Thursday, April 25, 2013
A lawsuit filed by unions representing Madison teachers and city of Milwaukee employees over the state's collective bargaining law may be headed to the State Supreme Court.
A state appeals court is urging the Wisconsin State Supreme Court to take on an Act 10 lawsuit filed by two unions, which challenged the constitutionality of the collective bargaining limitations Gov. Scot Walker imposed on almost all public unions in 2010. The Supreme Court could take the case without waiting for an Appeals Court decision, but whether is does so is at the high court's discretion. If the Supreme Court doesn’t take the case, then the Appeals Court would need to take it. A certification filed by a panel of three judges from the 4th District Court of Appeals, asked the Wisconsin Supreme Court to take the case because “a number of public unions have filed suits against municipalities over Act 10 provisions, which have left …
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 …
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Having Voter ID in place for the November elections looks unlikely now that the state's highest court has refused to hear either of two cases where the law was ruled unconstitutional.
The state Supreme Court has refused to hear arguments about Voter ID because one case has yet to go through the appellate court. This means come November, voters will not be required to show a photo ID before casting a ballot. WisPolitics.com is reporting that justices issued two brief orders; one of which called state Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen's petition to jump over the appeals court as "premature." According to a story on JSOnline.com, if they take up the case at all, justices would prefer to hear both cases at once. Van Hollen issued a statement shortly after the decision was made public: The Voter ID law protects the integrity of our elections. Injunctions entered by circuit court judges, acting alone, have already kept this …
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Wisconsin Government Accountability Board says Kathy Nickolaus failed to properly report state Supreme Court election results on election night, but her conduct was not willful or criminal.
- Lisa Sink
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Updated 4:55 p.m. with Kloppenburg campaign statement: An independent probe into Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus found she likely violated state elections laws in her bungled release of state Supreme Court election results in April, but her conduct was not willful or criminal. Nickolaus failed to release the City of Brookfield's results on election night for the hotly contested race between incumbent Justice David Prosser Jr. and challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg. Adding the city's 14,315 votes two days later flipped the winner from Kloppenburg to Prosser in a race that became enveloped in the controversial clampdown on public employee collective bargaining rights. Kloppenburg had declared victory on election night with a 204-vote lead …
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Bloggers, news outlets weigh in on the chances, timing and possible success of an attempt to recall the governor.
Democrats are reportedly trying to decide exactly how to go after Gov. Scott Walker, according to a blog post on Forbes.com. Rick Ungar, who writes the Forbes blog The Policy Page, wrote that with the legislative recalls underway, people are starting to think about Walker. "Certainly, should the senate recall efforts turn out well for the Democrats, the excitement will be there to continue the process and take a shot at sending Scott Walker back home to Milwaukee. The question is when to begin that effort." Wisconsin law gives the people trying to recall a politician 60 days to collect enough signatures to equal 25 percent of votes cast in the last gubernatorial election. A recall of Gov. Walker would require about 540,000 signatures, …
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Justices says Dane County judge erred when she shot down bill that strips public employees of most bargaining rights.
UPDATE: Public employee unions filed a lawsuit today to block implementation of the budget repair bill and sweeping changes to public sector unions and collective bargaining, according to this report on JSOnline.com. The lawsuit filed by six unions, including AFL-CIO and WEAC, is posted on WisPolitics.com. The suit does not seek to overturn the increased health and pension contributions but does move to protect bargaining over all economic and non-economic working conditions for public employees. In a blow to Wisconsin's public employee unions, the state Supreme Court late Tuesday overturned a lower court's ruling that a committee of Republican lawmakers violated open meetings laws when they approved the budget repair bill that strips …
Monday, May 2, 2011
The Waukesha County Board of Canvassers has counted about 11,000 votes after 4 1/2 days. Deadline to complete the county's 125,000-vote recount is May 9.
With one week before the recount deadline, Waukesha County has nearly 10% of its votes recounted, resulting in a net change of 12 additional votes for incumbent state Supreme Court Justice David Prosser. The Waukesha County Board of Canvassers had counted about 11,000 of the county's 125,070 original votes cast, as of mid-day Monday. About 48% of all votes statewide had been recounted as of 12:50 p.m. Monday, or 718,230 votes of the approximately 1.5 million cast, according to the state Government Accountability Board. That did not include votes from 27 reporting units that were being reviewed by state elections officials. May 9 is the deadline for completing the recount, which was requested by challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg after she lost …