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  • Wisconsin Election today

    Posted by Unknown Member on April 7, 2020 at 9:43 am

    [link=–yvVdE07V9dopv1OLwOvO6J-7HU0uQp4xQjZpY0YH40owdyCljbtRCjOVIGnVAn-wMg-4X683Uw9Ewm1owRjQD9ECxGG08iPHjuLKUpbkfwQ-ARO0vnE]April 6[/link]
    There is complicated news about voter suppression tonight out of Wisconsin. It has overridden today’s news of the extraordinary outburst of Trumps acting Secretary of the Navy, Thomas Modly, who flew almost 8000 miles to Guam to harangue the sailors from the USS Theodore Roosevelt.
    I’ll cover the Modly story later in the week, but for tonight, Wisconsin.

    There is a crucial election there tomorrow that landed tonight at the US Supreme Court. The backstory is that in 2010, thanks to REDMAP the Republican Redistricting Majority Project I wrote about on Saturday, the Wisconsin legislature was controlled by Republicans. They worked to guarantee their control, gerrymandering the state so effectively in 2011 that in the 2012 elections, Republicans lost a majority of voters, but took 60% of the seats in the legislature. (They won only 48.6% of the votes, but took 61% of the seats.)

    With this power, they promptly passed a strict voter-ID law that reduced black and Latino voting, resulting in 200,000 fewer voters in 2016 than had voted in 2012. (Remember, Wisconsin is a key battleground state, and Trump won it in 2016 by fewer than 23,000 votes.)

    Now, there is a move afoot to purge about 240,000 more voters from the rolls, thanks to the old system called voter caging. The state sent letters to registered voters, largely in districts that voted Democratic in 2016, and those who did not respond to the letters have been removed from the voter rolls on the argument that the fact they didn’t respond to the letters must mean they have moved. Initially, the purge was supposed to happen in 2021, after the election, but a conservative group sued to removed them earlier and a conservative state judge, Paul V. Malloy ordered it done. Malloys decision has been appealed to the Wisconsin state supreme court, which has deadlocked over the issue by a vote of 3-3.

    On tomorrows ballot is a contest for a seat on that court. The Republicans desperately want to reelect their candidate, Justice Daniel Kelly, who recused himself from the voter purge vote pending the election. Trump has endorsed Kelly, who will uphold the purge if he is reelected. Before the pandemic, observers thought Kellys opponent had a good chance of unseating him because of expected high turnout among Democrats. But now, of course, all bets are off, especially since the Democratic strongholds in the state are in the cities, where the residents are hunkered down.

    The election was originally scheduled for tomorrow, but the pandemic has gummed up the works. A stay-at-home order went into effect in the state on March 25, and more than a million voters have requested absentee ballots. But this huge surge means the state is running behind and hasnt been able to deliver the ballots. Meanwhile, roughly 7000 poll workers, who are volunteers and often elderly, have said they would not come manage the election, so a large number of polls cant open. The city of Milwaukee, whose 600,000 people normally would have 180 polling places, will have five. Milwaukee tends to vote Democratic.
    Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers, a Democrat, tried to get the Republican-dominated legislature to postpone the election or to mail ballots to all voters for a May 26 election deadline, but it refused. Over the weekend, the mayors of Wisconsins ten biggest cities urged the states top health official, Andrea Palm, to step up and use her emergency powers to replace in-person voting with mail-in voting, as Ohio did when faced with a similar problem. On Monday, Evers signed an executive order postponing the election until June 9something even he was unsure he had the power to do, but he said he felt he had to try to keep people safe– but Republicans challenged the order and the Republican-dominated state Supreme Court blocked it.
    Last Thursday, a federal judge permitted absentee ballots to be counted in the election so long as they arrived back to election officials by April 13, but Republicans immediately challenged the decision. Tonight, in a 5-4 decision, the US. Supreme Court refused to permit this extension of time for the state to receive absentee ballots, arguing (apparently without any self-awareness) that the federal judge made a mistake by changing the rules of an election so close to its date. This means that absentee ballots have to be postmarked tomorrow, even if the voter hasn’t gotten one by then.

    The court insisted that the issue in the decision was quite narrow, and had nothing to do with the larger question of the right to vote. The four dissenting justices cried foul.

