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Murphy’s Law: State Facing Endless Lawsuits?
Murphy’s Law

State Facing Endless Lawsuits?

Suits by governor, legislature, citizens coming on lame duck laws, gerrymandering.

The State Of Politics: How Walker Transformed Wisconsin’s Courts
The State Of Politics

How Walker Transformed Wisconsin’s Courts

One-third of all judges in state appointed by Republican governor.

Hagedorn Will Run for Supreme Court

Hagedorn Will Run for Supreme Court

Former attorney for Walker wants seat held by retiring justice Shirley Abrahamson

Judge Brian Hagedorn Announces Candidacy for the Wisconsin Supreme Court
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Judge Brian Hagedorn Announces Candidacy for the Wisconsin Supreme Court

"I pledge to you that I will apply the law fairly to everyone."

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.

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.

One Wisconsin Now Statements on Justice Abrahamson Announcement
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One Wisconsin Now Statements on Justice Abrahamson Announcement

"Justice Abrahamson was so effective at protecting the rights of Wisconsinites against corporate special interest greed..."

Court Watch: Offense At Age Nine a Felony?
Court Watch

Offense At Age Nine a Felony?

State high court approves adult felony charge though offender then said to be eight or nine.

7 Election Takeaways

7 Election Takeaways

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

The State of Politics: Court Race Replays Issues of 2011
The State of Politics

Court Race Replays Issues of 2011

Dallet vs Screnock a rerun of Kloppenburg vs Prosser for Supreme Court in 2011?

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.

Justice Shirley Abrahamson Endorses Rebecca Dallet for Wisconsin Supreme Court
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Justice Shirley Abrahamson Endorses Rebecca Dallet for Wisconsin Supreme Court

"It is a great honor to receive the endorsement of Wisconsin's Justice Abrahamson."

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.”

Op Ed: Wisconsin’s “Fall From Grace”
Op Ed

Wisconsin’s “Fall From Grace”

Insider article by Judge Lynn Adelman reveals how key decision transformed state.

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.

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.

Court Watch: High Court Gives Prosecutors More Power
Court Watch

High Court Gives Prosecutors More Power

State Supreme Court overrules statute and high court ruling previously cited 168 times.

Murphy’s Law: 17 Biggest Mistakes by Brad Schimel
Murphy’s Law

17 Biggest Mistakes by Brad Schimel

Media feasting on problems in John Doe report. Here’s a scorecard of biggest goofs.

Data Wonk: The Many Errors of Brad Schimel
Data Wonk

The Many Errors of Brad Schimel

His sloppy report on John Doe leaks won’t help Attorney General’s reputation.

Broken Whistle: State One of Worst for Whistle Blowers
Broken Whistle

State One of Worst for Whistle Blowers

GOP’s repeal of False Claims Act a “green light” to steal from taxpayers?

Op Ed: High Court Buries Recusal Decision
Op Ed

High Court Buries Recusal Decision

Rejection of recusal petition by 50 judges quietly released on July 4th weekend.

Op Ed: High Court Wrongly Rejects Recusal
Op Ed

High Court Wrongly Rejects Recusal

Dumps proposal by 54 retired judges, assures big money influence.

Op Ed: Is Wisconsin Now a Red State?
Op Ed

Is Wisconsin Now a Red State?

With Ziegler victory, Democrats' decline, state now looks very red.

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: 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.

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.

Your Right to Know: Release the John Doe II Documents!
Your Right to Know

Release the John Doe II Documents!

The public has a right to know how prosecutors operated and how the courts made their decisions.

Court Watch: Supreme Court Limits 4th Amendment Rights?
Court Watch

Supreme Court Limits 4th Amendment Rights?

Decision gives police leeway on home searches; Justice Bradley joins liberals in dissent.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Inside Jury Duty in Milwaukee
Eyes on Milwaukee

Inside Jury Duty in Milwaukee

A day in the life of a Milwaukee County juror.

Court Watch: Secrecy and the John Doe Probe
Court Watch

Secrecy and the John Doe Probe

Did secrecy hurt the investigation? Will courts release the info now that the case is over?

