Monday, April 04, 2011

Wisconsin GOPers run from the law

Now that the huge mass demonstrations are over, the teevee news is pretty much ignoring the state but big doings afoot in Cheesehead Central. Wisconsin Republicans are in legal trouble over their hasty machinations in pushing through the union busting bill. Do read the whole article at the link to see the breadth of their problems but this one graf is a good summation:
The Wisconsin Republicans’ strategies from the beginning of this debacle have been so foolish as to make one question their ability to lead in any capacity. Legislators should be able to strategize and plan, but these folks have fumbled the ball at every pass and it looks like their own hubris will block them from a first down, let alone a touchdown. In fact, it almost appears as if they scored one for the other team because the court is just beginning to hear testimony about the open meetings law violation, and this alone is enough to make serious problems for the Republicans. There is a mountain of evidence to back up the claim that they violated the open meeting laws, including their own press conferences, videos, testimony of police officers working the Capitol that night, and a petition signed by just under 3,000 witnesses.
This makes the upcoming election of the state Supreme Court justice even more important than usual.

In related news, Wisconsin Democrats have enough signatures to force the first recall election. This "less than halfway through the 60-day window for gathering the signatures." The local paper also reports, "It is expected to be the first completed of 19 active recall efforts registered between Feb. 24 and March 2 against 16 senators."

They only need three wins to realign the Senate. Even if they only get one or two, it would be a big win for the workers. If they won all 19, well, future historians will probably look back and call it the beginning of the workers revolution.

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