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Will we or won’t we…have voter photo ID up and running in Wisconsin in time for the Presidential elections?
Don’t hold your breath. In spite of Atty. General Van Hollen’s latest attempt to light a fire under the judiciary, the likelihood that photo ID will be reality this year is a very poor bet.
He is now appealing, verbally, to the Wisconsin Supreme Court to take the reins and make it happen. To presume that will happen is to presume that this Court will overcome all its internal divisions and squabbles and actually do something constructive under the current Chief Justice. And to think that this ‘something constructive’ would be seen as helping the Republican cause just adds to the unlikelihood of such action.
The more I see of our decidedly dysfunctional judicial system in Dane County, the more I think it would make sense to begin the process of moving pieces of state government out of Dane County into counties that are not so politically saturated that anything remotely 'conservative' is automatically shunted to a rail siding not to be heard of again until the liberal judges deem it okay.
The requirement that court cases need be rotated among the 72 counties in Wisconsin is certainly a shot across the bow for the Dane County cabal. The removal of significant portions of the spending that occurs locally due to the state government being physically in and around Madison would get the attention of the ruling elite in Dane County. Not that they would change immediately, but they would begin to see their budgets diminishing and they would see their county-wide improvement projects not being so easily made to occur.
Something needs to happen to restore our state government’s ability to function in a timely manner. The idea that anything one side desires can be held up indefinitely through a crony court system is not a good definition of democracy in action. Watching as the pious Dane County liberal judges sit on their respective duffs until after a most important election in November is maddening; especially as we watch state after state get its voter photo ID requirements approved by the courts, as in Pennsylvania most recently.