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Normally I'm optomistic so I'm sorry to be a wet blanket or a rain cloud on the celebration parade, but this isn't a complete victory and we should realize that.  This glass is only half full.

While Judge Juan Colas, in striking down much of Act 10, a rammed through law virtually eliminating collective bargaining for public employees, is good news, there's also more to the story.

While local and municipal employees, as well as employees of school districts will have most of their union rights restored, Act 10 remains in affect for all state employees.

The law remains largely in force for state workers, though a federal judge struck down part of that section of the law as well earlier this year. But for city, county, and school workers the decision by Dane County Judge Juan Colas returns the law to its status before Walker signed his law in March 2011.

Colas ruled that the law violated workers' constitutional rights by denying to union workers certain powers available to their nonunion counterparts. The decision could still be overturned on appeal - the Supreme Court has already restored the law once in June 2011 after it was blocked by a different Dane County judge earlier that year.

"The decision essentially creates the (2011) status quo for municipal employees and school district employees because it declared that the essential provisions of Act 10 to be unconstitutional," said Lester Pines, an attorney for the Madison teachers and city of Milwaukee employees who are plaintiffs.

It was largely the state workers who began the Capitol protests starting the Saturday after information on Act 10 came out late on a Friday until busses could be arranged to get massive numbers of people to Madison starting Tuesday.  While those outside of Madison carpooled or drove to join the protests, the massive initial crowd of 35,000 didn't happen right away.  It was state union members who handled the coordinations of the sleep ins, distribution of donated food, and distribution of information.  

The other bad news is that JD Van Hollen, our Republican Attorney General, will once again issue an appeal to our 4:3 RW majority State Supreme Court as he has with other laws rammed through and quickly signed by Scott Walker.  

In fact Walker derided Colas as a "liberal activist judge" has already committed to the appeal and said he was confident that the State Supreme Court would overturn the ruling.

But, yes, let's celebrate what the ruling does:

Under Walker's law, both the state and local governments were prohibited from bargaining over anything besides a cost of living salary adjustment. Other issues such as health benefits, pensions, workplace safety and other work rules were strictly off limits.

Those can all now be bargained.

Good news for public workers who have seen their previous contract provisions for workplace safety and health get flushed down the toilet.  

Before I retired I was a public employee, a Registered Nurse working under a union contract.  My contract was lengthy.  About 2 pages were devoted to wages and benefits.  The dozens of other pages had to do with important matters like ensuring that there would be adequate staffing, enough ancillary personell so nurses could spend time with their patients rather than cleaning units and emptying trash cans, fairness in vacation selection and disciplinary hearings, maintainence of equipment,  a committee with management and employees to discuss workplace issues, and I could go on and on.

Union contracts aren't about wages and benefits alone.  Most of the contracts are about our working conditions which are the same as the conditions of our patients, students, or the public and having what we need to do our jobs.

So, yes, let's celebrate victory, but remember that the rights of our state workers have not been restored.  And remember that elections matter.  

Solidarity!

United citizens can defeat Citizens United.
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Update: Decent article here from the Wisconsin State Journal which highlighted what Act 10 has done in a little more than a year:

Not only did Act 10 bar automatic dues deductions and impose strict new rules to gain recognition from local governments, but the law so severely weakened collective bargaining power that many workers likely felt they had little incentive to remain in their unions.

A phone call I made recently to AFSCME Local 2412, which represents administrative employees at UW-Madison and UW-Baraboo, poignantly demonstrated the crisis.

“We no longer have office staff to answer your calls, but we do want to receive your message and one of the officers will return your call as soon as possible,” says the voice on the answering machine.

Another AFSCME local in New Berlin, which represented school custodians, recently contributed the remaining $10,000 in its coffers to a local food pantry after all of its members were laid off.

and adds:
“We’re really big into training our members on how to survive this new environment,” he says. Part of that is communicating with members and urging them to contribute voluntary dues.

It could be that the tough times will continue, as Walker said shortly after the ruling that he will appeal and that he’s confident of winning. It’s also important to note that Friday’s decision only pertains to county, city and school unions, not those for state workers.

