Prosser vs. Kloppenburg: Wisconsin Supreme Court battle royale
By: Greg Halvorson
They donâ€™t get much bigger.Â On April 5 – this Tuesday – Wisconsinites will go to the polls to determine the balance of the State Supreme Court and, ultimately, the fate of the Wisconsin taxpayer.Â Currently, the court breaks 4-3, conservative/liberal, but with the election of Joanne Kloppenburg, the challenger to incumbent Dave Prosser, this will change.
How?Â Well, according to Kloppenburg, â€œThe events of the last few weeks have put into sharp relief how important the Supreme Court is as a check on overreach in other branches of government.â€
And unions are excited.Â In fact, a letter sent out by the American Federation of Teachers states that: â€œa Kloppenburg victory will swing the balance to our side.Â A vote for Prosser is a vote for Walker.Â Itâ€™s time to â€˜get even.â€™â€
Indeed.Â Slandering Justice Prosser, running misleading ads, and pushing a martial political vendetta, unions are turning a sleepy election into Custerâ€™s Last Stand.
And it isnâ€™t because they â€œcare about children.â€ Itâ€™s because they hate â€œchoice.â€Â As the Wall Street Journal observes:
In 2001, Utah made the collection of union payments to political funds optional, and nearly 95% of public school teachers opted not to pay.Â In 2005, Indiana GOP Governor Mitch Daniels limited collective-bargaining rights for public employees, and today only 5% of state employees pay union dues.
Ouch.Â When government workers begin to see fatter checks, itâ€™s game over.
And so the question is, will Wisconsin be Kloppenburged?Â The typical turn-out in off-year elections is low.Â For the sake of Justice Prosser andÂ the taxpayer of Wisconsin, letâ€™s hope itâ€™s not lower than the unions themselves.