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Wisconsin court candidates spar in first debate

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MADISON, Wis. - Wisconsin Supreme Court candidates Brian Hagedorn and Lisa Neubauer are accusing one another of being beholden to partisan interests in the race during the first of two debates.

The race is officially nonpartisan, but liberals are backing Neubauer and conservatives support Hagedorn.

Neubauer said during Friday's debate that she has proven as a state appeals court judge that she is fair, impartial and independent. She said Hagedorn can't be trusted because of his past work as former Republican Gov. Scott Walker's attorney, law school blog post writings he made about constitutional issues and his founding of a private school that allows for expelling gay students.

Hagedorn says Neubauer is sending signals to liberal groups that are spending on her behalf. He says Neubauer is making "shameful" attacks.

The election is April 2.

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