Wisconsin State Journal from Madison, Wisconsin on March 22, 2003 · 13
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INSIDE DeMent backs out of show because of warB5 Daily Record Obituaries Weather B2 B4 B6 L Satuday, March 22, 2003 Wisconsin State Journal Gty Edrton Phil Glende, (608) 252-61 17 m wmt m& OCA Brunner, Roggensack point out each others party support By Anita Clark Wisconsin State Journal Partisan politics erupted Friday in the campaign for the Wisconsin Supreme Court when one candidate asked his opponent why the Repubr lican Party was supporting her in the non-partisan race. "This sounds like an endorsement," Judge Ed Brunner said of an e-mail from the Republicans urging votes for Judge Pat Roggensack. "It's not an e-mail that I authorized or that I ever saw," Roggensack responded. "I'm not responsible for people who get involved in the campaign." Speaking in the Capitol chambers of the court each hopes to join, the candidates answered questions from a panel of citizens and from each other. The forum was sponsored by We the PeopleWisconsin and was broadcast live statewide on public radio and television. Brunner, 55, Rice Lake, a circuit 4 judge in Barron County, and Rog-. gensack, 62, Madi son, a judge on the state Court of Appeals, are seeking election to a 10-year term on the Supreme Court. The election is April 1. . They returned to familiar campaign messages and jibes at each other as they fielded inquiries about fairness, efficiency and qualifications of judges. Liz Kaminski, a sales consultant ' F Me People WISCONSIN Forum rebroadcast Sunday Friday's forum will be rebroadcast Sunday at 10 a.m. on WHA-TV (Ch. 21) and at 9 p.m. on UPN (Cable Ch.14).. from Milton, asked why Brunner lists issues on his Web site while Roggensack does not "When you run for office, people ought to know who you are," Brunner said. Roggensack said judges risk being seen as just like other politicians if they talk about issues. "We want judges to be independent from outside influence," she said. Rochelle Conway, a lab assistant at I . i f J v ' ' r-v-v. j : r .' ll,l","''llW,.iti . SARAH B. TEWSWSJ Judges Ed Brunner, left, and Pat Roggensack answered questions from citizens Friday Please see FORUM, Page B2 atJ0Ut why tneY are running tor the Wisconsin Supreme Court Rockets man roars as Randolph keeps on rolling ! Xll Vd sVi, t .,, A. V . W it -.1 ... ' " ; CRAIG SCHREINERWSJ Randolph Elementary and Middle School Principal Wayne Vanderploeg celebrates the Randolph High School Rockets' 69-50 win over Marshfield Columbus on Friday in the WIAA boys basketball tournament at the Kohl Center in Madison. Defending champion Randolph advances to the Division 4 championship game against Seneca today at 12:05 p.m. Tournament coverage in SportsD1. Woman jailed for linguistic bullying, The revenge case centered on an alternative version of the English language. By Ed Treleven Courts reporter An Illinois woman convicted of serving phony court summonses on six local officials was sent to prison Friday by a Dane County judge, in part to quell her "linguistic bullying." Janis K. Logan, 46, of Chatham, 111., convicted in December on six counts of simulating legal process, was sentenced to two years in prison, followed by three years of extended supervision. Logan, who walks with great difficulty, had to give up her motorized cart before being taken by bailiffs to start her sentence. . . Circuit Judge Steven Ebert said Logan's co-defendant, Jason Zellmer, 23, of Oconomowoc, was a "toady" in the summons plot. He withheld a one-year prison sentence and placed Zellmer on five years of probation. The bizarre case centered around revenge, a mathematical version of the English language called the Truth, invented by David-Wynn Miller of Milwaukee, and the Unity- Circuit Judge Steven Ebert said Janis Logan's co-defendant, Jason Zellmer, 23, of Oconomowoc was a "toady" in the summons plot States of Our World, an alternative legal system that Miller created with it Logan claims to be a judge in the Di-Strict Court of the Unity-States of Our World. She and Zellmer were charged with serving phony criminal court summonses in January on Circuit Judge Moria Krueger, Assistant District Attorney Lana Mades, Clerk of Court Judith Coleman and three police officers because they were upset with Zellmer's conviction in a misdemeanor case last year. A third man, Russell Gould, 29, of Arapahoe, Wyo., remains at large. Logan and Zellmer represented themselves during their trial Their case seemed to center less on disproving the charges than on proving the validity of Miller's ideas. , Logan continued to argue those same points Friday, speaking with the phrases "in the," "of the" and "for the" sandwiched between Please see CASE, Page B2 Democratic Party backed on voter lists Ethics Board attorney says once lists were created they were public records. By Phil Brinkman State government reporter The Democratic Party of Wisconsin didn't violate state campaign finance laws when it solicited