation

Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice N. Patrick Crooks dies

GOP lawmaker moves to have governor, not voters, pick schools chief
Citation

GOP lawmaker moves to have governor, not voters, pick schools chief

Op-Ed: Why Prosecutor Should Appeal John Doe Case
Op-Ed

Why Prosecutor Should Appeal John Doe Case

State Supreme Court had huge conflict, Schmitz should appeal to U.S. Supreme Court.

Data Wonk: Doe Decision “Overrules” U.S. Supreme Court
Data Wonk

Doe Decision “Overrules” U.S. Supreme Court

Wisconsin justices knew coordination was occurring. So they simply tried to rewrite federal law.

Murphy’s Law: Why Crooks Opposed Court’s John Doe Ruling
Murphy’s Law

Why Crooks Opposed Court’s John Doe Ruling

He votes 90% of time with conservatives, but blasted Gableman’s majority opinion.

Wisconsin Democracy Campaign Condemns State Supreme Court Ruling in John Doe II
Press Release

Wisconsin Democracy Campaign Condemns State Supreme Court Ruling in John Doe II

“It is not only regrettable; it is downright dangerous,” said Matt Rothschild, the executive director of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign.

Battle to build The Couture could be nearing end
Murphy’s Law: Lady MacBeth of the Supreme Court
Murphy’s Law

Lady MacBeth of the Supreme Court

Pat Roggensack has shamed herself and the high court in the ugly way she’s handled her elevation to chief justice.

Murphy’s Law: Shirley Abrahamson Against the World
Murphy’s Law

Shirley Abrahamson Against the World

Chief Justice’s fight against a constitutional change to demote her is a minor issue. So why such a juicy battle involving so many conservatives?

The State of Politics: Will Voters End Era of “Shirley’s Court”?
The State of Politics

Will Voters End Era of “Shirley’s Court”?

Shirley Abrahamson has been chief justice for 19 years, but controversial referendum question could end her reign.

Plenty of Horne: Are Abrahamson’s Days as Chief Justice Numbered?
Plenty of Horne

Are Abrahamson’s Days as Chief Justice Numbered?

Constitutional amendment on April referendum would result in her being replaced as chief justice. Even if it fails, her salary will be reduced.

Murphy’s Law: Can Daley Beat Bradley for Supreme Court?
Murphy’s Law

Can Daley Beat Bradley for Supreme Court?

Challenger could get lots of right-wing money, but that may not be enough in this case.

Justice Bradley Has Republican-Leaning Challenger

Justice Bradley Has Republican-Leaning Challenger

April election pits 20-year liberal incumbent against circuit court judge getting Republican Party support.

The “We Hate Shirley” Amendment

The “We Hate Shirley” Amendment

Republicans' constitutional amendment to end seniority as method to choose chief justice is a shot at Shirley Abrahamson, opponents argue.

Murphy’s Law: Voter Fraud Issue Gets Its Day in Court
Murphy’s Law

Voter Fraud Issue Gets Its Day in Court

The federal court gave the state a chance to show voter fraud was rampant. So what did they prove?

Supreme Court Decisions Favor Lawyers Who Donate

Supreme Court Decisions Favor Lawyers Who Donate

Study shows justices don't recuse in 98% of cases involving attorneys and Abrahamson gets the most money.

Buried in Campaign Contributions

Buried in Campaign Contributions

How the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign methodically tracks the countless contributors and millions in campaign donations.

Murphy’s Law: More Power for Pat?
Murphy’s Law

More Power for Pat?

Roggensack’s reelection solidifies her power and that of the conservative bloc she often leads.

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.

Spending Lower in High Court Race

Spending Lower in High Court Race

Unlike the last four races, this one won't cost $4 million or so. Why is spending down?

Murphy’s Law: Can Fallone Beat Roggensack?
Murphy’s Law

Can Fallone Beat Roggensack?

Pat Roggensack leads the Supreme Court's conservative bloc and may be its most powerful justice. Ed Fallone blames a "dysfunctional court" on her.

Murphy’s Law: Democrats in Disarray
Murphy’s Law

Democrats in Disarray

The firing of its state spokesperson is just another sign the party has lost its way.

Roggensack’s Recusal Policy at Issue in High Court Race

Roggensack’s Recusal Policy at Issue in High Court Race

She has an "astounding disregard for legal ethics," the New York Times declared.

High Court Race May Cost Millions

High Court Race May Cost Millions

Roggensack's reelection effort will determine if Supreme Court retains a conservative majority. Millions could be spent on both sides.

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.