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Eric Toney: AG Candidate Endorsed by More Than 50 Sheriffs, DAs


Eric Toney, the Fond du Lac County District Attorney who is running for state Attorney General as a Republican, has racked up the endorsements of more than 50 current and retired sheriffs, police chiefs, and district attorneys.

Toney is the president of the Wisconsin District Attorneys Association.

“As Fond du Lac District Attorney, Eric Toney has proven himself to be a tough but fair prosecutor,” said Ryan Waldschmidt, Fond du Lac County Sheriff. “He’s stood with law enforcement by working to keep violent criminals behind bars, encouraging programs to curb offenders from repeating, and ensuring deputies and officers have the legal knowledge they need to make sound decisions on the street when lives are on the line.  Please join me in endorsing Eric Toney for Wisconsin Attorney General.”

“Eric Toney has distinguished himself as a tough prosecutor dedicated to the safety of our communities,” said Ryan Windorf, President of Wisconsin State Lodge Fraternal Order of Police. “He has an exemplary track record of working with police to enforce and uphold the laws of the State of Wisconsin. Eric’s personal and professional achievements demonstrate a genuine support for law enforcement officers, as well as a deep understanding of the complex issues surrounding modern policing. His track record proves he is the best candidate for Attorney General – Wisconsin’s to law enforcement official.”

Sean Marschke, Sturtevant police chief and former President: Wisconsin Chiefs of Police Association, said, “Eric Toney is one of the toughest prosecutors in our state. And, he has the respect of his fellow prosecutors and cops on the street. Eric Toney is clearly the best choice for Attorney General. Violent crime has surged in our communities and we need to get back to basics and get tough on crime. We need a top cop who has experience in the courtroom taking on violent criminals. Now is not the time for a rookie.”

Toney is facing a primary challenger in University of Wisconsin-Madison professor Ryan Owens. We previously wrote about Owens’ endorsement by Waukesha County Sheriff Eric Severson. Both men are seeking the Republican nomination in an attempt to unseat liberal AG Josh Kaul.

Although it’s early, Toney appears to be shaping up to be the choice of more DAs and Sheriffs in the Republican primary; Owens is supported by some politicians/legislators and former Supreme Court justices.

Toney has been endorsed by 26 current and one retired Wisconsin district attorneys. They are:

  • Outagamie County DA Melinda Tempelis
  • Waukesha County DA Susan Opper
  • Bayfield County DA Kimberly Lawton
  • Ozaukee County DA Attorney Adam Gerol
  • Brown County County DA David Lasee
  • Washington County DA District Mark Benson
  • Dodge County DA District Kurt Klomberg
  • Sheboygan County DA Joel Urmanski
  • Calumet County DA Nathan Haberman
  • Winnebago County DA Christian Gossett
  • Manitowoc County DA Jacalyn LaBre
  • Marinette County DA DeShea Morrow
  • Shawano County DA Greg Parker
  • Monroe County DA Kevin Croninger
  • Juneau County DA Kenneth Hamm
  • Polk County DA Jeff Kemp
  • Green County DA Craig Nolan
  • Richland County DA Jennifer Harper
  • Iowa County DA Matt Allen
  • Langlade County DA Elizabeth Gebert
  • Lincoln County DA Galen Bayne-Allison
  • Clark County DA Melissa Inlow
  • Jackson County DA Dan Diehn
  • Douglas County DA Mark Fruehauf
  • Vilas County DA Martha Milanowski
  • Lafayette County DA Jenna Gill
  • Fond du Lac County DA Tom Storm*

Toney has been endorsed by 16 current and three retired sheriffs. They are:

  • Fond du Lac County Sheriff Ryan Waldschmidt
  • La Crosse County Sheriff Jeff Wolf
  • Columbia County Sheriff Roger Brandner
  • Kewaunee County Sheriff Matthew Joski
  • Vernon County Sheriff John Spears
  • Washington County Sheriff Martin Schulteis
  • Dodge County Sheriff Dale Schmidt
  • Sheboygan County Sheriff Corey Roesler
  • Calumet County Sheriff Mark Wiegert
  • Winnebago County Sheriff John Matz
  • Waushara County Sheriff Walter Zuehlke
  • Marinette County Sheriff Jerry Sauve
  • Burnett County Sheriff Trace Finch
  • Monroe County Sheriff Wesley Revels
  • Oconto County Sheriff Todd Skarban
  • Iron County County Sheriff Paul Samardich
  • Sheriff Mylan Fink*
  • Sheriff Gary Pucker*
  • Sheriff Jim Gilmore*

He lists these six police chief endorsements:

Sean Marschke (former President: Wisconsin Chiefs of Police Association) – Sturtevant
Greg Dieke – Wrightstown
William Wallner – Ripon
Kevin Verdine – Rosendale
Thomas Dornbrook – Campbellsport
Tony Barthuly* – retired, Fond du Lac and former DOJ employee at training and standards

He also lists these state and local official endorsements.

