Monday, February 19, 2007


Tuesday is primary day. There are some important races so please VOTE!

Three candidates for Wisconsin Supreme Court will seek enough votes to advance to the general election. One has been endorsed by Wisconsin Right to Life and one thinks he should have been.

That leaves Linda Clifford, a Madison attorney, with experience as Assistant Attorney General at the Wisconsin Department of Justice. She has served on many Wisconsin State Bar committees. In 1997, she received the President’s Award of Excellence for her work on the State Bar’s Commission on the Judiciary as a Co-Equal Branch of Government.

Clifford's supporters include: former governors Tony Earl (D), Patrick Lucey (D), Martin Schreiber (D) and Lee Dreyfus (R); Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin, Senator Russ Feingold, Congressman Steve Kagen, Congressman Ron Kind, Senator Herb Kohl, Congresswoman Gwen Moore, and Congressman Dave Obey. Organizational support comes from AFSCME - PEOPLE, Building & Construction Trades of South Central Wisconsin, Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin, Wisconsin AFL-CIO and Wisconsin Laborers District Council.

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Locally, La Crosse voters have several Circuit court primaries to decide.

Branch 2 candidates include

Christine Clair, veteran public defender and a great worker for families of domestic violence and assault who also serves as president of the La Crosse School Board.

Loralee Clark, who has been endorsed by many Republicans.

Elliot Levine, a veteran public defender who also manages the regional State Public Defender’s office which comprises 10 surrounding counties. Levine is an adjunct professor at Viterbo University teaching Constitutional Law and serves as a coach for the UW-L Mock Trial team. He is founding President of the Wisconsin Association of Treatment Court Professionals and a founding member of the La Crosse County Criminal Justice Management Council.

For me, it's between Clair and Levine. Both have received good endorsements and both would be good judges. What an embarrassment of riches!

Branch 4's three candidates must also compete in a primary. The candidates are

John Brinckman, a veteran defense attorney who currently serves as a local multi-jurisdictional Municipal Judge.

Scott Horne, a Republican.

Kara Burgos, a local attorney who has served as La Crosse County family court mediator and as court commissioner for two local judges.

Vote. Vote. Vote.

And, by the way: "All election results for every race on every ballot cast at every polling place in La Crosse County will be announced and available as they come in (beginning after the polls close at 8:00 p.m.) in the County Board Room (B410), located in the basement of the County Administrative Center, 400 4th St. North, La Crosse. The public is welcome."

And, if you aren't yet registered to vote, check here.

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