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Originally posted to Puddytat on Fri Sep 14, 2012 at 04:51 PM PDT.

Also republished by Badger State Progressive, ClassWarfare Newsletter: WallStreet VS Working Class Global Occupy movement, and Progressive Hippie.

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  •  I'm just glad that anything at all happened to (15+ / 0-)

    upset their smug, pathetic selves.

    Thanks, puddy!!

    "Southern nights have you ever felt a southern night?" Allen Toussaint ~~Remember the Gulf of Mexico~~

    by rubyr on Fri Sep 14, 2012 at 04:57:13 PM PDT

  •  "Elections matter." (18+ / 0-)

    Good God, yes, Puddy.  AND, getting rid of an incumbent, whether by traditional election, or recall, is not easy.  That's why we want to get it right at the polls, the first time.  That's why Democrats have got to learn to see the mid terms as every bit as important as presidential elections, because really, they are.  If we haven't learned that from 2010, then we're hopeless.

    When I read about this, I knew it wasn't cause for dancing in the street-pinata-champagne bubbles celebrating.  I know the make up of the Wisconsin supreme court.  I know the chances of this ruling standing, are about equal to a snow flake's chance on a beach.

    Yet I do celebrate that there is a judge in Wisconsin who dropped his gravel on our side.  I'm sure he knows he will be quickly overturned.  But he did it anyway. He made a statement, he'll make a news cycle, he brought it all up for discussion, once again.

    I celebrate that. It is humbling to celebrate such small things, but OTOH, humility is a glorious thing, and almost always leads to better things.

    "A typical vice of American politics is the avoidance of saying anything real on real issues." Theodore Roosevelt.

    by StellaRay on Fri Sep 14, 2012 at 05:03:00 PM PDT

    •  I don't like being a wet blanket (10+ / 0-)

      but felt it was important to remember the state workers weren't included.  While fantastic news, state workers aren't sharing it and then, there's the State Supreme Court to consider.

      There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

      by Puddytat on Fri Sep 14, 2012 at 05:05:13 PM PDT

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      •  I understand, (10+ / 0-)

        and would never see you as a "wet blanket."  I totally got what you were saying, but at the same time, felt a bit of light shining in on a late Friday afternoon, and I know you did too.

        It is true that state workers are not included, but that's because the law suit was filed by teachers, and fairly, took on teacher's issues.  

        It's too soon to say how this will all play out, although if I were a betting woman, I'd bet a lot that the Wisconsin Supreme Court will strike down this judge's ruling.  In fact, I'd go as far to say they'll clear their desks quickly to do so.

        Still, the discussion will be had again. My deepest anger, and where I know you and I fly under the exact same wing, is that the local media in my beloved, once progressive home state has let its people down.  And I blame them more than Scott Walker.  I really do

        "A typical vice of American politics is the avoidance of saying anything real on real issues." Theodore Roosevelt.

        by StellaRay on Fri Sep 14, 2012 at 05:17:01 PM PDT

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        •  I share your feelings about our media (6+ / 0-)

          The days of real news is long gone, I fear.  It is, however, fascinating for the "new" media to continue to wonder why it is losing readers and viewers.  They need to be directed to the nearest mirror.

          There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

          by Puddytat on Fri Sep 14, 2012 at 05:20:18 PM PDT

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          •  I feel like I've seen a bit of a "tipping point" (5+ / 0-)

            lately with the national media, although don't see that happening in Wisconsin. Yet.

            But the internet has challenged the traditional media, and yes, it's taken a decade for that challenge to be meaty. But now, I believe it is becoming so.

            Long gone are the days when say, Tweety and others, dismissed blogs and bloggers.  Watching his show these days, it's quite apparent that his staff spends a lot of time on the internet to prepare each show.

            No longer are we dependent on the daily newspaper, beltway pundits, or 3 networks to give us our information.  In fact all of those, are now dependent on US to survive. Many left in those spaces have not come to that sad realization yet. Particularly locally. But it's not something they can argue with much longer.

