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The Next Well that Goes Bad May be Yours PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kathleen Vinehout, State Senator 31st District   
Monday, 21 March 2016 15:15

sand-mining-wiSen. Vinehout shares the problems some Trempealeau County residents had to deal with after a sand mine and processing plant began using an old agriculture high capacity well as its water source. They clearly demonstrate the need to balance the impact on everyone when considering changes to high capacity well laws.

Justice Bradley's Defense of Rapists PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats   
Monday, 21 March 2016 14:36

rebecca-bradleyAt Marquette University, Rebecca Bradley argued that it was "legitimate" to believe that "women play a role in date rape." A view she has refused to disavow. Now Gov. Walker, who appointed her, has defended the embattled Justice while also dodging questions about his vetting process.

MADISON, WI - Over the past two weeks, Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Bradley has refused to apologize for previous statements she made arguing that women “play a role in date rape.” Gov. Scott Walker, who appointed Bradley to the position, has defended the embattled Justice while also dodging questions about his vetting process.

jennifer-shilling"Judges are supposed to stand up and protect victims, not shame them," said Sen. Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse). "Justice Bradley's statement reveals a fundamental misunderstanding of our criminal justice system and a lack of respect for women. If she is unable or unwilling to respect the rights of women and prosecute criminals to the fullest extent under the law, she is unfit to serve on our state's highest court."

scott-walkerWhile studying at Marquette University, Rebecca Bradley argued that it was "legitimate" to believe that "women play a role in date rape." Despite attempts to walk back other previous statements, Justice Bradley has refused to disavow her comments blaming victims of rape. Justice Bradley has stood by her previous statements equating birth control to murder and arguing that pharmacists should deny contraceptive coverage to women who have a prescription.

"Gov. Walker clearly didn't do his homework before appointing Justice Bradley to the bench," added Shilling. "The statements made by Justice Bradley represent a horrible, misinformed and completely irresponsible view of the challenges facing women in our state. She owes families an apology."

5 Questions Wisconsin Needs Justice Rebecca Bradley To Answer PDF Print E-mail
Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Friday, 18 March 2016 13:08

Rebecca BradleyJustice Bradley's vague explanations of her disgusting and hateful remarks in columns for the Marquette Tribune haven't passed the smell test so far. She owes Wisconsin more than a hollow apology, she owes us all an explanation of where she stands today.

Eau Claire's Rep. Wachs Calls on GOP U.S. Senators to "Do Your Job"! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Assembly Democrats   
Thursday, 17 March 2016 10:08

Merrick GarlandMADISON - On Wednesday, March 16, President Barack Obama announced his nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to the United States Supreme Court. Judge Garland has served as the chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit since 1997.

Following this announcement, Rep. Dana Wachs (D-Eau Claire), the ranking Democrat on the Assembly Committee on Judiciary, expressed his support for Judge Garland and urged United States Senate Republicans, including Sen. Ron Johnson from Wisconsin, to do their job and give Judge Garland a hearing and a vote on confirmation.

dana_wachs“First of all, I’m very pleased with President Obama’s selection of Judge Garland for the Supreme Court,” said Wachs. “His extensive background, integrity, and outstanding legal acumen make him an ideal candidate for our nation’s highest court. I see no reason why Senate Republicans should not support him as many of them did when he was nominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals.”

In 1997, the moderate Garland was confirmed to his current position with bipartisan support, including support from seven current members of the Senate. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), a former chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has publicly expressed support of Garland in the past for the Supreme Court.

However, since the death of Justice Antonin Scalia in February, many Senate Republicans have said that they will block any nomination made by President Obama and will wait for the next President to make the appointment.

“Article II of the United States Constitution mandates that the President ‘shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint.......Judges of the Supreme Court,’” added Wachs. “There is no flexibility in this. Those who have sworn to uphold the Constitution are mandated to hold hearings and take action on the President's selection. As ranking Democrat on the Assembly Committee on Judiciary, I am asking that Senator Ron Johnson and his Republican Senate colleagues do their job! Hold a fair hearing and vote!”

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