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Judge rejects request to reinstate Wisconsin union busting law

According to the Associated Press (AP) Dane County District Judge Juan Colas has rejected the state of Wisconsin’s request to put on hold his earlier ruling striking down large portions of Republican Tea Party (GOTP) Governor Scott Walker’s contentious collective bargaining law.

Judge Colas ruled in September that the law stripping most public workers of nearly all their union rights violates teachers and local government workers’ free speech, free association and equal protection rights.

Of course it was Republican Tea Party (GOTP) Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen had begged for a stay while he appeals the September decision and Van Hollen’s spokeswoman Dana Brueck says he’ll now ask the court of appeals to issue a stay.

While the wheels of justice turn agonizingly slow, they do turn and occasionally they actually turn in favor of those being trodden upon. Judge Colas’ ruling is the correct ruling as the union busting law was thrust through the state legislature in an overt attempt to crush unions in the state while the Governor was bargaining with the likes of the Koch Brothers promising to essentially hand over the state to private business interests.

 
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Posted by on October 22, 2012 in Unions

 

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Tea Party says Romney Better Move to Right?

According to news reports the Tea Party (whoever that really is) following an upset primary win by Tea Party (TP) backed Ted Cruz in Texas is telling the presumptive Republican Tea Party (GOTP) presidential nominee Willard Mitt Romney he better start toeing the mark.

Tea Party backed Republican Texas Senate candidate Rafael Edward Cruz

“These guys [newly elected Tea Party candidates]” are going to force Romney to the right,” said Andrea Shell, a spokeswoman for Tea Party group Freedom Works. “That is our entire mission.”

Cruz won the Texas Republican primary Tuesday night, which considering it is Texas is a virtual win in November as well.

His victory appears – at least on the surface – to be the latest in a string of TP candidates to use anti-establishment frustration within the party to overcome the seemingly deep pockets of more “traditional” conservative candidates; meaning it’s possible to defeat money in the general election folks – even the seemingly bottomless pockets of the Koch Brothers.

“If we can elect a really conservative House and Senate that will force Romney to go along with our bold conservative agenda,” Shell said. “He’s going to have to really, really go to the right. He’ll be working with guys in the House and Senate. He won’t be able to get away with too many middle of the road policies, especially on things like the deficit.”

Of course, first you have to be able to elect “a really conservative House and Senate”, which is unlikely; and second, Willard has be elected President, something also increasingly at odds with the current political trends in poll after poll, but certainly something that could change as Americans are nothing if not fickle.

“If the Tea Party says it wants Romney to move right, I think, that’s were Romney is going anyway,” Newton Leroy Gingrich, former House speaker (who resigned after multiple extra-marital affairs were revealed) and failed GOTP presidential candidate, told ABCNews.com.

“Romney has endorsed the Ryan budget plan, opposed tax increases, and indicated he supports the full repeal of Obamacare. That’s a pretty activist opening day,” Gingrich said.

Yeah, but having that “pretty activist opening day” is a long shot at best, and your candidate just doesn’t seem to have the moxie to pull that off.

“You have to think of Romney as having a foot in the Tea Party and a foot in the establishment,” he said, adding, “that’s right where the Republicans want him.”

Yes, Willard’s trying to have it both ways, being part of the TP and part of the more traditional side of the party; problem with playing both sides is sooner or later you have to choose because a “house divided against itself cannot stand” observed on rather famous former Republican President.

The problem with the Tea Partistas is they just don’t want a candidate simply moving their way they want them completely indoctrinated and marinated in the TP way of life. Romney’s already moved so far to the right during the primaries he’s bending himself into a pretzel to show he’s not some right-wing lunatic, and it’s only adding to the political perception that he’s a flip-flopping etch-a-sketch candidate.

As former Democratic Speaker of the House used to say, “All politics are local”; winning a senate seat in Texas is one thing – especially in a deeply red state, taking those fringe far-right bumper sticker talking points and winning a national election for the presidency is entirely different. The TP had one of its own on the ticket in 2008 and the result was a resounding defeat.

 
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Posted by on August 2, 2012 in 2012 Election, Tea Party

 

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Koch brothers have tentacles in Cain’s campaign?

Republican Tea Party (GOTP) presidential hopeful Herman Cain keeps telling people he’s the outsider, but there’s a deep dark secret he isn’t sharing; the “Pizza Man’s” economic ideas, support and organization are allegedly tied to the two billionaire Koch brothers, the same who bankroll right-leaning causes through their PAC “Americans for Prosperity” (AFP). Of course it’s their prosperity they’re talking about not ours, as in “Americans”.

The Koch’s have many former staff inside Cain’s campaign, such as his campaign manager and a number of other aides who’ve worked for AFP, which has operatives constantly lobbying for lower taxes and less government regulation and spending, spreading their wealth amongst their GOTP owned politicians.