    Writing for the four other judges in dissent, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg wrote that the courts order, I fear, will result in massive disenfranchisement. The majority of this Court declares that this case presents a narrow, technical question. That is wrong. The question here is whether tens of thousands of Wisconsin citizens can vote safely in the midst of a pandemic. Under the District Courts order, they would be able to do so. Even if they receive their absentee ballot in the days immediately following election day, they could return it. With the majoritys stay in place, that will not be possible. Either they will have to brave the polls, endangering their own and others safety, or they will lose their right to vote, through no fault of their own.
    That is a matter of utmost importanceto the constitutional rights of Wisconsins citizens, the integrity of the States election process, and in this most extraordinary time, the health of the Nation.
    The New York Times editorial board echoed Ginsburg, warning that what is happening in Wisconsin, where Republicans are trying to use the pandemic to steal an election, could happen nationally in 2020. This is why Democrats tried to get robust election funding in the $2.2 trillion coronavirus bill to bolster mail-in ballots, and why Trump said: The things they had in there were crazy, they had things, levels of voting that if you ever agreed to, you would never have another Republican elected in this country again.

    This crisis in Wisconsin has national implications. The reelection of Kelly will likely mean Wisconsin loses another 240,000 voters, most of them Democrats. This will increase Trump’s chances of winning the state in 2020, and Wisconsin is likely key to a victory in the Electoral College.

    This is why I watch the minutia of politics so carefully. It’s hard to imagine that the election of a state judge in Wisconsin matters to our nation of fifty states and 330 million people, but it does. Oh, boy, does it.
    -Heather Cox Richardson

    btomba_77 replied 10 months, 3 weeks ago 5 Members · 23 Replies
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  • kaldridgewv2211

    April 7, 2020 at 10:55 am

    Wisconsin voters received I Voted gravestones. Got to love the onion.


    • 19462008

      April 7, 2020 at 11:27 am

      Norm…  Do you have an Opinion or just want to keep on Copying and Pasting everything you read? Join the club and have a discussion. Don’t be a Media Bomber. 

      • kaldridgewv2211

        April 7, 2020 at 3:23 pm

        Lighten up Francis – Sgt Hulka

        You posted something that has nothing to do with what the OP put. Just a random half baked complaint. Get some self awareness bruh.

        • 19462008

          April 8, 2020 at 9:16 am

          Dude, I’m self aware of laziness and hypocrisy with people. Treat the blog as a discussion and debate forum. I’m actually not taking it seriously as Norma is not serious in her responses. That’s all I’m asking. She just blasts and runs away. It makes me wonder if it’s a Troll or a Bot. I may just not look at anything she posts anymore. It’s like a cheap ad.

          • btomba_77

            April 10, 2020 at 8:00 am

            [b]Wisconsin Tracks New Covid Cases Tied to Election[/b][/h1]  
            Wisconsins state health department is tracking new cases of the coronavirus to determine whether it was spread among voters during Tuesdays election, the [link=]Milwaukee Journal Sentinel[/link] reports.


            • btomba_77

              April 13, 2020 at 5:42 pm

              GOP Loses Gamble In Wisconsin

              Wisconsin Republicans forced an in-person election during a pandemic because they believed a low turnout election would ensure a State Supreme Court victory.

              But the AP and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel report they lost.

              Progressive Jill Karofsky defeated conservative Justice Daniel Kelly, just the second person to knock off a sitting justice in 53 years.

              Washington Post: It was also hardfought because of potential implications in the November presidential elections, with a judicial decision about whether to purge the states voter rolls hanging in the partisan balance of the court.

              • btomba_77

                April 14, 2020 at 4:11 am

                Now that it’s all fully counted, that judicial win is a biggie.   Karofsky wins by more than 10 points.
                I am hopeful that this means the Democratic intensity of the 2018 midterms has not abated.
                (ps — a poll worker died from Coronavirus too in IL. It will be a bad look for the GOP if this winds up being a super-spreader event)

                • btomba_77

                  April 20, 2020 at 6:51 pm

                  7 Milwaukee Covid cases related to in-person voting so far

                  • katiemckee84_223

                    April 25, 2020 at 9:59 am

                    7 coronavirus cold cases too. Who cares. Yawn.

