When will Wisconsin abandon its fiction of the “non-partisan” elections (held in April)? While they may be non-partisan on a local level (and I doubt they will stay that way much longer, witness recent Waukesha mayoral races), on a state level it has long passed being non-partisan in the true sense of the word.
The candidates for the two state-wide “non-partisan” races, for the seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court currently held by Justice Patience Ruggensack and the post of Superintendent of the Department of Public Instruction, currently held by Tony Evers, are set and one can see the partisan divide developing already.
One candidate for the Supreme Court, Vince Megna, is not even hiding it. And I think just about every one on the left side of the debate has made up their minds against Justice Ruggensack. A former student has already posted on DailyKos that Ed Fallone is a “REAL Democrat” in enlisting support for his election and further refers to him as “Dem in WI Sup. Ct – Why he would bring great things to Wisconsin & needs your support.”
The reasons? Fallone has made “convincing arguments about the dangers of such efforts as the collective bargaining union stripping efforts, Voter ID laws, and even the minutiae involved in the process of enacting such legislation. He recognizes the value of progressive ideas, like stem cell research (he has been deeply involved with a company doing just that), immigration reform, and the invidiousness of voter suppression.”
Why hide it anymore? It’s obvious from recent history and developing strategies that partisanship control the non-partisan elections just as much as the partisan ones.