Protasiewicz’s endorsements speak just as loudly as her words

Protasiewicz’s endorsements speak just as loudly as her words

Political candidates’ endorsements often speak volumes about how an elected official will handle critical issues.

In the case of Judge Janet Protasiewicz, candidate for Wisconsin’s Supreme Court, her endorsements astonishingly speak just as loudly as her own words, which are already bluntly liberal and arguably unethical.

“In regard to the progressive label,” she says, “I embrace that [label] when it comes to issues such as gerrymandering, when we talk about the maps, when we talk about marriage equality, when we talk about women’s rights and women’s rights to choose.”

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Why Not Janet Protasiewicz

Why Not Janet Protasiewicz

“What I would tell you is that [on] the bulk of issues, the myriad number of issues, there’s no thumb on the scale,” said WI Supreme Court candidate Janet Protasiewicz recently, according to the MacIver Institute, “but I will also tell you that I’ll call them as I see them and I’ll tell you what my values are in regard to this particular issue because this issue [abortion] is so critically important.”

So, according to Janet Protasiewicz, “there’s no thumb on the scale”; and yet, she has been quite open about her views and values:

  • “[The state legislative district maps] are rigged, period.  I’m coming right out and saying that.  I don’t think you could sell to any reasonable person that the maps are fair.” Except for the US Supreme Court justices who ruled just last year that Wisconsin’s maps are legally permissible.
  • “Women have, for the last 50 years…relied on the Roe v. Wade case. They’ve relied on it to be able to make their own decisions regarding bodily autonomy,” Protasiewicz said in an interview with WKOW.
  • Said another way in one of her ads: “I believe in a woman’s freedom to make her own decision on abortion. It’s time for a change.”

Despite the fact that Wisconsin’s Code of Judicial Conduct specifically states that “a judge, candidate for judicial office, or judge-elect should not manifest bias or prejudice inappropriate to the judicial office,” Protasiewicz seems to feel quite comfortable in at a minimum, signaling to Wisconsin voters how she intends to rule on cases. And we should pay attention to that because that means she has no true regard for the rule of law.

If Protasiewicz’s stance on major issues weren’t already made clear, here’s what she said just last month on WKOW’s Capital City Sunday:

  • “In regard to the progressive label, I embrace that when it comes to issues such as gerrymandering, when we talk about the maps, when we talk about marriage equality, when we talk about women’s rights and women’s rights to choose.”

There’s no mistaking how Protasiewicz would rule on major cases affecting life, marriage, and elections in Wisconsin—cases that could alter the future of Wisconsin for at least the next decade.

Now, contrast that with what Justice Dan Kelly, Protasiewicz’s opponent in the April 4 election, said in a recent PBS Wisconsin interview:

“…if you think as a candidate that you should be virtue signaling to attract the votes of a certain body of Wisconsinites, what you’re telling them is that you are not — you are not committed to the constitutional order, and you’re telling them that the politics should have a role in the court, even if you don’t intend to follow through on that, what you’re telling the voters is that it should have a role, and I think that’s extraordinarily problematic because when people come in to this room so that the court can hear their case, what people of Wisconsin want to know, with absolute certainty, is that everyone on that bench is going to follow the law.”

The difference in judicial approach is pretty clear.

The April 4 election for the WI Supreme Court is one of the most consequential elections in modern Wisconsin history—and the nation is watching because what happens here in this election has national ramifications.

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The results are in – here’s how the WI Supreme Court primary race played out

The results are in – here’s how the WI Supreme Court primary race played out

A pivotal election took place in Wisconsin on Tuesday. This race has garnered nationwide attention and involvement because the balance of the Wisconsin Supreme Court is at stake. Will it remain conservative or flip to liberal?

The race, which the New York Times calls “the most consequential American election on the 2023 calendar,” is expected to be the most expensive judicial election in American history. Over $8.7 million has already been spent on advertising.

While four candidates were on the ballot, voters voted for only one. The top two candidates move on to the general election in April. Two candidates leaned liberal—Janet Protasiewicz and Everett Mitchell—and two leaned conservative—Daniel Kelly and Jennifer Dorow. The winner of the race will serve a 10-year term. 

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Gather Signatures!

Between now and June 1, candidates for congress, assembly and senate need to get signatures for their nomination papers. Vote Right Wisconsin has put together a list of candidates that need your assistance with getting signatures to get on the ballot for this fall’s election.

