Walker wins 53%-46%, more than his 2010 victory over the same #sshat. The spin from the left and the MSM (pardon the redundancy) is predictable: Don’t read anything into it, it doesn’t mean anything, all the people voting against Walker proves that his divisive style of politics doesn’t work (as opposed to all the people who voted for him proving that his style of politics does work), etc.
This poor, melodramatic sap thinks a state election’s outcome means the death of America, or something. Savor the rich, delicious moonbat sorrow, my friends:
Wisconsin Democrats challenge newly drawn districts on creative (and amusing) constitutional grounds
Dude, it’s official: I have seen it all. Details:
A group of residents asked a federal court to throw out new legislative and congressional maps on Thursday, a day after lawmakers approved them.
“Under the legislation, Democrats have little chance of attaining and retaining a majority in either the Senate or the Assembly, or in the congressional delegation, giving them little ability to overcome minority status at any point over the next decade,” the lawsuit argues.
Read that bold part again, aloud, then grab a spatula to get your jaw off of the floor. That’s the actual legal argument in their lawsuit.
Just to clarify:
When the duly-elected state legislature does their constitutionally specified duties of redrawing legislative districts, the minority party sues because the majority party missed the part in the Constitution whereby the majority must consider the ability of the minority to put themselves back into the majority. Well, I must have missed that part of the Constitution, too, so if one of you fine folks can point that out to me, I’d be greatly appreciative.
So at no time in the history of the republic has a majority party ever drawn legislative districts in a way that they feel maximizes their electoral chances on a perennial basis? That’s never happened? That doesn’t always happen about, oh, every ten years or so?
Exit question: Can we file a suit in California, then, that says “You know, it’s not fair that San Fransicko and L.A. and Suckramento get to decide things in CA in such a way that a conservative politician and agenda won’t be voted in anytime soon”?
I meant “saved”, and not in the Obamaspeak “saved or created” context. Details:
“This is a disaster,” said Mark Miller, the Wisconsin Senate Democratic leader, in February after Republican Gov. Scott Walker proposed a budget bill that would curtail the collective bargaining powers of some public employees. Miller predicted catastrophe if the bill were to become law — a charge repeated thousands of times by his fellow Democrats, union officials, and protesters in the streets.
What disastrous consequences have occurred?
The Kaukauna School District, in the Fox River Valley of Wisconsin near Appleton, has about 4,200 students and about 400 employees. It has struggled in recent times and this year faced a deficit of $400,000. But after the law went into effect, at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, school officials put in place new policies they estimate will turn that $400,000 deficit into a $1.5 million surplus. And it’s all because of the very provisions that union leaders predicted would be disastrous.
In the past, teachers and other staff at Kaukauna were required to pay 10 percent of the cost of their health insurance coverage and none of their pension costs. Now, they’ll pay 12.6 percent of the cost of their coverage (still well below rates in much of the private sector) and also contribute 5.8 percent of salary to their pensions. The changes will save the school board an estimated $1.2 million this year, according to board President Todd Arnoldussen.
Why, it’s as if the government worker unions were wrong in their dire predictions or something!
Exit question: Why do Wisconsin unions hate school children?
Wisconsin supreme court overturns liberal judicial activist’s ruling, reinstates collective bargaining limitation law
Not only did the WI supreme court overturn the leftist judicial activist hack’s ruling, the court (a) made the law effective immediately and (b) rhetorically backhanded this wench across her maw.
Check out Legal Insurrection‘s rundown of what happened. It’s not long, but it is clear. Summary:
WI legislature passes budget repair bill, which includes the limitations on public employee unions’ collective bargaining. WI Democrats accuse the legislature of violating the Open Meetings Law in passing the budget repair bill. WI Dems find a sympathetic judge in Maryann Sumi, who issues a Temporary Restraining Order and decrees that the bill (and not the law) cannot move forward due to the violation of the Open Meetings Law.