  • Fond du Lac County Executive Allen Buechel
  • Representative Jeremy Thiesfeldt
  • Representative Michael Schraa
  • Representative Alex Dallman

In a letter to Owens, Toney wrote that the endorsements are now up to 50. “More than 50 law enforcement officials and the Wisconsin Fraternal Order of Police have endorsed my campaign,” he wrote.

For his part, Owens has listed the following endorsements:

16 Co-Chairs – two each from all eight Wisconsin Congressional districts

4 former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justices and 4 former Assembly Speakers: Justice Dan Kelly (2016-2020), Justice Michael Gableman (2008-2018), Justice David Prosser (1998-2016), and Justice Jon Wilcox (1992-2007)

Speakers Mike Huebsch (2007-2009), John Gard (2003-2007), Ben Brancel (1997-1999), and David Prosser (1995-1997)

43rd Wisconsin Lt. Governor Margaret Farrow (2001-2003)

The Honorable Paul Clement, 43rd Solicitor General of the United States (2005-2008)

Current Legislators

· Senator Alberta Darling (R – River Hills)

· Senator Steve Naas (R – Whitewater)

· Representative Dave Murphy (R – Greenville)

· Representative Pat Snyder (R – Schofield)

· Representative Calvin Callahan (R – Tomahawk)

· Representative Travis Trannel (R – Cuba City)

· Representative Gae Magnifici (R – Dresser)

· Representative John Macco (R – Ledgeview)

· Representative Elijah Behnke (R – Oconto)

· Representative David Armstrong (R – Rice Lake)

· Representative Cody Horlacher (R – Mukwonago)

· Representative Gary Tauchen (R – Bonduel)

· Representative Rob Swearingen (R – Rhinelander)

· Representative Adam Neylon (R – Pewaukee)

Former Legislators

· Former Assembly Speaker Mike Huebsch (R – West Salem)

· Former Assembly Speaker John Gard (R – Suamico)

· Former Assembly Speaker David Prosser (R – Appleton)

· Former Assembly Speaker Ben Brancel (R – Portage)

· Former Senator Dan Kapanke (R – La Crosse)

· Former Representative Bob Kulp (R – Stratford)

· Former Representative Adam Jarchow (R – Amery)

· Former Representative Romaine Quinn (R – Rice Lake)

· Former Representative Mike Rohrkaste (R – Neenah)

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(The Center Square) – One of the biggest critics of Wisconsin’s election administrator says no one should be threatening her and says threats don’t help fix election integrity issues.

State Rep. Janel Brandtjen, R-Menomonee Falls, on Tuesday offered her thoughts after the Wisconsin Elections Commission confirmed elections administrator Meagan Wolfe is receiving extra security protection.

"Threatening Administrator Meagan Wolfe, or any election official, is unacceptable and counterproductive. Venting frustrations on individuals like Wolfe, clerks, or poll workers is not only illegal but also harmful to rebuilding trust in our elections,” Brandtjen said. “Threats only undermine our republic and empower the courts and media. It's essential to address any concerns about election processes through legal channels. Threats have no place in our democracy.”

Brandtjen has been one of Wisconsin’s loudest critics of Wolfe. She led hearings as far back as 2021 into Wolfe’s role in the 2020 election. Brandtjen also led the push to get Wolfe removed from the Elections Commission.

“Wolfe’s term has indeed expired, and according to Wisconsin Statutes 15.61(1)(b)1, she should be removed, but Republicans are too worried about the press or too compromised to follow existing law.” Brandtjen said.

The Wisconsin Elections Commission on Monday clarified that Wolfe is receiving extra security but refused to offer any details.