Cain’s attachment to AFP has been going on for years, and the so-called “outsider” has credited a member of the AFP advisory board with helping devise his “9-9-9” plan. The Pizza Man’s been speaking at AFP events for years working on building of loyal grassroots fans.

According to the Associated Press (AP) the AFP tapped Cain as the public face of its “Prosperity Expansion Project,” and he traveled the country in 2005 and 2006 speaking to activists who were starting state-based AFP chapters from Wisconsin to Virginia. Through his AFP work he met Mark Block, a longtime Wisconsin Republican operative hired to lead that state’s AFP chapter in 2005 as he rebounded from an earlier campaign scandal that derailed his career.

Block and Cain sometimes traveled together as they built up AFP: Cain was the charismatic speaker preaching the ills of big government; Block was the operative helping with nuts and bolts.

After President Barack Obama’s election, Cain became a draw at growing AFP-backed rallies, impressing activists with his mix of humor and rhetoric against the President’s policies.

Block is now Cain’s campaign manager, even though he has a tainted past; in 2001 he had to pay a $15,000 dollar settlement after being accused of illegalities in a Wisconsin Supreme Court justice’s re-election.

So, Cain is connected to the Koch brothers; if the fact he wasn’t remotely qualified to be president wasn’t enough of a reason not to vote for him, having the Koch’s pulling the Pizza Man’s strings definitely is. The last thing America needs is a president being owned lock, stock and barrel by the Kochs.

 
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Posted by on October 16, 2011 in 2012 Election

 

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Wisconsin GOTP Senate Orders Police to Arrest Missing Democratic Party Senators?

Wisconsin’s State Senate Republicans took an unprecedented step towards becoming a police state today when they unanimously passed a resolution calling for police to take 14 Democrats into custody for contempt after they fled to Illinois to avoid voting on a bill that would strip public-sector unions of nearly all their collective bargaining rights.

Wisconsin State Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald

The GOTPs voted 19-0 to give Democrats until 4 p.m. to return to the chamber or be found “in contempt and disorderly behavior.”

The vote comes two weeks after the Democrats left, effectively delaying the vote on Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal to kill collective bargaining for Wisconsin’s state employees – vile people like teachers, police officers and fire fighters.

GOTP Senate Obersturmführer Scott Fitzgerald said the action is legally different from an arrest, but “definitely a shift from asking them politely.”

A private ambulance chaser, James Troupis, hired by Fitzgerald, argued that the move is legal, because the state Constitution allows each house to “compel the attendance of absent members,” thus, this “resolution” supposedly gives the State Senate’s Sergeant at Arms, Edward A. Blazel, the authority to take “any and all steps, with or without force and assistance from police”, to bring the senators back.

Good luck with that Mr. Blazel. Oh, you might want to confer with the State Attorney General’s office before you proceed, and not necessarily rely on some local hack hired privately by the GOTP leadership. After all, it’s the Attorney General who will be defending you – and the GOTP Senate members – from multimillion dollar law suits when this blows up in your face, which it will.

Of course it means little to the regime in Wisconsin that its state Constitution prohibits the arrest of lawmakers while in session unless they’re accused of committing felonies, treason or breach of peace. And it doesn’t say anything about the Senate Sergeant at Arms being invested with the authority to arrest the missing Senators, or anyone else, for alleged “contempt and disorderly behavior”. It’s indeed an interesting line the Senate GOTP leadership has decided to cross.

Walker has made a very transparent move designed to fulfill his desire to break the backs of the state employee’s unions and to gain favor with his sugar daddies, the Koch Brothers (isn’t that a German name?). The GOTP leadership in the Senate has become his dupes and lackeys and are enacting rules and passing resolutions for which it lacks authority.

The 14 Democratic members of the Wisconsin Senate did the only thing they could do when confronted with Walker’s scheme to destroy the ability of the working class in Wisconsin to take part in collective bargaining; they left the state to prevent the state’s senate from having a quorum, thus derailing the plan. These Senators have not forgotten that the Democratic Party stands for the middle class, and the working men and women of Wisconsin. They’ve not forgotten that FDR stood for the rights of the workers, and supported the ideals of collective bargaining. They’re not the criminals in this, they’re the heroes. The criminals are hiding behind edicts and resolutions, using the Wisconsin State Police as their own private palace guard or polizei. Everyone can plainly see what – or whom – the 14 Senators stand for. If you want to know what – or for whom – Walker stands for, just follow the money. There’s more going on in Wisconsin than meets the eye, and there’s much more at stake than collective bargaining.

 
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Posted by on March 3, 2011 in Constitution

 

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