The state supreme court is appalled, on two fronts: (1) that a judge “exceeded its jurisdiction, invaded the legislature’s constitutional powers under Article IV, Section 1 and Section 17 of the Wisconsin Constitution, and erred in enjoining the publication and further implementation of the Act” (the court’s words, not mine); and (2) that a judge would outright ignore a prior state supreme court ruling (Goodland v. Zimmerman) that a court cannot rule a bill unconstitutional. Courts can only rule on laws, not on bills that have yet to become law. Quote the supreme court:
There is no such thing known to the law as an unconstitutional bill. A court cannot deal with the question of constitutionality until a law has been duly enacted and some person has been deprived of his constitutional rights by its operation.
Goodland v. Zimmerman was the case that affirmed such a prohibition of ruling on the constitutionality of bills. Judge Sumi ignored that ruling, saying basically that “Yeah, but that ruling was done before the Open Meetings Law, so it’s not valid anymore.” The WI supreme court said “Lady, you’re on some heavy doses of LSD if that’s what you think.”
Here’s where the supreme court really pops Judge Sumi in her kisser:
¶6 IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that all orders and judgments of the Dane County Circuit Court in Case No. 2011CV1244 are vacated and declared to be void ab initio. State ex rel. Nader v. Circuit Court for Dane Cnty., No. 2004AP2559-W, unpublished order (Wis. S. Ct. Sept. 30, 2004) (wherein this court vacated the prior orders of the circuit court in the same case).
¶7 This court has granted the petition for an original action because one of the courts that we are charged with supervising has usurped the legislative power which the Wisconsin Constitution grants exclusively to the legislature. …
Ace summarizes what void ab initio means:
Generally, when a higher court calls bullsh#t on a lower one, it’s called a remand, a declaration that the lower court got it wrong, and to try again.
Commenters are telling me the court ruled here ab initio, which (context clues, it’s been forever since I did anything law-oriented) means it’s expunged from memory altogether as being improperly entertained from the start, which means there is no remand to the lower court to try again. The higher court has said “Not only did you get this wrong, you got it so wrong we don’t trust you with another bite at the apple, so we’re directing your decision from here. It’s over. Done. Finished. Kaput.”
Ouch! That’s gonna leave a mark!
Chalk up a victory to the rule of law.
If you ever had any doubts as to how shameless and worthless unions are, let me put those doubts to rest once and for all:
In front of the Capitol today, protesters dressed as zombies stood between Governor Scott Walker and the group of Special Olympics participants he was honoring.
Quite aside from the unbelievable rudeness, how can the protesters be so blind about their own public relations?
What a bunch of sick, vile vermin!
Need another reason why government employees should have NO collective “bargaining” rights? Look no further:
Wow. Here is another reason public unions should not be allowed to collectively bargain with politicians running a local or state government. Union leadership – including those from law enforcement and firefighters – have sent letters out to local businesses demanding they publicly oppose the efforts of Wisconsin’s legislature and governor or face the consequences.
Not only are they suggesting they publicly oppose the fiscal-sanity measures in Wisconsin, they are flat out telling them they will publicly boycott businesses who do not proactively do so. From James Taranto’s opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal yesterday.
In the letter to Wisconsin businessmen, however, we see why so-called collective bargaining is particularly corrupting to the police. Although the letter explicitly threatens only an economic boycott, when it is written on behalf of the police–of those on whom all citizens depend to protect their safety–it invariably raises the prospect of another kind of boycott. Can a businessman who declines this heavy-handed “request” be confident that the police will do their job if he is the victim of a crime–particularly if the crime itself is in retaliation for his refusal to support “the dedicated public employees who serve our communities”?
SteveM shows an excerpt of one of those letters from the government union thugs to area businesses (emphasis added):
The undersigned groups would like your company to publicly oppose Governor Walker’s efforts to virtually eliminate collective bargaining for public employees in Wisconsin. While we appreciate that you may need some time to consider this request, we ask for your response by March 17. In the event that you do not respond to this request by that date, we will assume that you stand with Governor Walker and against the teachers, nurses, police officers, fire fighters, and other dedicated public employees who serve our communities.
Cops to businesses who might support Walker: Man, it sure would be a “shame” if you called 911 because you needed assistance and we “just so happened” to get delayed in responding to your call…wouldn’t it?