“The Wisconsin Elections Commission has had productive conversations about safety and security with state leadership, including the governor’s office, which is tasked with approving security measures for state government officials,” WEC spokesperson Riley Vetterkind said in a statement. “Those conversations have resulted in additional security measures being approved for Administrator Wolfe and the WEC when the need arises.”

Brandtjen on Tuesday blamed Wisconsin Republicans, and once again blamed Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, for Wolfe’s continued time on the Elections Commission.

“It's disappointing that Sen. Dan Knodl and Rep. Scott Krug, chairs of the election committees, have not exercised their investigative and subpoena powers. This inaction has allowed the neglect of essential laws, such as providing ballots to individuals declared incompetent, lack of checks in military ballot requests, an insecure online system, and improper guidance on voting for homeless individuals without proper documentation,” she said. “The Legislature, particularly Speaker Vos' control, is responsible for the frustration caused by election irregularities due to their inaction.”

Wisconsin’s local election managers have reported an uptick in threats and angry rhetoric since the 2020 election, and some local election offices have taken extra precautions. But there haven’t been any cases in Wisconsin where someone has acted on an election threat.

Wisconsin’s Largest Business Group Sues Over Evers’ 400-year School Funding Veto

(The Center Square) – There is now a legal challenge to Gov. Tony Evers’ 400-year school funding veto.

The WMC Litigation Center on Monday asked the Wisconsin Supreme Court to take up their challenge to the governor’s summer veto that increased per-pupil funding for the next four centuries.

“At issue is Gov. Evers’ use of the so-called ‘Vanna White’ or ‘pick-a-letter’ veto,” the group said in a statement. “The governor creatively eliminated specific numbers in a portion of the budget bill that was meant to increase the property tax levy limit for school districts in the 2023-24 and 2024-25 fiscal years. By striking individual digits, the levy limit would instead be increased from the years 2023 to 2425 – or four centuries into the future.”

The WMC Litigation Center is an affiliate of Wisconsin Manufactures & Commerce (WMC), the combined state chamber and manufacturers’ association.

Litigation Center Executive Director Scott Rosenow said while Wisconsin’s governor has an incredibly powerful veto pen, there are limits.

“No Wisconsin governor has the authority to strike individual letters or digits to form a new word or number, except when reducing appropriations,” Rosenow said. “This action is not only unconstitutional on its face, but it is undemocratic because this specific partial veto allows school districts to raise property taxes for the next 400 years without voter approval.”

Wisconsin lawmakers and voters approved a constitutional amendment in 1990 that put limits on the governor’s veto power.

Rosenow and the WMC Litigation Center say the governor’s veto goes beyond those limits.

The legal challenge also raises the constitutional issue that all state spending has to originate with, and be approved by, the legislature.

“In no uncertain terms, 402 years is not less than or part of the two-year duration approved by the Legislature – it is far more,” concluded Rosenow. “The governor overstepped his authority with this partial veto, at the expense of taxpayers, and we believe oversight by the Court is necessary.”

The WMC Litigation Center is asking the Wisconsin Supreme Court to take the case as quickly as possible.

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Former President Donald Trump has pleaded not guilty to 34 felony counts related to charges he paid hush money to adult film actress Stormy Daniels through a lawyer and covered it up as a legal expense before being elected president.

Trump has attempted to delay the start of the New York state trial several times, including three longshot tactics judges rejected this week.

What charges does Trump face in the New York hush money case?

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg has charged Trump with 34 counts of falsifying business records related to money paid to Daniels and another woman, former Playboy model Karen McDougal. Bragg has alleged Trump broke New York law when he falsified with the intent to commit or conceal another crime.

Prosecutors allege Trump falsified internal records kept by his company, hiding the true nature of payments that involve Daniels ($130,000), McDougal ($150,000), and Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen ($420,000). Prosecutors allege the money was logged as legal expenses, not reimbursements. Both Cohen and Daniels are expected to testify.

Cohen is expected to be a key witness in the trial. Daniels has said she expects to testify.

Former Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., Bragg's predecessor, did not bring the case to trial.

What happens on Monday?

Prosecutors, defense attorneys and Donald Trump are expected to be present when the trial before Judge Juan Merchan gets started Monday. The first step will be picking a jury, a process that could take a week or more depending on how things progress. The trial is expected to last six to eight weeks.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys will select 12 jurors and six alternates from a pool of potentially hundreds of people. Each juror will answer 42 questions designed to determine if they can be impartial in the high-profile trial of a polarizing former president. The jurors will remain anonymous because of security concerns.

