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Local reaction to budget bill stall, Supreme Court Justice race

By Bonnie Shelton

WAUSAU (WAOW)--A judge's decision to block the Governor's budget repair bill is just the latest in the fight to reinstate union worker's rights. It seems like every day there is a new facet of the budget battle here in Wisconsin...from public rallies to the Supreme Court Justice race, both sides continue to speak out for what they believe is right.

Republican Senator Pam Galloway says a judge's decision to halt the budget repair bill is a mistake. "I think it's a gross judicial overreach. There was nothing illegal about that committee hearing."

Local Democrats disagree. Christine Bremer-Muggli says the passing of the bill was illegal. " If they want to do it right, let them do it right, but they have no right to pass something in a private, closed-off room in violation of the open records law," she said.

The race for Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice is also heating up thanks to the turmoil in Madison.

Some Democratic Representatives and union workers are standing behind candidate JoAnne Kloppenburg. Meanwhile Republicans including Pam Galloway support the re-election of David Prosser.

At a meet and greet in Wausau, Democrats including Bremer-Muggli called into question Prosser's connection to Governor Walker. Kloppenburg said if elected, she will be bi-partisan. "Partisanship and politics do not belong on the court."

Calls to Prosser's office for comment were not returned. Kloppenburg spoke to a crowd at the Wausau Labor Temple Saturday evening during the Marathon County Democrat's first Spring Dinner.

Voters will show who they support on April 5th. Meanwhile, it seems the only thing certain in the budget battle is, well, uncertainty.

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