Political Note #197 Lisa Neubauer WI Supreme Court

Lisa Neubauer is running to be on the Wisconsin Supreme Court. She is now the Chief Judge of the Wisconsin Appeals Court. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and The University of Chicago Law School where she was a member of The Law School’s honor society. She served as a Clerk in the US District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin and was In private practice for twenty years in a Milwaukee firm. She specialized in Environmental Cleanup Litigation. Although judicial elections are non-partisan, Neubauer's election would allow her to replace a Democrat who is retiring and would leave the Court with a 4-3 Republican majority.

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Political Note #188 Jennifer Boysko VA SD 33

Jennifer Boysko grew up in Alabama. She went to college in Virginia -- Hollins University. Still a women's school. With a reputation for gentility. And for literacy, for writing. For personal attention. Fewer than eight hundred undergraduates.Her first political job was for an Alabaman. She was an aide to Senator Richard Shelby - when he was a Democrat. She became a policy maven. Federal policy and local policy. She worked for a township supervisor in Virginia. She did particular work with homeowners groups. Governor McAuliffe appointed her as a Citizen Member of the state Real Estate Board. After training from Emerge, she ran for HD 86 for a second time in 2015. The incumbent retired. Maybe he knew she was coming back. Other Democrats knew. No one opposed her in the primary. She won the general election 54 -- 42 despite being outspent. She is now running for the State Senate from a position of strength.

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Political Note #183 What have we flipped

The Midterm elections were played to a draw. We saw approximately 114 million votes for U.S. House races compared to 83 million in 2014. (Democrats won the total vote by at least 6%) There were 114 million votes in 2018 compared to 126 million votes in the 2016 presidential election -- a 20 year low for a presidential race. We can expect a lot of voters in 2020. A triumph for democracy. Maybe.

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