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    Mike Gableman won the 10-year WI Supreme Court nomination. The election is historical because an incumbent ("Loophole" Louis Butler) was unseated.

    Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker won over state Senator Lena Taylor. Scott heavily cut taxes and government waste, and Lena ran on a campaign to reinstate and add to what Walker cut. Walker was previously elected in a special election after the former county executive Tom Ament was removed in a pension-fund scandal. Walker voted for WI pre-emption of local gun control, even though his 5-year-old son was seriously wounded when his neighbor's 13-year-old son shot his son with 9-millimeter Beretta semiautomatic pistol belonging to the neighbor's boyfriend.

    Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett remains in office, having 79% of the vote. Barrett played a significant role in the impeachment of Bill Clinton. He is a member of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns Coalition, a group with a stated goal of "making the public safer by getting illegal guns off the streets." The Coalition is co-chaired by Boston Mayor Thomas Menino and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Barrett supports senator Barack Obama for president in 2008.

    The referendum limiting the governor's partial veto powers overwhelmingly passed with 71 percent approving a constitutional amendment banning the "Frankenstein veto." Voters feel Governor Jim Doyle's unprecedented use of the power to cross out words and digits and construct new sentences from multiple other sentences to increase spending and government programs never intended by the Legislature is completely wrong.

    Milele A. Coggs defeated Milwaukee Alderman Michael McGee Jr. (whose real name is Michael Jackson, as discovered on his other driver's license). McGee ran the campaign from in jail, claiming he is innocent and a victim of a corrupt system. McGee is accused of shaking down business owners in his district, and faces a nine-count federal indictment including three extortion counts, five bribery counts and one charge related to a financial transaction at a local bank.

    Milwaukee alderman James Witkowiak defeated Angel Sanchez in another close election. The two have been battling for years, with one or the other winning. Angel has been accused of dirty politics and corruption.

    Milwaukee County Court Branch 40 was won by Rebecca Dallet, who's basic stand is criminals wouldn't be criminals if given a chance. It was a wide victory over Jeffrey Norman, who's stand was basically that we'd have fewer criminals in jail if we stopped arresting so many blacks. Dallet was the liberal candidate, while Norman seemed to be the moderate-liberal.

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    Pointman wrote:
    The NRA has long claimed they cannot win a case brought in front of Wisconsin's Supreme Court because of the 5-4 bias against firearm owner's rights.
    That's incorrect. Wisconsins Supreme Court only has 7 justices. It was a 4-3 bias, not 5-4. Now the ratio seems to be 4-3 in our favor. "Seems to be" does not mean it is. but it'll be better than we had.

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    pkbites wrote:
    Wisconsins Supreme Court only has 7 justices. It was a 4-3 bias, not 5-4.
    Quite right. Thank you for the correction.

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    The NRA endorsed Gableman. Given what we are doing here with OC the right swing vote guy at the top is a good thing to have. The case for OC in Wisconsin is airtight but some supreme court members in this country have amazed the public in the past.

    On that note, I am curious about the dissenters on the Heller case. I predict the ban will be overturned, but 3 or 4 judges dissent. Everybody should wonder if the rest of their rights are safe when judges dissent on open and closed constitutional issues.

    I have told people this before about rights and liberties in general: "In an age where a supreme court decides a case by a margin of 1 vote, you should be a little concerned".

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