Madison liberalism trumps state law on Voter I.D.

By what logic do the laws of the state of Wisconsin fall subject to a Dane County judge elected only by one-twelfth of the population, and the most liberal population in the state, at that? Because the Capitol building sits on a particular parcel of real estate?

By what legal precedent does this Dane County judge declare Wisconsin’s Voter I.D. law “extremely broad and largely needless.”

Over-broad can be a legal impediment but “largely needless?” Isn’t a determination of what is needed the proper province of the 99 members of the state Assembly, the 33 members of the state Senate, and the governor of the state elected by all the people?

Who was the injured party? What voter was denied a ballot because s/he had no identification? Perhaps the news accounts cannot say — I have read of none — because, well, they can’t identify her or him. The man with no name. The unknown victim.

We know now that Dane County Circuit Judge David Flanagan signed a recall petition against Gov. Walker at the earliest opportunity. He should have recused himself; he will be reprimanded. His decision will be swiftly overturned. That is less a prediction than a matter of jurisprudence.

The U.S. Supreme Court has already upheld much stricter photo I.D. statutes. In a 6-3 decision written in 2008 by Justice John Paul Stevens, one of the more liberal members of the court at that time, the court upheld Indiana’s photo voter I.D.

Stevens emphasized that there was not sufficient evidence to prove that voters were kept from the polls or otherwise hurt by the Indiana law. Since Indiana, other states have enacted voter I.D.: Texas, Alabama, Kansas, South Carolina, Rhode Island, Tennessee, as well as Wisconsin.

In Crawford v. Marion County Elections Board, Justice Stevens wrote: "Indiana's own experience with fraudulent voting in the 2003 Democratic primary for East Chicago mayor though perpetrated using absentee ballots and not in-person fraud demonstrate that not only is the risk of voter fraud real but that it could affect the outcome of a close election. … Flagrant examples of such fraud … have been documented throughout this nation’s history."

You don’t have to go to Indiana for election fraud. The Milwaukee Police Department's Special Investigative Unit found an "illegal organized attempt to influence the outcome of (the 2004) election in the state of Wisconsin."

The report found several thousand more votes counted in Milwaukee than there were voters casting ballots. Ineligible felons not only voted but worked at the polls; transient college students cast improper votes; and homeless voters possibly voted more than once, John Fund of The Wall Street Journal reported.

There’s “largely needless” for you, Judge Flanagan.

District of Common Sense

Why should statutes duly enacted by the Legislature and signed into law by the governor be subjected to the uncertain inclinations of a Dane County judge? The answer is, they shouldn’t.

It is time to carve out a generous chunk of the city of Madison — say, from East High School all the way west to Camp Randall — and create a state of Wisconsin version of the District of Columbia.

It should be called the District of Thompson, to honor our greatest governor. The state would run the district, probably out of the Department of Administration. It would be a bureau.

No more would legislators spin their wheels on the glare ice trying to get up the hill on East Washington Avenue because the city hates salt. No more would the county sheriff refuse to be the “palace guard” to protect life and limb. The district would be a free enterprise zone.

Legislation would be reviewed by a special district court. Okay, we don’t need to be so drastic. The simpler way is that legislative disputes should automatically be kicked directly up to the State Supreme Court, where this one is going anyway. Or, as should have occurred in the present case, tried in the jurisdiction where lives the injured party. That is the only person who has standing. But again, such an injured person could not be found.

Besides, my way is more fun.

Mining expunged from state of Wisconsin

I have replaced the miner in the state seal and flag with the prototypical Madison protester. (Hat tip to Miss Vicky.) I have not replaced his pick and shovel in the upper right quadrant of the yellow shield. What do you think should rest there?  Perhaps a thick book representing the average teachers union collective bargaining agreement?

Our liberal acquaintances (for they ARE our acquaintances) like to pose as the great defender of the working man and woman. Well, they’re good about defending those who are unionized, particularly government employee unions that regularly replenish their campaign accounts with worker dues. About creating jobs, not so much. Especially not when they’re icky, ookey jobs that might get your hands dirty.

That’s to explain the Democrats’ opposition to the iron mine in, of all places, Iron County. The mining company has announced that it has had enough of Wisconsin’s shenanigans.

Wish I had thought of this but Charlie Sykes did: Democrats Kill 1000s of Shovel Ready Jobs…

About State Sen. Dale Schultz, I will say little except that he has obviously fallen victim to the “strange new respect” syndrome. Palling around with his new Democratic buddies like Tim Cullen and Bob Jauch, Comrade John Nichols floating your name for governor as a “responsible Republican,” the free pass he gets from the shouters and haters in Madison. Priceless.

The good senator is the useful idiot who provides cover for Democrats, who can put their arm around their friend and claim, “See, we’re not so radical.”

Sen. Lena Taylor, D-Milwaukee, actually put out a press release yesterday identifying Schultz as “D-Richland Center.” I’ll reproduce it here before it gets corrected:

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