                    • btomba_77

                      February 19, 2023 at 6:08 am

                      [h1]The political world focuses on Wisconsins Supreme Court race[/h1]

                      State supreme court [i]primary[/i] races usually dont usually draw national attention but with little else on the political calendar and hot-button issues in a critical swing state at stake, national media and political operatives have their eyes on Wisconsins Tuesday election. Meanwhile, out-of-state money has poured in, likely making it the most expensive judicial race ever.
                      Voters will go to the polls to fill an open seat on the state Supreme Court left with the retirement of conservative Patience Roggensack, who gave conservatives a [link=]4-3 majority[/link] that produced reliable right-wing victories on everything from abortion restrictions to gerrymandering to public employee unions. While the primary is nominally nonpartisan, no one is confused about which party backs which [link=]candidates[/link]. Progressive judges Janet Protasiewicz and Everett Mitchell and conservatives Daniel Kelly and Jennifer Dorow are vying for the top two spots to face off in the general election on April 4.


                      If a progressive wins the seat, the court will likely defend [link=]abortion rights[/link] in a state where a significant majority of [link=]voters are pro-choice[/link], and reconsider the radical GOP redistricting plan that secured six of eight U.S. House seats for Republicans. Abortion and voting are the top issues, giving Democrats confidence they can turn out voters even in February. Mitchell tells me that the recent midterms were the first under the new districts, which carved up towns and even neighborhoods. People feel like their vote doesnt matter, Mitchell says. People feel they have lost their vote. On abortion, he decries the chaos created by [link=][i]Dobbs v. Jackson Womens Health Organization[/i][/link].

                      As former Wisconsin radio talk show host Charlie Sykes [link=]wrote[/link], Republicans have launched a bitter, high-stakes, and often quite personal, civil war likely to hurt Dorow, the stronger conservative. Both staunch conservatives, Kelly has condemned same-sex marriage and Dorow has blasted [link=][i]Lawrence v. Texas[/i] [/link](striking down an anti-sodomy law). But that hasnt kept them from tearing each other apart.

                      Democrats, meanwhile, have enjoyed a primary virtually devoid of rancor. They hope that bodes well for capturing the fourth seat on the court.

                    • btomba_77

                      February 22, 2023 at 12:49 pm

                      Teagan Goddard: [link=]Liberals Got the Conservative They Wanted In Wisconsin


                      Daniel Kelly, a former Supreme Court justice [link=]who advised Republicans[/link] in an attempt to overturn the 2020 presidential race in favor of Donald Trump through the use of fake electors.
                      He barely eked out a win against conservative Judge Jennifer Dorow for the second spot on the ballot.
                      Its important to note that Kelly was trounced in his own  re-election bid in 2020, the type of race incumbent judges rarely lose.


                      [h1]Strong Democratic Showing in Wisconsin Court Race[/h1]  
                       [link=]New York Times[/link]: Eight months after the nations highest court made abortion illegal in Wisconsin, a liberal State Supreme Court candidate who made reproductive rights the centerpiece of her campaign won more votes than her two conservative opponents combined.
                      The Wisconsin Supreme Court primary election on Tuesday was a triumph for the states liberals. In addition to capturing 54 percent of the vote in the four-way, officially nonpartisan primary, they will face a conservative opponent in the general election who was last seen losing a 2020 court election by double digits.

  • btomba_77

    February 27, 2023 at 1:13 pm

    [h1][b]Wisconsin Supreme Court Candidate Advised Anti-Abortion Groups[/b][/h1]  
    The Republican-backed candidate for the Wisconsin Supreme Court provided legal advice to one of the states leading anti-abortion groups, work that Wisconsin Right to Life and Dan Kelly have not detailed but that is being used against Kelly by his liberal opponent, the [link=]AP[/link] reports.
    The high-stakes race, expected to shatter national spending records, will determine majority control of the court and likely the fate of abortion access in the state.
    With the state Supreme Court likely to hear a challenge to Wisconsins 1849 ban on abortions at any stage of pregnancy, the candidates positions have become a central focus of the race.

