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Posted: Thursday, January 3, 2013 12:00 am

MADISON, Wis. -- Candidates for the Wisconsin Supreme Court and state schools superintendent jabbed at each other Wednesday as they filed their nomination signatures, attacking each other's tactics and trading barbs over experience.

The signatures are still subject to review by the state Government Accountability Board. Barring any objections, voters will see incumbent Justice Pat Roggensack, Marquette University law professor Ed Fallone and lemon law attorney Vince Megna on the Supreme Court ballot. The trio will face off in a Feb. 19 primary. The top two vote-getters will advance to the April 2 general election. Incumbent Tony Evers and state Rep. Don Pridemore will square off in a two-person race for superintendent that same day.

The candidates had until the end of the day Wednesday to submit nomination papers with at least 2,000 signatures.

Roggensack turned in what she said were 4,000 signatures to the GAB last week. Fallone submitted what he said were 3,246 signatures Wednesday afternoon. Megna turned in what he said were 2,214 signatures.

Evers submitted what he said were 5,500 names, far exceeding the GAB's 4,000-signature limit. Pridemore turned in what he said were about 2,600 signatures.

Fallone and Megna told reporters during individual question-and-answer sessions that each of them can restore civility to the Supreme Court. The court's justices are officially nonpartisan, but conservatives and Republicans have typically championed one candidate, while liberals and Democrats have supported another.

A four-justice conservative majority that includes Roggensack currently controls the court. That bloc has been feuding openly with liberal-leaning Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson and her ally, Justice Ann Walsh Bradley, for years.

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