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Wis. Judge Blocks Anti-Union Law

Posted on Mar 18, 2011
AP / Morry Gash

Wisconsin’s tug of war over Gov. Scott Walker’s prized union-busting law continues.

It ain’t over yet in Wisconsin. On Friday, Dane County Circuit Court Judge Maryann Sumi took aim to temporarily thwart Gov. Scott Walker’s highly contested law, passed last week, that stripped state employees of their collective bargaining power.  —KA

The New York Times:

The decision, issued by Judge Maryann Sumi of the Dane County Circuit Court, temporarily bars Wisconsin’s secretary of state from publishing the controversial law, one of the procedural requirements for it to come into effect in the state. Publication had been expected late next week, but Judge Sumi’s ruling delays that until at least March 29, when she plans to hold a full hearing on a lawsuit that questions the validity of the collective bargaining law based on the speedy manner in which it was carried out earlier this month.

An appeal is possible even before then.

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By felixds, March 20, 2011 at 7:59 pm Link to this comment

Excellent idea, migueljose!!And thank you so much for your support…
A state meat inspector in Wisconsin

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By ocjim, March 20, 2011 at 12:39 pm Link to this comment

One way to stop the lawlessness of Republicans. When they gain power they use it to weaken their opposition anyway possible.

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By Lafayette, March 20, 2011 at 12:32 pm Link to this comment

JY: Are we stupid or what?

Color me red, white and blue ... then call me sheeple.

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By migueljose, March 20, 2011 at 9:54 am Link to this comment

I think the potential in Wisconsin is huge—but… union members must broaden
their base to include everyone who’s not rich. Urban poor and working class
would support us if we invite them in and if we champion their cause. Rural
whites would too. Very few minorities and rurals are union members.

My suggestion: start with including health care for all. Look at Vermont. Include
a push for single payer in Wisconsin as a part of the recall platform. Maybe look
at partnering with Vermont to expand the pool.

Remember, lots of poor parents don’t like teachers because we’ve been
complaining about them for a long time! Time for us to look in the mirror, step
up, work with the people outside our little cliques!

ps: I’m a guidance counselor from Illinois, have been to Madison 6 times so far
to walk, sing, shout, etc.

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By Jim Yell, March 19, 2011 at 3:14 pm Link to this comment
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In Missouri we wait for the State Legistlature to over turn the voter approved minimum wage law and the humane laws for people who breed dogs.

In Wisconsin we see a Gov. determined to impoverish working people. As most of America are working people, explain to me why we allow this to happen? Why are Republicans the leaders of abusing Labor still being elected? Are we stupid or what?

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By Salome, March 19, 2011 at 10:51 am Link to this comment
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I won’t be happy until some (all?)of these Republicans get recalled.

The union slogan should be:  “Lay us off now, we lay you off later”

What were the voters of Wisconsin thinking when they voted these horrible people into office?

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By doublestandards/glasshouses, March 19, 2011 at 6:41 am Link to this comment
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Just how far removed from a free-market system are today’s republicans?:

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By felixds, March 19, 2011 at 4:31 am Link to this comment

To John M
I believe you are being very disingenuous. This is what the Wis Open Meetings Act says:
“19.81 Declaration of policy.
(1) In recognition of the fact that a representative government of the American type is dependent upon an informed electorate, it is declared to be the policy of this state that the public is entitled to the fullest and most complete information regarding the affairs of government as is compatible with the conduct of governmental business.”

What happened here was a deliberate and malicious attempt to circumvent that policy. A bill which has such huge and far reaching implications for 175,000+ families in Wisconsin deserves more than 2 hours notice on a bulletin board. Indeed, it was the very reason that 14 Democratic senators left Wisconsin: so the issue could be debated.
The continual lies and trail of deceit by the Governor and the Fitzgerald brothers have made a mockery of our government.
I can remember a time when we were proud of our open and honest government in Wisconsin. At least we were not Illinois. Those days are gone forever. Thank you Governor Walker.

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By THOM dELAHUNT, March 19, 2011 at 3:21 am Link to this comment
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i think the repubs will have their heads handed to them
sooner rather than later

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By Leefeller, March 19, 2011 at 12:07 am Link to this comment

John M, Impractical means inconvenient and not in their best interests?

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By John M, March 18, 2011 at 10:04 pm Link to this comment

Senate Chief Clerk Rob Marchant, a non-partisan
official who offers legal and parliamentary advice to
the senate, wrote in an email to senators the night
the bill passed that the vote was legitimate:
There was some discussion today about the notice
provided for the legislature’s conference committee.
In special session, under Senate Rule 93, no advance
notice is required other than posting on the
legislative bulletin board. Despite this rule, it was
decided to provide a 2 hour notice by posting on the
bulletin board. My staff, as a courtesy, emailed a
copy of the notice to all legisaltive offices at
4:10, which gave the impression that the notice may
have been slightly less than 2 hours. Either way, the
notice appears to have satisfied the requirements of
the rules and statutes.

I thought you might find this information to be



Just in case you don’t trust Marchant, let’s take a
look at what the Open Meetings law actually says. The
law states:
19.84 Public notice.

(3) Public notice of every meeting of a governmental
body shall be given at least 24 hours prior to the
commencement of such meeting unless for good cause
such notice is impossible or impractical, in which
case shorter notice may be given, but in no case may
the notice be provided less than 2 hours in advance
of the meeting.

But the law also states:
19.87 Legislative meetings.

(2) No provision of this subchapter which conflicts
with a rule of the senate or assembly or joint rule
of the legislature shall apply to a meeting conducted
in compliance with such rule.

So the Open Meeting law says that the legislature’s
rules trump the Open Meetings law when the two are in
conflict. And the legislature’s rules hold that
during a special session, under which the legislature
had been operating, the only notice required is a
posting on a bulletin board in the capitol:
Senate Rule 93 (2)
  (2) A notice of a committee meeting is not
required other than posting on the legislative
bulletin board, and a bulletin of committee hearings
may not be published.
So the rules and statutes clearly seem to hold that
no notice was required other than a bulletin board
posting. Republicans did that. And then, as a
courtesy and just to be safe, they waited the minimum
two hours required by the Open Meetings law when 24
hours’ notice is “impossible or impractical.” Why
might it have been “impractical” to give 24 hours’

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By mikey, March 18, 2011 at 9:14 pm Link to this comment
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Every Freedom Loving and hard working person in the Great State of Wisconsin should be prepared and standing tall to RECALL each and everyone of these sorry eligible republicans in their home districts.

...and further more, be fully prepared to seek out and even drive to sign the RECALL Petitions for ScoKoch Walker when that lame dog’s day comes due in November.

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By TDoff, March 18, 2011 at 8:09 pm Link to this comment

Well, the unemployment roles are going up by one. Whoever the Koch brother’s CEO in charge of political bribery is, is going to get fired for neglecting to buy Maryann Sumi, the Dane county judge.

And as soon as she lifts that temporary restraining order, she’s gonna join the ranks of the wealthier, if she plays her cards right.

Just a temporary delay in the Big Plan, folks, nothing to get happy about.

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