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Thursday, January 3, 2008

Wisconsin bracing for another Supreme Court showdown

Should you tire of the Iowa caucus-fest, here's some regional news with a bit more relevance.

Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Louis B. Butler Jr. will face a challenger this spring in what is expected to be another expensive slugfest, similar to last year's contest that saw Annette Ziegler defeat Linda Clifford.

That race spurred close to $2 million in campaign contributions — the most for a supreme court seat in state history.

At stake once again is the ideological balance of the court, the Associated Press reports.

Butler is generally viewed as one of the three liberal members of the court. His opponent, Circuit Court Judge Michael J. Gableman, was appointed by Republican Gov. Scott McCallum and is positioning himself as a conservative alternative.

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