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Why Courts Matter Wisconsin

The Numbers Don’t Lie: We Are in the Midst of a Judicial Vacancy Crisis


  • One Wisconsin Institute Statements on Sen. Ron Johnson and GOP Vote to Put Michael Brennan on Federal Court

    The controversial appointment of homophobic racist Michael Brennan to a lifetime appointment was rammed through the U.S. Senate today.

    One Wisconsin Institute, 05/10/2018
  • Analiese Eicher: Red Flags Should Sink Judicial Nomination of Michael Brennan

    The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee set aside common decency and longstanding traditions when it voted to approve Donald Trump’s nomination of Michael Brennan.

    Capital Times, 02/21/2018
  • Donald Trump Nominee to Fill Wisconsin Federal Court Seat Fails to Disclose Shocking Comments

    The writings of Donald Trump’s nominee, Gordon Giampietro, reveal he holds views that disqualify him from a lifetime appointment to the federal court.

    One Wisconsin Institute, 02/16/2018
  • Red Flags and Blue Slips Should Sink Lifetime Nomination of Michael Brennan to Federal Court

    The Senate Judiciary today set aside common decency and its own traditions and rules in voting to approve Donald Trump’s nomination of Michael Brennan.

    One Wisconsin Institute, 02/15/2018
  • Get Schooled About Red Flags on Lifetime Nomination of Mike Brennan to Federal Court

    UW-Madison student Louise schools the nation on one of the reasons why Mike Brennan ought not be given a lifetime appointment to the federal courts.

    One Wisconsin Institute, 02/14/2018
  • Senator Grassley’s Hypocrisy on Judges Worsens

    Sen. Chuck Grassley has nearly completed his conversion of the Judiciary Committee to his own personal political playground.

    Analiese Eicher, 01/24/2018
  • Judicial Advocates Raise Red Flags on Eve of U.S. Senate Hearing on Nomination of Michael Brennan to 7th Circuit Federal Court of Appeals

    State and national advocates raised red flags about both the views of Michael Brennan and the process by which he was nominated for a lifetime appointment.

    One Wisconsin Institute, 01/23/2018
  • Nomination of Michael Brennan to Seventh Circuit Court of Federal Appeals Scheduled for Hearing Before Senate Judiciary Committee

    The wrong nominee, selected in the wrong way, being given a hearing in the wrong way. That’s how One Wisconsin Institute summed it up.

    One Wisconsin Institute, 01/22/2018
  • Despite Mounting Questions of Fitness and Legitimacy of Trump Administration Another Extreme Judicial Nominee Approved for Lifetime Slot on Federal Judiciary

    The U.S. Senate confirmed another right wing extremist judicial nominee to a lifetime appointment to the federal court.

    One Wisconsin Institute, 11/03/2017
  • Donald Trump Undermines Bipartisan Wisconsin Selection Process to Nominate Gov. Scott Walker Crony to Federal Judicial Seat

    Donald Trump announced he would also be subverting the five-decades long practice of selecting a nominee forwarded by both Wisconsin United States Senators.

    One Wisconsin Institute, 08/04/2017
  • Nomination of John K. Bush to Federal Court Moves Toward Vote in U.S. Senate

    The U.S. Senate is expected to vote soon on the confirmation of Donald Trump’s nominee John K. Bush to the Sixth Circuit Federal Court of Appeals.

    One Wisconsin Institute, 07/20/2017
  • Protecting Integrity of Federal Courts Requires Halting Consideration of Trump Nominees Amid Deepening Concerns for Legitimacy of Administration

    The U.S. Senate should delay action on Donald Trump’s nominees until mounting questions about his administration are resolved

    One Wisconsin Institute, 05/16/2017
  • Americans Deserve Independent, Consensus Pick for U.S. Supreme Court. Neil Gorsuch Is Not It.

    We deserve, and need, a consensus justice on our high court whose loyalty is to all American people and our American values, not one president nor one party.

    Jenni Dye, 03/14/2017
  • Donald Trump Announces His Pick for Seat on U.S. Supreme Court

    Donald Trump announced his pick for who he would like to fill a lifetime appointment to the United States Supreme Court.

