Wisconsin seat on U.S. appeals court remains a symbol of partisan judicial wars

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During the Obama administration, Sen. Ron Johnson heavily wielded his “blue slip” power against any nominee for a key Wisconsin seat on the federal judiciary. But with power now shifted, Republicans are angling to deprive Democrats – Sen. Tammy Baldwin, in this case – of the same power. Johnson argues that “circumstances have changed.” > Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune

Trump ignored bipartisan panel by nominating Walker ally to federal appeals court

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President Trump has nominated an ally of Gov. Scott Walker to federal appeals court — and reignited a war over judicial appointments between Sens. Ron Johnson and Tammy Baldwin. Baldwin and Johnson created a bipartisan commission to recommend federal judicial nominees, but Trump’s choice didn’t get the necessary votes from the commission. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Supreme Court candidate: A ‘Better Deal’ requires fair courts

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Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate Tim Burns writes in The Cap Times: “The success of the Better Deal will depend on America’s courts. ‘Deals’ matter. They have lifted all of us — not just the top half of the top 1 percent. But for deals to work, we need fair courts without a right-wing agenda.”

Group asks Trump to withdraw Wisconsin judicial nominee who puts Bible above Constitution

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A legal watchdog group is calling on the Trump administration to withdraw its nominee for a Wisconsin vacancy on the U.S. Court of Appeals, say that Amy Coney Barrett, a professor at Notre Dame Law School, is unsuitable for the bench due to her belief that the Bible can precede U.S. law. > WisconsinGazette.com

Public invited to meet Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate Rebecca Dallett at Madison event today

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Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Rebecca Dallet is running for Justice Michael Gableman’s seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court. She’ll be holding a meet-and-greet at the Argus Bar & Grill in downtown Madison today from 5:00-7:00 pm. The event is open to the public with no campaign donation required.

Conservatives on Wisconsin Supreme Court bench vote to shut public out

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The Wisconsin Supreme Court struck a blow against open government last week, voting 5-2 to stop holding its administrative meetings in public. All five conservative justices voted to close the doors to the public, while the two liberal justices, Shirley Abrahamson and Ann Walsh Bradley, voted in favor of keeping the doors open. > The Cap Times

Judge who helped defend Act 10 will seek Supreme Court seat

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Sauk County Circuit Court Judge Michael Screnock, who once worked on a legal team to defend Gov. Walker’s collective bargaining law, is joining the 2018 race for a seat on the state Supreme Court. Screnock announced his bid for the state’s highest court Friday, a day after Justice Michael Gableman said he would not seek re-election. > WiscNews