State Supreme Court Election lettersLetters regading the Wisconsin Supreme Court race between incumbent Justice David Prosser and challenger, Assistant Attorney General Joanne Kloppenburg
Kloppenburg is choice
Assistant Attorney General Kloppenburg has been a litigator and prosecutor at the Wisconsin Department of Justice since 1989, serving under Attorneys General from both parties.
Her comprehensive legal experience includes constitutional, appellate and administrative law, civil litigation and environmental prosecution. She has argued numerous cases before the Wisconsin Supreme Court, winning one only this past Wednesday. She has tried cases in circuit courts around the state.
Wisconsin Assistant Attorney General Kloppenburg graduated with honors from both the University of Wisconsin Law School and from Yale. She holds a Master’s in public affairs from Princeton. She was an intern during law school for Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson. She is a longtime teacher at the UW Law School, was a Peace Corps volunteer, is active in community affairs and is married with three children. Kloppenburg is a highly ethical, intelligent and competent legal professional. She exemplifies our need for a jurist who values collegiality in the court to assure that its work is done respectfully and professionally. She is well suited to fill the need of the people for a judge who is non partisan, fair minded, impartial and independent but firm when required to be. Elect Wisconsin Assistant Attorney General Joanne Kloppenburg for Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice on April 5.
Suzanne Van Mele, Hudson
Prosser for court
Why should you vote on April 5 to re-elect Justice David Prosser to the Wisconsin Supreme Court?
Presently pending in Dunn County is a lawsuit filed by two unions against the state asking the judge to invalidate the law signed by Governor Walker on March 11. One might rightly assume that this amounts to judge-shopping and/or forum shopping.
Judge Sumi is known for being a liberal judge. Justice is to be “blind” (non-partisan and impartial). A temporary restraining order was signed, even though it was very questionable whether the litmus test was passed for the issuance of such an order. The ruling will be appealed to the Supreme Court.
Being a supporter and defender of the Constitution, I would be the first one to insist that this law be constitutional, even if it meant putting it up to a vote again. But that is not what this lawsuit is about. It is about the bully-pulpit of the public unions, entitlements for those who work for unions, a state trying to balance its budget, employees who can’t accept the fact that their employer is in debt and can’t pay them, and “sour grapes” because the Democrats were accustomed to getting their own way for two years and that changed after 2010.
What if every time a law was passed the losing party filed a lawsuit? How many thousands of taxpayer dollars will be spent defending this lawsuit alone? Judicial activism has created many laws which would not exist today if they were put to the people for a vote. Each of the three branches of government has their own job to do. When one starts encroaching into the jurisdiction of the other, we are weakening the separation of powers put into place by the founders.
Please vote to re-elect Justice David Prosser to the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
Pat Sabin, Hudson
Kloppenburg gets vote
Former President Andrew Jackson speaking about the freshly framed Constitution stated, “All the rights secured to the citizens under the Constitution are worth nothing, and a mere bubble, except guaranteed to them by an independent and virtuous judiciary.”
As an Assistant Attorney General, JoAnne Kloppenburg has worked under four attorneys general, both Democratic and Republican. Kloppenburg has exhibited the ability to work in a nonpartisan fashion and with great intellect.
Moreover, Kloppenburg possesses a judicial temperament which the Wausau Daily Herald acknowledged in its endorsement of Kloppenburg on March 24, 2011.
Kloppenburg opposed the judicial ethics rule change written by the Wisconsin Realtors Association that stated that justices need not recuse themselves from cases involving campaign donors, no matter how large the contribution.
To restore faith and independence, impartiality and integrity in our state’s judicial system, please join me in voting for JoAnne Kloppenburg for Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice.
Roy Sjoberg, Hudson
Prosser is choice
The importance of having the best legal minds and the best and fairest opinions on law coming from our Supreme Court cannot be overstated. Justice Prosser has 12 years experience on the Wisconsin Supreme Court, is an 18-year lawmaker, former county district attorney and is endorsed by 85 Wisconsin judges, 65 sheriffs and DAs, and four retired Supreme Court justices.
Justice David Prosser is the most experienced and best qualified candidate for Wisconsin Supreme Court. Vote for Prosser on April 5.
Stephanie Brown, River Falls
Prosser for court
There is a lot of interest in the Wisconsin Supreme Court these days. I am going to vote for the re-election of Justice David Prosser. He is experienced, deliberates according to the rule of law, is impartial and demonstrates good judgment. Judges should not be activists. I say, “Prosser for Supreme Court.”