The April 2 election isn’t covered in the media like last fall’s, but the winners’ decisions and policies could affect us in serious ways.

Residents of all local wards will be able to vote for state superintendent of public instruction, Wisconsin Supreme Court justice, and Baraboo School Board representative.

The candidates for Supreme Court justice are law professor Ed Fallone and incumbent Justice Patience Roggensack. There are seven justices on the court and five of them, including Roggensack, lean to the right. With a majority of Republicans in both legislative chambers, and a Republican governor, there is currently no balance in our state government. Thanks to the Republican-dominated Legislature and the Republican governor, the fulfilled wishes of the most generous campaign contributors are evident in almost every new Wisconsin law, some of which are questioned for their constitutionality. If Roggensack is returned to the court, the biggest donors could benefit.

Here’s why, Roggensack supports the current court rule that judges can decide whether to recuse themselves when one of the parties before the court has donated to that justice or if there is another connection between the judge and a party in the case. Even though Roggensack and others have accepted large contributions from special interest groups, the rule states that a justice can choose to stay on a case involving one of those contributors, despite a conflict of interest.

Fallone, her challenger, is a law professor at Marquette University, a constitutional scholar and practicing attorney. He opposes that rule as he believes that, to protect the court’s integrity, justices must remove themselves from cases that involve their campaign contributors. That’s just common sense.

Fallone’s website describes his qualifications as “Professor Fallone has a broad base of legal experience. He has taught at Marquette University Law School for two decades, focusing on constitutional law, immigration law, securities regulation and corporate law.” He also practices civil, corporate and contract law.

The Wisconsin Supreme Court’s main function is to be the final authority on issues that pertain to the Wisconsin Constitution. Fallone has extensive experience teaching and practicing constitutional law. He has promised to be an unbiased justice who will decide cases solely according to law, not to repay favors. He also pledges to help restore civility on the court, a problem even before the alleged David Prosser choking incident.

The superintendent of public instruction is Tony Evers, who received his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees in education and school administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has been a teacher, a principal, deputy state superintendent, and state superintendent, so he knows public schools. Although he fought Gov. Scott Walker’s record cuts to public schools, he has worked with the governor on many issues to improve the quality of education. His Fair Funding plan would hold the line on net property taxes and result in a gross property tax decrease of about 18 percent.

Running against Evers is Republican Don Pridemore. Pridemore admits he never attended or taught in a public school. His degree is in engineering. Pridemore has stated he thinks single parenthood is largely responsible for child abuse and neglect, that federal officials who implement Obamacare should be arrested, and that the state should spend more on voucher schools, even though non-partisan studies show they perform no better than public schools and, in many cases, produce worse results in student achievement.

Because of his radical ideas, one of which is that a state can nullify federal law, columnist James Wigderson questioned his rationality. Wigderson wrote on Dec. 6, 2012 in the Waukesha Freeman, “By embracing an extremist ‘nullification” argument’, including the odd position of arresting public officials, Pridemore has gone beyond the quirky to full-jacket crackpot.” And that’s a conservative’s opinion.

To restore civility and impartiality on the Wisconsin Supreme Court, I strongly recommend voting for Ed Fallone. Tony Evers is the obvious choice for state superintendent of public instruction since his challenger has no experience or education that qualifies him for the position.

The polling place for all Baraboo residents is now the Civic Center, in the gymnasium. Hours are 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on April 2. If you have questions about your registration it would be wise to vote before that date at the Baraboo City Clerk’s office at 135 4th St. between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

This is a very important election. Please participate.

Pat Nash has worked as a freelance writer, farmer, human resource manager, customer service supervisor and educator. Contact her at patnash5149@gmail.com.

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(23) comments

Cheezer
Cheezer

Better to vote early at your local city clerk offices. No lines! Judge Roggensack is an independent with extensive judicial experience. Fallone is an extremist run by the unions and has NO judicial experience!

Thinkforonce
Thinkforonce

Says the cheeze fart. Thinking people know the choice. Corporate funded--unlimited Club for Growth person who ruled for unlimited annoymous spending and who thinks the status quo of the Wisconsin supreme court is fine, or a judge who sees the need for improvement and a court which respects the rule of law.

Watch the debate Friday.

Cheezer
Cheezer

Pat, you are so..... mean spirited! *

* "mean spirited" - term coined by Democrats to diss anyone who disagrees with liberal agenda. Had to use it! :-)

darkenskies
darkenskies

Agree with Cheezer!

But, we can't forget: Pat Nash statement in newspaper August 9th,: "The way I see it, a vote for any Republican these days is a vote to "slit the throats" of the middle class."

strikeforce
strikeforce

how does that compare to the way you attack children ?

strikeforce
strikeforce

if i was choking you cheeter,would she look the other way ?

