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Supreme Court race showing its political stripes

Two years ago, Milwaukee County Judge Joe Donald was struggling to stand out in a three-way primary in the race for a seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Running against a conservative and a liberal, Donald crafted a campaign as the race’s independent candidate. But he only ended up with 12 percent of the vote.

Charles Franklin, director of the Marquette Law School Poll, said the tone of this year’s race is different than those in the past but a shift in the making.

“Tim Burns has been very up front about talking about issues that matter in language of politics rather than avoiding any discussion of issues and cases which has been the sort of norm for judicial elections,” he said. 

Madison attorney Burns jumped in the race last spring and is campaigning on his liberal political views. Fellow liberal-leaning candidate Milwaukee County Judge Rebecca Dallet began the race objecting to Burns’ political speech but has since shared some of her own views on policies and Supreme Court decisions.

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Our Revolution endorses Tim Burns for Wisconsin Supreme Court

“Tim’s working-class background makes him a champion for all of Wisconsin’s working families,” Our Revolution president Nina Turner stated in a news release.

Turner added, “On the Supreme Court, he’ll fight for everyone no matter what their race, religion, education, or creed. He will protect voting rights, workers’ rights, the environment, and level the playing field for small businesses.  Right now there are people who are fighting to take away our most valued right–the right to vote. The greatest equalizer we have in this country is the right to vote. If we want better policies, we need better elected officials and that starts at the ballot box–and for Wisconsin voters that starts with electing Tim Burns to the Supreme Court.”


wort 89.9FM: Wisconsin Supreme Court Candidates

On April 3rd, Wisconsin voters will determine who will fill Justice Michael Gableman’s State Supreme Court seat. Host Carousel Bayrd speaks with two candidates running for a seat on Wisconsin’s Supreme Court.

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BELOIT - A more candid, outspoken approach.

That's how one of the three candidates for Wisconsin Supreme Court is looking to reach voters and stand out ahead of the Feb. 20 primary race.

Madison attorney Tim Burns, 54, doesn't shy away from his progressive background when it comes to handling his campaign.

Through the law firm of Perkins Coie, Burns represented businesses and individuals, and he hopes to continue to protect Wisconsin families and small businesses if elected to the Supreme Court.

He has received multiple endorsements from left-leaning groups, including the endorsement of U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Madison, and recently netted the first union endorsement of the three candidates.