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Walker and the GOP were dealt a setback Friday afternoon, when a Dane County judge issued a temporary restraining order, blocking publication of the bill.  

Dane County DA, Ismael Ozanne, had filed suit on the grounds that Republicans had violated the state's Open Meetings Law by forcing a vote with less than two hours notice.  In the suit, Ozanne sought to block Secretary of State Doug Lafollette from publishing the bill.  In Wisconsin, a law takes effect the day following publication by the secretary of state.

It occurred to me at the time that, if you were a Republican state senator looking for an escape hatch, this might be it.  Republican state senators Luther Olsen, Dan Kapanke and Randy Hopper are among those considered most vulnerable to recall efforts.

If you're one of these three, you might not be pleased at the prospect of having to recast the vote that likely ended your career because your leadership failed to follow the Open Meetings law.

Late this afternoon, GOP leaders said that they have no plans to revote on the budget repair bill.  This could be a very interesting development, and a signal that Republicans are now looking for a way out.

Republican legislative leaders have no plans to reconvene either the Senate or Assembly for the purpose of voting again on a bill that sharply limits collective bargaining for government employees.

Andrew Welhouse, a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau), said in an e-mail on Saturday that Republicans will stick to the appeals process after Dane County Circuit Judge Maryann Sumi decided on Friday to issue a temporary restraining order to halt publication of the measure.

Judge Sumi's ruling on this issue has been seen by many as a minor procedural hurtle.  Republicans could just revote, making sure this time to follow the 24-hour notice requirement of the Open Meeting Law.

Today's announcement makes you wonder if the politics of having to cast yet another incredibly unpopular vote, now that recall efforts are really heating up, have made some in the Republican caucus revolt against the leadership.

Originally posted to jazmen8 on Sat Mar 19, 2011 at 03:29 PM PDT.

Also republished by Badger State Progressive and Progressive Hippie.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Just Until Recall Deadline Expires Maybe nt (5+ / 0-)
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    Lujane, thomask, Ckntfld, xaxnar, cyeko
  •  that is really interesting..I'm sure Walker (8+ / 0-)

    would insist on it coming back up for another vote..but they do have an exit door now if they want provided the bill is thrown out..

    that would save the state from a  lot of grief..

    perhaps the fear of losing the recalls will make them think about it..

  •  It could also mean that (1+ / 0-)
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    they think they have the court case locked up tight.

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White

    by zenbassoon on Sat Mar 19, 2011 at 05:05:53 PM PDT

  •  The rethugs have yet, to my knowledge, (1+ / 0-)
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    even have the basic emotions of shame, regret, doubt, fear (unless you count bigotry as fear of the "other".)
    You and I might take pause and think - well maybe this wasn't such a great idea and certainly maybe not a CAREER enhancing move, but will they?  After all, they seem to have Koch and Koch's billions backing them.  Maybe they will get to be lobbyists on behalf of Koch if they fail?

    My Grandma Daisy: "If you are right and the other fellow is wrong, it is your duty to set him straight!"

    by glitterscale on Sat Mar 19, 2011 at 05:42:09 PM PDT

    •  I hear you (1+ / 0-)
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      But, I wondered why they even announced anything, and on a Saturday, no less.

      This thing is fast-moving, and the situation on the ground has changed a lot in a week.  Recalls of Republicans are off and running, recalls of the Democrats, not so much.

      Whatever they told those Senate Republicans in the hours of caucusing leading up to the 'vote' might not be as compelling as what they are seeing and hearing now.

  •  Very interesting! (2+ / 0-)
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    jedennis, Odysseus

    Just like it took them months to pass the union-stripping bills by divorcing it from the budget bill.  They could have done that any time, but some in that caucus sure wanted the fig leaf.

    So it took some whipping, clearly, to get them all to line up and toe that party line, the first vote.

    Now, the fact that they are reluctant to cast the same vote again, simply and easily sidestep the whole legal challenge,


  •  Head scratcher, for sure. (1+ / 0-)
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    I wonder if the Republicans have to go through the whole 9 yards again - public hearings, votes in both houses, etc. Public hearings, if required, would be miserable for the Republicans. Opens the capitol up again, drums are going to bang again, the whole shebang.

