Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Kochs are happy: WI anti-union law to take effect 6.29

Today's the last day of the Walkerville protest.
Wisconsin Secretary of State Doug LaFollette says he'll publish the state's anti-collective bargaining law on June 28, which means it will take effect the next day. New legal challenges will quickly be filed in the court.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that dissenting Justice Shirley Abrahamson excoriated the majority for their hasty decision.

Abrahamson wrote that the order seems to open the court unnecessarily to the charge that the majority has "reached a predetermined conclusion not based on the facts and the law, which undermines the majority's ultimate decision."
The majority justices "make their own findings of fact, mischaracterize the parties' arguments, misinterpret statutes, minimize (if not eliminate) Wisconsin constitutional guarantees, and misstate case law, appearing to silently overrule case law dating back to at least 1891," Abrahamson wrote.
The Koch brothers' had a hand in the re-election of David Prosser, who voted with the majority. A group called Citizens for a Strong America ran ads attacking Prosser's opponent. According to SourceWatch, CSA is nothing but a UPS drop box in Beaver Dam, Wisc.
CSA's website lists no employees, board members, or funders and an examination of its domain registration disclosed that it was registered to the same street address and building in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, as the controversial David Koch-led group "Americans for Prosperity" (AFP) by John W. Connors who is elsewhere listed as a leader of AFP.
If it looks like a duck....