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Wisconsin Senator Scott Fiztgerald Lets The Cat Out of The Bag AGAIN!

First he screwed up by telling Fox News host Meghan Kelly the core reason the WI GOP is so hell bent on robbing families and eliminating Worker’s rights. Which then led to the super rush to quickly pass the bill in a way that didn’t require a quorum since the 14 Democratic senators were staying in Illinois to deny the very quorum they needed.

That bill however has now been blocked by a WI judge because the GOP violated Wisconsin’s open meetings law and will most likely end up in the state Supreme Court. On April 5th Wisconsin goes to the polls to elect a state Supreme Court Judge. It’s down to GOP backed David Prosser who is pledging to stand behind the GOP and JoAnne Kloppenburg who has pledge to stand with the law. In just this past week two of Prosser’s long time supporters and campaign operatives have pulled out oof his campaign to endorse Kloppenburg.

What did Fitzgerald slip up and admit to Meghan? That taking away collective bargaining rights and busting up unions is really about trying to defund President Obama’s campaign for re-election. You see these delusional self serving, lying, manipulative, affair having, non-living in their districts, girlfriend hiring GOP in Wisconsin really think they can destroy Obama by eliminating union-dues which many times are used to support political candidates.


FITZGERALD: Well if they flip the state senate, which is obviously their goal with eight recalls going on right now, they can take control of the labor unions.

    If we win this battle, and the money is not there under the auspices of the unions, certainly what you’re going to find is President Obama is going to have a much difficult, much more difficult time getting elected and winning the state of Wisconsin.

Tomorrow voters go to the polls. But, true to Fitzgerald form Scott just couldn’t keep his mouth shut. He assured everyone attending the same event he did yesterday knew that Prosser would take care of them. Kloppenburg will take care of following the law.

“If Prosser Wins all of Walker’s bills go into effect. If Kloppenburg wins everything will be blocked and we are dead.”

Check back later for a post on one of Wisconsin’s new state employees. Hired by Scott Walker, paid for by his father.


WI GOP Shows They Don’t Have The Maturity to Lead

As you might have heard the fight is still on against the disastrous budget bill in Wisconsin that includes destroying collective bargaining rights. The rights that Milwaukee’s many Polish immigrants fought for and some even died for so that worker’s could have a say in the workplace. That was the Bay View Massacre in 1896. Today those very workers are being mocked and so are their descendants and other Wisconsin citizens by Republican Governor Scott Walker and his dirty GOP co-horts.

When unable to get the necessary quorum to pass the bill they played ditry and removed fiscal items that required the quorum and then voted without delay to pass the ban on collective bargaining. However, they violated on camera no less, the 24 hour open meetings law in Wisconsin.

Then the bill went to court due to the violation of the 24 hour open meetings law and a judge (appointed by former Republican Governor Tommy Thompson) ruled they had indeed violated that law and thereby issued a restraining order against publication of the bill.

But this new WI GOP doesn’t believe laws apply to them or any actions they take. Since they could not force the Secretary of State to publish at law because he was following the judge’s order they forced another department to publish the law in spite of the judge’s ruling.

Back to court yesterday where again the Judge ruled on thie side of the people and the LAW.

“Now that I’ve made my earlier order as clear as it possibly can be, I must state that those who act in open and willful defiance of the court order place not only themselves at peril of sanctions, they also jeopardize the financial and the governmental stability of the state of Wisconsin,” Sumi said.

Her statement appeared to be a warning to state agencies, such as the state Department of Administration, that have begin implementing the union bill despite a temporary restraining order that Sumi issued on March 18 and the unsettled question about whether publication of the law by the Legislative Reference Bureau on Friday was enough to implement the law.

“Apparently that language was either misunderstood or ignored, but what I said was, ‘the further implementation of 2011 Wisconsin Act 10 is enjoined,’ ” Sumi said. “That’s what I now want to make crystal clear.”

State Department of Justice Executive Assistant Steven Means said afterward that state agencies like DOA are not parties to the lawsuit and are not subject to Sumi’s restraining order. But he stopped short of saying what advice DOJ will give DOA in light of the order.

