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Reforming the Wisconsin Supreme Court's approach to recusal

The Brennan Center for Justice has recommended that Wisconsin take four steps to reform its rules for judicial recusals. >More
 Wisconsin Supreme Court out of step with national standards on recusal

Wisconsin's Supreme Court justices are sharply split -- not just on when they should not take part in a given case, but even over whether the court has the authority to make such calls. The depth of those differences became clear in the court's handling of a case concerning Dimitri Henley, convicted of sexual assault in Jefferson County. >More
 Wisconsin Supreme Court justices weigh in on the recusal issue

In 2010 and 2011, Wisconsin Supreme Court justices issued nearly 200 opinions. In 18 of these, one or more justices declined to participate, usually without explanation. Eight of these cases involved attorney discipline. >More
 Wisconsin Supreme Court justice Patience Roggensack decided case involving her own lawyer

In late 2006, a Grant County jury ordered Daniel Virnich and Jack Moores to pay a $6.5 million judgment, the largest in Wisconsin that year. The lawsuit brought by receiver Michael Polsky had accused the two men of plundering a stereo components company, through excessive payments to themselves. The company had gone belly up, leaving its creditors -- including numerous small businesses -- with major losses. >More
 Wisconsin Supreme Court justices battle over recusing themselves

In 2009, Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Patience Roggensack recused herself from a case involving a lawyer who had worked for her. But in 2011, she had a change of heart. Roggensack decided, without explanation, to rule on the case. She cast a critical vote to spare two men represented by her former attorney, Donald Schott, from paying a $6.5 million judgment. >More
 Reclaim Wisconsin rally draws tens of thousands to Capitol, focus on recall elections

Chants of "This Is What Democracy Looks Like!" and broken pieces of "Solidarity Forever" once again filled Capitol Square on Saturday for the "Reclaim Wisconsin" rally. Tens of thousands of demonstrators turned out to mark one year since the passage of Gov. Scott Walker's legislation to drastically limit collective bargaining rights for public employees, as well as to build momentum for the upcoming recall elections this summer. >More
 Live-blogging the Reclaim Wisconsin anniversary rally in Madison

Wisconsin labor union members and their supporters are gathering on the Capitol Square in downtown Madison for the "Reclaim Wisconsin" rally to mark one year since Gov. Scott Walker's bill stripping collective bargaining rights from public employees was passed in the state legislature. Follow live tweets, aggregated reports, and discussion throughout the day and evening here. >More
 GAB requests June 12 recall election date for Gov. Walker, Lt. Gov. Kleefisch, senators

Wisconsin's elections chief would like to see the anticipated recall elections against Gov. Scott Walker, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and four Republican lawmakers scheduled for June 12. The primary, under that scenario, would be May 15. >More
 Changes in Wisconsin sales taxes not very likely

Todd Berry is nothing if not realistic. His 18 years at the helm of the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance have taught him that good public policy often doesn't get past the gatekeeper of politics. "The pressure on elected officials in a largely career Legislature is to make people happy and get re-elected," Berry says. So while his group has identified some troubling trends regarding the state's sales tax, he's not expecting lawmakers to embrace reforms. >More
 Robert Gibbs and Obama 2012 reelection campaign rallies UW student support

One day after Super Tuesday proved inconclusive for Republicans vying for the White House, the Obama campaign kicked off an effort to capture the student vote at universities across the state. The President's Greater Together Summit Tour is a nationwide effort that will run through March. >More
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