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  •  I think you can rest your fears (0+ / 0-)

    at least a bit that the recalls won't change things.  The recall effort in WI is already having an effect in that the Fitzgerald brothers and Walker have dug themselves into a deep hole regarding the anti-union bill and it appears today that they have no way out that will not be extremely painful for them.

    Primarily, they are now blocked from being able to do a new version of the bill and push it through because Scott Fitz., the Majority Leader in the State Senate now can NOT hold his caucus.   There are at two or three of the 8 repub senators under recall whose votes for the bill can't be counted on.  He runs the risk IF they were to try to re-vote this bill of losing and that means the bill is dead.  This has to be driving the Repubs in the Senate absolutely crazy--not to mention that Kapanke and Hopper have to be preparing resumes for getting a job once they're no longer in the State Senate because they lost their recall elections.

    Secondly, another option the Fitz. brothers have is to waive their legislative immunity and appear at a hearing in front of Judge Sumi in Dane County Circuit Court.  Based on the testimony I've read from the two hearings on whether or not they violated the State Open Meetings Law in order to get the original bill passed, they are toast.  The info that has come out is damaging and this morning in the WI State Journal, the editorial ripped both of them for their stupidity in trying to shove the legislation through in haste instead of just doing it the right way and following the law.  Since the State Journal is a reliable Republican mouthpiece, the fact that they've now come out and ripped them says that they're losing support by the day.

    Third, the Legislative Finance Bureau for WI has come out today with an analysis of the budget and their conclusion is that the budget WILL be balanced even WITHOUT this anti-union law.  So now Walker et al look even worse.

    This has not been a good week for the Walker junta.

    Objecting to our governor’s policies does not make a citizen of Wisconsin a criminal. Not yet, anyway. ~ nelangst

    by 3goldens on Fri Apr 01, 2011 at 01:31:35 PM PDT

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