After the latest ruling the GOP felt compelled to publicly apologize to the Judge in the case for ignoring her previous ruling:

The Republican Party of Dane County recognizes that Judge Sumi is a leftist living in Dane County. Her friends are leftists living in Dane County. Her son is a left wing activist in Dane County. She goes to cocktail parties held by leftists in Dane County. She shops at organic
gourmet food shops run by leftists living in Dane County. If she were to enforce the law of Wisconsin and do what was in the best interest of the people of Wisconsin, she’d be exiled from her lifestyle. She’d lose her friends!

The leadership of the Republican Party of Dane County have all made the choice to stand against the Dane County elite. We accept that Left feels righteous vandalizing our homes and keying our cars. It’s only fair. We disagree based upon logic and principle. That is intolerable! We prioritize the Constitution and the well being of the people of Wisconsin over f oie gras at cocktail parties. That’s the choice we made. We respect Judge Sumi’s decision to live her life with the rich diversity that liberals cherish.

This from the very people that raced to D.C. to be rewarded by the lobbyists for destroying bargaining rights in their state.

So you got that Wisconsin? If you defend the rights of workers, the middle class or the law you are an elitist lefist? If you take money from lobbyists, the Koch Brothers and corporations you’re all about upholding the constituion.

Update: Less than an hour ago Walker made it clear they will again ignore and violate the law:

Department of Administration Secretary Mike Huebsch said he has a legal obligation to implement all laws that have been passed by the Legislature, signed by Gov. Scott Walker and “published into law.”

Huebsch added that the Department of Justice and his legal counsel agree that the measure has met those requirements “and is now effective law.”

“It is my duty to administer that law,” he said.

Huebsch’s comments raise questions about whether he or other state officials could be held in contempt of court after a hearing Tuesday, when Dane County Circuit Judge Maryann Sumi made it clear that any further implementation of the law is barred.


Criminals: WI Republicans Publish Bill Despite Judge’s Order

WI Republicans Publish Collective Bargaining Bill Despite Restraining Order

Here’s more from the Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel — Collective bargaining bill published despite restraining order:

In a stunning twist, controversial legislation limiting collective bargaining for public workers was published on Friday despite a judge’s hold on the measure, sparking a dispute over whether it takes effect Saturday.

The legislation was published Friday to the Legislature’s website with a footnote that acknowledges the restraining order by a Dane County judge. But the posting says state law “requires the Legislative Reference Bureau to publish every act within 10 working days after its date of enactment.”

The measure sparked massive protests at the Capitol and lawsuits by opponents because it would eliminate the ability of most public workers to bargain over anything but wages.

The restraining order was issued against Democratic Secretary of State Doug La Follette. But the bill was published by the reference bureau, which was not named in the restraining order.

Laws normally take effect a day after they are published, and a top GOP lawmaker said that meant it will become law Saturday. But the nonpartisan legislative official who published the law disagreed.

“I think this is a ministerial act that forwards it to the secretary of state,” said Stephen Miller, director of the Legislative Reference Bureau. “I don’t think this act makes it become effective. My understanding is that the secretary of state has to publish it in the (official state) newspaper for it to become effective.”

Walker signed the bill March 11. Under state law, it must be published within 10 working days, which was Friday.

The law has not been printed in the Wisconsin State Journal, the official state newspaper, as other laws are. Late Friday, State Journal publisher Bill Johnston said in an email that the notice for the law had been scheduled to run but had been canceled. He did not elaborate.

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) claimed it didn’t matter that it hasn’t appeared in the paper.

“It’s published,” Fitzgerald said. “It’s law. That’s what I contend.”

Fitzgerald and Miller met Friday. Miller said Fitzgerald asked him to publish the law and, after reading the statutes, Miller agreed that he could do so. He said he has never had something similar happen with the publication of a law during his 12 years running the reference bureau.

After the restraining order was issued on March 18, La Follette sent a letter that same day to the reference bureau rescinding earlier instructions to publish the bill on Friday. “I further instruct you to remove all reference to March 25, 2011, as the publication date and not to proceed with publication until I contact you with a new publication date,” his letter said.

Walker’s top cabinet official, Administration Secretary Mike Huebsch, gave only a brief statement reacting to Friday’s news.

“Today the administration was notified that the LRB published the budget-repair bill as required by law,” he said. “The administration will carry out the law as required.”

Meanwhile Wisconsinites are out if full force on this beautiful and sunny Saturday collecting Recall Senators to put a stop to the assault on WI Democracy. Join them won’t you.


