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2155, 22 Mar 18

Dane County Judge… enough said

Here we go again. Liberals sue. Dane County judge rules in their favor. Appeals Court or Supreme Court overrules. Repeat. This is all about generating negative headlines about Walker before the election.

A Dane County judge on Thursday ordered Gov. Scott Walker to promptly call special elections in two state legislative districts that have had vacancies since December, saying the governor misinterpreted a state law in choosing not to fill the seats until the November general election.

Circuit Judge Josann Reynolds gave Walker one week to order special elections for the two open seats, Senate District 1 and Assembly District 42. Reynolds’ order states that the elections must take place on a Tuesday between 62 and 77 days from the date Walker calls for them.


2155, 22 March 2018


  1. Kevin Scheunemann

    Liberal hack judge.

    Should be removed for inventing law.

  2. billphoto

    One week?  Ridiculous.  I know folks in the Clerk’s Office and the only way you could get them to move that fast is with a kilo of cocaine and a billion gallons of coffee.  Sugar donuts are optional.

  3. billphoto

    My bad.  Not one week to an election BUT will Judge Reynolds pay for the costs?  Dane County?  If Dane County looses on appeal, will they reimburse the State of Wisconsin (taxpayers)?

  4. jjf

    Kevin, did you read the judgement? What parts did you find flawed?

  5. jonnyv

    Really??? Liberal hack who was appointed by Walker. The law LITERALLY states…

    “Any vacancy in the office of state senator or representative to the assembly occurring before the 2nd Tuesday in May in the year in which a regular election is held to fill that seat shall be filled as promptly as possible by special election”

    And your contention is that by the exact wording of the law, because it was done in the year BEFORE the election year, that it doesn’t apply? But had it been done a few weeks LATER he would be obligated to hold a special election? That is some serious hair splitting and pretty clear that you are not abiding by the spirit of the law and working some grammatical jujitsu.

    With that thought process I am going to contest that the 2nd amendment TRULY means you have the right to show your arms…. the things connected to your shoulders.

    These people have the right to be represented at the state level and the election could already be scheduled if Walker wasn’t busy trying to play politics.


  6. dad29

    So, JonV, you choose to “interpret” the law according to YOUR taste?

    Hell!  Run for Supreme Court.  You can’t be worse than Dallet.

  7. jjf

    Indeed, Walker appoined Josann Reynolds to the Dane County Circuit Court to fill the vacancy left by the retirement of Judge Maryann Sumi.

    At the time, and I’m quoting here from his own press release, Walker said “I am pleased to appoint Josann Reynolds to the circuit court bench. She has extensive experience in the private sector, both as an attorney and as a business owner,” said Governor Walker. “It is the job of a circuit court judge to apply the law carefully and impartially in a wide variety of cases, and Josann Reynolds’ broad experience, extensive knowledge, and commitment to the rule of law will serve her well in this role.”  Anthony Varda of DeWitt Ross & Stevens praises Reynolds as someone who “has real-world experience from running a business and managing a payroll.”  He further added, “I would anticipate her to be the type of judge who would act as a referee and umpire, applying law and precedent as it was written.”

  8. Paul


  9. billphoto


    I have not seen the name ‘Eric Holder’ in the discussion.  Obama’s disgraced former Attorney General sued Wisconsin.

    This does appear to be a partisan action on Gov. Walker’s part but reviewing the numbers in the Legislature, the outcome of any special election does not appear to be significant except to “the Party”.   If this was so important, where has Wisconsin’s Democratic Party been for the better part of a year?  Oh, yeah, they had to wait for Eric Holder, first U.S. Attorney General in history to be held in both criminal and civil contempt of Congress to lead them.

  10. jjf

    If Walker had just held an election, none of this would’ve happened, right?

    What do you think the ghost of Scalia would have to say about this?

  11. dad29

    “Walker” does not hold the election, Foust.  The county/ies in which the district falls hold the election.  Elections cost money, ya’know.

    The law does not REQUIRE an election.  There will be no significant leggie activity until after the regular fall election.

    And the Legislature cannot repeal ObamaCare, so …..

  12. jjf

    Weird. Somehow the judge thought Walker had something to do with it.

    So there’s no significant legislative activity…  what have they been doing lately?  Except now they need to reconvene to do something really important?

    What would Scalia say about “shall be filled as promptly as possible by special election”?


  13. dad29

    Whine, whine, whine.

  14. jjf

    I know, I know.  The judge even said in her decision, “For the life of me, I cannot reconcile the incongruity between Gov. Walker’s administration’s very vocal and consistent policy advocating for strict constructionism and the position taken by the attorney general in this case involving the most basic constitutional guarantees and the interpretation of one simply worded statute. The two views are inconsistent, incompatible, and irreconcilable.”


  15. billphoto

    Please correct me if I am wrong but the District staff will still be working even if there is no elected rep and the Legislature is not scheduled to be in session until after the regular scheduled elections.  I guess I am missing why this is such a big deal except to “the Party” and, my opinion is neither party places voters over their own interests.

  16. Paul

    The ghost of Scalia says you’re a creepy stalker, Foust.

  17. Le Roi du Nord


    Great job of holding their feet to the fire.  Once again the hypocrisy of the alleged “conservatives” is thrust into the light of day,  and by a walker appointee no less.  What a great day.

  18. Paul

    I see the Nazi was released from jail.

  19. Le Roi du Nord

    As usual, wrong on both counts.

  20. Paul

    Hope you didn’t drop the soap

  21. Paul


  22. Le Roi du Nord

    Still 0 for 2018, little fella.

  23. Paul

    Three 500-year floods in a year…

  24. Le Roi du Nord

    Yup, that makes me 99 for 100.  And you are still 0 for 2018.  Low minor leagues for you.

  25. Paul

    Everyone is better than a white trash backwoods pissant Klansman like you.

  26. Le Roi du Nord

    So, liddle fella, what is your claim to fame?

  27. Paul

    I’m better than you.

    That’s all you need to know, Dennis Rader. Try not to get angry and strangle anyone today.

  28. Le Roi du Nord

    Well, you are entitled to your opinion, but not your own set of facts.  And you are factually in error..  You are still 0 for 2018.  But at least you are consistent.

  29. Paul

    Three 500-year floods in a year
    Baseball “legend”
    Lying about elected office
    Twelve years of GOP control

    You’ve been owned so many times here. These are facts.

  30. Le Roi du Nord

    You were soooo close, but you missed again.  We’ll just call you Ohfer….

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