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A mockery of our democracy



They’re threatening to make a mockery of our democracy. In Madison, lawmakers are targeting duly elected Supreme Court Justice Janet Protasiewicz for possible impeachment, even before she has heard a single case. They are afraid of how she might vote on issues before the court after criticizing current laws which may be challenged before the high court. They also criticize her for accepting money from the democratic party during her campaign. But Judge Janet was overwhelmingly elected. Impeaching her would be subverting the will of the people. Now, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos is appointing a panel of retired judges to decide whether the Legislature should move ahead with impeachment. This too is a sham. Among those we’re told will serve on the panel to determine the future of Protasiewicz is former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser. Interesting choice. He donated money to the opponent of Protasiewicz in the recent election. Prosser too accepted party money when he ran for office, and didn’t recuse himself in cases involving his donors. Pretty much what they are accusing Protasiewicz of doing. Hello pot, meet kettle. We don’t need a secret panel to advise our lawmakers whether to impeach a justice who has yet to rule on a single case. Impeachment should be reserved for those who behave badly, not for those who may issue rulings one party doesn’t like.

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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  1. Richard Lepsch

    September 18, 2023 at 5:33 am

    Actually a threat to democracy is when a judge makes law from the bench and not following the constitution or the laws as passed…this is typical of democrat judges and the people have a right to recall that judge…In this case she has made it clear she is going to do what democrat politicians tell her how to rule she must be recalled if our state is to remain a free democracy.

  2. nick

    September 18, 2023 at 6:03 am

    The mockery is that right after the election liberal groups sued over the voting districts. They want their money they invested to have a big return. On the other hand, the Republicans show how stupid they are in trying to get rid of her.

  3. Carol Herlitzka

    September 18, 2023 at 7:39 am

    Abortions should not be like going to the candy store! This is the life of an innocent unborn person!
    Think before you have sex with someone!! The abortion pill may also effect your body for the rest of your life? The swamp wants to control population,( bill gates) freedom of speech, your entire way of living!! Welcome to China!!

  4. Bob N.

    September 18, 2023 at 10:33 am

    Speaker Vos has the legal right to appoint the panel of judges, made up of whoever he chooses. He’s the officer in power as stated in the Wisconsin Constitution. Vos was elected by his constituents and his peers. All, very legal and ethical, Scott.

    • Candyce VerBurg

      September 19, 2023 at 1:49 pm

      How many people in Wisconsin actually voted for Vos? Seems like he’s got more political power than the Governor who was elected by the majority of voters in Wisconsin. Upside-down politics.

  5. Wait a Minute

    September 18, 2023 at 8:50 pm

    “…before she has heard a single case.” This issue didn’t just happen; it was raised during the campaign.

    She has indicated she doesn’t need to hear the cases. She has already decided the outcome and can just mail in her verdict.

    It’s about her donors wanting an Illinois style Dem gerrymander. $10 million in donations was her price.

  6. Foul Play

    September 18, 2023 at 8:54 pm

    We don’t pledge allegiance to a democracy. We are a republic.

    The term Democracy in current use = Democrat. If it’s bad for a Democrat its “bad for democracy.” It’s political doublespeak.

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