• Mon. Mar 20th, 2023

Enterprise leaders group troubled by court hopeful’s refusal to take democracy survey.


Mar 17, 2023

Anoop Prakash, John Florsheim and Sachin Shivaram
 |  Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Editor’s Note: We invited Dan Kelly’s campaign to respond to two points in this op-ed: Why he didn’t respond to the group’s judicial survey and how his legal operate for the Republican Celebration could exert a partisan influence on the court. Study his response suitable right here.

The strength and stability of democracy in America is what tends to make our nation the excellent spot to do enterprise. Two years ago, we formed the Wisconsin Enterprise Leaders for Democracy due to the truth we firmly believe that Wisconsin will have to have a vibrant democracy that upholds freedoms for all citizens for us to move our economy forward. 

Extra than the earlier two years, our group has worked to express support for frontline election workers and administrators about the state, market place civic engagement across the enterprise neighborhood, and ask the candidates for governor to pledge their support of democratic principles.  

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These days, we concentrate our consideration on the Wisconsin Supreme Court election taking spot this April.  

The Wisconsin Supreme Court is an elected physique that exists to defend our freedoms beneath our state laws and state constitution.  While the court need to be non-partisan, we have noticed increasing partisanship on the bench in present years, with justices putting their private ideologies ahead of the rule of law.  Notably, a lot more than half of the court’s possibilities in the 2021-2022 session had been split by a 4-3 vote along celebration lines.

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The winner of the April election will serve a ten-year term and will figure out the balance of the court for very a handful of years to come.  Rather a handful of of the freedoms we appreciate as Wisconsinites will come prior to the Wisconsin Supreme Court in the subsequent couple of years, such as access to reproductive healthcare, our freedom to participate in the democratic process, and ruling on the fairness of current or future district maps.  

Possibly most critically, the new court will hear all situations major up to and quickly following the 2024 presidential election, for the duration of which time the court could be asked to rule on state electors, decide on on challenges to the voting process and even adjudicate the election outcomes. 

The stakes could not be higher.  As a non-partisan group of enterprise leaders from every political parties, we believe it is in the excellent interests of all Wisconsinites to elect justices who will uphold our freedoms and support the principles of democracy on which our nation was founded.  

Prior to the February crucial, we asked just about just about every candidate for the Wisconsin Supreme Court, regardless of celebration affiliation, to respond to a five-query letter, in hopes of gaining insight into their views on matters crucial to democracy that have appeared and will continue to look prior to the court.  

Of the two remaining candidates, Judge Janet Protasiewicz responded in total, with a thoughtful articulation of her views and judicial philosophy.  She wrote of her dismay that the 2020 election outcome was upheld by only a 4-3 vote of the court, emphasizing that “this type of intense partisanship is a single of the causes why I decided to run for Wisconsin Supreme Court we demand to return fairness and preferred sense to this physique.”

In stark contrast, former Justice Dan Kelly did not respond or acknowledge our inquiry quickly following very a handful of requests.  Kelly’s refusal to engage in a civil dialogue on regular queries of democracy and election law is troubling at excellent, and disqualifying at worst.  Combined with present revelations that he received six-figure payments for consulting for the Republican National Committee, we can only conclude that a vote for Kelly would send this court into a partisan tailspin.  

We are encouraged by Protasiewicz’s response in support of democracy and invite you to study her response in its entirety at www.wibusinessfordemocracy.org.

This election is also crucial to vote just on celebration lines and ignore precisely exactly where we have been the earlier couple of years.  We encourage just about just about every voter to take into consideration meticulously the gravity of the issues that will most undoubtedly come prior to this court.  Our freedoms and monetary prospects for the subsequent decade hang in the balance.  

We encourage all to vote for democracy and move Wisconsin forward.  

Anoop Prakash, John Florsheim, and Sachin Shivaram, are members of the Wisconsin Enterprise Leaders for Democracy. Prakash is a division president at REV Group. Prior to REV, Anoop held leadership roles in enterprise and government, like in the administration of President George W. Bush. He is a former Marine Corps officer, and serves on the board of the Hunger Job Force. John Florsheim, a lengthy time resident of Wisconsin, is president of Weyco Group in Milwaukee, a distributor and marketer of footwear brands with a lot more than 250 employees positioned in Glendale. Sachin Shivaram is CEO of Wisconsin Aluminum Foundry, a 115-year-old household members-owned manufacturing firm in Manitowoc. He is active in a selection of neighborhood organizations, like the New North and Greater Green Bay Neighborhood Foundation. He is a trustee at Lawrence University and was also elected as a town supervisor in Ledgeview.

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