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Video- Roy Blunt: Republicans have votes to delay Chuck Hagel nomination


We try to keep this a fairly SFW blog or I'd tell you exactly what I think of those sniveling, cowardly, imbecilic, bitter old men. Via.

Sen. Roy Blunt signaled Wednesday that there may be enough votes in the Senate to delay debate on the nomination of Chuck Hagel to lead the Pentagon.

Blunt (R-Mo.) said he believed there were 40 votes in the Senate that indicated “it’s too quick to end the debate on this nomination.”

The GOP, which controls 45 votes in the Senate, would need 41 votes to block former Sen. Hagel from hitting the 60-vote threshold that some Republicans have threatened.


Madison unions file suit alleging collective bargaining bill unconstitutional


Via WisPolitics:

Three labor unions have sued Gov. Scott Walker and the state claiming the collective bargaining bill infringes on employees’ equal protection rights and their rights to freedom of speech and association.

Good. No, excellent.

The press release, in part:

In the lawsuit, the Plaintiffs request that the court find Act 10 unconstitutional and therefore declare it null and void. The lawsuit asserts that the Act impermissibly infringes on employees’ constitutionally protected rights to equal protection and freedom of speech and association.

EQUAL PROTECTION: The lawsuit asserts that many of the limitations imposed on employees who are in a unions do not apply to employees who are not in a union. It also treats members of some unions differently than members of other unions.

FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND ASSOCIATION: The lawsuit further alleges that Act 10 imposes an impermissible burden on municipal employees’ ability to exercise their constitutional right to associate and assemble, and to express their views in concert with one another, and to petition their State and local governments regarding matters that are of mutual concern to them.

Enough is enough. Busting unions, essentially defunding support for Democrats, which is, in turn, a push for one party rule, is unAmerican. Stomping all over the rights working Americans is creating quite a backlash. It's time to bust the busting.


WI judge warns attorneys to watch what they say


Dane County Judge Maryann Sumi has (justifiably) not been in the best mood lately. Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald ignored her restraining order that blocked publication of the terrible Walker anti-union "budget" bill.

So she threatened contempt and blocked the bill again.

Well now, here we are, it's a brand new day, and so, we have ourselves a brand new hearing. Everyone was a little on edge, and before you know it, Judge Sumi offered up a word or two of warning:

She advised lawyers to review state Supreme Court rules that say: "A lawyer shall not make a statement that the lawyer knows to be false or with reckless disregard as to its truth or falsity concerning the qualifications or integrity of a judge...."

It wasn't clear who she was specifically addressing. If I were one of the attorneys present, I would pay attention. She's the one in the room with the big gavel.


WI judge blocks further implementation of collective bargaining bill, threatens contempt


This had to happen. If you need more back story, go here, but here are the basics:

Dane County Judge Maryann Sumi today granted a temporary restraining order blocking publication of the collective bargaining bill.

Sumi said she was given no evidence to show why the conference committee could not have given a 24-hour notice for its meeting last week or why a timely notice was not provided.

More here.

But it was published anyway. Apparently Scott Fitzgerald didn't care about any little ol' legal ruling.

He better start caring now. Via WisPolitics:

Dane County Judge Maryann Sumi issued an order this afternoon blocking further implementation of the collective bargaining bill. [...]

Sumi also warned that those who act "in willful defiance of a court order" not only may subject themselves to sanctions, but endanger the financial and governmental health of the state.

But why would Fitz and King Scotty Walker worry about the financial and governmental health of the state... or that of the people, for that matter? King Scotty couldn't even keep his promise about spending.

They are now finding themselves up against the New Civil Rights Movement, and even a judge, both representing the people, not corporate interests. Surprise!

Stay tuned.

H/t: Leftpalm