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Justice Bradley's Defense of Rapists PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats   
Monday, 21 March 2016 14:36

rebecca-bradleyAt Marquette University, Rebecca Bradley argued that it was "legitimate" to believe that "women play a role in date rape." A view she has refused to disavow. Now Gov. Walker, who appointed her, has defended the embattled Justice while also dodging questions about his vetting process.


MADISON, WI - Over the past two weeks, Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Bradley has refused to apologize for previous statements she made arguing that women “play a role in date rape.” Gov. Scott Walker, who appointed Bradley to the position, has defended the embattled Justice while also dodging questions about his vetting process.

jennifer-shilling"Judges are supposed to stand up and protect victims, not shame them," said Sen. Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse). "Justice Bradley's statement reveals a fundamental misunderstanding of our criminal justice system and a lack of respect for women. If she is unable or unwilling to respect the rights of women and prosecute criminals to the fullest extent under the law, she is unfit to serve on our state's highest court."

scott-walkerWhile studying at Marquette University, Rebecca Bradley argued that it was "legitimate" to believe that "women play a role in date rape." Despite attempts to walk back other previous statements, Justice Bradley has refused to disavow her comments blaming victims of rape. Justice Bradley has stood by her previous statements equating birth control to murder and arguing that pharmacists should deny contraceptive coverage to women who have a prescription.

"Gov. Walker clearly didn't do his homework before appointing Justice Bradley to the bench," added Shilling. "The statements made by Justice Bradley represent a horrible, misinformed and completely irresponsible view of the challenges facing women in our state. She owes families an apology."

Last Updated on Monday, 21 March 2016 15:00
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5 Questions Wisconsin Needs Justice Rebecca Bradley To Answer PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Democratic Party of Wisconsin, Brandon Weathersby   
Friday, 18 March 2016 13:08

Rebecca BradleyJustice Bradley's vague explanations of her disgusting and hateful remarks in columns for the Marquette Tribune haven't passed the smell test so far. She owes Wisconsin more than a hollow apology, she owes us all an explanation of where she stands today.

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Eau Claire's Rep. Wachs Calls on GOP U.S. Senators to "Do Your Job"! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Assembly Democrats   
Thursday, 17 March 2016 10:08

Merrick GarlandMADISON - On Wednesday, March 16, President Barack Obama announced his nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to the United States Supreme Court. Judge Garland has served as the chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit since 1997.

Following this announcement, Rep. Dana Wachs (D-Eau Claire), the ranking Democrat on the Assembly Committee on Judiciary, expressed his support for Judge Garland and urged United States Senate Republicans, including Sen. Ron Johnson from Wisconsin, to do their job and give Judge Garland a hearing and a vote on confirmation.

dana_wachs“First of all, I’m very pleased with President Obama’s selection of Judge Garland for the Supreme Court,” said Wachs. “His extensive background, integrity, and outstanding legal acumen make him an ideal candidate for our nation’s highest court. I see no reason why Senate Republicans should not support him as many of them did when he was nominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals.”

In 1997, the moderate Garland was confirmed to his current position with bipartisan support, including support from seven current members of the Senate. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), a former chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has publicly expressed support of Garland in the past for the Supreme Court.

However, since the death of Justice Antonin Scalia in February, many Senate Republicans have said that they will block any nomination made by President Obama and will wait for the next President to make the appointment.

“Article II of the United States Constitution mandates that the President ‘shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint.......Judges of the Supreme Court,’” added Wachs. “There is no flexibility in this. Those who have sworn to uphold the Constitution are mandated to hold hearings and take action on the President's selection. As ranking Democrat on the Assembly Committee on Judiciary, I am asking that Senator Ron Johnson and his Republican Senate colleagues do their job! Hold a fair hearing and vote!”

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 March 2016 10:38
 
Senator Hansen to Present Citations to UWGB Phoenix Basketball Teams PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GBP Staff   
Wednesday, 16 March 2016 16:48

dave_hansen“I don’t think you can say enough good things about the players, the coaches and their supporters. We gave it our best with the citations but words can only express our pride and excitement so much.” - Senator Dave Hansen

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 March 2016 19:09
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Senate Passes Resolution Honoring Rosemary Hinkfuss PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GBP Staff   
Wednesday, 16 March 2016 16:07

rosemary-hinkfussMADISON - State Senator Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay) announced today that prior to concluding its 2015-16 Legislative Session the State Senate passed a resolution honoring the life of Rosemary Hinkfuss.

Senate Resolution 11, introduced by Hansen, passed the State Senate unanimously with all senators being named co-authors in honor of the former state representative from Green Bay.

“Rosemary was a great lady, a loving mother and grandmother and a great community leader. It is only fitting that she be honored this way and I am glad that every senator from both sides of the aisle joined in honoring her,” said Hansen.

Former State Rep. Rosemary Hinkfuss died two weeks ago.  Rosemary, who would have turned 85 in September, served in the Assembly from 1988-94, representing the 88th District. She also served on the Brown County Board and Green Bay City Council from 1974-92. She was also the first female member of the Green Bay Packers Board of Directors.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 March 2016 16:19
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