Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Challenger and newcomer Carmela Rios falls by more than 1,000 votes in low-turnout election.
Incumbent School Board candidate Phil Kroner kept his seat by more than 1,000 votes in a citywide election featuring other statewide races that drew only a 27.49 percent turnout in Wauwatosa. Kroner polled 4,186 votes against challenger Carmela Rios, who gained 2,963 votes for School Board Seat No. 1. School Board seats are not districted but are elected citywide. Rios' showing wasn't bad considering she'd never run for elective office before, but Kroner bested her by at least a slight margin in every one of the city's 24 voting wards. In the end, it added up to a loss by 1,223 votes overall. The low turnout was expected – Wauwatosa traditionally turns out to vote at nationally notable levels in national-level contests, but state and local…
Justice Pat Roggensack defeats Ed Fallone in race for Wisconsin Supreme Court, while Tony Evers beats Don Pridemore for state superintendent of schools.
State Supreme Court Justice Pat Roggensack defeated challenger Ed Fallone Tuesday in her bid for a second 10-year term on the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Meanwhile, Superintendent of Schools Tony Evers withstood a challenge from Republican state Rep. Don Pridemore in the only other contested statewide race on the ballot. Roggensack was declared the winner by the Associated Press shortly before 10 p.m. Tuesday. As of midnight, with 88 percent of the statewide vote counted, she had 57 percent of the vote to Fallone's 42 percent, according to election results from WISN 12 News. The race for Wisconsin's top education post wasn't as close. With 88 percent of the statewide vote counted as of midnight, Evers had 61 percent of the vote, with …
Monday, April 1, 2013
If you've ever felt the anxiety of 'voter confusion' – not knowing exactly what you're supposed to do on a particular ballot – take a minute to get to know Tuesday's.
In every election, the City Clerk and poll workers report some mismarked ballots as a result of "voter confusion." Wauwatosa has only one contested local race on Tuesday's ballot, but there are two state and one Milwaukee County contests as well. The sample ballot posted here and on the city website shows you those and the several uncontested races. At top left on the ballot is the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, a contest between incumbent Tony Evers and challenger Don Pridemore. Below that is the race for a 10-year term on the Wisconsin Supreme Court, with Ed Fallone challenging incumbent Justice Pat Roggensack. Next are two uncontested races for Milwaukee County Circuit Court and then the race pitting Janet Claire …
Your guide to the races, the candidates, the voting laws and polling places in Tuesday's election.
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Friday is the last day for residents to vote early in person for Tuesday's election and clerks' offices across the state, including Wauwatosa's, are required to be open.
With the spring election on Tuesday, muncipal clerks' offices across the state – including Wauwatosa – are required to be open on Good Friday. The clerk’s office at Wauwatosa City Hall will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for in-person absentee voting and voter registration. All other city offices will be closed. Friday is the deadline for in-person voting. You may also cast an absentee ballot by mail, but it must be postmarked no later than Tuesday. Here is more information on voting early in Wisconsin. "The absentee voting statutes provide no exemption from or postponement for deadlines occurring on the Thursday or Friday before the Spring Election, regardless of their relationship to religious observances that are not recognized as state …
Sunday, March 24, 2013
Incumbent Phil Kroner will face challenger Carmela Rios in the April 2 election for Seat No. 1 on the Wauwatosa School Board.
Voters will head to the polls April 2 to vote on one contested race on the Wauwotosa School Board. Newcomer Carmela Rios is challenging two-term incumbent Phil Kroner for Seat No. 1, which is a three-year term. All School Board seats are elected citywide. Click here for biographical information on Carmela Rios Click here for biographical information on Phil Kroner To provide residents with the most information about the election, Patch asked candidates for their positions on key issues facing the School District. Here are their answers: What is the biggest issue facing the district, and how would you address that issue, if elected? Has Act 10 been good or bad for the school district? Explain your answer.
Friday, March 22, 2013
Incumbent Tony Evers is taking on state Rep. Don Pridemore in the April 2 election for Wisconsin's top education post.
State Superintendent of School Tony Evers will face state Rep. Don Pridemore (R-Hartford) in his bid for re-election in the April 2 election. Both candidates in the nonpartisan race say they're focused on improving the quality of education in Wisconsin, but they differ on the best way to accomplish that goal. Evers, a Plymouth native, has been the state superintendent of schools since 2009. He has been in the education field for more than 30 years, working as a teacher, principal, superintendent, regional administrator and deputy state superintendent before being elected to his current post. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he earned a bachelor's degree in 1973, a master's degree in 1976 and a doctorate in education …
Thursday, March 21, 2013
The "nonpartisan" state Supreme Court race could have big ramifications on cases sitting on the court's docket.
"Nonpartisan election" seems to be a buzz phrase quickly falling out of style in Wisconsin politics as the state is again embroiled in a saucy state Supreme Court election essentially split on party lines. And in a race split by ideology, barbs are sure to follow. State Supreme Court Justice Patience Roggensack is seeking another 10-year term on the bench, but is facing a challenge from Marquette University law professor Ed Fallone in the April 2 election. The 2013 race has all the fixings of a partisan race similar to the 2011 showdown between Justice David Prosser and JoAnne Kloppenburg, which was seen as a referendum on Gov. Scott Walker at the time. The court is weighted 4-3 in favor of conservative justices, and April 2 could tip the …
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Ed Fallone, who is challenging incumbent Patience Roggensack in Wisconsin Supreme Court election, say justice should have recused herself from a case involving attorney who also represented her.
In 2010, the Wisconsin Supreme Court reinstated a criminal conviction against Dimitri Henley. Afterward, his lawyers filed a motion arguing that Justice Patience Roggensack should have recused herself from taking part, given her role in a case involving Henley’s co-defendant. This motion was later denied, on a 4-3 vote. What surprised and even shocked some court observers was that Roggensack took part in this ruling. “Justice Roggensack’s participation in judging her own conduct showed astounding disregard for legal ethics and every litigant’s right to impartial justice,” thundered the New York Times. But it was in keeping with what Roggensack, now seeking a second 10-year term, has helped make the standard — that individual justices have …
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Pat Roggensack and Ed Fallone will compete in April for the state Supreme Court, while Rebecca Bradley and Janet Protasiewicz will compete for the Milwaukee County Circuit Court Branch 45 seat.
Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Pat Roggensack of Madison and Marquette University law professor Ed Fallone of Whitefish Bay will square off in the April 2 election for the high court after advancing in Tuesday's primary. With 93 percent of the votes counted statewide as of 10:36 p.m., Roggensack captured more than 63 percent of the ballots cast, while Fallone had 30 percent, according to Patch's media partners at WISN 12. Vince Megna was eliminated from the race and had garnered about 6 percent of the vote. Roggensack has served on the state Supreme Court since 2003. Fallone, 48, teaches constitutional, corporate and criminal law. Megna, 68, of Menomonee Falls, is a lemon law lawyer who works for Aiken & Scoptur, S.C. in Milwaukee. …