Scott Walker has been acting like he’s a banana republic potentate with partisan governance of Wisconsin while following his orders from the Koch Brothers and its dark-money funded super-PAC political operations, the Bradley Foundation, the Republican Party, Karl Rove, Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce and others that are linked to the current John Doe II investigation.
It would make perfect sense for Walker to want to control the leadership in the Wisconsin Supreme Court since they could vote out the current leader Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson and replace her with another conservative to make Walker in complete control of all three branches of the state’s government.
Abrahamson had tried to stop the Republicans and Walker from changing the 126-year-old policy that the most senior judge would remain as leader, but lost.
U.S. District Judge James Peterson said Abrahamson does not face the risk of irreparable injury since the constitutional amendment she’s seeking to block won’t take effect until at least April 29.
Abrahamson filed the request Wednesday, one day after voters approved the amendment. It gives the seven justices on the Supreme Court the power to choose the chief justice, ending the 126-year practice of having it go to the most senior member.
Abrahamson, one of two liberal justices on the court, was expected to be voted out by the four-justice conservative majority.
Forget saying Walker wants to turn Wisconsin into another backwards Teavangelical state like Mississippi. He’s going for the Guatemala Model.
In order to protect his 20+ years as a career politician always being chased by scandals, Walker needs to have all three branches of government full of partisans to protect him from impending indictments. With the twists and turns of the John Doe scandals going through legal hurdles, it makes sense for Walker to make the power grab as soon as possible.
Why that “John Doe” investigation in Wisconsin remains a problem for Scott Walker: Because of stories like this piece by Yahoo’s Mike Isikoff. “[Wealthy businessman John Menard Jr.] wrote more than $1.5 million in checks to a pro-Walker political advocacy group [Wisconsin Club for Growth] that pledged to keep its donors secret… In the past two years, Menard’s company has been awarded up to $1.8 million in special tax credits from a state economic development corporation that Walker chairs, according to state records.” How did this all come to light? “The contributions by Menard, made in 2011 and 2012, were uncovered among hundreds of emails and internal documents seized by state prosecutors in the course of a wide-ranging criminal investigation into whether Walker’s campaign committee violated state campaign finance laws — including those requiring public disclosure — by funneling large donations to outside, nondisclosing advocacy groups, such as the Wisconsin Club for Growth.” Yet as Yahoo notes, the “John Doe” probe has stalled, and the Wisconsin Supreme Court will hear arguments next month about whether it should proceed. The good news for Walker: That court is controlled by conservatives.
As they always say, in order to shine a light on corruption, follow the money. Seeing how Walker and his supporters want to change the Wisconsin Supreme Court leadership.
Among the groups mentioned in the investigation are three that have spent heavily in court races to elect four of the court’s seven justices. The Wisconsin Club for Growth is estimated to have spent $400,000 for Annette Ziegler in 2007; $507,000 for Michael Gableman in 2008; $520,000 for David Prosser in 2011; and $350,000 for Patience Roggensack in 2013.
Citizens for a Strong America spent an estimated $985,000 to help Prosser. That group was funded by the Wisconsin Club for Growth, which prosecutors have described as a “hub” that distributed funds to allies.
Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, which has received some funding from the Wisconsin Club for Growth and is the state’s largest business lobbying group, spent an estimated $2.2 million for Ziegler; $1.8 million for Gableman; $1.1 million for Prosser; and $500,000 for Roggensack.
PRWatch does an excellent analysis of just how corrupt this is.