LiberalCourt Would Overturn Conservative Reforms
December 14, 2018
[Madison, WI]— Wisconsin Democrats are targeting the Supreme Court race in April as a turning point to undo the conservative reforms that have reshaped Wisconsin. Democrats are targeting the upcoming April 2019 race as the first step in completing a liberal takeover of the Wisconsin Supreme Court. At stake are all the reforms that have resulted in the Voter ID law, taxes being lower now than eight years prior, under 3% unemployment, and more people working than ever before
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December 13, 2018
In 2018, with the election of Rebecca Dallet, liberals narrowed the conservative majority on the high court to 4-3. If liberals win the next two elections, they would hold a majority by the summer of 2020.
If Neubauer wins in 2019, liberals are in great shape for the 2020 Supreme Court election, when Walker-appointee Dan Kelly will almost certainly be challenged. The election falls on the same date as Wisconsin’s presidential primary, the very same primary Republicans unsuccessfully tried to move in the lame-duck session. It’s likely that multiple Democrats will still be vying for the presidential nomination when Wisconsin has its primary. On the other hand, President Trump, still extremely popular among Republicans, probably won’t have a serious primary challenger. A contested Democratic race will draw more voters than a nearly-ceremonial vote for Republicans.
If Neubauer and the 2020 liberal candidate both win, liberals would control the Wisconsin Supreme Court with a 4-3 majority. It would be a majority that sticks around for a while. Barring retirements, the next liberal justice up for reelection is Justice Ann Walsh Bradley in 2025. If liberals can win the next two Supreme Court races, they’ll likely hold the highest court for at least half a decade.
A liberal majority on the Wisconsin Supreme Court opens the possibility of overturning some of this awful lame-duck legislation. The court could also act as a check on the next round of redistricting and on regulatory cases pertaining to Foxconn, which would go directly to the high court.
A liberal majority would have ample justification to reexamine, and potentially even overturn, Wisconsin’s voter ID law. Even if the Legislature tried to work around the court’s restrictions, the veto pen of Gov. Tony Evers would prevent any new voter ID legislation from becoming law.
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