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Gov. Walker backtracks on not filling any more Dane County judicial vacancies

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Judge's Gavel By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Judge's Gavel By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Governor Scott Walker has backtracked a little on his earlier statement that he might not fill any more judicial vacancies in Dane County, after two of his appointees lost their bids for election.

Rebecca St. John and Roger Allen lost their elections for full terms, after their opponents made Walker the issue.

St. John lost on Tuesday – and the next day, Walker accused Dane County voters of choosing judges for political purposes instead of on their merits. And he talked about leaving future vacancies alone until their next elections.

Thursday, Walker modified that stance. He said he would probably appoint retired judges and lawyers to vacant Dane County judgeships, if they don’t plan to run for election when their partial terms are up.

In Milwaukee County, Walker judicial appointee Rebecca Bradley was elected this week to a full term as a circuit judge.

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