            I love this saying: "The mills of the gods grind exceedingly slowly, but they grind exceedingly fine."  

            "A typical vice of American politics is the avoidance of saying anything real on real issues." Theodore Roosevelt.

            by StellaRay on Fri Sep 14, 2012 at 05:38:27 PM PDT

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        •  I agree the discussion will be had again (2+ / 0-)
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          And I too celebrate that there was a judge who sided with the people.  Walker can no longer pretend he made some changes, they are working and the people are fine with it.
          (Except those pesky protesters who are now ever present but were not in any other governors tenure)

          •  Walker is now having them (0+ / 0-)

            arrested.  See Giles Goat Boys diaries and others on DK.  His goon squad even hassled an ACLU Observer and threatened her with arrest.

            There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

            by Puddytat on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 10:28:48 AM PDT

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            •  Yes I know (0+ / 0-)

              I'm FB friends with some and get all the details.  When we were collecting signatures to recall Walker it was like there was an unwritten law that you could not disagree with him

              Well, now he has actually made disagreeing with him against the law.  That is another issue for the courts to take up.  Hopefully the ACLU will take it to the federal level

  •  The final chapter can't come sooner than 2015 (9+ / 0-)

    We've got to replace Scott Walker's veto pen and elect a moderate Assembly in 2016. Only then can a final spike be driven through Act 10. Today's news is about political skirmishing until then. But it is a good skirmish to win!

    We have to keep working for a breakthrough election this November. We WI Democrats will be all right if we can hold some leverage in the Assembly. That is if national and battleground state trends hold.

    Democrats need to parlay a November win into some quick policy changes. Our job is to get voters to tie an improving economy together with Democratic policies. If we do this, by the 2014 cycle Scott Walker, Grossman, and their ilk will be commonly seen for the odious dinosaurs they are.

    In that scale of things today's news is just a small dust-up. But it's a good one to win (so far) and winning it helps keep those dinosaurs in sight.

  •  Just gave my first TV interview (15+ / 0-)

    Minneapolis TV station came out to our local Dem office and wanted to talk to someone about this case. My spouse the candidate was out of town... since I've been active and am a county supervisor I was drafted. (They wanted a pretty face and got me instead.)

    Whew. I think I did OK, but I've got some newfound sympathy for Rick Perry (what was that third agency I was going to eliminate?).

    As I told the reporter - this case is a positive step. Yes, it's likely to be appealed. He asked me how this would fare in our supreme court, surely I knew what that was like... and I replied that we haven't yet read the decision, but again, it's a positive first step.

    A step towards getting back to the Wisconsin where we all sit down and solve our problems together, where we work with our neighbors, not fight with them.

    And so I will be optimistic, but my optimism will be tempered by the reality of the ups and downs of the past 20 months, and how we need to work for the upcoming election.

    •  If there's a linky available (2+ / 0-)
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      after it airs, please let us know.

      Yeah, being interviewed on camera is tough.  You'll get used to it.

      There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

      by Puddytat on Fri Sep 14, 2012 at 08:02:37 PM PDT

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    •  Well said, Mike. Congrats on the TV (7+ / 0-)

      interview----scary though it might have been.  That's great that you got a chance to get your viewpoint out on this ruling by Judge Colas.  One of the darn Madison stations had the always-ridiculous and terribly annoying Glen Grothman in an interview and, of course, he was furious and blustering that he wanted this ruling appealed directly to the WI Supreme Court.  Anything that annoys Glennie (and he was VERY annoyed), makes me happy.  I had a glass of wine in celebration!  If nothing else, the Colas ruling now puts the onus on the Walker maladministration to find a way to justify what they did via ACT 10.  

      We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both. Louis D. Brandeis

      by 3goldens on Fri Sep 14, 2012 at 08:10:08 PM PDT

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      •  Ugh Grothman (3+ / 0-)
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        The annoying slob and pestulant infestation on our state.  My condolences.  My own teabagging goober is the destible Leah Vukmir.

