Members of the WIN Innovation Network are invited to join the live audience during the televised March 30th debate between Wisconsin Supreme Court candidates Linda Clifford and Annette Ziegler. This will be the only live, broadcast forum before the April 3 election. It will air from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the studios of Wisconsin Public Television in Madison.  To be a member of the viewing audience, please call 1.800.492.7505 to register.  Only those who are pre-registered will be allowed to attend.

The debate will air live on Wisconsin Public Television and Wisconsin Public Radio.  It will rebroadcast at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 31st on WKBT’s My Network TV stations (Charter Ch. 10, La Crosse; Ch. 9, Eau Claire and Ch. 16, Winona), and on Sunday, April 1st at 10 a.m. on WISC-TV (CBS, Madison), as well as Milwaukee Public Television and Wisconsin Public Television. 

“This forum is the public’s best chance to engage the Supreme Court candidates in a discussion of the problems that may best be solved by the judicial branch.  Citizens deserve an opportunity to hear the positions and ask questions of the candidates for this very important seat,” said Tom Bier, vice president/station manager of WISC-TV (CBS, Madison) and president of We the People/Wisconsin.

During the broadcast, viewers and listeners will be able to “judge” the candidates as they make their case to the audience and then respond to questions posed by a “jury” of citizen questioners gathered in the studios.  The candidate who wins the April 3rd election will serve 10 years on Wisconsin’s highest court.

We the People/Wisconsin is a multi-media partnership that aims to reconnect citizens with public life through town hall meetings, candidate forums and citizen-based reporting.  The coalition includes the Wisconsin State Journal, Wisconsin Public Television, Wisconsin Public Radio, WISC-TV (CBS, Madison), WisPolitics and Wood Communications Group. Tech Council president Tom Still is a co-founder and member of the board of directors.

Sponsors of the forum are American Family Insurance, Madison Gas & Electric Co., the Wisconsin Education Association Council, the law firm of Habush, Habush & Rottier.