Skip to comments.[Gov] Walker won't be on the ballot (unions to "get even" by voting environmental lawyer as SCJ)
Posted on 04/02/2011 5:42:53 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
On April 5 Wisconsinites will be voting for assorted alderpersons, trustees and school board candidates. The marquee event however, is the hotly contested Unions vs. Gov. Scott Walker race.
Oh sure, the ballot will say something about JoAnne Kloppenburg vs. David Prosser for Wisconsin Supreme Court justice, but they're just bit players in the unions' big play to get revenge on Walker for his budget repair bill. Unions are casting Justice Prosser as a Walker clone and urging Walker haters to use the high court race to punish Prosser/Walker by voting for his opponent, whoever she is.
Prosser, who has been a Supreme Court justice for 12 years, finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time, being a conservative judge who happens to be up for re-election this year. He says he views the union action as "a little bit like a drive-by shooting."
It's a lot like that. The American Federation of Teachers, Local 212, sent a letter to its members saying legal challenges to Walker's budget repair bill could wind up before the state Supreme Court. It claimed four judges are "anti-union" and said, "A Kloppenburg victory would swing the balance to our side. A vote for Prosser is a vote for Walker. It's time to get even."
As for Kloppenburg, we know she's an assistant attorney general most experienced in environmental law. She interned for Chief Justice Abrahamson and clerked for former Chief Judge Barbara Crabb - the judge who ruled against the National Day of Prayer last year.
She makes campaign contributions only to Democrats, and has been endorsed by the big labor and teachers unions. The executive director of NARAL Pro Choice Wisconsin endorses her, as well as numerous liberal environmental activist groups.
The liberals see something in Kloppenburg they like.
It can't be her judicial experience. No, they just need a "Get Even With Walker" candidate, and she'll do. Revenge voters only care about who they're voting against, not who they're voting for.
Full article at link.
but if the state voted for Walker, isn’t it more Republican? Wouldn’t it be likely that the more conservative judge will win anyway?
The author, Ellen Bueno, has written many wonderful articles in the past for the Baraboo News Republic. She certainly has her head screwed on right. They don’t publish many conservatives as the paper is owned by Capitol Newspapers out of Madistan. In fairness, they also publish Michael Reagan once a week. They then fill their opinion columns with the likes of Bill Press and his ilk the rest of the week.
Rush and Hannity can save it for Prosser Tuesday afternoon, no matter what the Dems advantages are going in.
I doubt that Prosser will win this one as the libs/unions are extremely motivated right now, and Wisconsin has voted dem most of the time. I hope I am wrong, but there it is.
Unfortunately the unions have mobilized to try and get this pathetic creature, Kloffenberg, elected.
She's a piece of work. We have a treatment center in Milwaukee that continues to dump sewage by the tons into Lake Michigan and the DNR, which Kloffenberg represents, does nothing; but she throws an 80 year old farmer into jail because he refused to plant crops to alleviate run-off.
She has a no common sense approach to handling situations with the DNR and property owners.
Fortunately she opposes gun rights, and that has scared a lot of the union faithful.
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The NRA also has started sending thousands of post cards out explaining her opposition to gun rights.
Hopefully the rally of common-sense voters last fall will again prevail to get Prosser re-elected. Union membership in Wisconsin is a small part of the overall work force. Doubtful non-union workers will go for a candidate who wants them to not only pay for their own retirement and health care but the union’s as well. Need to get the word out and the masses to vote for Prosser. If you know Wisconsinites, make a phone call and ask them to do likewise.
It's an off-year election that typically gets minimal turnout.
The contest will be all about which side has more people who are motivated to show up at the polls.
So this is what we have been reduced to. A political faction is pulling out the stops to defeat a judge who they fear will vote in accordance with the state constitution.
You may be right.
This battle will wage on. Hopefully most sensibly minded people in WI will see through the union tactics.
If the courts stop this bill from being implemented because of the 24 hour notice rule, I see two courses of action for Walker and the WI Senate:
1. Hold another vote giving the proper notification period. Hopefully enough Republicans will stay on board to pass it again.
2. Go ahead and send the pink slips out to the 1,500 employees whose jobs were on the chopping block.
I sure hope you are right. This election will be very telling.
I sure hope we turn out a good number. The unions are definitely motivated!
Question, the first: the vote had been delayed for weeks by the absence of the Dems and then they decide to have the vote. Why did it violate the 24 hour notice???
Question, the second: if Walker and Johnson were both elected statewide, why do the Dems think the state is still so hard-core Left?
Unions are casting Justice Prosser as a Walker clone and urging Walker haters to use the high court race to punish Prosser/Walker by voting for his opponent, whoever she is.Thanks Cincinatus' Wife.
Be of good faith. Even union guys are calling into the Mke radio shows and saying that they get it. The government employee unions are out of control.
