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Government Unions ticked off because Andrew Cuomo doing pretty decent job cutting New York state’s budget
YNN: Last year, the Public Employees Federation broke ranks with two of its public sector colleagues – NYSUT and CSEA – to endorse Gov. Andrew Cuomo even as many union members were concerned by his pledge (laid out in the “New New York Agenda,” remember that?) to freeze state worker salaries and push other policies that considered unpalatable by the labor community.
Now that PEF is deadlocked in contract negotiations with the Cuomo administration, its president, Ken Brynien, is experiencing a bit of buyer’s remorse.
Speaking to Susan Arbetter on “The Capitol Pressroom” this morning, Brynien said PEF had endorsed Cuomo because “there were things that he was saying that we agreed with and made sense.” That included cutting back on the use of outside consultants and reducing the number of public authorities through the SAGE Commission.
But now the SAGE Commission has met only a handful of times and is not likely to make any recommendations in this session. Plus, the whole outside consultant discussion has been relegated to the back burner, Brynien said.
Huge victory for Gov Scott Walker, taxpayers, and freedom as WI Supreme Court upholds his public sector union law
Dopey liberal judge’s decision in lower court overturned in socko ruling.
MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL: Acting with unusual speed, the state Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered the reinstatement of Gov. Scott Walker’s controversial plan to end most collective bargaining for tens of thousands of public workers.
The court found that a committee of lawmakers was not subject to the state’s open meetings law, and so did not violate that law when it hastily approved the collective bargaining measure in March and made it possible for the Senate to take it up. In doing so, the Supreme Court overruled a Dane County judge who had halted the legislation, ending one challenge to the law even as new challenges are likely to emerge.
The changes on collective bargaining will take effect once Secretary of State Doug La Follette arranges for official publication of the stalled bill, and the high court said there was now nothing to preclude him from doing that. La Follette did not return a call Tuesday to say when the law would be published.
The ruling came on lines that have become familiar in recent years for the often divided court.
BEN SAYS: Impossible to overstate the magnitude of this victory. This should encourage many other governors to follow suit and is a devastating psychological blow to the public sector unions. There should be no public sector unions, as Franklin Roosevelt said. There is an inherhent conflict of interest when the politicians and government unions can collude against the taxpayer to raise their own salaries and benefits, while the unions line the campaign warchests with donations of politicians who vote their way.
FLASHBACK: Union goon says Tea Party “a bunch of d*ck sucking corporate butt-lickers”
Remember, these are the people teaching America’s children
Now watch this union protester literally foam at the mouth. Challenges Tea Partier to boxing match . . .
SEAN TRENDE-REAL CLEAR POLITICS: If it holds up, the 7,316-vote victory claimed Monday night by Wisconsin Supreme Court Judge David Prosser over Democratic challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg would be a blow to liberals in the state. Prosser is a longtime Republican state legislator, and his victory would give conservatives a working 4-3 majority on the state’s high court.
Regardless of who eventually comes out ahead in the seemingly inevitable recount, however, Wisconsin clearly remains a bright “purple” state. This reality has significant implications for the upcoming recall elections, which we can now examine in more detail.
Overall, the prospects for a Democratic takeover of the state Senate this year appear slim, and are largely tied to the outcome in a district where the incumbent’s personal problems will likely play a larger role in the outcome than any backlash against the Walker administration. Indeed, Democrats could conceivably lose a seat or two, as they have some vulnerable members.
No new civility happening in Madison, Wisconsin, as government union thugs and other assorted Obama-style leftists took to the streets to protest a peaceful Tea Party rally.
These Leftists evidently equate patriotism and the National Anthem with the Tea Party. So when the National Anthem was played, these government union protesters just couldn’t restrain themselves (even for P.R. purposes).
Like Obama, they just don’t like this country very much.
You would think these liberals would at least pretend to be patriotic, if for no other reason than to win this political battle. But they just can’t help themselves. Their true colors always show through in the frenzy of the moment. Michelle has more of these public moments of candor (P.R. slip-ups, political gaffes) than Barack because she’s not a disciplined politician.
But they’re all birds of a feather. They all believe pretty much the same thing — that the United States of America is a problem. America is an Inconvenient Truth for liberals because America has shown that freedom actually works . . . and socialism doesn’t.
JAMES TARANTO-WALL STREET JOURNAL: The candidate on the losing end of Wisconsin’s hotly contested state Supreme Court race has started raising money for a recount,” the Associated Press reports in a dispatch this morning that could have been written any time in the past 2½ days. The AP buries the lead in a shallow grave, the second paragraph:
JoAnne Kloppenburg’s campaign manager, Melissa Mulliken, said Friday that fundraising efforts for a recount have begun, but she stopped short of saying the candidate would request one.
Huh? Didn’t Kloppenburg declare victory Wednesday, sitting atop a lead of more than 200 votes (out of some 1.5 million)? Didn’t MoveOn.org’s Steve Hughes confirm this in an email yesterday? Yes, he did:
We just had a HUGE win!!
I’m literally breathless. I’m witnessing history. Incumbent candidates for the Wisconsin Supreme Court generally get re-elected in a landslide. But in the general election yesterday, progressive JoAnne Kloppenburg closed the gap and, with 100% of precincts reporting, has beating [sic] conservative justice David Prosser!
We’ll bet Hughes is taking a HUGE breath now. Literally!!
JOHN MCCORMACK-WEEKLY STANDARD: Scott Walker was finished.
It was Wednesday, March 9, and Governor Walker had decided to visit the Wisconsin State Capitol before he headed off to give his “Ag Day” speech that afternoon.
Walker figured he had been very patient. Four weeks earlier he had proposed his budget repair bill, and he had the votes to pass it. But one week after that, all 14 Democratic state senators fled to Illinois to deny Republicans the quorum they thought necessary to hold a vote on the legislation. In the days that followed, top Republican legislators and senior aides to Walker spoke regularly with Democrats in an effort to forge a compromise—several times believing that they had reached a tentative understanding that would allow the senate to take up the controversial measure, only to have the agreement collapse. The more this happened the less likely a compromise seemed.
The Iowa House has approved a bill that overhauls the state’s collective bargaining law and reduces workers’ negotiating rights.
The bill now goes to the Senate, where it is not expected to pass. Republicans who support the bill control the House, while Democrats have a majority in the Senate.
The measure would force state workers to pay at least $100 a month toward the cost of their health care and would not allow them to negotiate layoff procedures.
Backers say the measure is needed to cut costs, while critics say it’s part of a national assault on public employee unions.
The House voted along party lines to approve the bill 58 to 38. Four representatives did not vote.
Senate Democrats say they have no intention of allowing debate on it.
WAUSA DAILY HERALD: State Sens. Joe Leibham and Glenn Grothman said they are among as many as 18 Republican senators who received a death threat following their votes to eliminate most collective bargaining powers for public workers.
The threat was sent in an e-mail late Wednesday with the subject, “Death threat!!!! Bomb!!!!” according to a copy of the letter released by Grothman’s office. The e-mail also was addressed to Sen. Pam Galloway, R-Wausau.
Grothman, R-West Bend, said the e-mail is the latest example of “a new height in incivility.” He said in recent weeks he has received obscene phone calls at all hours of the night, been jostled at the Capitol and has been shouted down during interviews.