Bloomberg Law
March 17, 2023, 9:04 AM

Divisive Court Election Poised to Reshape Swing State Wisconsin

Alex Ebert
Alex Ebert
Staff Correspondent

Candidates to fill a pivotal seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court are saying what’s usually the quiet part out loud.

Former state justice Daniel Kelly accuses his rival, Judge Janet Protasiewicz, of wanting to substitute her wishes for enacted law. Protasiewicz describes Kelly as an extremist who’ll twist the state Constitution to meet partisan objectives. The characterization that sways the most votes on April 4 will help determine whether Wisconsin keeps an abortion ban enacted 60 years before women there could vote.

The winner will be key to deciding whether the Republican-dominated state Legislature will have the upper hand ...