Wednesday, August 23rd

Wisconsin Supreme Court candidates, from left: Rebecca Dallet, Timothy Burns and Michael Screnock.(Photo: submitted photos)

MADISON - Two candidates for state Supreme Court clashed Friday over their approaches, with one championing liberal ideals and the other arguing judges must steer clear of political issues so they can remain impartial. 

"In the past century, it was only when progressives work together that we’ve been able to tame the power of concentrated wealth and big business," Madison attorney Tim Burns said at a candidate forum. 

He spoke positively of the Affordable Care Act, emphasized the importance of voting rights and criticized Act 10, which all but ended collective bargaining for public workers in Wisconsin. He also called President Donald Trump an "unhinged billionaire."

One of his opponents, Milwaukee Circuit Court Judge Rebecca Dallet, contended candidates for the state's high court shouldn't publicly take positions on such issues. 

"Anyone who has made statements on cases and issues should recuse themselves," she said.