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Judge Maryann Sumi, photographed yesterday, reiterates her temporary restraining order barring further implementation of 2011 Wisconsin Act 10 — the union-busting legislation rammed through the Wisconsin Legislature by the Repugnican Tea Party — at the Dane County Courthouse in Madison. Questions remain as to whether the union-busting legislation was passed lawfully.
The Christian Science Montitor today reports that the Repugnican Tea Party traitors in Wisconsin are considering whether or not they will follow the directive of a state circuit court judge that the union-busting legislation that the traitors shoved through the state Legislature may not take effect until court proceedings settle whether or not the legislation was passed legally.
The CSM reports:
The Wisconsin circuit court judge who issued an injunction to prevent the state’s controversial collective-bargaining bill from becoming law issued a second order late [yesterday] to stop the state from violating her original ruling.
Earlier this month, Dane County Judge Maryann Sumi ruled that Senate Republicans may have violated the state’s open meetings law in its maneuvers to pass the collective-bargaining bill. Judge Sumi said more time was needed to examine the actions of the legislators.
Sumi’s ruling prevented the bill from being published by the secretary of state’s office, which makes it law. However, last week the Legislative Reference Bureau, a legislative service agency not named in the original restraining order, published the law.
That loophole gave the administration of Gov. Scott Walker (R) the green light to proceed as if the bill was law. The administration announced Sunday that, in accordance with the collective-bargaining bill, it would no longer collect dues on behalf of the unions and that public employees would be charged more for their pension and health-care obligations.
In her ruling, Sumi criticized the administration for violating her original ruling. “Apparently that language [in the ruling] was either misunderstood or ignored, but what I said was the further implementation [of the collective-bargaining bill] was enjoined. That is now what I want to make crystal clear,” she said.
Sumi warned against legislators who may act “in willful defiance of a court order” may be subjecting them to sanctions.
Walker aide Mike Huebsch issued a statement following the ruling saying the administration will evaluate the new order. “We will continue to confer with our legal counsel and have more information about how to move forward in the near future,” Huebsch said.
The next hearing on the case is Friday.
In [yesterday’s] hearing, Legislative Reference Bureau Chief Stephen Miller said he believed his agency could publish laws without the approval of the secretary of state. But Miller acknowledged that his agency has never done so in his 12 years in the position.
Among other measures, the bill eliminates collective-bargaining rights on all issues but wages for non-law-enforcement state workers in Wisconsin. Sumi has said that if she were to rule against the bill, lawmakers could pass it a second time if they followed legislative rules clearly.
Wow. So the stupid white men in Wisconsin apparently may do whatever the fuck they want, even ignore court orders. (Wikipedia notes that Wisconsin circuit courts’ “subject matter jurisdiction is conferred [by] the Wisconsin Constitution and is quite broad. The [state Legislature] may not by statute limit the nature or type of case that the courts may hear.”)
I have to wonder if especially because the judge in this case is a woman and not a stupid white man (which, by my definition, means right-wing) — you know, as all judges should be, in the wingnut worldview — the stupid white men in Wisconsin think that they can ignore her orders.
I get it that the Repugnican Tea Party traitors in Wisconsin want so very fucking badly to destroy the state’s labor unions and indeed, the state’s government, so that their corporate pimps can profiteer from everything in the state and have no obstacles to their shameless profiteering that harms the majority of the state’s people for the obscene profits of a few.
But they don’t get to violate state or federal law in their frantic race to, like a virus alters a normal, healthy cell into a virus-making machine, alter the function of Wisconsin state government from an entity that benefits the people of the state to an entity that benefits only Big Business.
There is a process, and that process exists precisely in order to prevent the abuses of democracy and decency that the Repugnican Tea Party traitors are perpetrating upon the people of Wisconsin.
Those who refuse to follow the established democratic process have in effect declared war upon the majority of the people. When the democratic process is willfully ignored by the powers that be, the people have just cause to rise up — violently, if necessary — against their tyrants.
The Repugnican Tea Party traitors should be on notice that when they make violent resistance the only means available to the people to redress their grievances, then violent resistance it shall be.