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WI Supreme Court Upholds Anti-Union Law

From a spittle-flecked Associated Press:

Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson.

Wis. Supreme Court upholds controversial union law

By Scott Bauer, Associated Press Wed Jun 15, 2011

MADISON, Wis. – Wisconsin’s polarizing union rights law will take effect thanks to a sharply divided ruling by the state Supreme Court that determined a judge overstepped her authority when she voided the governor’s plan to strip most public workers of their collective bargaining rights.

Notice how many emotionally charged words the AP managed to work into its headline and lead sentence.

The ruling Tuesday evening was a major victory for Republican Gov. Scott Walker, who said the law was needed to help address the state’s $3.6 billion budget shortfall…

Of course Gov. Walker only "said" that. In reality, he had his own nefarious reasons for wanting this law.

In a 4-3 decision that included a blistering dissent, the Supreme Court ruled that Dane County Circuit Judge Maryann Sumi overstepped when she declared the law void last month.

Actually, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, "the other three judges concurred in part and dissented in part."

The "blistering dissent" came from Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson. Ms. Abrahamson is such a liberal that even the Clinton administration passed her over for nomination to the US Supreme Court in favor of the ACLU’s Ruth Bader Ginsberg.

Sumi sided with a lawsuit that claimed Republicans didn’t provide proper public notice of a meeting that helped get the original legislation approved after Democratic senators fled the state to prevent a vote.

As we noted at the time, the lawsuit was nonsense. The Republicans followed both the letter and the spirit of Wisconsin’s open meetings laws.

Walker claimed that the law, which also requires public employees to pay more for their health care and pensions, would give local governments enough flexibility on labor costs to deal with deep cuts to state aid. Democrats saw it as an attack on public employee unions, which usually back their party’s candidates

But obviously Gov. Walker’s claims are a tissue of lies.

Union leaders blasted the court’s decision. Phil Neuenfeldt, president of the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO, called it "an affront to our democracy."

And by ‘democracy’ Mr. Neuenfeldt means ‘mobocracy.’ Which, of course, should be affronted.

An avalanche of lawsuits is expected, because legal challenges couldn’t be brought until the law took effect

Good. It’s better that the unions squander their members’ dues on this, rather than buying elections.

In vacating Sumi’s ruling, the Supreme Court ruled the judge had "usurped the legislative power which the Wisconsin Constitution grants exclusively to the legislature." The court also rejected arguments that Republicans violated Wisconsin’s open meetings law.

"The doors of the Senate and Assembly were kept open to the press and members of the public … access was not denied," according to the majority opinion.


In a fiery dissent, Supreme Court Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson wrote that justices hastily reached the decision and the majority "set forth their own version of facts without evidence. They should not engage in this disinformation."

Abrahamson also said a concurring opinion written by Justice David Prosser — a former Republican speaker of the Assembly — was "long on rhetoric and long on story-telling that appears to have a partisan slant."

You see, Ms. Abrahamson hates partisanship.

But speaking of rhetoric, again according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, the non-partisan and even keeled Ms. Abrahamson also wrote that the majority has "reached a predetermined conclusion not based on the facts and the law, which undermines the majority’s ultimate decision."

She also helpfully noted that her colleagues on the bench "make their own findings of fact, mischaracterize the parties’ arguments, misinterpret statutes, minimize (if not eliminate) Wisconsin constitutional guarantees, and misstate case law, appearing to silently overrule case law dating back to at least 1891."

Now that is judicial temperament.

Democratic Senate Minority Leader Mark Miller said Walker and Republicans’ push to enact the law instead cost the state money, resulting in "months of legal wrangling, unprecedented political divisiveness and millions of dollars of lost budget savings."

Which just goes to show that Democrats will simply say anything. Reality doesn’t even enter into it.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, June 15th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “WI Supreme Court Upholds Anti-Union Law”

  1. Right of the People says:

    A million liberal’s heads just exploded!

    That’s one for the good guys, let’s keep it rolling.

  2. oldpuppydixie says:

    I would not have believed there could be 4 actual JUSTICES on the Wisconsin court! Four who actually ruled according to the LAW!!!! They might be physically removed from Madison!!

  3. P. Aaron says:

    This means the law’s no longer ‘controversial’ right?

  4. tranquil.night says:

    These union cheese-heads are falling behind the times again. Out here on the hip left coast, the fatcat bosses have figured out you just gotta start going region to region buying out the Republican Party on one side and throwing in kook plant candidates on the other and watch the amusement unfold. Can’t lose unless the Tea Party is organized enough to put up a strong enough leader.

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