Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Two Weeks and Counting

Two weeks from today is April 5th - Election Day. Our first chance to vote since things started to go way wrong at the beginning of the year.

The incumbent, David Prosser has said that he will work well with the Walker administration or words to that affect. That is not a good sign. A vote for Prosser is basically approval for what Walker and his cronies have been doing to the state. Almost no matter who was running against Prosser, they would deserver your vote. Fortunately, we have a wonderful candidate to vote for, not just against Prosser - that is Joanne Kloppenburg.

It's all about people making informed decisions so see below for more info about Kloppenburg and be sure to visit http://www.kloppenburgforJustice.com/.

Kloppenburg's legal experience is broad and deep and includes constitutional law, appellate law, civil litigation, environmental prosecution and administrative law. She has argued numerous cases before the Wisconsin Supreme Court and in the Wisconsin Court of Appeals and she has tried cases in circuit courts around the state.

Assistant Attorney General Kloppenburg graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin Law School (1988). She has an undergraduate degree from Yale (1974), also with honors, and a Masters in Public Affairs from Princeton University (1976). During Law School, she was an intern for Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson and later was a law clerk for Chief Judge Barbara Crabb of the United States District Court.

A teacher at the UW Law School since 1990, she was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Botswana (1976-1979) and remains active in professional, civic and community life. She is a member of the Legal Association for Women (LAW), a mentor with the Dane County Bar Association, an English as a Second Language (ESL) tutor, and a member of her neighborhood association board, and has volunteered with various nonprofit groups.

On April 5th there is an extremely important Supreme Court race in the state of Wisconsin. Whatever happens with the budget repair bill, it is very likely our Supreme Court—which is currently controlled by conservative judges—will have to decide whether many of the new laws being pushed through are legal or constitutional.

JoAnne Kloppenburg is running against current justice David Prosser for a seat in the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Prior to being a Supreme Court Justice, Prosser was a republican in the Wisconsin State Assembly from 1979 to 1996. Currently the Wisconsin Supreme Court is split 4-3 in favor of conservatives. The past few days have shown us how important constitutional checks and balances can be in our state government.

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