    One Wisconsin Institute, 01/31/2017
  • Donald Trump to Attempt to Fill Stolen U.S. Supreme Court Seat

    The questions surrounding Donald Trump and his compliance with and commitment to following the United States Constitution are serious and unresolved.

    One Wisconsin Institute, 01/31/2017
  • Donald Trump Poised to Make U.S. Supreme Court Nomination Despite Unresolved Questions of Possible Constitutional Violations and Russian Election Interference

    Donald Trump has announced, via Twitter, he intends to reveal his nominee to fill a vacancy on the United States Supreme Court next Thursday.

    One Wisconsin Institute, 01/27/2017
  • Jenni Dye: It Shouldn’t Take Christmas Miracle for Ron Johnson to Do His Job

    Will Sen. Ron Johnson and the GOP deliver on a judge to fill the longest-running federal judicial vacancy in the nation – or will they deliver a lump of coal?

    Capital Times, 12/16/2016
  • It Shouldn’t Take a Christmas Miracle for Sen. Ron Johnson to Do His Job and Approve Judicial Nominee He Supports

    Instead of trying to rig federal courts for partisan gain, Johnson and his GOP colleagues should give American people the gift of democracy this holiday season.

    One Wisconsin Institute, 12/08/2016
  • U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson Compares U.S. Constitution to a Contract, Then Tells Students, ‘You Rarely Read the Full Contract’

    U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson Compares U.S. Constitution to a Contract, Then Tells Students, ‘You Rarely Read the Full Contract’

    One Wisconsin Institute, 10/27/2016
  • Federal Judicial Vacancy Crisis and GOP Obstruction Highlighted By Action at U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson’s Office

    As part of a national day of action, Wisconsin members of the Why Courts Matter coalition visited Ron Johnson’s Milwaukee office to deliver 92 miniature chairs.

    One Wisconsin Institute, 10/04/2016
  • U.S. Senate Republican Delays in Confirming Judges Deny Justice

    U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Joins Advocates in Calling for Action to Fill U.S. Supreme Court and Federal Judicial Vacancies.

    One Wisconsin Institute, 09/20/2016
  • Six Month Anniversary of Judge Merrick Garland’s Appointment to Fill U.S. Supreme Court Vacancy

    Today marks six months since President Obama nominated Judge Merrick Garland to fill a vacancy on the United States Supreme Court.

    One Wisconsin Institute, 09/16/2016
  • Sen. Ron Johnson Shows Up at Work, But Will He Do His Job?

    After a lengthy summer recess Sen. Ron Johnson and the U.S. Senate are scheduled to return to work today. But the question is: will he do his job?

    One Wisconsin Institute, 09/07/2016
  • Group Calls Out Johnson on High Court

    “What he’s saying is, ‘I got him this far, but I’m not going to get him any further,’ ” Pines told reporters on a conference call organized by the liberal One Wisconsin Institute.

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 08/31/2016
  • On National Day of Action Wisconsin Attorneys Call on Sen. Ron Johnson to Do His Job, Give Fair Hearing and Vote to U.S. Supreme Court Nominee Judge Merrick Garland

    Judge Merrick Garland has now waited a record 168 days without a committee hearing or confirmation vote on his nomination to the nation’s high court.

    One Wisconsin Institute, 08/31/2016
  • Constituents Rally to Tell Sen. Ron Johnson to #DoYourJob

    The unprecedented political power play by the GOP in D.C. in refusing to give a fair hearing and timely vote to Judge Merrick Garland stretched for over 150 days.

    Analiese Eicher, 08/17/2016
  • Ron Johnson Making History, But Not the Good Kind

    Today marks the 125th day since President Obama nominated Judge Merrick Garland to fill a vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court.

    One Wisconsin Institute, 07/19/2016
  • Sen. Ron Johnson Going on Recess Instead of Doing His Job

    As the United States Senate prepares to skip town, Sen. Ron Johnson and his Republican colleagues have left important work undone.

    One Wisconsin Institute, 07/15/2016
  • Senate Colleagues to Request Sen. Ron Johnson Do His Job, Vote to Fill Longest Running Federal Judicial Vacancy in the Nation

    Several of Sen. Ron Johnson’s colleagues will take to the floor of the United States Senate today and request votes on a series of nominees to fill judicial vacancies.

