Americans learned in the IRS political targeting scandal that government enforcement power can be used to stifle political speech. Something similar may be unfolding in Wisconsin, where a special prosecutor is targeting conservative groups that participated in the battle over Governor Scott Walker’s union reforms.
In recent weeks, special prosecutor Francis Schmitz has hit dozens of conservative groups with subpoenas demanding documents related to the 2011 and 2012 campaigns to recall
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Another setback for the unions:
A federal appeals court on Friday upheld Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s contentious law stripping most public workers of nearly all of their collective bargaining rights in a decision hailed by Republicans but not undoing a state court ruling keeping much of the law from being in effect.
The decision marks the latest twist in a two-year battle over the law that Walker proposed in February 2011 and passed a month
Gov. Scott Walker’s law repealing most collective bargaining for local and school employees was struck down by a Dane County judge Friday, yet another dramatic twist in a year and a half saga that likely sets up another showdown in the Supreme Court.
The law remains largely in force for state workers, but for city, county, and school workers the decision by Dane County Judge Juan Colas returns the law to its status
It looks like Scott Walker has won the recall. More than that, he appears likely to win it by larger fraction than his initial election in 2010. But this has no national implications. No siree Bob.
Discuss amongst yourselves. And think about all the money burned on recalling a governor not over malfeasance, incompetence and corruption but over a policy disagreement — a disagreement that instantly vanished from the recall campaign.… Read more
There are various signs that Scott Walker may survive the recall effort. He is leading in the polls. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinal endorsed him. Barret, in last night’s debate, crossed me as a man without ideas, simply repeating the line that Scott Walker “divided the state” over and over again*. He is still not saying how he would balance Wisconsin’s books. This is probably because he can’t tell the truth — that he would leave … Read more
The big story for the next month is going to be the recall of Scott Walker. The Democratic primary is on Tuesday and they seem to be coalescing behind a semi-electable candidate. And then, in June, we’ll have the recall election. If you want to keep up, I highly recommend Ann Althouse (actually, I recommend her even if you could give two shits about the election). She’s front-and-center of the fight, objective and insightful.
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It’s been a little over a year since Wisconsin exploded in response to Governor Walker’s reforms. What are the results? Well, we won’t know for many years. But early returns are
For the first time in decades, school administrations are now actually able to administer their districts without union interference, and the savings have been huge. The MacIver Institute, a Wisconsin think tank, reports that of the 108 school districts that completed contracts
After their spectacular failure in the Wisconsin judicial race, the Democrats managed to pick up two seats in last night’s recall election. One of these was a heavily democratic district, the other involved a senator embroiled in scandal. So really, they didn’t gain much. And they’ll still have to defend two flee-bagging seats next week.
This can’t be anything but a colossal disappointment to Democrats. A few months ago, they were certain that anti-Republican hatred … Read more
For those of you that might have missed the aftermath of the Wisconsin off schedule special judicial elections I an update. But first a little background. The new governor of Wisconsin, the republican Scott Walker, ran and won the election on a promise to fix Wisconsin’s woeful fiscal state. As one of his first moves, he pushed for a law that would break the stranglehold public unions had on the state. The main issue … Read more