Friday, October 21st, 2016

Cory Liebmann, formerly of the self-described “partisan” organization One Wisconsin Now, has sent an unbelievably large open records request to State Representative Leah Vukmir’s office. Among the targets of this fishing expedition is, well, me. 1. All email from 7/1/08 through 1/20/10 for Rep. Vukmir, Dean Cady and Matthew Adamczyk (only in his capacity working […]

The nine people and events in 2009 that most shaped Waukesha and Wisconsin. Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle’s announcement that he will not seek re-election. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett getting attacked outside State Fair turns him into a hero. State Supreme Court Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson wins re-election. Passage of a state budget built largely upon […]

There should be a prize for journalistic stupidity. It would be awarded to the journalist who writes something so stupid Republicans and Democrats would immediately agree it deserves a prize. Last week the first nominee would have to be this Associated Press article on the recent state supreme court race: MADISON — A new report […]

This is when most bloggers put out their endorsements, something from which I abstain for the most part. Still, some races are worth last-minute commentary. Out of personal friendship I wish Mike Mathias well tomorrow in his race for Milwaukee School Board. While Mike and I rarely agree politically, Mike is a very thoughtful person […]

State Supreme Court Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson may claim to be devoid of a judicial philosophy but she has the power to see the future. …the release came out more than four hours before Abrahamson debates challenger Randy Koschnick, a Jefferson County Circuit Court judge. (The release was sent to reporters at 2:30 but embargoed […]

Gotta bug the Crazy Shepherd when their most successful refugee, Bruce Murphy, criticizes them sharply for their coverage of the state supreme court race: The coverage of incumbent state Supreme Court Justice Shirley Abrahamson’s race against challenger Randy Koschnick has, if nothing else, been good for occasional laughs. Consider last week’s cover story by the […]

Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson and her supporters like to play up her non-partisan nature, while painting her opponent Judge Randy Koschnick as a partisan Republican. I just want to say, who am I to argue with a State Supreme Court Chief Justice? After all, Republican or Democrat, Conservative or Liberal, it doesn’t […]

I normally don’t spend too much time bothering noting the endorsements in a political campaign, but I had to laugh at these: The Koschnick for Justice Campaign today announced the endorsement of four new law enforcement leaders who had previously endorsed Judge Randy Koschnick’s opponent, Justice Shirley Abrahamson. Having been given an opportunity to review […]

One of the hazards of running for office is the “unwanted endorsement.” The endorsement from a person or entity with whom you would not wish to be associated under any circumstances. For example, I am sure Dr. Van Mobley did not want to hear the kind words of John Nichols, one of the editors of […]

This is just classic. Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Shirley Abrahamson raked in over $11,000 in donations from members of a law firm with a malpractice case before the court. Abrahamson did not disclose the donations to the parties involved in the case. Abrahamson has not disclosed the donations from members of the firm, Cannon & […]