Murphy’s Law: Walker’s Bizarre Choice for High Court
Murphy’s Law

Walker’s Bizarre Choice for High Court

From a state with countless judges, he picks a crackpot lawyer named Daniel Kelly.

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.

Back in the News: Chisholm Challenger Skips Debate
Back in the News

Chisholm Challenger Skips Debate

Verona Swanigan objects to moderator and drops out of debate with DA John Chisholm.

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

Data Wonk: Have Anti-John Doe Forces Blundered?
Data Wonk

Have Anti-John Doe Forces Blundered?

They could open door to federal court questioning state Supreme Court’s shutdown of Doe probe.

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

The State of Politics: Wisconsin’s Top 10 Political Stories Of 2015
The State of Politics

Wisconsin’s Top 10 Political Stories Of 2015

Walker and Republican legislators dominate this year's top political stories in Wisconsin.

State Supreme Court suspends law license of Gerald Boyle
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State Supreme Court suspends law license of Gerald Boyle

3 DA’s Appeal John Doe
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3 DA’s Appeal John Doe

“This is great news for anyone who is concerned about money in politics,” said Matt Rothschild, the executive director of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign.

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

Data Wonk: The Mysterious Silence of John Chisholm
Data Wonk

The Mysterious Silence of John Chisholm

His unwillingness to answer challenges to John Doe raises questions.

Your Right to Know: Court Creates Loophole in Open Records Law
Your Right to Know

Court Creates Loophole in Open Records Law

State Supreme Court ruling may allow governments to evade or delay obeying law.

Data Wonk: About Those John Doe “Paramilitary Raids”
Data Wonk

About Those John Doe “Paramilitary Raids”

Are right-wing accounts of the Doe investigation fictional?

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.

Op-Ed: Why We Need Term Limits
Op-Ed

Why We Need Term Limits

Shirley Abrahamson has served 39 years. Fred Risser has served 60 years. Maybe that's too long.

Abrahamson’s Suit Has Strong Legal Argument

Abrahamson’s Suit Has Strong Legal Argument

Language of state constitution suggests the switch in chief justices must wait until her current term ends.

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.

Data Wonk: The Meaning of Judge Bradley’s Victory
Data Wonk

The Meaning of Judge Bradley’s Victory

She carried more assembly districts than Obama or Mary Burke. Are there lessons for Democrats and the GOP in her victory?

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.

Campaign on State Supreme Court Amendment a Distortion of Democracy
Press Release

Campaign on State Supreme Court Amendment a Distortion of Democracy

Phone Calls Turn Up Massive Voter Confusion

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.

Plenty of Horne: High Court Candidates Blast Each Other
Plenty of Horne

High Court Candidates Blast Each Other

Challenger James Daley calls incumbent Supreme Court Justice Ann Walsh Bradley a liberal, while she cites Republican Party functions he attends.

Lobbyists Spent $57.5 Million on 2013-’14 Legislative Session

Lobbyists Spent $57.5 Million on 2013-’14 Legislative Session

That's about $150,000 for each of the 380 bills that became law.

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.

Walker Won’t Rule Out Signing Right to Work

Walker Won’t Rule Out Signing Right to Work

In a wide-ranging interview Tuesday with WCIJ, governor declines to take a stand on numerous issues.

Murphy’s Law: Why Republicans Hate Kevin Kennedy
Murphy’s Law

Why Republicans Hate Kevin Kennedy

The GAB director is an “embarrassment,” Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says. Embarrassing to who?

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.

Plenty of Horne: Why We Lost the Marsupial Bridge Swings
Plenty of Horne

Why We Lost the Marsupial Bridge Swings

The city hasn't allocated money to maintain them. Should the nearby Business Improvement District adopt them?

Murphy’s Law: Did Sue Black Pay Nothing to “Buy” Wave Team?
Murphy’s Law

Did Sue Black Pay Nothing to “Buy” Wave Team?

The Milwaukee Wave has been a money loser, which might explain why she paid little, and why she's under pressure to turn the team around.

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.

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.