The whacko environmentalist shot herself in the foot by not denouncing a very dirty and dishonest ad about Prosser mishandling a sexual abuse case. But now the victim has filmed an ad saying that Prosser handled it appropriately and denouncing her for abusing him a second time.
The underlying correlation hasn’t gone away, Wisconsin is broke and we can’t raise taxes to fix it. The governor appeared in Janesville last week and they had to bus in protestors from South Dakota. Jesse Jackson was there with some Teamster’s semi trailer. Meanwhile the meeting he was speaking to was 2x higher in attendance than ususal.
I disagree. It would be good if Possner is reelected. But a Lib steal through union thuggery will make the court another cause celeb by further infuriating the Right. Good long-term results.
The state elected Walker but keep in mind that the voter fraud in Madison and Milwaukee is endemic. It has long been a practice to bus welfare recipients from Chicago to Milwaukee to collect that second welfare check and it is equally the practice to bus them from Chicago to Milwaukee to vote. The Dem/union thugs will be pulling out all the stops on this one. Walker should have concentrated first on fixing the walk-in and vote system that Wisconsin is known for (no proof required) and THEN gone after unions. I don’t know that any amount of getting out the vote efforts by Republicans can overcome the fraud that is certain to take place on this one.
I sure hope you are right. It is so frustrating to read every article about anything political around here portrayed from the leftist viewpoint. Media malfeasance is so blatant right now. If Prosser does win it will really give me hope. He is no radical rightwinger (more’s the pity from my point of view) but he is a very decent man who abides by the laws as judges are supposed to do.
However, be careful in your phrasing. Before they moved this way they consulted non-partisan council from the legislature regarding the timing. The legislature was in special session. In that status, 24 hours was not required, only 2, which they provided. The entire lawsuit hinges on this, and it is a lefty thug overreach because 1) the legislature enforces its own rules, courts don't 2) The judge has inserted herself into the legislative process by not allowing the law to be published. Judges rule on laws that are challenged after they are made. If judges can stop laws they don't like, then we no longer have separation of powers. And then why do we need a legislature?
Anyway... let's hope and pray for the best!
Cronon is the UW-M "professor" who wrote the OpEd for the NYT associating Gov Walker with "McCarthyism."
I think it might be effective to use those threatening letters the union sent out against them. Take out ads in the local papers, with the text of the letter and a list of the local businesses that were targeted, and remind people that this is what they’re voting on and that once you submit to extortion there’s no such thing as “enough”.
Sounds like twisted logic.
From: XXXX [Katherine R. Windels of Cross Plains was named in a criminal complaint filed in Dane County Criminal Court]
Sent: Wed 3/9/2011 9:18 PM
To: Sen.Kapanke; Sen.Darling; Sen.Cowles; Sen.Ellis; Sen.Fitzgerald; Sen.Galloway; Sen.Grothman; Sen.Harsdorf; Sen.Hopper; Sen.Kedzie; Sen.Lasee; Sen.Lazich; Sen.Leibham; Sen.Moulton; Sen.Olsen
Subject: Atten: Death threat!!!! Bomb!!!!
Please put your things in order because you will be killed and your familes will also be killed due to your actions in the last 8 weeks. Please explain to them that this is because if we get rid of you and your families then it will save the rights of 300,000 people and also be able to close the deficit that you have created. I hope you have a good time in hell. Read below for more information on possible scenarios in which you will die.
WE want to make this perfectly clear. Because of your actions today and in the past couple of weeks I and the group of people that are working with me have decided that we’ve had enough. We feel that you and the people that support the dictator have to die. We have tried many other ways of dealing with your corruption but you have taken things too far and we will not stand for it any longer. So, this is how it’s going to happen: I as well as many others know where you and your family live, it’s a matter of public records.
We have all planned to assult you by arriving at your house and putting a nice little bullet in your head. However, we decided that we wouldn’t leave it there. We also have decided that this may not be enough to send the message to you since you are so “high” on Koch and have decided that you are now going to single handedly make this a dictatorship instead of a demorcratic process. So we have also built several bombs that we have placed in various locations around the areas in which we know that you frequent.This includes, your house, your car, the state capitol, and well I won’t tell you all of them because that’s just no fun.
Since we know that you are not smart enough to figure out why this is happening to you we have decided to make it perfectly clear to you. If you and your goonies feel that it’s necessary to strip the rights of 300,000 people and ruin their lives, making them unable to feed, clothe, and provide the necessities to their families and themselves then We Will “get rid of” (in which I mean kill) you. Please
understand that this does not include the heroic Rep. Senator that risked everything to go aganist what you and your goonies wanted him to do. We feel that it’s worth our lives to do this, because we would be saving the lives
of 300,000 people. Please make your peace with God as soon as possible and say goodbye to your loved ones we will not wait any longer. YOU WILL DIE!!!!
I know. But they can argue that was one lone “disturbed individual”. Then can’t make that arguement with the letters from the union.
If you have a link to them, please add it to the thread.
