Judge Richard Niess just ruled that Governor Walker must stick to the original timeline set by last week's ruling on the two special elections in Wisconsin. This means that Walker must call a special election by noon Thursday, and the attempts to change the law by the state legislature are apparently moot.   The original judge in the case was not immediately available, so the hearing was held by Judge Niess.

It is not at  all clear what path is left for the Republicans at this point. It appears that their current plan is to call the special eleciton as required by the court order (and apparently to be held on June 12). Then they will attempt next week to pass the law, retroactively changing the law so that the special election will be canceled. The Republicans claim this will cause confusion as people sign nominating papers for an election that may or may not take place. Certainly the simplest solution would have been simply to have the elections as required by law in the first place. Or to hold the elections now.

As it is I expect we are doomed to endless litigation on this issue.

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Steve Hanson

Steve is a web designer and recently retired from running the hosting and development company Cruiskeen Consulting LLC. Cruiskeen Consulting LLC is the parent company of Wis.Community, and publication of this site continues after his retirement.

Steve is a member of LION Publishers and the Local Media Consortium, is active in Health Dunn Right, and is vice-president of the League of Women Voters of the greater Chippewa Valley

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