Walker also (theoretically) can't do a lot of the things he's been doing, but he keeps on trying. However, given his earlier bluster at the White House to "stay out of Wisconsin's business," I'm hoping he still has some fear of federal laws and will restrain himself there. Of course, it would be fascinating to see how he would respond to any federal interference, but I think he might be just
smart enough to realize he needs to avoid that.http://crooksandliars.com/susie-madrak/wi-senate-majority-leader-lets-cat-ou
[State Senate Majority Leader Scott] FITZGERALD: Well if they flip the state senate, which is obviously their goal with eight recalls going on right now, they can take control of the labor unions. If we win this battle, and the money is not there under the auspices of the unions, certainly what you’re going to find is President Obama is going to have a much difficult, much more difficult time getting elected and winning the state of Wisconsin.
Emphasis mine. Confusion also mine. Yes, this would prevent large campaign contributions to Democratic candidates by said unions, but I'm not convinced they even need
large campaign contributions at this point. The Republicans have already done enough negative campaigning against themselves to last years; and I can already picture people sweeping in to vote and just selecting every Democrat they can find on the ballot.
The next election in Wisconsin happens 5 April, for State Supreme Court.http://www.thedailypage.com/isthmus/article.php?article=32705
"Two weeks ago, [Justice David] Prosser looked like he had a commanding lead," reflects Mike McCabe of Wisconsin Democracy Campaign. "Now this race has been made into a referendum on Scott Walker."
Prosser, an appointee of Gov. Tommy Thompson who was reelected without challenge in 2001, agrees this is happening, and he doesn't like it one bit: "They don't want to vote against my record; they want to vote against Scott Walker."
But even Prosser's supporters cast the April 5 election in partisan terms, seeing it as integral to Walker's determination to transform Wisconsin.
His opponent, JoAnne Kloppenburg, a state assistant attorney general, says she's running to "preserve the role of the court as a coequal and independent branch of government that serves as a check and balance on overreaching by the executive and legislative branches." Even so, she doesn't want to make this partisan, either, refusing to comment specifically on the current situation.
Since at least three separate legal complaints have already been filed against the Republican passage of the amended bill, the composition of the Supreme Court takes on extra, immediate importance.http://www.examiner.com/political-buzz-in-national/an-overview-of-legal-challenges-to-the-controversial-vote-wisconsin
And, just when you think Walker can't get any worse:http://www.examiner.com/political-buzz-in-national/governor-walker-admits-bill-is-fiscal-but-still-claims-no-quorum-is-needed
On the passage in either house of the legislature of any law which imposes, continues or renews a tax, or creates a debt or charge, or makes, continues or renews an appropriation of public or trust money, or releases, discharges or commutes a claim or demand of the state, the question shall be taken by yeas and nays, which shall be duly entered on the journal; and three−fifths of all the members elected to such house shall in all such cases be required to constitute a quorum therein.
They're not in conflict with that requirement for a quorum, but they are indeed fiscal. They give a fiscal benefit to the state, for the remainder of the year it'll allow us to save 30m, which allows us to save 1500 jobs, and for the next two years thereafter in the next budget it gives us the equivalent of $300 million worth of savings, which allows us to save 5-6,000 jobs.