        There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

        by Puddytat on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 12:14:30 AM PDT

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        •  Grothman and/or Vukmir might run for Congress... (2+ / 0-)
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          ...when Sensenbrenner retires. I would consider replacing Sensenbrenner with either Grothman or Vukmir a net loss for this country's health, and Sensenbrenner is a noted RWNJ in his own right.

          That whole region of Wisconsin is full of people who think that even "Tailgunner" Joe McCarthy was "too liberal", and McCarthy was Michele Bachmann before Michele Bachmann.

          Joe Lieberman, Mike Madigan, Andrew Cuomo, and Tim Cullen...why are they Democrats?

          by DownstateDemocrat on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 06:24:16 AM PDT

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          •  I doubt Vukmir would even attempt it (1+ / 0-)
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            She's miserable at town halls (the one I went to featured Senslessbrenner himself because she can't do one on her own).  She's a dull brained extremist who can't even do a baloney word salad presentation ala Palin.  She'd never survive a debate.

            Just my humble opinion.

            There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

            by Puddytat on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 10:31:29 AM PDT

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  •  the reasoning would apply to state workers, (3+ / 0-)
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    so if the decision is upheld (and I doubt it will be), the state workers can prevail on the same theory (except for the home rule section, of course)

  •  Not trying to be wet blanket either (2+ / 0-)
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    but just encountered a neighbor this evening who opined "well you guys just woke up the We Stand with Walker" crowd again.  In my 'hood, there were 9 homes with those yard signs during the recall--only 2 now have Romney-Ryan yard signs.  Wonder if that will increase after this judge's ruling?

    •  Like the "stand with walker" crowd (8+ / 0-)

      would vote for Obama... Lawn signs don't vote.

      When you take a look at the voting dynamics in Wisconsin, we get a much higher turnout for presidential years. For example, in a non-pres year it takes about 10000 votes to win my Assembly district; in a presidential year, about 16500.

      A very, very high percentage of those extra voters vote Democrats. Unfortunately, most R-leaners are more disciplined and more consistent voters.

    •  The Walker Recall campaign (2+ / 0-)
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      went door to door asking everyone if it was OK to put up a lawn sign - they even paid some people to put them up (particularly in rural areas or high visibility corners).

      Polls don't vote.  Signs don't vote.  People vote.

      There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

      by Puddytat on Fri Sep 14, 2012 at 08:04:31 PM PDT

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      •  I think you mean it was Walker's people (2+ / 0-)
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        DownstateDemocrat, Puddytat

        who went out door to door during the recall campaign to get people to put up pro-Walker signs.

        The real Walker Recall campaign was you and the other informed, caring people, especially including the signature gatherers, in Wisconsin, plus most of the Badgers posting at Daily Kos.

        •  His recall campaign workers - yes (1+ / 0-)
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          I phrased that bady.  It's hard to think of what to call it.  

          Perhaps the anti-recall, ass-saving, extremism hiding, spending tens of millions, thank God I got RW media all over the state that's helping me campaign.

          There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

          by Puddytat on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 10:35:29 AM PDT

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    •  In the recall election (2+ / 0-)
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      Having spent $34 million plus countless more by outside groups, Walker received 1,335,585 votes.

      McCain got 1,262,393 in 2008 out of 2,983,417 votes cast.

      So if all the "Stand with Walker"-ites show up - including in that number the Dem-leaners who were persuaded to vote against the concept of recall - and remembering that the folk who go out and vote in midterms and recalls are going to be the first to line up at the ballot box in Presidential elections anyway, then I don't see this having any effect on the Presidential race at all.

      Remember also that the recall exit poll had Obama up over Romney 51-44.  Granted, that was before Romney picked the Velveetahead Ryan to run with, but it's also before Romney started speaking to anyone but the GOP base.

