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Four Wisconsin recall campaigns against GOP state senators all say they're on pace to force recall elections

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Need a ray of sunshine in your wintery, blustery, cloudy, coldy day? I may have one for you.

There's a month to go before all the signatures are due for four recalls of four Wisconsin Republican state senators, and all of them are reporting that they're well on their way to collecting the required totals in order to force elections.

Via JSOnline:

The news comes after the organizers of a recall drive against Gov. Scott Walker announced Thursday that they'd collected 507,533 of the 540,208 signatures they need to force him into a recall election.

Recall papers were filed Nov. 15 against Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) and Sens. Pam Galloway of Wausau, Terry Moulton of Chippewa Falls and Van Wanggaard of Racine. Like the recall petitions against Walker and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, they're due Jan. 17 at the state Government Accountability Board.

Brad Wojciechowski, communications director of the State Senate Democratic Committee, said the four Senate recall campaigns have collected about 10,000 signatures apiece. The total number of signatures needed ranges from 14,958 to 16,742 to force elections.

The always compassionate and jovial (sarcasm drip) Scott Fitzgerald calls the effort "frivolous". If it's as "frivolous" as the last recall election, then at least two more Senators will go down, and the Democrats will gain control. Sound frivolous to you? Me neither.

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Scott Walker: The only thing that can stop GOP momentum are recalls

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As an email buddy of mine put it, the Democrats and Scott Walker finally agree on something. Via wivb.com:

Walker, speaking to about 1,000 Republicans at a Wisconsin Dells resort, said the only thing that could stop the GOP's momentum in the state are the recall elections.

"For the next two months, you shouldn't think about any United States Senate seat, you should think about protecting six brave senators and picking up three others," Walker said.

All nine of the senators were targeted for recalls because of positions they took earlier this year on Walker's proposal taking away most collective bargaining rights from public workers. The Republicans voted for it, while the Democrats fled to Illinois for three weeks in an ultimately vain attempt to stop it from passing.

And true to form, Scott Fitzgerald insulted those who don't agree with him:

"It's been a long time since I've been around this many people who weren't chanting and yelling, sometimes at me," Fitzgerald said. "And I also got to tell you, you all smell a lot better too."

Come on, Fitz, come up with something original next time you demean your state's decent working people:

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VIDEO: Wisconsin GOP walked out of their own presser when the public showed up

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This is becoming epidemic, speaking out, getting nabbed. Just ask Nicole Sandler.

Scout over at First Draft has must-read details:

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WI will continue implementing collective bargaining law despite judge's order

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Do these guys need a more obvious invitation from Judge Sumi to get slapped with contempt?

Call me crazy, but it is my humble opinion that even more obvious defiance will not sit well with her at all:

State officials say they will move forward with Wisconsin's controversial collective bargaining law, despite a judge's order barring its implementation — and a threat of sanctions against anyone who violates it. [...]

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. [...]

"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.

So they decided to treat the court the way they treat the unions, working people, and Wisconsinites in general:

All the legal schmegal arguments are at the link.

H/t: barelyberlee

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WI judge warns attorneys to watch what they say

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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.

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Scott Fitzgerald's "publishing" anti-union law "constructively no different than visiting Kinko's"

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Yesterday, in a previous post, I was highly annoyed at Scott Fitzgerald... again. You see, there had been a restraining order granted by a judge that blocked publication of Wisconsin’s terrible collective bargaining law. That meant means the law wasn’t supposed to go into effect until it was litigated.

But Fitzgerald didn't care about that:

Madison - A controversial bill limiting collective bargaining for public workers has been officially published despite a temporary restraining order barring its publication.

A lot of us ranted and raved about his brazen disregard for the judge's order. However, after having read the "Illusory Tenant", it appears that Fitz, who clearly is of very little brain, confused "printing" with "publishing":

Senator's bold move constructively no different than visiting Kinko's [...]

"Publish" and "publication" are legal terms of art referring here to a step in the legislative process immediately preceding enforceability. [...]

But I suspect "publish" doesn't mean publish in the sense that the Secretary of State is enjoined from doing, but rather publishing as in printing onto paper, as §35.095 resides in a subchapter of the statutes entitled, "LEGISLATIVE; CLASS 1 PRINTING." Therefore it's reasonable to wonder whether Fitzgerald is trying to pull a fast one (it's also reasonable to wonder that just because it's Fitzgerald).

There Posturing Fitz goes again, confirming what we already know about his sleaziness.

Please read the whole thing, it's well worth it.

Added: Sequel here.

H/t: Charles Brace

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Wisconsin collective bargaining bill published despite restraining order

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If you recall, there was a restraining order granted by a judge that blocked publication of Wisconsin's terrible collective bargaining law.That meant means the law wasn't supposed to go into effect until it was litigated.

But that didn't stop the Walker the WonderWank, Inc. It's being enacted, regardless:

Madison - A controversial bill limiting collective bargaining for public workers has been officially published despite a temporary restraining order barring its publication.

The legislation was published Friday with a footnote that notes the restraining order, but says the law "requires the Legislative Reference Bureau to publish every act within 10 working days after its date of enactment."

The publication of the law means that it will take effect Saturday.

Here it is, in black and white. More like black and blue.

More details here, at JSOnline.

UPDATE: According to Jon Erpenbach, they are still trying to determine legalities. (H/t: Naomi Houser). On his Facebook page, he posted the following:

Fitzgerald ordered LRB [Legislative Reference Bureau] to publish the law. It's unclear if that does in fact make it law. LRB is unclear on that too. Lawyers are sorting things out.

Fitzgerald has ordered a non partisan agency to do something that us clearly partisan. Never ever has that been done before.

So it was Fitzgerald.

"Never ever has that been done before." Nor have a lot of things these days. I don't recall the destruction of democracy being on the agenda of American voters, yet that is what the Wisconsin GOP is determined to achieve.

I feel a few more major protests coming on.

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