When you can’t win at the ballot box or in the legislature

Posted: March 18, 2011 in opinion/news
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…run to the courts:

Dane County Circuit Judge Maryann Sumi issued a temporary restraining order Friday, barring the publication of a controversial new law that would sharply curtail collective bargaining for public employees.

Sumi’s order will prevent Secretary of State Doug La Follette from publishing the law until she can rule on the merits of the case. Dane County Ismael Ozanne is seeking to block the law because he says a legislative committee violated the state’s open meetings law.

Sumi said Ozanne was likely to succeed on the merits.

This is now going to be appealed and appealed to death.

Quick question. Now that the democrats are back, why not just bring up the first bill? Let them run away again, I’m sure that will go over well, and as Ed Morrissey said:

However, this is strictly a ruling on the process used to enact the law. If it came down to it, the Wisconsin legislature could simply pass it again, and it could do so rather quickly. The TRO is not based on any defect in the legislation itself.

I’d expect the legislature to take that up very quickly. I’d also expect some of the protesters to return in anticipation of that effort, although most of them probably won’t get away with taking more sick time to do so. Walker and the GOP could render this issue moot by Monday or Tuesday of next week, if need be, although they’d be wise not to tip their hand until Monday.

I wouldn’t be popping the corks if I was the left, but expect that to a big topic this weekend.

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