      Fake candidates nominated by the GOP for the recalls: 6 out of 7. Fake signatures on the recall petitions: 4 out of 1,860,283.

      by GeoffT on Fri Sep 14, 2012 at 08:12:48 PM PDT

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  •  Meat of the decision (7+ / 0-)

    On pages 15&16:

    [under Act 10] Employees may associate for the purpose of being the exclusive agent in collective bargaining only if they give up the right to negotiate and receive wage increases greater than the cost of living.
    [...]
    [these sections of Act 10] single out and encumber the rights of those employees who choose union membership and representation solely because of that association and therefore infringe upon the rights of free speech and association guaranteed by both the Wisconsin and United States Constitutions.
    Judge Sumi's injunction against Act 10 last year was made on the basis of the violation of the Open Meetings Law that took place in passing it; the WisSC removed that using the (incredibly dangerous) reasoning that laws do not apply to the legislative process.

    With Judge Colás' decision rooted in state and federal Constitutions, Prosser et al would either have to take the utterly ridiculous the Constitution does not apply to the legislative process tack, or else actually point out deficiencies in Colás' legal reasoning.

    Further, the use of the United States Constitution means that the only part in which the WisSC would have the last word is the declaring null and void §62.623 (which was found to violate Article I Section 12 of the Wisconsin Constitution in prohibiting the City of Milwaukee from making pension contributions on behalf of employees, thus impairing the obligation of contracts).  Actually this bit is odd, because in the judgment that statute is found to be against the contract clauses in both Constitutions, but in the order it is singled out as being solely in violation of the Wisconsin Constitution.  Weird.

    Fake candidates nominated by the GOP for the recalls: 6 out of 7. Fake signatures on the recall petitions: 4 out of 1,860,283.

    by GeoffT on Fri Sep 14, 2012 at 07:20:40 PM PDT

    •  I'm not a lawyer so I can only (4+ / 0-)
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      hope that the Judge wrote the decision carefully.  It really will be hard for Supreme Court Justices - even the 4 rabid RWrs on our State Supreme Court to overrule the constitution, but it wouldn't be the first time (Bush v. Gore rapidly comes to mind).

      I'm hopeful that the state employees can gain their rights back.  I'm not certain if they have a lawsuit going on this, if not, perhaps this decision might encourage one.  It's sad they're discluded in the decision.

      The only way to completely rid ourselves of this is to keep the Dem majority in the State Senate and gain lots of seats in the Assembly.  While I would love to get Assembly majority, right now that's pretty much of a long shot considering the huge Republican majority.  In 2014 we get another shot at a new Governor and improving majorities so we can rid ourselves of Act 10 along with many other rammed through extremist laws.

      Until then it's been the courts that have reigned in a few excesses like our Voter ID Law and now Act 10.  

      There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

      by Puddytat on Fri Sep 14, 2012 at 08:11:23 PM PDT

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      •  If downballot votes are party line (2+ / 0-)
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        ... and swings are even across the state vs the 2008 Presidential race, then an Assembly majority happens at D+6.6.

        In a repeat of 2008's Obama +13.9 and the new districts, the Assembly would be D 72-27 R.

        Fake candidates nominated by the GOP for the recalls: 6 out of 7. Fake signatures on the recall petitions: 4 out of 1,860,283.

        by GeoffT on Fri Sep 14, 2012 at 08:32:39 PM PDT

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        •  Though incumbents have an advantage (6+ / 0-)

          especially in years not immediately after redistricting. Remember that we only got a bare Democratic majority in 2008, because people like Keith Ripp in Lodi were able to hang on to their districts (Ripp only won by 23 votes!).

          That said, there is one more election we should concern ourselves with. That is Roggensack's retention election. If Roggensack can be somehow defeated, FitzWalkerstan can then be chipped away at in the courts in earnest.

          Male, 22, -4.75/-6.92, born and raised TN-05, now WI-02, remorseless supporter of Walker's recall. Pocan for Congress and Baldwin for Senate!

          by fearlessfred14 on Fri Sep 14, 2012 at 08:41:03 PM PDT

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        •  Getting the Asembly is a dream (4+ / 0-)

          I often have.  

          Sadly, our media is awful, Republican friendly (repeating their memes, ignoring or suppressing their faults, and hammering Dems) and the GOP donor base floods money in.  That's the real reason the Red Tide happened here and elsewhere (and yes, independents disappointed in the no real change stayed home).

