Justice System

Planned Parenthood Tells the Truth about John McCain

The Planned Parenthood Action Fund launched a multimedia campaign in Wisconsin today to educate voters about Sen. John McCain’€™s troubling anti-health care voting record. The ad campaign, which features online spots on the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Web site highlights how this supposedly independent thinker is in lockstep with the most extreme fringes of the Republican Party. […]

A Judge Should Know Better

In December One Wisconsin Now sent a letter of concern to the Wisconsin Judicial Campaign Integrity Committee (JCIC). It was about a very questionable set of letters sent out by Supreme Court Candidate Michael Gableman. The letters could have been interpreted that Gableman would rule a specific way on specific cases if they again come […]

WMC’s Road Show to Highlight Strategy for Buying State Supreme Court

If you’ve got a big fat corporate check to spare Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce has an event for you! Over the next couple weeks, the state’s big business lobby is going to be traveling around the state hosting member events to rally support and cash in its efforts to restore corporate fealty to the state […]

Gableman a Chip Off the Old Block?

Note to Mike Gableman: You can tell a lot about a person by the company he keeps.   Oft-overturned judge and Supreme Court candidate Mike Gableman made a questionable visit at this weekend’€™s Americans for Prosperity dittofest. The host organization, the big-oil funded Americans for Prosperity is run by Mark Block, who is no stranger […]

Big Oil Strike in Waukesha County

This weekend, Americans for Prosperity gathered together a bunch of Republicans and right wingers to talk about why more of your tax dollars should go to corporations.   Given that Americans for Prosperity is the tax exempt mouthpiece for big oil, it’€™s no surprise. Here are the facts about Americans for Prosperity and Big Oil: […]

New Year, Same Problem for Gableman

In September we reported that State Supreme Court Candidate Michael Gableman had a terrible record at the State Court of Appeals. According to the Wisconsin Law Journal, Gableman was affirmed at the Court of Appeals only 67 percent of the time. When using the same criteria, even the average judge was affirmed 81 percent of […]

Help Thy Self

If you have ever heard of the state of Wisconsin’s largest lobbying group, Wisconsin Manufactures Commerce, it was probably in reading some article about a corporate taxation bill or the Annette Ziegler controversy. However, what the average Wisconsinite doesn’t read about is how the state’s largest business lobbying group is voting against the people of […]

WMCheerleader to Monitor WMC?

Yesterday the Wisconsin Judicial Campaign Integrity Committee announced that it was bringing on two new members, both conservatives.   Although they appointed two yesterday, bringing on John Torinus raises the most concerns and questions.  This is a committee focusing on the judicial code of ethics, yet Torinus has used his space in newspaper columns to excuse […]

Edwards Out….

I really expected Edwards to push on until the convention, hold his delegates and become king-maker there. I wonder what kind of deal was made… And here’s to OWN getting a shout-out at the end of the internet debate between the candidates for WI Supreme Court last night. I wonder how long its going to […]

No Clean Campaign Commitment from Gableman

On Tuesday Supreme Court Justice Louis Butler and Burnett County Judge Michael Gableman participated in their first debate.  It took place on a University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee program called Panthertalk.  During the internet based event, a caller asked both candidates about a clean campaign pledge that they have both been asked to sign, by the Wisconsin […]

Two Peas in a Pod? Scary Thought

Earlier this week Congressman F. Jim Sensenbrenner endorsed Michael Gableman in his quest for the states high court.   Given the two men’s partisanship, the endorsement is certainly no surprise.  It does, however, make one wonder if Gableman shares the same extreme Sensenbrenner positions on the law, civil rights and issues in general. Here is a […]

Gableman: I Know You Are But What Am I

Only a matter of weeks ago Michael Gableman made the decision to take the race for State Supreme Court into the gutter.  He and members of his operation made outrageous remarks about the incumbent Supreme Court Justice, prompting a rebuke from the newly formed Judicial Campaign Integrity Committee (JCIC).  Now he seems to be resorting […]

Support an End to the Criminal Abortion Ban

Today is the 35th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark decision guaranteeing a women’s right to make her own decisions regarding her reproductive health.  How appropriate that today Representative Terese Berceau (D-Madison) and Senator Mark Miller (D-Monona) have introduced the Women’s Health and Safety Act.  The legislation will remove a 158-year-old Wisconsin law that […]

Editorial Gets It Right, News Department Should Follow

Today the editorial board of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel completely nailed the issue of requiring voter IDs to vote.  The editorial was written in the context of a voter ID case scheduled to be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court today.  Specifically, it is concerning an Indiana law that is among the strictest in the […]

Slap on the Wrist is Not Enough

Last week the judicial conduct panel recommended that Justice Annette Ziegler receive a public reprimand for her repeated violations of very clear ethics rules.  That light tap on the wrist seemed to trigger an effort to minimize what Ziegler has done.  Thankfully, not everyone is falling for the attempt to change the subject and minimize […]

A Blip Worthy of Punishment

Today the Judicial Conduct Panel that heard the conflict of interest case against Justice Annette Ziegler recommended that she receive a public reprimand. That is the punishment that Ziegler and the Wisconsin Judicial Commission agreed on and is unfortunately the very least that they could do. The ultimate decision will be up to the other […]

Resolutions for Every List

While everyone is talking about New Year resolutions, it seems appropriate to suggest a few for Wisconsin progressives. Below are a few items that should make every list. Real Health Care Reform It is certainly no secret that Wisconsin pays some of the highest health care costs in the nation. These out of control costs […]