Thursday, March 24, 2011

April 5 - raising the stakes

Well, a state appeals panel just raised the stakes in the April 5 Supreme Court election.  The panel, which was hearing an appeal of the temporary restraining order that halted implementation of the union-busting bill, could be headed for the court less than 2 weeks before the election.

Doesn't mean the court will rule by then, but it sure does put this on the agenda when we go to the polls that day.

It's not so much that the election will decide the outcome of the case (though it certainly might), it just emphasizes the importance of the race between incumbent David Prosser and challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg for a 10-year term on the Supreme Court.  It is likely that many more of the governor's and state Republicans' policy moves could end up in the state's courts. That is what a third branch of government is all about, of course - to resolve constitutional issues, and to protect the interests and rights of citizens when threatened by the other 2 branches of government.

Putting judges up for election, rather than appointment and a rigorous confirmation process, has politicized our courts all across the country.  I still think this has turned out to be a very bad idea.  In any case - vote on April 5. If we don't exercise this right, we get the government we deserve. After the fact, buyers' remorse is of little use.

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