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    Looks like Wisconsin gun owners have to get out and vote.



    http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepo.../42481127.html

    Waukesha - The state Supreme Court campaign is ending with a fight over a new issue: Who is the better friend of Wisconsin gun owners?

    Challenger Randy Koschnick, a Jefferson County circuit judge, told Carroll University Republicans last week that a 2003 dissenting opinion written by Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson showed a "hostility to gun owners" and their constitutional rights.

    Responding later, Abrahamson said: "Nothing in my record is hostile to gun owners. Nothing in my record is hostile to any group, any individual, any entity.

    "Judge Koschnick is doing anything at all to mislead the voters and distort the record."

    Abrahamson and Koschnick compete in Tuesday's nonpartisan election for a 10-year term. She was appointed in 1976 and has been chief justice since 1996. He has been a circuit judge for 10 years.

    The latest dispute centers on a conviction for carrying a concealed weapon that the Supreme Court overturned.

    The charge was filed after Milwaukee police found Munir A. Hamdan, the owner of a grocery and liquor store who had been robbed several times, carrying a handgun in the store in 1999.

    Koschnick said he was glad that a Supreme Court majority ignored Abrahamson and overturned Hamdan's conviction. He said voters approved a constitutional amendment that "enshrines" the rights of Wisconsin residents to have guns to protect themselves, to hunt and to use for any other legal purpose.

    For gun owners such as Hamdan, the constitutional guarantee "supersedes" Wisconsin's law against carrying concealed weapons, Koschnick said.

    The case involved "a guy with a gun, in his own store, who is protecting himself and his own family," he said.

    When they amended the state constitution in November 1998, Wisconsin voters made it clear they want "pretty broad gun rights - including self-defense," Koschnick said. "That's what happened here."

    Yet, Koschnick said, Abrahamson "missed that" and wrote that there was enough evidence to uphold the concealed weapons ban.

    Abrahamson said Koschnick has spent months accusing her of judicial "activism," including using court cases to write new laws and finding reasons to toss out existing laws.

    Now, Abrahamson said, Koschnick has reversed himself and is criticizing her for not striking down the law banning the carrying of concealed weapons.

    "Now, he's advocating that the court overturn the concealed carry law," Abrahamson said, adding: "Who is the real Judge Koschnick? This is just another example of his conduct not matching his rhetoric. His claims do not match the facts."

    A hunter who has repeatedly called himself the conservative candidate, Koschnick said he owns more than one gun, but he wouldn't say how many he owns. He has campaigned at gun shows.

    Abrahamson said she and her husband do not own a gun.

    Taking the offensive

    In recent weeks, Koschnick has been the aggressor in his race against an incumbent who has been a fixture on the court for almost 33 years and the first female justice.

    Koschnick accused Abrahamson of being soft on crime, of leading a court majority whose rulings have alarmed business leaders over potential legal liability and of accepting $30,000 from lawyers with cases pending before the court.

    Responding, Abrahamson accused Koschnick of "cherry-picking" a few of the thousands of cases she has participated in to unfairly summarize her career. She also said business-liability rulings have not harmed any industry.

    And because her campaign has raised more than $1.3 million, she said that no individual donations will influence her rulings.

    Abrahamson proudly defended her record, saying it's why she is backed by Republicans and Democrats, most circuit judges and law enforcement leaders.

    "I have a fierce commitment to a nonpartisan judiciary," she said Friday. "As a justice, I have decided cases on the facts and law - not on a personal ideology, or agenda, and not on the basis of outside influences."

    She also said she's been an innovator. For example, she pushed to set up an experimental Iowa County program that invites homeowners facing foreclosure to agree to mediation to try and let them keep their homes.

    Koschnick said he was satisfied with his campaign.

    "I've run a clean campaign. I've stuck to the record - my philosophy, her philosophy," he said. "I think this race has been good for voters.

    "There's plenty of information; if you want to get it, it's on the Internet. There's no excuse for a voter to be uninformed. . . .  I think a judicially conservative philosophy better fits the voters, and they know that."

    Koschnick has been heavily outspent in the race. For every $1 given to his campaign, Abrahamson raised $11.

    Abrahamson's TV ads started March 18 and will run statewide through election day. She had raised $1.3 million by March 23.

    Koschnick could not afford to run any TV ads until last week, and then only in Milwaukee. Koschnick said his campaign hoped to raise between $200,000 and $400,000. But it may spend $180,000.

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    Thanks for the article!! I will try to spread it to other sites as well. I'll be at the polls on the 7th and I'll tell everyone else I knowto be there.





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    Abrahamson or her family do not own guns. She just made herself a target for crime.

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    smithman wrote:
    Abrahamson or her family do not own guns. She just made herself a target for crime.
    Na, she's one of those, "I don't own or approve of guns," liberals who employs an armed security force at our expense.

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    bnhcomputing wrote:
    smithman wrote:
    Abrahamson or her family do not own guns. She just made herself a target for crime.
    Na, she's one of those, "I don't own or approve of guns," liberals who employs an armed security force at our expense.
    EXACTLY!!
    "We do not own any guns" but we make sure we have a retired LEO that can legally carry concealed to protect us while we are out spending the taxpayers money on BS personal items for ourelves.


    I am voting first A.M. On Tuesday, then we are off to Fleet Farm in Antigofor tires, A Camo turkey vest for the GF, and maybe a ruger 10/22 (or two) before they go away becuase they hold more than 5 rounds and it is a Semi-Auto and out current legislators have me very concerned.

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    Good luck on Tuesday guys! Im not sure what the anti to pro ratio on your court is, but Im sure it will help if you get another Pro 2A candidate!

    Imagine if the good guys get a win tomarrow and the Wisconsin high court says its okay to carry open and concealed without a permit it!? Just dreaming I guess...


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    No problem BJA, hope you get the word out and get a victory.

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    Just voted, took less than a minute! Hopefully he wins! Make sure to get out and vote everybody! I'll be going into work today reminding everyone.

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    I just voted and voter turn out is ridiculously low. I just cast 2 percent of the vote in my district. I'm calling my relatives right now to make sure they get out there. Only an hour and a half to go.

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    Parabellum wrote:
    I just voted and voter turn out is ridiculously low. I just cast 2 percent of the vote in my district. I'm calling my relatives right now to make sure they get out there. Only an hour and a half to go.

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    I think I did the same at about 4 this afternoon. I was like #228 or something.
    - What da hay?

    Keep Calm and Carry On

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    Teej wrote:
    Parabellum wrote:
    I just voted and voter turn out is ridiculously low. I just cast 2 percent of the vote in my district. I'm calling my relatives right now to make sure they get out there. Only an hour and a half to go.

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    I think I did the same at about 4 this afternoon. I was like #228 or something.
    I was number 50.

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    i went close to the end and was only #87


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