"i see nothing,i hear nothing,i know nothing".

guy
guy

If Cheezer was choking you I'd look the other way.

darkenskies
darkenskies

: )

I have to agree with guy.

strikeforce
strikeforce

see,that's the difference between you chickenhawks and us real americans.we would have grabbed prosser and gave him a dose of his own medicine. but not you chickenhawks,you would have looked the other way.

Reverend Al

Ed Fallone is a left-wing hack. The Wisconsin Supreme court currently has four conservative leaning members, and three liberals. Fallone's election to the court would swing it to the left, undo the reforms Governor Walker has instituted, and take Wisconsin back to the bad old days of "Diamond Jim" Doyle and unchecked Democrat excesses.
The oldest trick in the liberal playbook is to call anyone who opposes their big spending schemes as 'extreme.' Well, let the extreme voters, meaning the ones with common sense,
make an effort to get out and vote on Tuesday, April 2, and beat back this attempt by the liberals to regain control and run everone's life.

strikeforce
strikeforce

when you always vote extreme right wing professor,that means you are not "leaning".nice try.
specify" unchecked democrat excesses" please. i am looking it up right now.more hogwash,rush limpball kind of talk.

still biting the hands that feed you and fed you when you were good enough to work in chicago i see.

AnnieD

Rev. - I hope we could be so lucky and replace Roggensack!. The 'big spending' in today's world is usually done by the Republicans. They think BIG money can buy anything they want, including elections, which has worked for them to a certain extent lately although not the Presidential election thank goodness. They are bought by the big corporations to follow their agenda: get all the power/profits you can and don't worry about those less fortunate, like the Ryan Budget for instance. Anyone who thinks they should be able to rule on a case that involves a contributor is either crazy or corrupt!

strikeforce
strikeforce

you forgot to add stupid,ann.

darkenskies
darkenskies

Strikalinsky, (named after author of "Rules for Radicals"). Does your mommy know you are on the computer!

guy
guy

AnnieD " Anyone who thinks they should be able to rule on a case that involves a contributor is either crazy or corrupt!"

Fallone received contributions from PACs organized by unions representing Madison teachers and other public employees and conduit donations from Wis Trial Lawyers and educational union employees. Are you saying that you would expect him to recuse himself from cases involving these teacher unions and trial lawyers?

http://www.politifact.com/wisconsin/statements/2013/mar/13/ed-fallone/ed-fallone-says-majority-his-contributions-supreme/

AnnieD

Fallone's contributors are individuals pooling their money - not out of state shadow contributors. I suppose you could consider David and Charles Koch a 'pooling their money' too. Difference is, they shouldn't have any say in WI politics. AND a few wealthy people should not have the same leverage as our WI individual citizens working together for the Common Good. It's the Out of State money that's really corrupting our system.

guy
guy

Are you saying that sometimes it's ok to rule on a case that involves a contributor? Or are you saying that it's ok to rule on a case that involves a contributor only if the contributor agrees with you politically?

Reverend Al

Lots of out-of-state union money in the recall elections and the Supreme Court race Prosser won against Klopper, and it wasn't on the conservative side. And, doesn't George Soros, an out-of-state billionaire currency manipulator, contribute a lot to liberal causes in Wisconsin?
By the way, the Supreme Court decision that allows people to spend their money advocating political causes, which is hated by liberals, overturned a law that would have prohibited "individual citizens working together for the common good," as far as pooling their money for political ads is concerned.

Thinkforonce
Thinkforonce

The debate will be good. We will get to hear Roggensack defend the Roggensack Rule. She has a very clear record of being a corporate shill against working families.

strikeforce
strikeforce

hey,on that note let's not forget all the hate that drips out of darkkks eyeballs when he mentions the presidents wife and their children.

still waiting for your apology to the gentle readers here for your false story about senator menendez in the dominican republic. or at least admit when your sources are wrong(just about all of them).

darkenskies
darkenskies

Sorry strikalinsky that you are not up-to-date on the political scene. Let me tell you something you haven't figured out yet on your own! Stop trying to clown around and spend time communicating with people from each side of the country. Travel around the country and see for yourself. Instead of slobbering on computer, trying to think up stupidity comments, do research, provide real information and provide your sources.

Did I ever mention the word "hate" or "slit the throats" on paper? Nope, but we all know who has! Filed. Just provide facts on O and family and their lavish spending paid for by the taxpayers, that includes you...or not!

Strikalinsky, sounds like you have a thing about that creepy Menendez. Like I have repeated three times now to you, those kind never cease their appetite for young! You do know the meaning of 'cease'!

Gentle readers, what a :)

Thinkforonce
Thinkforonce

Yes, I accept darks for what he is. Apology? Too big of an ego for that. They love their Tucker Carlson blogs. Tucker would not apologize either. He is the one that led Darks astray.

darkenskies
darkenskies

Facts provided don't need apologies. Do yourself a favor, do the research.

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