    One Wisconsin Institute, 07/12/2016
  • Anniversary of Marriage Equality Decision a Powerful Example of Why Courts Matter

    You ought to be free to love whomever you want, and you ought not be denied the same rights as others because you want to marry that person. It’s just common sense.

    Capital Times, 06/30/2016
  • U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down Texas Effort To Restrict Abortion Access

    The United States Supreme Court in a 5-3 decision today ruled a Texas law attempting to restrict access to abortion as unconstitutional.

    One Wisconsin Institute, 06/27/2016
  • Wisconsin Reacts to Supreme Court Ruling Against Anti-abortion Law

    This decision protecting the rights of women is a powerful reminder of why courts matter.

    Wisconsin Gazette, 06/27/2016
  • Day 100 of Sen. Ron Johnson Refusing to Do His Job

    Ron Johnson has now spent 100 days ignoring the oath he swore to uphold the U.S. Constitution and refusing to do his job.

    One Wisconsin Institute, 06/24/2016
  • One Wisconsin Institute Statements on Schott Senate Panel Vote

    It is long past time for the Senate to do its job and fill the longest judicial vacancy in the nation.

    One Wisconsin Institute, 06/16/2016
  • Check Out WICourtsMatter.org to Find Out More About Why Courts Matter

    The website includes information about current court vacancies and the U.S. Supreme Court, issues at stake in the courts and other court related news and advocacy work.

    One Wisconsin Institute, 06/01/2016
  • Protecting Women’s Reproductive Rights — Another Reason Courts Matter

    Imagine a Wisconsin where a woman would not be able to legally have her birth control prescription filled. It has happened, and it’s a powerful example of why courts matter.

    Capital Times, 05/31/2016
  • Sen. Ron Johnson Skips Hearing on Nomination to Fill Nation’s Longest Federal Judicial Vacancy

    Sen. Ron Johnson failed to appear at a hearing today on the nomination of Donald Schott to fill a vacancy on the Federal Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

    One Wisconsin Institute, 05/18/2016
  • New Poll Shows Wisconsinites Overwhelmingly Want Sen. Ron Johnson to Do His Job, Hold Fair Hearing, Timely Vote on U.S. Supreme Court Nominee

    New polling finds overwhelming support among Wisconsin voters for holding fair hearings and a timely vote on the President’s SCOTUS nominee.

    One Wisconsin Institute, 05/09/2016
  • Thousands of Citizens Call on Sen. Ron Johnson to Do His Job

    When Ron Johnson refuses to do his job, our courts can’t do theirs. And that means people in Wisconsin and across the nation are being denied justice.

    One Wisconsin Institute, 05/06/2016
  • Is Ron Johnson Doing His Job?

    It’s a yes or no answer to the question of whether Sen. Ron Johnson is doing his job, and we’ve launched a new site to provide people with the answer.

    One Wisconsin Institute, 05/03/2016
  • Will Federal Court Obstructionist U.S. Senator Ron Johnson Call on Gov. Walker to Wait Until After Election to Appoint New State Supreme Court Justice?

    If anyone should have to wait to fill a judicial vacancy until after the next election, it’s Scott Walker, and if anyone should tell him to do so it should be Ron Johnson.

    One Wisconsin Institute, 04/29/2016
  • Wisconsin Voters Silenced Because Johnson Won’t Do His Job

    By refusing to do their job and act on nominees to fill vacancies on the federal court, Sen. Ron Johnson and his fellow Republicans are hurting the judicial system and undermining our democracy.

    Wisconsin State Journal, 04/15/2016
  • In Visits to Wisconsin, Presidential Candidates Noting Sen. Ron Johnson Refusing to Do His Job on Supreme Court Nominee

    As presidential candidates travel to Wisconsin, one thing they’re quickly noticing is Wisconsin U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson refusing to do his job.

    One Wisconsin Institute, 03/28/2016
  • One Wisconsin Institute, Community Leaders Tell Sen. Ron Johnson #DoYourJob

    Will Sen. Ron Johnson continue to be a part of the problem, or will he become part of the solution?

    One Wisconsin Institute, 03/21/2016
  • Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Obstruction)

    Allowing our courts to become deadlocked for petty political reasons would be unprecedented. It’s time Sen. Ron Johnson stop playing games and start doing his job.

    Scot Ross, 03/01/2016