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Opponents to changing chief justice selection speak out

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Opponents to a constitutional amendment on the April 7 ballot changing on the chief justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court is selected are urging rejection of the measure.

Representatives from Democracy 2020, a coalition of more than 20 groups opposed to the amendment, held a news conference Monday.

The amendment would allow for justices on the Supreme Court to choose who serves as chief, rather than have it go automatically to the most senior member. Supporters say it’s just bringing Wisconsin in line with 22 other states that have a peer-selection process.

Former Democratic Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager calls it a “partisan power grab” by conservatives.

People for the American Way regional coordinator Scott Foval said his group plans an aggressive outreach effort to get people to vote against it.

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