  1. Download the official nomination paper for your candidate of choice and fill out the bottom portion of the paper with your “circulator” information.
  2. GET SIGNATURES of those who support your candidate!
  3. Return paper(s) to address noted on website/paper NO LATER THAN Wednesday, May 27, in order to allow your candidate to have them turned in to the Wisconsin Elections Commission by the June 1, 2020 deadline.

NOTE: Nomination papers do NOT need to have 10 signatures in order to be tallied. They can have anywhere from 1-10 signatures, and every single one counts!

To find your Wisconsin Congressional District, State Senate District, and Assembly District, click here and enter your address.

Congressman Bryan Steil – 1st Congressional District

Peter Theron – 2nd Congressional District

Derrick Van Orden (Endorsed by 3rd Congressional District GOP Caucus) – 3rd Congressional District

Tim Rogers (Primary) – 4th Congressional District

Cindy Werner (Primary) – 4th Congressional District

Scott Fitzgerald (Endorsed by 5th Congressional District GOP Caucus) – 5th Congressional District

Congressman Glenn Grothman – 6th Congressional District

Tom Tiffany – 7th Congressional District

Congressman Mike Gallagher – 8th Congressional District

Cherie Link (Primary) – 10th Senate District

Rob Stafsholt (Primary) – 10th Senate District

Joan Ballweg – 14th Senate District

Sen. Duey Stroebel – 20th Senate District

Sen. Patrick Testin – 24th Senate District

Sen. David Craig – 28th Senate District

Eric Wimberger – 30th Senate District

Dan Kapanke – 32nd Senate District

Rep. Shae Sortwell – 2nd Assembly District

Rep. Ron Tusler – 3rd Assembly District

Aaron McClendon – 10th Assembly District

Orlando Owens – 11th Assembly District

Ozell Cox – 12th Assembly District

Rep. Rob Hutton – 13th Assembly District

Linda Boucher (Primary) – 14th Assembly District

Bonnie Lee (Primary) – 14th Assembly District

Rep. Joe Sanfelippo – 15th Assembly District

Rep. Jessie Rodriguez – 21st Assembly District

Rep. Janel Brandtjen – 22nd Assembly District

Rep. Jim Ott – 23rd Assembly District

Rep. Dan Knodl – 24th Assembly District

Rep. Paul Tittl – 25th Assembly District 

Rep. Terry Katsma – 26th Assembly District

Rep. Gae Magnafici – 28th Assembly District

Rep. Shannon Zimmerman – 30th Assembly District

Rep. Cody Horlacher – 33rd Assembly District

Rep. Rob Swearingen – 34th Assembly District

Calvin Callahan (Primary) – 35th Assembly District

Rep. John Jagler – 37th Assembly District

Rep. Barbara Dittrich – 38th Assembly District

Rep. Kevin Petersen – 40th Assembly District

Rep. Jon Plumer – 42nd Assembly District

Beth Drew – 43rd Assembly District

Terry Lyon – 46th Assembly District

Rep. Tony Kurtz – 50th Assembly District

Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt – 52nd Assembly District

Rep. Michael Schraa – 53rd Assembly District

Rachel Cabral-Guevara – 55th Assembly District (Primary)

Rep. Dave Murphy – 56th Assembly District

Eric Beach – 57th Assembly District

Rep. Rick Gundrum – 58th Assembly District

Rep. Timothy Ramthun – 59th Assembly District

Rep. Robert Brooks – 60th Assembly District

Rep. Robert Wittke – 62nd Assembly District

Crystal Miller – 65th Assembly District

Rep. Rob Summerfield – 67th Assembly District

Rep. Jesse James – 68th Assembly District

Rep. Nancy Lynn Vandermeer – 70th Assembly District

Rep. Scott Krug – 72nd Assembly District

James Bolen – 74th Assembly District

David Armstrong – 75th Assembly District

Rep. Ken Skowronski – 82nd Assembly District

Rep. Chuck Wichgers – 83rd Assembly District

Rep. Mike Kuglitsch – 84th Assembly District

Rep. James Edming – 87th Assembly District

Rep. John Macco – 88th Assembly District

Drew Kirsteatter – 90th Assembly District

Rep. Treig Pronschinske – 92nd Assembly District

Rep. Loren Oldenburg – 96th Assembly District

Rep. Scott Allen – 97th Assembly District

Rep. Adam Neylon – 98th Assembly District