GOP Plans “RED STATE” day celebration
If your common sense suggests that Scott Walker had full knowledge of the secret email network; the network that lead to the indictment of his closest aids and just 30 feet away from his Milwaukee County Executive office – then Tuesday April 7 – IS a Presidential Election. It is a Fighting “Bob” call to action.
If you believe that corporations are not people, and money is not speech – mark the Supreme Court election on April 7 on your calendar. Yes, all of what has come to be called the “John Doe Investigation” and the last breath of hope to bring Scott Walker to justice, may be at stake on April 7. The outcome of the April 7 election could well mark Wisconsin as a “red state” giving the GOP full sway over Executive, Legislative, and after the April 7 election – Judicial branches of Wisconsin government – thus fulfilling the whispered request of billionaire Diane Hendricks to Scott Walker, “Any chance we’ll ever get to be a completely a red state… and a right to work. What can we to do to help you?”
The request could be fulfilled. Republicans will celebrate depending on the outcome of the April 7 election if they gain “red state” sway over all three branches of government.
Rock County Judge James Daley, the challenger for the Republicans.
The business lobby group Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce has announced it will back Daley. Previously, WMC and Wisconsin Club for Growth together provided an estimated $8.3 million for “issue ads” helping elect conservative justices Annette Ziegler (below), Michael Gableman (below), David Prosser (below) and Patience Roggensack (below) — well more than the $3.2 million spent by these candidates’ own campaigns.Lueders column
These are the faces of the four Wisconsin Supreme Court Judges that denied collective bargaining rights injunction June 14, 2011. Wait. Isn’t it interesting how the same four justices who voted against the collective bargaining injunction are the very justices that were supported by WMC and Club for Growth? (Hold on to that thought).
They are from left to right David Prosser appointed 1998 current term expires 2021
Pateince Roggensack Her current term expires July 31, 2023.
Justice Michael J. Gableman His current term expires July 31, 2018.
Annette Kingsland Ziegler Her current term expires July 31, 2017.
As you may recall the law to curtail collective bargaining was under an injunction with the argument that the law was passed without legal public notice. The four majority Judges above said that Judge Sumi’s (who had issued the injunction) order meddled in legislative procedure and was not relevant to the constitution.
“As the court has explained when legislation was challenged based on allegations that the legislature did not follow the relevant procedural statutes, “this court will not determine whether internal operating rules or procedural statutes have been complied with by the legislature in the course of its enactments.”
Two dissenters in favor of the collective bargaining injunction are on the ballot April 7. One directly as a candidate and the other by a referendum that would alter the manner in which a Chief Justice is appointed.
The Chief Justice (above right) was joined by Justice Ann Walsh Bradley (above left) and Justice N. Patrick Crooks in dissent in part from the order. It is exactly because the issues in the present case are of such constitutional and public policy importance that I do not join the order.
Justice Shirley Abrahamson accuses the majority of 4 of giving case ‘short shrift’
In hastily reaching judgment, Justice Patience D. Roggensack, Justice Annette K. Ziegler, and Justice Michael J. Gableman author an order, joined by Justice David T. Prosser, lacking a reasoned, transparent analysis and incorporating numerous errors of law and fact. This kind of order seems to open the court unnecessarily to the charge that the majority has reached a pre-determined conclusion not based on the facts and the law, which undermines the majority’s ultimate decision.See Prosser and Activist Judges
Some weeks later on June 5, 2011 we learned the deliberation over the written opinions did not come without incident… like a physical attack.
Justice Bradley Speaks out
Madison Wisconsin — Justice Ann Walsh Bradley came forth with a statement late Saturday saying that fellow Justice David Prosser choked her and refuting claims that she attacked him first.
“The facts are that I was demanding that he get out of my office and he put his hands around my neck in anger in a choke-hold,” she said. “Those are the facts and you can try to spin those facts and try to make it sound like I ran up to him and threw my neck into his hands, but that’s only spin.
“Matters of abusive behavior in the workplace aren’t resolved by competing press releases,” she said.
“I’m confident the appropriate authorities will conduct a thorough investigation of this incident involving abusive behavior in the workplace.”
Read the full article in Poliscoop
The call was out to demand the resignation of Prosser, but no. The matter was investigated secretly and internally and nary a mention was made in the ensuing weeks, but in case you thought the April 7 election was without drama or consequence, if nothing else it is an opportunity to support a victim of judicial assault – Literally. But we are not done yet. Let’s look at what is at stake with Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson. She is the subject of the referendum.
GOP “recalling” Abrahamson as Chief Justice
The GOP controls the legislature, and that legislature has passed laws to shore up control over the State Supreme Court by amending the State Constitution to remove Abrahamson as Chief. Of course, it makes no sense that the GOP legistlators would suddenly be so concerned over the administrative structure of the court, unless to exact political revenge on author of the dissenting opinion on the collective bargaining issue – thus snuffing out the last wisp of “liberal control” in the whole of state government. NO no NO.
Referendum on Election of Chief Justice.
Question 1: “Election of chief justice. Shall section 4 (2) of article VII of the constitution be amended to direct that a chief justice of the supreme court shall be elected for a two-year term by a majority of the justices then serving on the court?”
The Wisconsin constitution currently provides that the chief justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court is its longest-serving member. The proposed constitutional amendment would instead select the chief justice through an election by a majority of the justices then serving on the Court.Government Accountability Board
Groups decry chief justice referendum
John Doe, Union rights, choking, election coming to your town
In case the supporting of choked Justice Bradely, preserving the authority of a defender of union rights, and holding on to the last scrap of administrative power in state government is not enough motive to take the time to vote on Tuesday, April 7. How about the last chance to see presidential hopeful Scott Walker indicted. Motivated now?
The first briefs to begin the latest episode of John Doe are delivered to the Wisconsin Supreme Court. We will see how the case of Oligarchs vs. Wisconsin proceeds. What ever happened to JOHN DOE? Oligarchs vs. Wisconsin
Yes. The initial briefs regarding the illegal campaign activity of Club for Growth during the Senate and Walker recall elections are already delivered to the Supreme Court. Were you able to “hold the thought” from above?
Isn’t it interesting how the same four justices who voted against the collective bargaining injunction are the very justices that were supported by WMC and Club for Growth?
Yes. Four of the sitting justices (pictured above) are “sitting” where they are as a result of millions of campaign dollars from … guess who? “Club for Growth” The only reason Bradley’s opponent, Rock County Judge Daley, does not list Club for Growth as a contributor is – they are named in a current case now before the court! Daley’s money came from WMC which I am sure has NO connection with Club for Growth – like Scott Walker has NO connection with the Koch Bros. or ALEC or (fill in the name of any conservative billionaire here)_____________________ .
As it now stands, four of the justices reviewing the “Club for Growth” case were elected with funds from the Club for Growth, do you want to make it five? Do you want to see Abrahamson stripped of power? Want to see Bradley choked by WMC money? Want to see the last chance of connection of John Doe to Scott Walker disappear? Then do not vote on April 7..
Oh, and we do not know if you will need a voter ID or not. Welcome to Fitzwalkerstan!
NO PHOTO ID REQUIRED FOR APRIL 7 ELECTION
From the Government Accountability Web Site
Following Monday’s decision from the U.S. Supreme Court not to hear an appeal of Wisconsin’s voter ID cases, the Government Accountability Board has consulted with the Wisconsin Department of Justice and determined that photo ID will not be required for the April 7 Spring Election. Photo ID will be required for subsequent elections, including any special elections in 2015.