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State Supreme Court Candidates Accuse Each Other Of Partisanship

Incumbent Bradley And Challenger Daley Square Off In First Of Four Debates

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Rock County Judge James Daley, the challenger in a race for the Wisconsin Supreme Court, says his opponent is an activist whose opinions have sought to undermine important legislative reforms like the voter ID Law. Justice Anne Walsh Bradley defended her judicial philosophy during a debate Thursday in Milwaukee.

Daley said Bradley’s dissenting opinions on Act 10 and the voter ID law make it clear she has a liberal political agenda.

“To find something unconstitutional is one thing but to change the test for what is or is not constitutional just to be able to reach a political goal, that doesn’t work for me,” Daley said.

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But Bradley contended her rulings are not based on partisan politics.

“The role of a justice is not to support or not to undermine the political agendas of the executive branch or the legislative branch. Our only agenda is the constitution,” Bradley said.

Bradley and Daley will meet for three more debates before the April 7th election.