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Judge Janet Protasiewicz wins seat on Wisconsin Supreme Court

Nick Vachon Liberals won a majority on the Wisconsin Supreme Court last night as Milwaukee Judge Janet Protasiewicz defeated conservative former state Supreme Court Justice Daniel Kelly in a bitter, close-fought race with national implications. Protasiewicz won with 55% of the vote Tuesday. The Associated Press called the race less than an hour after polls … Continued

Dan Kelly opposed marriage equality ruling and supported anti-LGBTQ groups

Will Fritz The conservative candidate for the Wisconsin Supreme Court has long been vocal about his opposition to same-sex marriage and the ‘damage’ recognizing it could have. Dan Kelly, the conservative candidate for the Wisconsin Supreme Court, has a history of questioning LGBTQ rights and has long-standing ties to anti-LGBTQ organizations. Kelly previously served on … Continued

Right-wing think tank tied to dark money jumps into Wisconsin Supreme Court race

Matt Cohen The Republican State Leadership Committee placed a $200,000 ad buy in support of conservative Justice Daniel Kelly last week. The Republican State Leadership Committee, a right-wing think tank and political organization, announced last week that it will spend $200,000 in Wisconsin in support of conservative justice Daniel Kelly’s run for the Wisconsin Supreme Court. The … Continued

Uihlein money runs deep in Daniel Kelly’s Wisconsin Supreme Court campaign

Matt Cohen Kelly’s campaign has received at least $6 million from groups associated with far-right megadonor Dick Uihlein. Research contributed by Evan Vorpahl of True North Research. At least five political action committees supporting Daniel Kelly for Wisconsin Supreme Court have deep financial ties to Dick Uihlein, the controversial billionaire owner of the Uline shipping and business … Continued

Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate Daniel Kelly defended plan for state ‘marriage saver’

Emily Singer The conservative nominee for Wisconsin’s highest court defended the religious program, which was later found to be unconstitutional. In the race for Wisconsin’s open Supreme Court seat, conservative former Justice Daniel Kelly has said he is the “only” candidate “who has demonstrated what it means to be a Constitutionalist judge.” Yet Kelly repeatedly defended state … Continued

Candidates clash in first and only Wisconsin Supreme Court debate

Nick Vachon Janet Protasiewicz and Daniel Kelly fought over their records on decisive issues that the court could rule on in the coming years, such as abortion and redistricting. MADISON, Wis. — On Tuesday afternoon, the two candidates in Wisconsin’s nonpartisan race for the open seat on the state Supreme Court met for their first … Continued

Common Cause’s Jay Heck: ‘The ramifications are huge’ in Wisconsin Supreme Court election

Nick Vachon The director of Common Cause Wisconsin, a government reform advocacy organization, says that the April Supreme Court election carries massive implications for democracy in the state and nationally. Jay Heck is the executive director of Common Cause Wisconsin, the state branch of one of the nation’s largest government reform advocacy groups. Heck has worked … Continued

How Daniel Kelly worked with the GOP to fuel election denialism

Matt Cohen The conservative Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate was involved in a GOP scheme to submit fake electors to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election and was part of a nine-city ‘election integrity’ tour in 2022. In August 2020, Judge Daniel Kelly, who had been appointed to an empty seat on the Wisconsin … Continued

Janet Protasiewicz is running to stop ‘extreme partisanship’ on Wisconsin’s Supreme Court

Emily Singer The liberal nominee for Wisconsin’s highest court says the current conservative majority is ‘making decisions based on right-wing partisan beliefs.’ Milwaukee Circuit Court Judge Janet Protasiewicz, the liberal nominee for an open seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court, told Wisconsin Public Radio in an interview aired on Feb. 14 that she is running to restore common … Continued

Opinion: Wisconsin’s Supreme Court election is a chance to fix state’s gerrymandered maps

Christine Neumann-Ortiz is the executive director and founder of Voces de la Frontera/Voces de la Frontera Action. The fight for fair maps is about unlocking democracy for all Wisconsinites. Wisconsin’s state Supreme Court election in April presents an opportunity to dismantle the state’s gerrymandered maps that since 2011 have ensured one-party control of the state Legislature … Continued

Daniel Kelly slammed legal abortion as promoting ‘sexual libertinism’

Matt Cohen At the same time, the Republican candidate has spoken out against same-sex marriage and accused pro-choice organizations of seeking to ‘preserve sexual libertinism.’ When former Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker picked Daniel Kelly to fill a vacancy on the Wisconsin Supreme Court in 2016, he said that Kelly’s “extensive real-world experience, combined with … Continued

Opinion: The Stakes of the Wisconsin Supreme Court Election

Erin PhillipsAttorney and founding member of Motherhood for Good Motherhood for Good is a community of moms with a purpose-driven playbook who believe that parenting includes politics. To get involved, find us online at, on instagram @motherhoodforgood, or join our facebook group at If you’re reading this, you probably already know that the … Continued

What’s at stake in the Wisconsin Supreme Court election?

Emily Singer The fate of abortion rights, voting rights, and fair congressional and legislative districts depend on the balance of conservative and liberals on the court. Voters will head to the polls on Feb. 21 to determine the two candidates who will face off for an open seat on the Wisconsin state Supreme Court. The outcome of … Continued