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Smear campaigns in full effect for Wisconsin Supreme Court justice seat



Bradley, Kloppenburg throwing punches

The smear campaigns are in full effect against both candidates for the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

A liberal group dug up some of Justice Rebecca Bradley’s writings from college that were considered anti-gay

At the same time, a conservative group called the Wisconsin Alliance for Reform launched this ad below accusing challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg of wanting to set a sex offender free.  


Judge JoAnne Kloppenburg used a technicality to grant a man convicted of second degree sexual assault of a child a new…

Posted by Wisconsin Alliance for Reform on Wednesday, March 9, 2016


“It’ s a decitful and inaccurate ad,” Kloppenburg said. “And, in fact, they changed some of the inaccurate info in the ad, but what remains, it continues to distort the record and deceive the people of Wisconsin.”

His conviction was never overturned, which was shown in the original ad, that Kloppenburg stated.

Kloppenburg says she and other state appeals judges agreed to authorize a new evidence hearing for the man because he didn’t understand the charge he pled guilty to and that they followed the law in doing that. The appeals court ruled the trials court should hold a hearing on whether the convicted could reconsider his plea. It did and the judge denied him.

The conviction was upheld and the offender is still in prison. 

The ads were to run for two weeks and cost the group over $700,000 statewide. Since the group is nonprofit, it’s not required to disclose its donors. 


A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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