Judge Orders Special Election For Ripp’s Assembly Seat

(Lodi) A Wisconsin judge has ordered Republican Governor Scott Walker to call special elections for a couple of legislative vacancies. A Dane County Circuit Court judge Thursday sided with voters represented by a national Democratic group that argued Wisconsin law requires Walker to call the special elections as soon as possible after the December 29th resignations. The state Senate and Assembly seats were held by Republicans who resigned to join Walker’s administration. They include the 42nd Assembly District, which was held by Representative Keith Ripp of Lodi, and the First Senate district, which was held by Senator Frank Lasee of De Pere. Attorneys from the state Department of Justice representing Walker are expected to appeal the ruling.