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In Wisconsin, a court that almost overturned Biden’s win flips to liberal control

In Wisconsin, a court that almost overturned Biden’s win flips to liberal control

FILE - Supreme Court candidate Janet Protasiewicz gets a kiss from her husband Greg Sell while speaking at her election night watch party in Milwaukee, Wis., on Tuesday, April 4, 2023. The Wisconsin Supreme Court is flipping to liberal control for the first time in 15 years with the start of the term of a new justice who made abortion rights a focus of her winning campaign. Janet Protasiewicz will be sworn into office Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2023, with a ceremony in the state Capitol Rotunda. (Mike De Sisti /Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP)

By Associated Press

August 1, 2023

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Supreme Court flips to liberal control for the first time in 15 years Tuesday with the start of the term of a new justice who made abortion rights a focus of her winning campaign.

Janet Protasiewicz will mark the start of her term with a swearing-in ceremony in the state Capitol Rotunda, the type of pomp and circumstance typically reserved for governors. Protasiewicz’s win carries tremendous weight in Wisconsin, a battleground where the state Supreme Court has been the last word on some of the biggest political and policy battles of the past decade-plus.

The conservative-controlled court came within one vote of overturning President Joe Biden’s narrow win in the state in 2020, though Biden still would have had enough electoral votes to claim the presidency. More battles over voting rules and elections are expected leading up to 2024, along with challenges to the state’s abortion ban, Republican-drawn political boundary lines and a host of other hot-button political issues.

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