Once a jury is seated, it's on to opening statements where prosecutors and defense attorneys will get to address the jury about what they plan to show during the trial.

What is Trump's defense to the charges?

Trump has maintained he did nothing wrong and has accused Bragg of bringing a politically motivated case involving conduct in 2016 during a presidential election year as Trump faces incumbent Joe Biden in a rematch of the 2020 election.

Trump has spoken out against the judge, the district attorney and other involved in the case repeatedly. Trump's comments prompted a gag order from the judge who said Trump can't talk publicly about certain people involved in the case and their families.

"The White House Thugs should not be allowed to have these dangerous and unfair Biden Trials during my campaign for President. All of them, civil and criminal, could have been brought more than three years ago. It is an illegal attack on a Political Opponent. It is Communism at its worst, and Election Interference at its Best. No such thing has ever happened in our Country before," Trump wrote on his social media platform Truth Social this week. "On Monday I will be forced to sit, GAGGED, before a HIGHLY CONFLICTED & CORRUPT JUDGE, whose hatred for me has no bounds. All of these New York and D.C. 'Judges' and Prosecutors have the same MINDSET. Nobody but this Soros Prosecutor, Alvin Bragg, wanted to take this ridiculous case. All legal scholars say it is a sham. BIDEN'S DOJ IS RUNNING THE CASE. Just think of it, these animals want to put the former President of the United States (who got more votes than any sitting President!), & the PARTY'S REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE, IN JAIL, for doing absolutely nothing wrong. It is a RUSH TO THE FINISH. SO UNFAIR!"

Will Trump take the stand?

That's not clear yet. Trump said last month that he'd be willing to testify at trial if needed.

Could Trump go to jail?

It's too earlier to tell what will happen if Trump is convicted. Under New York state law, falsifying business records in the first degree is a Class E felony that carries a maximum sentence of four years in prison.

Trump's age and lack of any prior criminal convictions could work in his favor at sentencing if he's convicted. His attacks on the judge could have the opposite effect at sentencing. Before sentencing, the judge would look at sentencing guidelines, recommendations from prosecutors and any other pre-sentence reports.

In late March, Trump said that he wasn't worried about a conviction when asked if he thought a conviction could hurt his chances of returning to the White House.

"It could also make me more popular because the people know it's a scam," he said. "It's a Biden trial, there is no trial, there's a Biden trial."

Whatever happens during the trial, Trump will be protected by the U.S. Secret Service.

Even if convicted and sentenced to jail, Trump could continue his campaign to re-take the White House.

"The Constitution does not bar felons from serving as President," said Richard Hasen, professor of law and political science at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Trump could not pardon himself from any state charges, Hasen said.

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(The Center Square) – Wisconsin’s next supreme court race could be even more contentious and even more expensive than the last one.

Liberal Justice Anne Walsh Bradley on Thursday surprised the state when she announced she will not run for re-election next year.

"My decision has not come lightly. It is made after careful consideration and reflection. I know I can do the job and do it well. I know I can win re-election, should I run. But it's just time to pass the torch, bring fresh perspectives to the court," Walsh Bradley said in a statement.

She is one of Wisconsin’s longest serving justices, serving her third 10-year term on the court.

“In the 177-year history of the court, only four justices have served longer than my length of service,” she wrote.

Walsh Bradley’s decision means the next election will be open.

Former Republican attorney general, and current Waukesha County judge, Brad Schimel has already jumped into the race. There aren’t any declared Democrats yet.

Schimel on Thursday said Walsh Bradley’s decision isn’t changing anything for him.

“From the beginning of my campaign, I made it clear that I’m not just running against one person, I’m running against this Court’s leftist majority,” Schimel said. “I wish Justice Ann Walsh Bradley well in retirement after decades of public service. I look forward to continuing the fight to bring integrity and respect for the Constitution back to the Supreme Court of Wisconsin.”

Wisconsin’s last race for the supreme court, in April of 2023, set records for spending. The race between Justice Janet Protasiewicz and former Justice Dan Kelly cost more than $56 million. That makes the 2023 Wisconsin race the most expensive judicial race in American history. Many court observers and politicos in Wisconsin say the 2025 race could be just as expensive, or even more expensive.

Protasiewicz’s victory flipped the Wisconsin Supreme Court to a 4-3 liberal majority for the first time in 15 years.

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