Tuesday February 19, 2013 is Wisconsin Primary Day! There are only a couple races on the ballot, but these races are very important!
1. The Wisconsin State Supreme Court:
There are three candidates Vince Megna, incumbent Pat Roggensack(not a conservative), and Marquette law professor Ed Fallone!
The clear choice for me and hopefully for you, is Ed Fallone!
I am not alone in this from Monologues of Dissent:
Here’s what I like about him: even though he’s a professor of constitutional, corporate, and criminal law (translation: he’s a genius), he continues to do amazing work to equalize access to justice that proves he’s rooted to and invested in the community. He insists that the Court needs to hold itself accountable, and to the highest standard, and work together to be an effective body – something we all know they aren’t doing right now, as their bickering and partisanship has disrupted the number of cases they hear, and even their ability to conduct disciplinary hearings when one of their own (Justice David McChokey Prosser) assaulted a fellow Supreme Court Justice in the presence of witnesses (including his esteemed colleague, Patience Roggensack, who recused herself from the disciplinary hearing to avoid testifying against him).
Tuesday’s primary begins an election process in which Roggensack will be held to account. She’s spending a lot of money from out-of-state donors — especially wealthy critics of public education who hope the court will back so-called “school choice” proposals — in order to win re-election. Her opponents, Marquette University professor Ed Fallone and consumer lawyer Vince Megna, while less well funded, are mounting spirited campaigns.
Megna says of the court: “Nothing will change if Justice Roggensack is re-elected.”
Fallone makes a somewhat different case, arguing that Roggensack is part of a deeper dysfunction — that the real problem is an abandonment of the court’s historic commitment to independent and nonpartisan judicial review. The Capital Times has endorsed Fallone because he has focused on healing the court by renewing its commitment to respect the Constitution and the rule of law and avoiding the sort of blatant judicial activism that was on display when Roggensack and her allies rejected open meetings rules in order to advance Gov. Walker’s agenda. Fallone is also an enthusiastic proponent of getting big money out of judicial elections, with campaign finance reforms such as the Impartial Justice Act.
The other race on your ballot is for Madison Metropolitan School Board Seat #5. The three candidates are Ananda Mirilli, TJ Mertz and Sarah Manski.
Our children need as much help as they can get! We need to make sure and elect people that will NOT be swayed or tempted by the private school money flowing through our state now. Scott Walker’s voucher plan is wrong and everyone in education knows it! Well everyone but Michael Brickman that is!
The person who is most ready to handle this responsibility from day one and who who truly understands that, <em>Public money is for public schools, is TJ Mertz.
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