The Wisconsin Democrats’ prospective legal action against the lame-duck actions of the Republican state legislature will base their challenge on a violation of separation of powers, while the GOP will likely counter with the argument that these legislative acts are one of the core powers reserved to the legislature. > NBC News
A Wisconsin appeals court upheld the state’s right-to-work law on Tuesday, handing Gov. Walker a victory by reversing a lower court ruling that had struck down the law he championed as unconstitutional last year. The court rejected the challenge brought by three unions — the AFL-CIO’s Wisconsin chapter, Machinists Local Lodge 1061 and United Steelworkers District 2.
Legal decisions related to Wisconsin’s deal with Taiwanese electronics manufacturing company Foxconn could be appealed directly to the state Supreme Court under legislation approved Tuesday by the Legislature’s budget-writing committee. > Cap Times
The Legislature’s budget committee approved raises for prosecutors, public defenders and judges Wednesday, though not at levels requested by those groups. Wisconsin State Journal
Qualified, or know someone who is? Gov. Walker is accepting resumes through May 19 to fill the vacancy that will be left by Michael R. Fitzpatrick, who won election to the District 4 Court of Appeals on April 4. Fitzpatrick departs August 1. > Beloit Daily News
Among the Joint Finance Committee’s business today is a vote on whether Wisconsin judges should receive a pay hike – possibly a large one. Or, quite possibly, a very small one, in the eyes of Wisconsin judges who know what their peers in other states are being paid. > Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
A federal judge has blocked enforcement of a Wisconsin law that allows the state to detain pregnant women suspected of drug or alcohol abuse, ruling Friday that the “cocaine mom” law is “void for vagueness”. > Wisconsin State Journal