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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Gov. Walker Gives the Courts the Finger

This just in, Wisconsin Judge Rules: “Apparently that language was either misunderstood or ignored, but what I said was the further implementation of (the law) was enjoined,” said ticked off Dane County Circuit Judge Maryann Sumi. “That is what I now want to make crystal clear.” 

Meanwhile the Gov's chief aide, Mike Huebsch, rather than agreeing to comply, says they will "evaluate" the courts orders.  

“We will continue to confer with our legal counsel and have more information about how to move forward in the near future,” Huebsch said.

Earlier in the Day:

Gov. Walker of Wisconsin, defying a court order that placed the controversial law stripping collective bargaining on hold pending court review of the extraordinary conditions under which the legislature passed the law, stated that the fact that the State Senate's publishers had printed the law meant it is in effect anyway.  This may be the first time in which a printer has been allowed to overrule a court.  In fact actually it is a mere electronic posting, the actual paper printing of it by the Secretary of State on hold by the courts ruling. Proceeding full speed ahead and injunctions be dammed, the Gov's hatchet men are preparing a computer program that instead of taking out for union dues, takes out a 8% cut for greater share of cost on medical  and other benefits. Presumably, continuing  in the same direction, the Gov will defy any court orders to give the money back.

Meanwhile, sensing that the courts will eventually win out, or that common  sense will eventually prevail over insanity, the 14 Democrats who fled the state to use budget item quorum rules to keep the budget bill that originally contained the union busting provisions from being voted on  are still holed up out of state.  The defiant Gov is refusing to negotiate with them.  Perhaps the Republicans will simply declare that the massively unpopular massive cuts to education aren't really a budget item either, and they will pass it with another surprise "emergency vote", then defy the next court order also

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