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New Liberal Supreme Court Creates 'Seismic Shift' in Wis.

By    |   Sunday, 27 August 2023 05:50 PM EDT

The tensions surrounding the Wisconsin Supreme Court, with the swearing in earlier this month of Justice Janet Protasiewicz giving it a liberal majority after 15 years of conservative control, reflect the state's status as the biggest battleground for next year's presidential election and a projected must-win for the GOP if Republicans are going to take back the White House, The Washington Post reported on Sunday.

"It's an absolute seismic shift in Wisconsin policy and politics," said C.J. Szafir, the chief executive of the conservative Institute for Reforming Government, which is based in Wisconsin. "We're about to usher in a very progressive state Supreme Court, the likes that we have not seen in quite some time. And it's really going to change how everything operates."

The GOP appears to have recognized the outsized importance of Wisconsin in this election cycle, having made the state home of its first presidential primary debate, as well as the home of the 2024 Republican National Convention. 

Nationwide, deadlocked statehouses have given state supreme courts increasing power and frequently put them in charge of determining election outcomes and abortion policies, according to the Post.

With their newfound majority on the court, liberal groups in Wisconsin have filed lawsuits to try to redraw the state's legislative districts, which heavily favor Republicans. The Democratic attorney general has also tried to speed up a case challenging a 19th-century law that has prevented doctors from providing abortions in the state.

Conservatives are battling back by strategizing ways to keep important issues away from the justices by, for example, calling for amending the Wisconsin Constitution to lock in their past victories.

"We need to be very crystal clear that conservative reforms need to be spelled out in the state constitution to prevent the potentially new activist court from trying to overturn them," Szafir said.

There has also been talk of impeaching the new justice for allegedly violating the state constitution.

The turnaround on the Wisconsin court is due to an April election following the retirement of a conservative justice, who held a decisive vote on a 4-3 court, and the victory of Protasiewicz by 11 percentage points.

Within days of taking over this month, the liberals already set up a committee of three justices that will take on many of the duties that had belonged to Chief Justice Annette Ziegler, a conservative.

Brian Freeman

Brian Freeman, a Newsmax writer based in Israel, has more than three decades writing and editing about culture and politics for newspapers, online and television.

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The tensions surrounding the Wisconsin Supreme Court, with the swearing in earlier this month of Justice Janet Protasiewicz giving it a liberal majority after 15 years of conservative control, reflect the state's status as the biggest battleground for the presidential election.
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