    Hopeful, I think.

  •  Is this possible? (1+ / 0-)
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    Could a Senator claim the vote should be invalid because he was under duress of some sort and everything happened so fast he did not get a chance to view the entire bill.

  •  I was surprised by that announcement (4+ / 0-)
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    jazmen8, badger, JamieG from Md, ruleoflaw

    from the Repugs.  It's fodder for quite a guessing game.  Over the past few weeks, the Repugs have sent a lot of mixed messages.  And in several instances they would say one thing and then, within about 24 hours, do something completely opposite of what they originally said.  So, I have to wonder if this statement from them will remain "operative" or if there will be some kind of crazy emergency flurry that will break out caused by their pulling a fast one on the Dems again.

    At the same time, there were rumors that the reason Scotty Fitz changed the wording and rammed the change through the Senate (minus the Dems) was because he thought his caucus might break under the pressure.  And I have to wonder if there are not some Repubs in the Assembly who are not happy with the iron fist approach Walker has used.  As shocking as his actions have been to the voters, I honestly think that there are those in the Repub caucuses who are turned off by Walker.  This absolute disrespect towards those in the Dem Party as well as in-your-face arrogance towards the voters of this State is NOT business as usual here.  

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

    by 3goldens on Sat Mar 19, 2011 at 06:38:17 PM PDT

    •  Taking these Republicans at face value? (2+ / 0-)
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      MouseNoMore, 3goldens

      Fool me once, shame on you.  Fool me after your eleventy billionth lie, shame on me.  I mean, you also said you wouldn't hold a vote like you did in the first place, that the debt HAD to be refinanced by Feb. 28, that the bill doesn't gut collective bargaining, that the emails were in your favor, that the capitol needed $7.5 million in repairs, that the protestors were outside agitators, that 8,000 emails is more than 250,000 protestors...

      I have heard the same things about the vote being rammed through because Republicans were wavering.  It's really the only explanation that makes sense.  Why wait weeks to do what you could have done in the first place?  The other explanation, of course, is that they are just really bad at all of this.

  •  Koch puppets will try another judge first (1+ / 0-)
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    That way, if they get the ruling they want, they can just claim that "democracy was served" with a chance of far less of a backlash to the six Republican Senators who stand a realistic chance of being recalled.  So far, very few town hall meetings have occurred in individual districts for elected representatives to address questions from voters face-to-face.  The only one that showed up on local news was one at the Wauwatosa Public Library where parasites Leah Vukmir and Jim Senselessbrenner cut and ran when confronted with the reality that a packed-to-capacity room of angry constituents weren't going to give them a free pass on this shitty bill of cooked up Koch brothers hash.  If a federal level rep like Senselessbrenner, an incumbent in as ruby-red of a district as there ever could be, couldn't bail out Vukmir, an R who's district is purple on a good day, then what chances do hacks like Kapanke and Hopper have walking into a town hall meeting in the weeks ahead if poll numbers get worse for them.  These Republicans know from watching several Tea Party astroturfed tantrums at town hall events on the national level during the health care debate how a majority party can lose the narrative very quickly and many of these Republican Senators are extremely afraid to face their constituents in person and that's just on the collective bargaining issue by itself.  If more of what's in the bill comes to light before these recall elections, the odds get worse for Republicans if they can't get control of the narrative.  If they are seen as voting for a bill a second time in the near future and the bill is even MORE UNPOPULAR THAN BEFORE, they risk appearing even more unaccountable to the majority of the public.    

  •  I suspect the worst... (2+ / 0-)
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    myboo, We Won

    ...considering what we've already seen from this crew. I'd redouble recall efforts at this point before they try to double down.

    "No special skill, no standard attitude, no technology, and no organization - no matter how valuable - can safely replace thought itself."

    by xaxnar on Sat Mar 19, 2011 at 07:18:51 PM PDT

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