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Bogdanoff fights from within

first_img March 15, 2006 Regular News Bogdanoff fights from within Bogdanoff fights from within Jan Pudlow Senior Editor Not a mid-life crisis, but more of a career crossroads drew Ellyn Setnor Bogdanoff to graduate from law school at age 43, where her eyes were opened to the reality that sometimes innocent people are wrongly convicted. And it was “by accident and certainly not by design,” she said, that landed her in politics. Now she is the 46-year-old Republican state House representative from Democratic-dominated Broward County, who is co-sponsoring a bill to do away with a deadline for DNA testing for innocence, even for those who plead guilty.Soon after she sold her interest in an insurance firm she’d owned for 16 years, she was recruited to run for school board in Broward County. She lost, but admits she’d been “bitten by the political bug.”Her next unsuccessful race was for state Senate, won by Democratic opponent Steve Geller.So while working as political consultant and raising three children with husband Steven Bogdanoff, she decided to go to Nova Southeastern University’s law school. That’s where she wound up working on the Innocence Project, mainly because it offered clinical experience with flexible hours.“Coming from the background I did and the perspective I had, it was an interesting challenge I had to work on the Innocence Project. I think I had a preconceived notion a lot of us have to want to put our heads in the sand and think everyone in jail belongs there. You don’t want to believe our system can be flawed where innocent people can go to jail.“I don’t think I was naïve, because of my activism with child advocacy. But it opened a new world for me,” Bogdanoff said, adding “there were a couple of cases that were shocking in terms of how they were convicted with little or no evidence.”In January 2003, before she graduated from law school in May, and a full year before she was elected to office, Bogdanoff overheard a law professor talking about DNA testing legislation that would remove the deadline (now July 1, 2006).“They weren’t familiar with my background and I offered to assist,” Bogdanoff said. Since 2003, she has been working on raising consciousness about DNA testing to free the innocent. What began as a difficult issue has become easier in the past year, she said, thanks to the notoriety of three Florida men all wrongly convicted of rape who each spent more than 20 years behind bars before DNA testing set them free.“I have always said it is critical that to protect the integrity of the judicial system we have to admit we make errors,” Bogdanoff said. “There is no logical reason to put a deadline on proving innocence.”Focused on passing the bar exam, Bogdanoff said she was “obsessed whether I passed or failed.” She was sworn in as a new lawyer in September 2003. The very next month, she jumped into her third — and ultimately successful — race when her best opportunity to win arrived. Connie Mack, IV, who served as a Republican House representative, decided to run for Congress.“I just kind of inquired,” Bogdanoff said, and a good friend persuaded her to take a run at the rare Republican seat in Broward County.So within a few days, her campaign was up and running, and she enlisted help from her three children Matthew, Alec, and Danna (now 22, 19, and 14), who went door-to-door. “It’s hard to say no when someone says: ‘Would you vote for my mom?’” Bogdanoff said with a laugh.The third time was a charm.After working a year at Atkinson, Diner, Stone, Mankuta, and Plouche in Ft. Lauderdale, Bogdanoff said she is going to “regroup after the session” and run her own solo practice where she plans to move into transactional and legal consulting that will put her insurance and business background to good use.Right now, she is focused on her third legislative session.Besides the DNA bill (HB 61), Bogdanoff is co-sponsoring HB 247, a beverage law that will regulate the new relaxed laws on importing wine via mail and the Internet, after the U.S. Supreme Court in May 2005 overturned wine shipping bans in New York and Michigan, calling them discriminatory because they treated out-of-state wineries differently from in-state operations.“People ask me: ‘Why did you get interested if you don’t really drink?’ I wouldn’t know whether to order a chardonnay or a merlot,” Bogdanoff said. “To me, it’s a free market issue. Constitutional law was my favorite in law school. I thought it would be neat to be involved in a high-profile constitutional issue.”Another bill she sponsors is HB 535 on school safety, an anti-bullying bill.“There is a fine line between school-yard bantering and kids being kids and criminal behavior,” Bogdanoff said.Working in the fray at the Capitol, she said, is both “challenging and frustrating,” but she wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.“It’s very dynamic and fast-paced and it gives me the opportunity to fight from within. I spent many years fighting to change things from the outside,” said Bogdanoff, whose long public service resume in Broward County includes chairing the Broward County Children’s Services Board, serving on as a member of the Human Rights Board (1997-2000), the Homeless Initiative Partnership Advisory Board (2000), and the Children’s Home Society board (1989-99).Now in the statewide arena of debating public policy, she said: “It is exciting to be in the middle of it and change things from the inside, to have a voice at the table.. . . “There is a tremendous amount of satisfaction in being able to serve. It’s the ultimate in public service and serving your community.”last_img read more

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Volleyball: Wisconsin’s 2016 schedule lauded as toughest in program history

first_imgAs the Badgers prepare for what will surely be one of the most promising seasons in Wisconsin volleyball history, the team will also have one of the toughest schedules.Volleyball: Abundance of talent on display as team works way through offseasonSimply put, this could be the year for the University of Wisconsin women’s volleyball team. There is a mutual understanding among Read…The Badgers will play 17 teams that made the NCAA tournament last season, including three of the final four participants.Wisconsin will travel across the country and face some of the nation’s best in the non-conference portion of their schedule. The Badgers will be tested right out of the gate as they face Hawaii at the Wahine Invitational in Honolulu, which made a deep run in last season’s NCAA tournament.#Badgers release their 2016 schedule and it is arguably the #toughest ever! https://t.co/5Ojy2MGUuV pic.twitter.com/ejcCRvV2NI— Wisconsin Volleyball (@BadgerVB) April 7, 2016Another highlight of the non-conference slate is a trip to Austin, Texas, which will pit the Badgers against the Longhorns, last season’s national runner-up.Head coach Kelly Sheffield said in an interview on UWBadgers.com that he is excited for the schedule’s release.“It’s obviously a challenging schedule,” Sheffield said. “Not only with the level of teams that we are competing against — every non-conference team was ranked in the top 70 in last season’s RPI — but also with the travel.”Moving to conference play, the Badgers have a favorable draw to make a run toward another Big Ten championship.Of last season’s top three finishers in the Big Ten, Minnesota, Nebraska and Penn State, Wisconsin only plays Minnesota twice. Wisconsin will face defending NCAA champion Nebraska Oct. 21 in Lincoln and take on Penn State Oct. 28 at the Field House.The Badgers second matchup with the Gophers will double as the regular season finale and could have major conference and NCAA implications come November.Volleyball: Badgers set to go dancingSunday marked a day of praise for the University of Wisconsin volleyball team, who were announced as the sixth overall Read…Overall, Sheffield noted that the Big Ten is always one of the toughest conferences in America and this season should be more of the same.“As for the Big Ten, it’s hard to find too many teams that shouldn’t be even better this upcoming year.  A lot of talent returns in the conference.”The Badgers return to action this Saturday to take on Marquette 1 p.m. at the Field House. The exhibition will be the only time fans will have an opportunity to check out the team before next season.last_img read more

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Modesti Purse headlines Friday’s Humboldt County Fair horse racing

first_imgFerndale >> Presidentsky, who has had a case of second-itis this year, can remedy that rut in the $8,000 Gordon Modesti Purse feature Friday, as the Humboldt County Fair opens its 121st horse racing season.Six veteran campaigners will go postward in the Modesti seven furlong headliner, as the week-long Humboldt meet gets underway with a seven-race program. The first race is set for a 3:07 p.m. start time.Racing is also slated for a 2:07 p.m. start on both Saturday and Sunday during the meet’s …last_img read more

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