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What most people looking at the possibly illegal bill passed by the Wisconsin Senate last night and which will be passed by the Wisconsin House and immediately signed by Gov. Walker is that doesn't mean that it will actually become a law! Nor will similar acts by the Repub Party [that's their name as long as they persist in calling our party as the "Democrat" Party!] in the other "progressive" states around the Great Lakes because we all have the same progressive constitution based on the Wisconsin progressive constitution that Robert LaFollette helped write. Our states (mine is the Great State of Michigan, which owns most of Lake Michigan, most of Lake Superior, half of Lake Huron, half of Lake St Clare, and a small section of Lake Erie) all have the right of the people to circulate a referendum petition that requires any act of the State Legislature up to a pubic vote before it can take effect.

This means that any act taking away public employees right to bargain or changing such things and limiting bargaining to wage/salaries only or taking away the binding arbitration from the police and fire unions will not be able to take effect until after the next state wide election, which I believe will be 2012!

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Will you be willing to donate to support referendum drives in states that are attacking puplic employee unions?

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  •  Tip Jar (2+ / 0-)

    A progressive voice in the rightwing wilderness of Allegan County, Michigan!

    by Ken the Troll on Thu Mar 10, 2011 at 11:39:12 AM PST

    •  do you have any details on the process? (1+ / 0-)
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      I'm surprised to hear this as while there has been much talk about recalling legislators and governor this is the first I've heard of the option of a referendum on the newly imposed law. Given that the public is solidly against this it would seem relatively easy to drum up the signatures and win the vote?  I'm surprised the option hasn't received more press.

      •  It depends if your state has the referendum (0+ / 0-)

        In Michigan we have a referendum procedure. It takes a % of the number of votes cast for governor in the last election and I believe they must be from each county. I have a feeling that we may be circulating a number of referendum petitions and a bunch of recall petitions. In Michigan once the board of canvassers certifies first the petitions and then certifies that we have collected enough the Act in question is suspended until the next scheduled election is held. In the case of a recall, once those petitions have been certified as having enough signatures of registered voters, the recall election must be scheduled within 60 days, allowing non registered voters time to register and time for the ballots to be printed, sent out to absentee voters (most seniors vote absentee - mine are sent to me automatically) and they have time to return them. We use optical scan ballots state wide so we have a paper ballot that can be physically recounted in necessary.

        A progressive voice in the rightwing wilderness of Allegan County, Michigan!

        by Ken the Troll on Thu Mar 10, 2011 at 08:20:18 PM PST

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