Firefighters to businesses who might support Walker: Man, wouldn’t it just suck to see your business go up in flames and it “just so happened” to take us too long to respond to the blaze?
UPDATE (03/18/2011 – 07:35 EST): Seems that actual WI cops (the rank-and-file) are throwing the author of the extortion letter under the police cruiser. The author of the extortion letter is James Palmer, the Executive Director of the Wisconsin Professional Police Officers Association (WPPA). As Steven Spingola points out, Palmer isn’t a cop, nor has he ever been one…he’s a lawyer! As such, real cops are distancing themselves from Palmer and are publicly trashing the guy.
WI Democrat fleebagger: Fining us won’t bring us back! WI GOP: Fine, then we’ll pass the union-busting bill without you being here!
Democrats said the fines would have no effect on bringing them back to the state.
“They’ve messed with our staffs,” said Sen. Jon Erpenbach (D-Middleton). “They’ve taken away our parking spaces. They’ve extorted our paychecks. They’ve sent the State Patrol after us. And now they’ve fined us $100 a day.
“I don’t know what more they need to do to get the point that it’s not working.”
Thanks for proving our point, jackwagon. You leave us no choice:
Two Democratic state senators said they think Republicans plan to pass parts of Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal that take away collective bargaining rights from public workers without them.
Senate Republican leaders weren’t saying why they hastily created a conference committee that’s meeting later Wednesday night.
A source confirmed to WISC-TV that Republican senators intend to remove fiscal portions of the budget bill in order to pass it without Democratic senators.
See, there needs to be at least one Democrat present for budget-related bills to be voted upon, but what if you strip out the public employees union collective bargaining part of the bill (and into a separate bill) that sent these miscreant Dem cowards on the lam in the first place? Answer: Moonbat rage!
By the way, you ever get the feeling that irony is lost on these schmucks? From one of the fleebaggers, Democrat Chris Larson:
What Republicans did was an affront to democracy. Never shall a voter doubt which party stands for the working class, and which for the rich.
Refusing to do your taxpayer-funded job, a job that requires voting on stuff, is not an “affront to democracy”, but actually showing up and voting on a bill is? Got it. Thanks for the clarification.
Nice to see the GOP grow a pair and hobble the fleebaggers.
You can sop up the snark and condescension with a biscuit and go into a diabetic coma…it’s that sweet! Here’s a letter from the state senate leader, Republican Scott Fitzgerald, to his minority leader counterpart, Democrat Mark Miller, on Miller’s request to meet along the WI and IL border. Keep in mind that the fleebaggers are hiding in IL to avoid doing their jobs in WI, all as a payoff to the unions that are bankrupting the state. All emphasis below is mine.
March 7, 2011
Sen. Mark Miller
Parts Unknown, IL
Dear Senator Miller,
Thank you for your hand-delivered letter with an offer to meet, in Illinois, about the business and future direction of Wisconsin.
Let’s set aside how bizarre that is for a moment.
As you know, this legislation is designed to finally balance the state budget, prevent layoffs and create jobs in the real world. There are hundreds of thousands of unemployed or underemployed Wisconsinites, and at least 1,500 more whose jobs are in the balance because of your media stunt. We all deserve better than this.
In the meantime, members of your caucus have been meeting with the governor’s staff, talking to the media, trying to find a way back to Madison, and contradicting your message in public. In case you don’t remember, you were present yourself at one of those meetings with the governor’s staff. Your grasp of reality, and control of your caucus as minority leader, continues to amaze me.
As you know, your opportunity to compromise and amend the bill was on the floor of the state Senate. As you know, you forfeited that right and opportunity when you decided to flee the state instead of doing your job.
Your stubbornness in trying to ignore the last election and protect the broken status quo is truly shameful. While we wait for you and your colleagues to finally show up, Senate Republicans continue to stand ready to do the job we were elected to do, here in Wisconsin. I hope you are enjoying your vacation, and your vacation from reality.
Senate Majority Leader
CC: Governor Scott Walker
Awesomely McAwesome, drenched in Awesome sauce! Or, as NRO puts it, “Best Letter Ever”!
