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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Politics & WI Supreme Court - April 7, 2015, You decide


WI SUPREME COURT JUSTICES
CLOCKWISE:   Justice Chair Shirley Abrahamson, Justice Ann Walsh Bradley, Justice Patrick Crooks, Justice Annette Kingsland Ziegler, Justice Michael Gableman, Justice David Prosser, Justice Patience Roggensack


Circuit Court Judge James Daley(challenger) and Justice Ann Walsh Bradley (incumbent)

STATE OF WISCONSIN - Election 2015
On April 7, 2015, the people of Wisconsin have the opportunity of deciding who (incumbent Justice Ann Walsh Bradley or challenger Rock county Circuit Court Judge James Daley) will complete the 7-member state supreme court. 

It is a date the People/voters of Wisconsin will also have an opportunity to speak on behalf of the procedure of selecting the "chief justice".

At the present time, the chief is Justice Shirley Abrahamson.Referendum on Election of Chief Justice
Question 1: "Election of chief justice. Shall section 4 (2) of article VII of the constitution be amended to direct that a chief justice of the supreme court shall be elected for a two-year term by a majority of the justices then serving on the court?"

Explanation

The Wisconsin constitution currently provides that the chief justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court is its longest-serving member.  The proposed constitutional amendment would instead select the chief justice through an election by a majority of the justices then serving on the Court.
A “yes” vote on this question would mean that the chief justice shall be elected for a term of two years by a majority of the justices then serving on the Wisconsin Supreme Court.  The justice who is elected may decline to serve as chief justice or resign the position, but still continue to serve as a justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
A “no” vote would mean that the longest-serving member of the Wisconsin Supreme Court serves as chief justice of the Court.  The justice designated as chief justice may decline to serve as chief justice or resign the position, but still continue to serve as a justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court. 
There was a state constitutional amendment passed earlier this year 17-14 vote strictly along party lines in favor of change.  CLICK.

What do you think?

More importantly, what will you do on April 7, 2015.

We say vote your conscience with the "FACTS" and knowledge of what is at stake and what the political siege is for YOU the average citizen. 

IT MATTERS WHO SIT IN THE 7 SEATS and WHAT THEIR AGENDA IS.

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NameFirst electedTerm expires
Shirley AbrahamsonAppointed by Gov. Lucey, 1976July 31, 2019
Ann Walsh Bradley1995July 31, 2015
N. Patrick Crooks1996July 31, 2016
David T. Prosser, Jr.Appointed by Gov. Thompson, 1998July 31, 2021
Patience Roggensack2003July 31, 2023
Annette Ziegler2007July 31, 2017
Michael Gableman2008July 31, 2018




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