Jennifer Shilling

Judge rejects Walker's bid to delay calling special election

A judge on Tuesday rejected Republican Gov. Scott Walker's attempt to avoid immediately calling special elections for a pair of vacant legislative seats, but the victory for Democrats may be short-lived.

The GOP-controlled Legislature plans to vote next week on a bill changing the special election law. Under the bill, Walker would be prohibited from ordering special elections this year.

Walker's attorney with the state Department of Justice argued it makes no sense to call the special elections given that the Legislature plans to change the law to bar them from being held. But Dane County Circuit Judge Richard Niess said there's no way to know what the Legislature may do,...

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