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Sauk County Judge, Act 10 Defender to Seek Supreme Court Seat

Sauk County Circuit Court Judge Michael Screnock, who once worked on a team of lawyers to defend Gov. Scott Walker’s collective bargaining law against lawsuits, is joining the 2018 race for a seat on the state Supreme Court.

Screnock, who was appointed to his judgeship in 2015 by Walker, announced his bid for the state’s highest court Friday — a day after Justice Michael Gableman said he would not be seeking re-election.

 
 
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Michael Gableman won't seek a second term on state Supreme Court

Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman won’t seek a second term, he announced Thursday.

A spokesman for Gableman said “it is my understanding” that the justice will serve the rest of his term that ends July 31, 2018. But a source with knowledge of Gableman’s plans but not authorized to speak for the justice said it’s unclear if that will happen.

That potential vacancy would allow Gov. Scott Walker to make his third appointment to the Supreme Court since 2015. If Gableman finishes his term, the 2018 race to replace him would be the first open competition in a decade.

Running for Gableman’s seat in 2018 are Madison attorney Tim Burns and Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Rebecca Dallet. They announced their candidacies before Thursday’s statement from Gableman.

Burns said in a statement that the 50-year-old justice and his fellow conservative justices “have been advocates for the special interests in Wisconsin.”

 

UpFront: Candidate will run on progressive values

The next race for the State Supreme Court will be held next year.  Incumbent Justice Michael Gableman hasn't said whether he's running for re-election, but he's already drawn two opponents, including our next guest, Tim Burns.