We are getting the word out. I’ve seen a few Prosser signs and even a 4’x8’ yard sign in my county. I think the common sense people will rise up. It’s too bad that voter ID wasn’t passed first.
That is the ace in the hole for Walker, and maybe some of the unionistas get that. If he loses this battle Walker can lay off thousands if he wants to. Either way, the budget gets balanced.
It contains some of the text of the letter, but not all of it. Apparently there were more letters sent, and I don't see any reason they couldn't be published with the consent of the recipients. Even some of the local union members were embarassed and mad about it.
It sounds as though the union girlymen are a little upset. They’ll get over. Commie losers usually do.
Thank you. From the article linked in your post.
[excerpt] UNION GROVE - Local union members apologized to business owners Thursday after hearing union leadership threatened to boycott businesses.
The stunning development happened late Thursday afternoon at Village Dollar, where members with the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees showed their support to businesses that were targeted.
It all started after Dawn Bobo, owner of Village Dollar in Union Grove, refused to put up a sign supporting AFSCME.
The public union is against Governor Scott Walker’s plan to take away most collective bargaining rights for its members.
Bobo didn’t want to take sides, fearing she would offend customers.
“I have customers from all walks of life, “she said. “In a tough economy you need everyone here.”
But apparently that wasn’t good enough for AFSCME Union Rep. Jim Parrett, who sent her a letter that reads in part:
“We’d ask that you reconsider taking a sign and stance to support public employees in this community. Failure to do so will leave us no choice but do a public boycott of your business.”
“It rubbed me the wrong way,” said customer John Charnon.
He and other customers drove out of their way to shop at Village Dollar Thursday. According to Bobo, business tripled because of it.
Even some local AFSCME union members called the threats “thuggish”.....[end excerpt]
Exactamundo! A little Spanish lingo....
I think it might make an effective campaign to publish ads in local papers, listing the local businesses that were threatened. People are more likely to go vote when they feel like they have a personal stake in an issue, and they’re more likely to have that if they recognize the names of local businesses that they may shop at or know people who work there.
According to that story, these over the top, out of hand bulling tactics disgust people.
And that's what we need to leverage. The problem is not necessarily the union members themselves, but the union leadership and representation. That's who the state has to negotiate with on behalf of the taxpayers, and they're out of control.
The voters elected a republican majority in November. Now the democrats talk about getting even. It’s too bad the “people” can’t REALLY get even.
The Kloppenberg i.e. union people are trying to revoke the recently passed union bill by putting a leftist on the Wisconsin Supreme Court. These clowns are actually trying to argue that with a Pubbie legislature and gov, Prosser would be a conservative and controlled by the right. As if Kloppenberg isn’t going to take her marching orders from the unions. It’s a joke.
The rank and file need to get out from under the control of these bosses.
And the column makes clear Kloppenberg is the ideologue:
....She [Kloppenberg] is promising to be an impartial judge, of course. But since she's never been a judge before, there are no Kloppenburg rulings out there to prove whether she's impartial or not.
Prosser's rulings, though, are a matter of public record. We see that he often concurs with the other conservative judges, but he's not an ideologue. The Wisconsin Law Journal reported in August that Prosser also concurred with the liberal justices more than half the time...
It seems some of them already know that, and more are starting to figure it out.
Long term being ten years or more! I can't wait that long....I will literally be forced out of my house by its declining value and ever-increasing property taxes. It's now or never.
And unfortunately, the stars are very misaligned against poor Justice Prosser. The only other major race that is occuring in this spring election is a hotly contested mayoral race between lefty and leftier in Madison. There are no similar races in conservative leaning areas to couteract the Godzilla of Dane County voters.
I really want to believe that the left will receive another huge slap in the face with a Prosser win. I am less optimistic about that on a daily basis.
I do not have sufficient words to express my total and complete disgust with the commie libs in this state.
If WI is like IL, the voters in the cities like Milwaukee (or Chicago in IL) can control the outcome for the rural areas. Also, it is easy to commit vote fraud in these urban areas....
Should the very worst happen and Kloppenberg is elected, Scott Walker still has one of the most powerful Governor's pen in the nation. He has a year before an attempt to recall him can be enacted. I wonder if an EO decertifying unions in Wisconsin would sufficiently cripple their cash flow to the extent that even a recall effort would fail.
I bet that if Walker does roll out the pink slips, the unions will be on the court’s doorstep again within minutes of the pink slips being received.
They’ll find some sympathetic judge who will rule that it’s unconstitutional for Walker to lay off those workers.
I just hope that Walker is anticipating all these shenanigans and has a plan to stay one step ahead of them.
Prosser got 55% in the non-partisan primary. Kloppenburg only got 25%.
I talked off the record with a guy who has internal polling. The numbers show the liberals firming up their base, but not drawing off all that many who were going to vote for Prosser. Over the past few years, voters have almost always gone for the more conservative judicial candidate, even in years when democrats had most other statewide offices.
It’s all about turnout. Conservatives have to work to make sure their voters actually vote.