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Is it any wonder that just 11.7 percent of Wisconsin voting-age residents cast a ballot in our February primary? Voters feel powerless in the face of big-money politics. Businessmen Charles and David Koch announced in January that they’d spend almost $400 million on the 2018 elections.

Michael Screnock, candidate for Wisconsin Supreme Court, has two operatives who’ve worked for Koch Brothers–funded organizations. Screnock has received more than $500,000 from outside special-interest groups, with another $142,000 from the Republican Party of Wisconsin for this nominally nonpartisan election.

One day before last month's shooting at a Florida high school, the National Rifle Association endorsed Screnock. We can only imagine the permissive rulings he would make on who could get access to firearms.

On April 3, we can bring positive change. Judge Rebecca Dallet completed the February primary unencumbered by indebtedness to mega-donors; she self-financed the majority of her campaign expenses. She was the only candidate who ran independently from both political parties’ leaders.

Dallet has 20 years of experience as prosecutor and judge. She has progressive values. Unlike her opponent, she will never be supported by the National Rifle Association.

Big money can be defeated by a big turnout. March 19-30 you can vote at your municipal government office. If you’re not registered, you can register and vote at the same time. For more information on Wisconsin registration and voting rules, visit the La Crosse County Clerk’s website.

Ron Malzer, La Crosse

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