by the Left Coast Rebel
Fox News just reported that a Wisconsin judge named Maryann Sumi has blocked Wisconsin's recent "anti-union" law.
Before we move along, imagine the irony of the Circuit Court Judge's name -- Sumi, or "sue-me" -- blocking the historic Wisconsin recently signed by Wisconsin governor Scott Walker.
The basics of the news today from JSOnline.com:
What does it all mean? Ed Morrissey cuts to the chase:
Dane County Circuit Judge Maryann Sumi issued a temporary restraining order Friday, barring the publication of Gov. Scott Walker’s law that would sharply curtail collective bargaining for public employees.
Sumi’s order will prevent Secretary of State Doug La Follette from publishing the law – and allowing it to take effect – until she can rule on the merits of the case. Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne is seeking to block the law because he says a legislative committee violated the state’s open meetings law in passing the measure, which Walker signed on Friday.
Sumi said Ozanne was likely to succeed on the merits.
“It seems to me the public policy behind effective enforcement of the open meeting law is so strong that it does outweigh the interest, at least at this time, which may exist in favor of sustaining the validity of the (law),” she said.
It seems this issue in Wisconsin and union thuggery in general are just starting to heat up. We are nowhere near a conclusion regarding union freeloaders vs. bled-to-death taxpayers (other than in my Once-Golden State of California where overpaid freeloader public unions -- I know, that's incredibly redundant -- have nothing but blue skies ahead, thanks to their guy in the Governor's Mansion).
However, this is strictly a ruling on the process used to enact the law. If it came down to it, the Wisconsin legislature could simply pass it again, and it could do so rather quickly. The TRO is not based on any defect in the legislation itself.
I’d expect the legislature to take that up very quickly. I’d also expect some of the protesters to return in anticipation of that effort, although most of them probably won’t get away with taking more sick time to do so. Walker and the GOP could render this issue moot by Monday or Tuesday of next week, if need be, although they’d be wise not to tip their hand until Monday.
Discussion over at Memeorandum.