Can courts stop the GOP’s assault on the powers of Wisconsin’s incoming Democratic officials?

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

Appeals court sides with Walker, against unions in upholding right to work law


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.

Wisconsin court appeals process would be changed for Foxconn under bill


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

Budget committee approves raises for prosecutors, public defenders, judges


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

Walker seeks applicants to fill vacant Rock County Circuit Court judgeship

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

Judges say a 16% raise is warranted. Walker offers 2%. Committee votes today.

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

Federal judge blocks Wisconsin’s ‘cocaine mom’ law

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