and received free voter lists from legislative staffers, the attorney for the state Elections Board has concluded. In an opinion released Friday, attorney George Dunst said questions remain about whether staffers broke state ethics laws by working on state time to convert constituent databases into campaign tools used by the party in get-out-the-vote drives. But once the lists were created they became public records, available to the party or anyone else who requested them, Dunst wrote. The 19-page opmion responds to a com- nl dint frloH mnra tV on a year and a half ago by, Opinion responds Don Fish, who man- aged the party's voter' file from 1998 to 2000. Fish alleged the party conspired to use employees of the taxpayer funded Senate and Assembly Democratic caucuses to create the lists, which contained not only voters' names and addresses, but other information whose sole purpose was to aid in electioneering. That information included such things as constituents' political preferences and their willingness to donate money to a candidate, volunteer on a campaign or put up a yard sign. The lists, compiled from county and municipal clerks around the state supplemented . by caucus research, saved the party tens of thousands of dollars in data entry costs and should have been reported as an in-kind contribution, Fish argued. Fish, who left the party after trying to blow the whistle on the practice, said the scheme was widely acknowledged among members of the party's Coordinated Campaign, a consortium of top elected Democrats on the national and state level. The party's attorney, David Hase, said because the lists were prepared by state employees they were public information and did not constitute a "contribution" under state - The 19-page to a complaint filed more than a year and a half ago by Don Fish, who managed the party's voter file from 1998 to 2000. Please see LISTS, Page B2 Start of a war can tone down voice of protest, observers say Opponents, one says, are concerned about not being considered good citizens. By Karen Rivedal Higher education reporter Now that U.S. bombs are falling on Baghdad, opposing the war has perhaps become more perilous, too. Most protesters walk a fine line in their dissent, UW-Madison experts said, careful to support American troops, whose lives are at risk, but not the government decision that sent them there. "In times of peace there's more latitude for criticizing the government," said Susan Zaeske, a communication arts professor who has studied the rhetoric and history of dissent "There is an implication that to be a good citizen in times of war, we all have to act as one." The turnaround may be most striking in Washington. Earlier this week Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., said President Bush had forced the nation into war because he "failed miserably" at diplomacy. By week's end, after polls showed a surge of support for the war, Daschle had joined Republican leaders to salute Bush and the troops. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R.-Texas, in response to criticism of the administration's policies, cautioned Democrats to remember the "responsibility of freedom." "You can't say on one hand you support the troops and on the other hand plant the seed of doubt in their minds as to why they may be putting themselves at risk," DeLay said. But history shows that such calls to patriotism have not always been good for democracy. Since 1798, when President John Adams used the Alien and Sedition Acts to blunt criticism of his administration, there have been political abuses of what Zaeske called "propriety constraints on free speech." Last year, when California congresswoman Barbara Lee was the sole vote against a measure to give President Bush broad military powers in Afghanistan, she paid a steep - and highly undemocratic price for her unpopular view. "She received death threats and had to have a bodyguard," Zaeske said. "It does make me fearful about what's happening in terms of the health of deliberation in our democracy." A few on Capitol Hill continue to echo Zaeske's concerns. U.S. Sen. Robert Byrd,, D-W. Va., said dissent was under attack at a time when the country needed it most "A pall has fallen over the Senate chamber," Byrd said Wednesday. "We avoid our solemn duty to debate the one topic on the minds of all Americans, even while scores of thousands of our sons and . daughters faithfully do their duty in Iraq." But outside Washington, the state of democracy is healthier, said Nan Enstad, a UW-Madison history professor who is examining themes of dissent in a seminar this semester. En-" stad cited the peace protests '. attended by thousands of people worldwide over the last two months as the best indicator of a still-vigorous opposition. "Dissent is really about saying we want to be involved in the discussion, we want to be part of our civil structure," she said. "The most patriotic thing to do is to take part"

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