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Judgments on April 5 election


Publication: Waukesha Freeman (Conley); Date: Mar 31, 2011; Section: Opinion; Page: 8A

Judgments on April 5 election

Supreme Court and Circuit Court races both important

Town needs to get with the water program

(James Wigderson is a blogger publishing at and a Waukesha resident. His column runs Thursdays in The Freeman.)

I’m often asked, “Where do you come up with your topics for your column?” I’ll admit some weeks are harder than others, but mostly there is so much material out there it’s hard to decide which one idea to focus on.

That’s the advantage of blogging. Every topic can be treated at its own length.

So this week ignore the ink on your fingers and pretend you’re at a computer reading a blog.

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So the Town of Waukesha is debating whether or not they want to be included in the city of Waukesha’s water service area. I really don’t understand the hesitation myself.

If the town supports the city’s application, in the short term the town will not have to worry about the city tapping all of the available ground water around here. In the long term, the town will have recourse when DNR regulations and the quality of the ground water force them to seek other sources of water.

On the other hand, if the town is not supportive of the city’s Great Lakes water application, and they opt to be outside the service area, they will only be creating a much bigger problem for themselves down the road when they need to reach out for Great Lakes water and there’s none to be had.

Of course, if the city’s water application fails to go through, then I would suggest to the town residents to figure out which of their neighbors’ backyards will be perfect for the incoming city wells.

Maybe the town residents would be better off ignoring WEAL and other people who don’t want to see any economic growth in Waukesha County and start thinking about their own interests.

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This Tuesday is the election for state Supreme Court between the incumbent David Prosser and Madison liberal attorney JoAnne Kloppenburg. Hopefully the election will be a re-enactment of the contest between Justice Annette Ziegler and Madison attorney Linda Clifford.

As is the usual case with these spring elections, it just depends who turns out to the polls. Unfortunately, there is not a high-profile race in Waukesha County, so you are going to have to motivate yourselves.

Remember, if Kloppenburg wins, the liberals will have a 4-3 majority on the court and Kloppenburg will serve for 10 years. Breaking a mirror is only seven years of bad luck.

More importantly, if Kloppenburg wins, it will mean that the election was decided on a single issue. Having our highest court members picked because of single-issue voting will completely undermine the judiciary.

Let’s not allow that precedent to be set this Tuesday.

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Going relatively unnoticed is a race for the Branch 4 seat of the Waukesha County Circuit Court. Judge Kathleen Stilling, a late-term appointment by former Gov. Jim Doyle, is facing Waukesha County Assistant District Attorney Lloyd Carter.

The last time Waukesha voters had the opportunity to vote on a Doyle appointee to the bench, former Waukesha Democratic Party Chairman Richard Congdon lost to then-Republican state Rep. Mark Gundrum in a landslide election.

Waukesha voters did not trust Doyle’s judgment then. We’ll see if anything has changed in just one year.

Before she was a judge, Stilling was a criminal defense attorney and an expert at defending sexual predators.

Given this city’s continuing concern about how to deal with sexual predators, may I remind the voters that the best remedy for them is not to release them in the first place?

Given that, why would anyone think that Stilling continuing to serve as a judge is a good idea?

Meanwhile, Carter has been a prosecutor in Waukesha for more than 20 years. Unlike Stilling, his career was actually dedicated to putting sexual predators behind bars during his time in the Sensitive Crimes Division.

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Will there be labor disruptions on April 4, as some labor leaders promised? I hope not, but if there is then it should remind the voters once more the importance of the elections on April 5.





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