I am happy to report that Ed Fallone garnered ~30% of the vote to take 2nd place in the Wisconsin Supreme Court primary, and will now face Patience Roggensack in the general election in April.
Here is a story from the Journal-Sentinel - Patience Roggensack, Ed Fallone advance out of Supreme Court primary
Also, Ed now has a full Facebook presence, here: FalloneforJustice
And a website with much more information on him personally, who supports him, and his vision for the future of the court - http://falloneforjustice.com/
He has already been attacked by the right for being a liberal, although in practice he refers to himself as a "process conservative" and believes in the rule of law over partisan reasoning. To that end, he has declined to state that he is running under a particular party label, and instead has focused on the issues (which I find to be quite a juxtaposition from Roggensack).
Outside money has already been flowing in for Roggensack, which can be seen here: Pat Roggensack's out-of-state cash
To counteract this, Ed needs help from donors across Wisconsin, and also assistance getting his message out, which I believe can help counteract the ridiculous amount of money conservatives will be willing to spend to keep Roggensack and the conservative majority on the court.
A fantastic endorsement of Ed was given by the Capitol Times, which can be found here: Vote for Ed Fallone for Supreme Court. They do not normally endorse for primaries, but did so because of the importance of this race.
To quote a few parts:
The Wisconsin Supreme Court, once one of the most respected benches in the nation, has become a dysfunctional pit of partisanship that invites national mockery.
And a case can be made that no member of the court is more responsible for the dysfunction than Justice Pat Roggensack.
At the same time, Roggensack rejected the rule of law, joining with her caucus to dismiss Wisconsin’s historic commitment to transparent governance in order to provide judicial cover for legislative allies of Walker who violated open meetings laws. Roggensack has a right to her conservative positions, but she engaged in judicial activism at its worst when she rejected the rule of law in order to advance the agenda of her political allies.
Our preference is for the approach taken by Fallone, who has focused more on trying to dial down the partisanship and to address the dysfunction on the court, which he correctly suggests “has had an effect on the quality of their work.”
Fallone is serious about restoring balance and respect for the rule of law to the court, and he is determined to work with conservatives and liberals to achieve that end.
When former U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold, who for many years chaired the Constitution subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee, endorsed Fallone, he said, “In addition to his intellectual know-how, Ed has a proven commitment to fair treatment in our justice system. His work in the community and on campus has helped working people obtain legal representation when they otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford a lawyer. Ed is exactly the kind of fair-minded person we need making legal decisions on the Wisconsin Supreme Court. And we have a lot of work to do to get out in front of the out-of-state billionaires and corporate interests who are willing to spend millions to buy their way out of facing an impartial judge.”
Fallone is a remarkably well-rounded candidate who would come to the court well prepared to deal with the complex and diverse issues that it must address. And he would come without strings attached.