WI’s Walker Targeting Job Opportunities for Students and Young Adults

Walker suspends apprentice rules

In an executive order that was quietly released, Gov. Scott Walker recently suspended rules requiring contractors on state construction projects to employ workers under the state’s apprenticeship program. The rules have existed since 1971. One Milwaukee-area lawmaker is protesting Walker’s order, saying it will hurt efforts to employ minorities in the construction trades in Wisconsin.

In the apprenticeship program, which is overseen by the state Department of Workforce Development, contractors provide on-the-job training in a skilled trade to apprentices and also pay them wages as they attend classes at a technical college or other institution. The program is carried out at the local level by the state’s 94 local trade committees, boards staffed by local employer and employee representatives.

The program is voluntary. In 1971, to encourage contractors to join it, Democratic Gov. Pat Lucey first issued an executive order requiring contractors awarded state construction contracts to participate in the program and employ apprentices. In 2005, in another order, Doyle, also a Democrat, revised the requirements, hoping to strengthen them and step up state enforcement. These rules stood until Walker’s own order earlier this month.

So he isn’t content going after the middle class worker he now wants to make sure that ‘middle class’ no longer exists in his state. Does Walker understand what he is doing? It appears he’s hell bent on making Wisconsin citizens work for nothing in return and that his cuts are strictly designed to target the most in need.

For many years, the state apprenticeship program has been a focus of efforts to diversify to construction trades in Wisconsin. State Rep. Barbara Toles (D-Milwaukee) says suspending the rules “will negatively impact people’s ability to gain access to apprenticeships, especially minorities and women.”

According to the representative, the apprenticeship program “is practically the only path to employment in the construction trades for minorities and women.”

Walker’s executive order, his 18th, was not distributed as a press release, unlike the prior 17, each of which can still be read on the “Media Center” section of the governor’s website.

John Mielke, vice-president of the Associated Builders and Contractors, a trade association representing non-union contractors, told The Daily Reporter in January that the first thing he’d like the new governor to do “is rescind Executive Order 108” – Doyle order requiring apprentices on state projects. Mielke said DWD, in response to the order, had created 50 pages of new rules. “It has taken on a life of its own. It’s become a multi-headed beast, and I would urge the governor to kill it quickly.”

Maybe this idiot’s entire goal is to force people to leave his state? Maybe that is his only plan to offset what the Koch Brothers won’t pay so he thinks forcing people to relocate will save WI money.

Scotty sure is making it easier for Wisconsinites to recall him in January 2012. In fact it appears he’s hell bent on that too.


Welcome to Walker’s Wisconsin

To WI Governor Scott Walker apparently ‘Open For Business’ only means his wallet because he sure isn’t doing much to attract employers to the state. In fact the state has lost over 2,000 jobs since his inauguration. Unless you count rewarding an Illinois businessmen who donated stealthily to your campaign by paying him $1.25 million in moving expenses to move his business just over the state border so he too can have their taxes paid by WI citizens, while employing out of state workers who can now enjoy the added expenses of gasoline, commute time and wear and tear on their vehicles. Oh and still paying income taxes in the state they live in, just over the border in Illinois.

Sorry… We’re Closed: Since Walker Sworn-In, 19 Plant Closings and Mass Layoffs Have Cost Wisconsin 2,207 in Lost Jobs

According to Wisconsin law, businesses employing 50 or more persons in the State of Wisconsin must provide written notice 60 days before implementing a “business (plant) closing” or “mass layoff” in the state.

According to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, 19 companies have given notice of plant closings or mass layoffs to 2,207 workers since Walker was sworn-in on January 3, 2011.

Meanwhile, Walker has taken a victory lap for “creating jobs” by paying an Illinois company $1.25 million to move their address a few miles north to Wisconsin. As discussed earlier, this doesn’t create jobs or tax revenue: All the Illinois employees will just have a slightly longer commute to work and because of Illinois-Wisconsin tax reciprocity agreements, will continue to pay taxes to Illinois.

These numbers of course don’t include the loss of potential jobs from a now canceled wind-farm development, Walker’s turning down of the high speed rail project and accompanying funds nor the departure of Talgo a maker of train cars that had already set up shop here in anticipation the now non-existent rail project.


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