  • btomba_77

    April 1, 2023 at 9:42 am


    [h1]How Wisconsin Democrats learned to play hardball in the country’s biggest judicial election[/h1]

    The bluntness of the Democrats message in Wisconsin inspired outrage on the right and [link=]worried chin-stroking[/link] from some liberals, uneasy with the concept of such openly partisan judicial elections. Republicans here warn that the rule of law might be replaced by the rule of Janet, and that if she wins, hyper-partisan court races will become the norm.
    Protasiewicz and her allies say that they already were, especially in Wisconsin. After [i]Dobbs[/i], which put abortion rights back in the laps of state legislators and courts, the trend only accelerated.
    My value is that we have fair maps, Protasiewicz said at the Tuesday night forum. My value is that people should be able to make their own reproductive health care decisions.


  • btomba_77

    April 2, 2023 at 4:47 am

    [h1][b]Democrats Run on Abortion Everywhere[/b][/h1]  [link=]New York Times[/link]–
    Eric Genrich is running a full-throated campaign in support of abortion rights, reminding voters of his position at every turn and hammering his anti-abortion opponent in television ads. At a recent event, he featured an obstetrician who now commutes to a state where abortion is legal to treat patients and a local woman who traveled to Colorado to terminate a nonviable pregnancy. 
    Theres just one inconvenient reality: Mr. Genrich is running for re-election as mayor of Green Bay, Wis., an office that has nothing to do with abortion policy.
    Mr. Genrich is one of several candidates for municipal offices on the ballot this spring in races in Wisconsin, Chicago, St. Louis, Lincoln, Neb., and elsewhere who are making their support for abortion rights and often their opponents past opposition a centerpiece of their campaigns, even though abortion policy in all of these places is decided at the state level.

  • btomba_77

    April 5, 2023 at 3:27 am

    Janet Protasiewicz easily defeats Daniel Kelly for Wisconsin Supreme Court. The result flips ideological control of the court from conservative to liberal, a huge victory for the pro-choice side.

    Keely goes out like a douchebag in his concession speech:
    “I wish that in a circumstance like this, I would be able to concede to a worthy opponent,” he said at an event held at the Heidel House Hotel in Green Lake. “But I do not have a worthy opponent to which I can concede.”
    “I say this not because we did not prevail. I do not say this because of the rancid slanders that were launched against me, although that was bad enough. But that is not my concern. My concern is the damage done to the institution of the courts,” Kelly said.
    “My opponent is a serial liar. She’s disregarded judicial ethics; she’s demeaned the judiciary with her behavior. This is the future that we have to look forward to in Wisconsin.”
    Adding: “I wish Wisconsin the best of luck, because I think its going to need it.”
    Kelly called Protasiewicz’s campaign “deeply deceitful, dishonorable and despicable.”

  • btomba_77

    April 5, 2023 at 8:43 am

    Wisconsin GOP already talking about impeaching the new supreme court justice who just won election last night … because she “failed”in her current job in the Milwaukee court system

    • kaldridgewv2211

      April 5, 2023 at 12:37 pm

      she won by 10 points.  That is the will of the people.  The way the bozo lost shows exactly why he shouldn’t be a judge.  There’s really been a disturbing amount of examples of judges showing poor temperament lately.  look at the Stanford BS.  Just Don Ho said he’s blackballing Stanford law. 

  • btomba_77

    May 30, 2023 at 4:23 am

    [link=]Politico[/link][link=]2024 | ROAD TRIP[/link]

    [h2]Numbers Nobody Has Ever Seen: How the GOP Lost Wisconsin[/h2] Republicans in Wisconsin are grappling with how abortion halted their progress in the swing state. Democrats are planning for a resurgence.

    Its been going a lot like that for Republicans in Wisconsin lately, which has been jarring for a state that, post-Barack Obama, had seemingly been [link=]shifting to the right[/link]. For more than a decade, Republicans have used aggressive redistricting and other heavy-handed tactics in the state Legislature to press a narrow advantage into a seemingly permanent upper hand over Democrats. It began with the election of Republican Gov. Scott Walker in the tea party wave of 2010 and continued through a bold but unsuccessful effort by hard-line Republicans to decertify the states 2020 presidential election results. But[b] [/b]Joe Biden won the state in 2020. And in the April election, liberal Milwaukee County judge [link=]Janet Protasiewicz beat conservative [/link][link=]former [/link][link=]state Supreme Court Justice Dan Kelly[/link] by a whopping 11 percentage points, flipping the ideological majority of the court.

