Hey! Milwaukee and Wisconsin! Quite the dystopian nightmare world we’re living in these days, eh? If only there was something we could do about it…
Well, there is! Today, February 20, Wisconsinites will exercise their civic duty by voting in the spring primary election. At stake is an opening in the Wisconsin Supreme Court: Madison attorney Timothy W. Burns, Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge Rebecca Dallet, and Sauk County Circuit Court Judge Michael Screnock are all vying for the soon-to-be-vacated seat of Justice Michael J. Gableman. The top two vote-getters will advance to the general election on Tuesday, April 3.
Today’s primary is technically non-partisan, but, because nothing is truly non-partisan, it’s totally partisan. (Currently, our seven-person state supreme court has five “conservative” judges and two “liberal” judges.) Dallet is described as a “liberal-leaning centrist,” while Burns “has broken with convention by openly running as a Democrat and progressive.” The conservative Screnock, meanwhile, has been endorsed by the National Rifle Association. A recent press release explains:
The National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) is proud to endorse Judge Michael Screnock for the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
“Judge Screnock is a committed judge who will interpret the Constitution the way our Founding Fathers intended,” said Chris W. Cox, chairman, NRA-PVF.
Screnock is described as an “avid hunter and outdoorsman” in the press release, and…you know what, if you’ll forgive some quick editorializing here: I’m an avid hunter and outdoorsman, too, and fuck the NRA. Fuck the NRA forever.
Anyway, depending on your district, today’s election may also feature some races for County Board Supervisor. Fun! Find out more about those candidates and the Wisconsin Supreme Court candidates here. Find out what the Shepherd Express thinks here. Find out where and how to vote here. JUST VOTE.