Wanna see how draconian the federal public employees union is?
It will no doubt surprise you to learn that President Obama, the great patron of the working man, also happens to be the great CEO of one of the least union-friendly shop floors in the nation.
This is, after all, the president who has berated Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal to limit the collective bargaining rights of public employees, calling the very idea an “assault on unions.” This is also the president who has sicced his political arm, Organizing for America, on Madison, allowing the group to fill buses and plan rallies. Ah, but it’s easy to throw rocks when you live in a stone (White) house.
Fact: President Obama is the boss of a civil work force that numbers up to two million (excluding postal workers and uniformed military). Fact: Those federal workers cannot bargain for wages or benefits. Fact: Washington, D.C. is, in the purest sense, a “right to work zone.” Federal employees are not compelled to join a union, nor to pay union dues. Fact: Neither Mr. Obama, nor the prior Democratic majority, ever acted to give their union chums a better federal deal.
Scott Walker, eat your heart out.
What WI is proposing is to remove collective bargaining power for WI public employees’ benefits, not their wages…they would still be free to collectively bargain for those. Plus, WI is proposing an increase in WI public employees’ contributions to their own health care, a contribution level that is still worlds lower than that of federal employees unions.
In other words, WI isn’t being so cold as to ask their employees to emulate the federal employees union. Yet B.O. is asking the governor to stop villifying state employees?
So, Oba-Mao is being a hypocrite. No big shocker there, right? Well, how about a little red meat from WI Governor Scott Walker?
Gov. Scott Walker on Monday afternoon responded to comments President Barack Obama made earlier in the day about the protests in Madison:
Walker’s office issued this statement:
“I’m sure the President knows that most federal employees do not have collective bargaining for wages and benefits while our plan allows it for base pay. And I’m sure the President knows that the average federal worker pays twice as much for health insurance as what we are asking for in Wisconsin. At least I would hope he knows these facts.
“Furthermore, I’m sure the President knows that we have repeatedly praised the more than 300,000 government workers who come to work every day in Wisconsin.
“I’m sure that President Obama simply misunderstands the issues in Wisconsin, and isn’t acting like the union bosses in saying one thing and doing another.”
Most of you are probably aware of the situation in Wisconsin: the Dems were roundly defeated in an erstwhile blue state, and they are ignoring the election results with a hyperdefiance.
The WI House passed a bill to remove collective barganing from public employee unions (since public unions are crippling the state’s budget), and the newly elected governor has stated that he will sign this bill once the Senate acts on it. The WI Senate requires 20 members to be present to pass budgetary laws, and while all 19 Republicans are present, none of the 14 Democrats are. They fled the state, refusing to do the taxpayer-funded jobs to which they were elected, in a display of cowardice and arrogance stunning only in its proportion.
It was rumored that the Senate would bring up the issue in a separate non-budgetary bill (which wouldn’t require a single Democrat to be there), a “nuclear option” of sorts. Bad news: that was just a rumor. Good news: Republicans will vote on other bills that Democrats hate and won’t be there to demagogue or flip Republicans to their side. Details:
Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said today the Senate will not break out proposed collective bargaining changes from the governor’s budget repair bill so Republicans can approve them with just their 19 members present.
Republicans have been unable to approve the budget repair bill because they need 20 members present for a quorum on fiscal matters. Some Dems have questioned whether Republicans would break out the collective bargaining changes from the bill to go around the Senate Dems’ current boycott during a scheduled floor session tomorrow.
Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, said such a move would not happen, but Republicans plan to move ahead with regular Senate business. In addition to tomorrow’s calendar, that could mean public hearings on other legislation, and possibly a floor vote on a voter ID bill that Democrats don’t like.
“Just because they don’t want to participate, you cant shut down the people’s work,” Fitzgerald said.
While I wish the GOP would grow a pair and take down the public unions in the separate measure, I’ll take porking the Dems up the chute on other issues. Anything to make the left’s life miserable is good news for citizens of WI, no?
Nationally, unions are taking a beating in public opinion polls on this issue. Then again, union contempt for the public which they purport to serve is already apparent.
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