It’s the thrilla’ in Minooka. Local attorney Ron Sonderhouse is taking on the politically connected Mike Maxwell for judge, branch 8 of the Waukesha County Circuit Court. Sonderhouse’s campaign is being managed by Mary Gainey who recently managed Scott Allen’s victory in the 97th Assembly district. Sonderhouse is taking an early lead in the endorsement […]
Elections for judges should continue to be a part of Wisconsin’s democratic tradition. It is a means of holding judges accountable when their ideology is counter to the public’s sense of justice and the law.
Here in Waukesha County, voters did just that when they voted out of office Judge Kathy Stilling and replaced her with Assistant District Attorney Lloyd Carter.
Clearly former Gov. Jim Doyle’s appointment of Stilling, with her background, was contrary to the wishes of Waukesha County residents. The same was true in 2010 when Waukesha County residents voted out of office Judge Richard Congdon, another Doyle appointment, and replaced him with thenstate Rep. Mark Gundrum.
Those two appointments also show the weakness of the appointment-only system. An appointment-only system, as some are advocating, would have stuck Waukesha with two judges we clearly did not want.
Hey, I already voted. Right now, Waukesha County has Justice David Prosser up by at least two votes. It can only go up from there, right? Prosser v. Kloppenburg I bet Prosser’s team is wishing they didn’t take the public campaign financing now. Prosser’s campaign would have gazillions of donations from around the country right […]
Jessica McBride in her latest column for the Waukesha Freeman* lists the many reasons why former Waukesha Democratic Party Chairman Rick Congdon was not a good pick for judge, despite the Waukesha Freeman‘s acceptance of the idea. Congdon’s term is up in 2010. Hysterically, Doyle’s breathless press release announcing Congdon’s appointment never mentioned Congdon’s work […]