          However, optimistic me thinks it might be possible if the Republican vote was depressed and we got huge turnout - massive turnout like 2008.  We're already working hard on that, but fighting the media, the paid ads, and dirty tricks are all against us.  The money avalanche and the lies they tell spread like wildfire.  And people working 2 jobs think they're informed if they watch the first 15 minutes of al lousy newscast or listen to talk radio (all RW) while in their car.  

          Republicans know this and, of course, are taking full advantage.  They have already planned to bring in an army of "poll watchers" from out of state to intimidate voters in Democratic areas.  

          On top of that, there were disturbing things found in the Van Waangaard/Lehman State Senate recount that had a couple of statewide progressive groups trying to get funds for a full recount.  Exit polling was very, very different from actual results and that spells trouble for election observers in countries that have, shall we say, less than honest elections.  And one of those countries, I fear, is this one.  Since it's all Diebold machines here running secretive software, many are wondering about result reporting integrity.  

          We have to get Tammy Baldwin in the Senate (drunken Tommy Thompson speaks to only friendlies and is very scripted) and elect Dems downticket in all the races.  Also, Paul Ryan's defeat in Congress is something lots of people are working hard on.

          I have hopes that Republicans will continue their foot in mouth disease and maybe, just maybe, our media can once again be the purveyers of truth rather than stenographers for RW talking points.

          There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

          by Puddytat on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 12:28:18 AM PDT

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          •  The Lake County, Illinois clerk (a Republican)... (2+ / 0-)
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            ...actually traveled to Wisconsin in order snatch ballots from voters in SD-21 in an apparent attempt to screw Lehman over.

            The Republicans threw every single trick in the book at John Lehman in an attempt to stop him, but Lehman STILL won!

            Joe Lieberman, Mike Madigan, Andrew Cuomo, and Tim Cullen...why are they Democrats?

            by DownstateDemocrat on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 06:39:58 AM PDT

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            •  They'll dream up more dirty tricks (1+ / 0-)
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              I'm worried about our black box vote counting system.  How can exit polling be so totally different from the actual results unless there's some kind of funny program running the tallies?

              There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

              by Puddytat on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 10:37:00 AM PDT

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              •  Any voting system that doesn't leave a paper trail (0+ / 0-)

                ...of some kind is automatically considered suspicious by me.

                Here in Illinois (at least the part of Illinois I live in, Vermilion County), we have an optical scan-type voting system where ballots are printed on heavy-duty paper, and votes are cast by a machine that takes the ballot and reads which oval(s) are filled in to determine how one voted.

                Any voting system that uses any sort of computer technology whatsoever can be rigged to unfairly influence the outcome of an election for certain candidate(s).

                Joe Lieberman, Mike Madigan, Andrew Cuomo, and Tim Cullen...why are they Democrats?

                by DownstateDemocrat on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 10:55:17 AM PDT

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      •  Lori Compas quoted the main part on the decision (1+ / 0-)
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        ...on her Facebook page:

        still reading.... "When the government elects to permit collective bargaining it may not make the surrender or restriction of a constitutional right a condition of that privilege." BOOM
        If Walker and his cabal continue their right-wing thuggery, Lori Compas may very well be the next Governor of Wisconsin. I've actually heard rumors from a couple of people who are originally from Wisconsin but have moved to my neck of the woods in Illinois that she may be privately considering whether or not to run for governor in 2014.

        Whether or not she decides to run for public office again, I will say this about her: she is probably the single most intelligent person in all of Wisconsin, and even she had to have her friends explain the court decision striking down Act 10 to her! While most Wisconsin Democrats/Progresives were quick to celebrate the court decision, Lori Compas had her friends explain the decision to her.

        Joe Lieberman, Mike Madigan, Andrew Cuomo, and Tim Cullen...why are they Democrats?

        by DownstateDemocrat on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 06:35:20 AM PDT

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        •  That's the reason I felt compelled (0+ / 0-)

          to post this diary.  People were celebrating, but there are a few flies in this ointment.  Sadly, there was little viewership so most folks are totally going with all the good news.

          This isn't over at all.

          There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

          by Puddytat on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 10:39:09 AM PDT

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