Candidates divided on place of politics in Supreme Court elections

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The two candidates for the state’s highest court who are backed by liberals on Friday showed deep divisions on whether politics has a place in judicial elections. Madison attorney Tim Burns has said repeatedly that he holds progressive values and would uphold them if he were elected to the court. > Wisconsin State Journal

What the Wisconsin Supreme Court doesn’t want you to see

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For two decades, Wisconsin was a shining example of what an open court system could be. The state Supreme Court was one of the few in the nation that conducted deliberations in public. Now that experiment in good government is over. > Wisconsin State Journal

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.”

Two Wisconsin Supreme Court candidates could put own money into campaigns

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Two state Supreme Court candidates making appeals to Democrats – Rebecca Dallet and Tim Burns – appear to have the ability to funnel large sums of personal money into their campaigns, though neither is saying if they will. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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

Theories on why Justice Gableman is stepping down from Supreme Court

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To the announcement that Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman will not run for reelection in 2018, Urban Milwaukee says, “Good riddance”, adding that it’s good news for anyone who wants justices with integrity because it views Gableman as “the most ethically challenged justice on the Supreme Court.” > Urban Milwaukee