    In the aftermath, even Republicans here are acknowledging that the state has now shifted leftward, and abortion has a lot to do with that. The end of [i]Roe v. Wade[/i] last year effectively reinstated Wisconsins 19th-century abortion ban, which is already being challenged and those challenges will likely be decided by the state Supreme Court. Thats why Protasiewicz campaigned heavily on protecting abortion rights, and the election turned almost entirely on the issue. Turnout was staggering. In 2015, in a similar spring election, a liberal state Supreme Court justice won reelection in a contest in which about [link=]813,000 people voted[/link]. This year, the total number of voters who cast ballots in the Supreme Court race more than doubled to top 1.8 million.

    The goal, Weil said, isnt to be a pro-Democrat media organization, but rather to focus on a set of core values that include democracy, fact-based journalism, transparency, community. Ultimately, he said, that could mean supporting some Republicans. But he added, its hard, because the Republican Party has gone so batshit crazy right now.

    Over dinner that night, Crute said, As long as abortions illegal here, Republicans are not going to win any statewide races. They are basically stuck.

  • btomba_77

    June 29, 2023 at 6:12 am


    [h1]Wisconsin Republicans face conflicts within as they look forward[/h1]

     {A}s Republicans in Wisconsin grapple with what to focus on in 2024 and beyond, a disconnect has emerged between GOP leaders and the partys grassroots.

    In a series of non-binding resolutions, the Republican delegates advocated for, among other causes, enforcing the states 174-year-old abortion ban, stomping out early voting, building a border wall, ending vaccine mandates, curbing the authority of public health officials, arming school teachers with guns and abolishing the Wisconsin Elections Commission.
    While Republican operatives publicly remain bullish about the partys chances in 2024 rooted in President Joe Bidens unpopularity some admit in private that the party is struggling to find a message that can string together a fragile, winning coalition of voters, especially as the base of the party remains fixated on issues seemingly unpalatable to many of Wisconsins independent voters. As one long-time GOP operative in Wisconsin described it to the Cap Times, Republicans in the state are in the wilderness right now, and they lack a clear path back to winning ways.
    If they dont get back on track, Republicans could risk the rollback of a decades worth of conservative victories. A looming liberal state Supreme Court already puts pressure on some of those wins including GOP-friendly voting districts and a few more election cycles of Democratic dominance statewide could crack other pillars of the Wisconsin conservative movement.

    • btomba_77

      August 1, 2023 at 10:26 am

      [link=]Janet Protasiewicz will be sworn in today as Supreme Court justice, signaling an ideological shift

      [/link]After the most expensive judicial election in US history, today Janet Protasiewicz joins the Wisconsin Supreme Court, creating a liberal majority. The court may soon rule on abortion and voting rights cases that could affect the 2024 election. 

  • btomba_77

    August 12, 2023 at 3:49 am

    and one week later ….

    [h1][b]GOP Leader Floats Impeaching Wisconsin Justice[/b][/h1]  
    If Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Janet Protasiewicz does not recuse from lawsuits challenging the states legislative boundaries, Republicans who control the state Legislature might consider impeachment proceedings, the [link=]Milwaukee Journal Sentinel[/link] reports.
    Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, a Republican from Rochester, said in an interview on WSAU he does not believe impeachment should be considered lightly by lawmakers. But he said the idea could move forward if Protasiewicz does not recuse herself on cases he said she prejudged during her campaign for a seat on the states highest court.

  • btomba_77

    August 29, 2023 at 5:52 am


    [h1]Wisconsin Supreme Court chief justice accuses liberal majority of staging a coup[/h1]

    The conservative chief justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court on Monday told the [link=]new liberal majority[/link] in a scathing email that they had staged a coup and conducted an illegal experiment when they voted to weaken her powers and [link=]fire the director of state courts.[/link]
    Chief Justice Annette Ziegler, in two emails obtained by The Associated Press, said that firing and hiring a new state court director was illegal and ordered interim state court director Audrey Skwierawski to stop signing orders without her knowledge or approval.
    You are making a mess of the judiciary, the court and the institution for years to come, Ziegler wrote to her fellow justices and Skwierawski. This must stop. … I have no confidence in the recent hostile takeover and the chaotic effect it has had on the court, staff, and the overall stable functioning of the courts.