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Aug 1, 201409:47 AMBlaska's Bring It!

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Act 10 and the Supremes: 4-3 it’s partisan; 5-2 it’s bipartisan consensus

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The surprise Thursday is not that the Wisconsin Supreme Court upheld Scott Walker’s Act 10 reforms/gutting of government employee collective bargaining. The surprise is that it was decided by a 5-2 majority. Justice Patrick Crooks, who usually votes with the liberals, joined the four conservatives. Crooks gratuitously included an ad hominem lecture to the effect that collective bargaining is like chicken soup. But at least he was able to separate his proper judicial function from that reserved to the Legislature.

Poor Justice Ann Walsh Bradley, self-proclaimed choking victim. The jurist choked again with a dissent that claims that collective bargaining is required under the First Amendment. That is a right that went undetected for the first 110 years of statehood and remains in 24 other states that allow no collective bargaining by public sector workers whatsoever.

More mystifying is why The Capital Times would do a story focusing solely and entirely on that minority dissent. (“Act 10 is ‘textbook’ example of unconstitutionality.”) Can’t expose its tender readers to the majority opinion, apparently.

Local government here in the Emerald City has done its best to evade the law, extending union contracts into 2016. County Exec Joe Parisi likes to say the union has saved the county money. At the very least, AFSME costs its members dues. There is nothing to prevent county managers from working cooperatively with employees to determine best practices. That is Management 101.

Ditto the teachers union, plaintiff in the just-decided Supreme Court case. The teachers union — as we argued in “Hold your meetings where there is beer” — runs the County Board. Now Mary Burke’s complicity with succoring MTI — she’s got their endorsement — becomes the lead issue in the governor’s race.

If you are a Madison public school teacher who doesn’t want to make fair share payments, let me know. We’ll bring suit. Post a private message on Facebook.


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Aug 1, 2014 10:44 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Government couldn't do enough for the teachers union... agree totally. Kinda like conservative Republicans and the tea party, right? Eric Cantor couldn't do enough and so he had to go. Extremists hold politicians hostage and take and take until finally they push too far. Since Walker went from zero to 60 on accommodating the Kochs and their ALEC agenda, we'll find out this fall whether it's too much for a moderate electorate that has grown weary of the winner take all philosophy that doomed the teachers union.

Aug 1, 2014 11:00 am
 Posted by  patricko

Liberals are never satisfied to just make the argument that something is bad in it's achieved results, in it's execution or that it is just a bad idea. They always declare it illegal or unconstitutional, but offer no supporting evidence that it is.

Aug 1, 2014 12:50 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

does anybody really think our state supreme court has any common sense? anybody?

I like all the headlines "walker wins"

what about the people of Wisconsin?

really doesn't matter does it?

Aug 1, 2014 12:52 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

the only satisfaction I need, is for walker to go.

Aug 1, 2014 12:55 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

our supreme court is clearly dysfunctional.

how about the headlines "walker wins"

what about the people of Wisconsin? do they win or lose.

not sure if there is anybody that cares.

Aug 1, 2014 02:18 pm
 Posted by  Mr. C

I'll take it a step further. All liberals know how to do is lie. They lie to their enemies, supporters and even themselves. It's all they know how to do.

Aug 1, 2014 02:53 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

The electorate may certainly be tired or get tired of the Scott Walker approach. Then again, it may be tired or get tired of all the angst from the unions that brought the recall, the law suits, the last minute contracts in Dane County and Madison (city and school district). As the old saying goes - what do parents want when their kids are fighting? Quiet...

At some point, the electorate will just get tired of it all. And both sides had better be careful about who gets the "blame" for keeping it alive.

Let's see which candidate is the first to move on from this and focus on something else...

Aug 1, 2014 03:54 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Knock out? How about the near shoot-out and a little ""community organizing"" against the poor cops tasked with feeding criminals into Ismael Ozanne's revolving door of justice?

Can I have ""justified anger"" that I can no longer enjoy a mason jar of long island iced tea at the Red Shed without someone pulling a gun?

So sad. Now I have to drown my sorrows in the waters of white privilege and not watered down long islands.

Aug 1, 2014 04:54 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

"Self proclaimed" ? There were credible witnesses to the incident. prosser even admitted he had her by the throat. Once again the facts elude blaska.

Aug 4, 2014 07:56 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

If she wouldn't have lunged at Prosser, she wouldn't have had a problem. Did witnesses say that HE walked over to HER and do the choke hold? I don't think she'll mount her high horse again with that trick. She'll think twice before charging at Prosser or anyone else. If I lived in Chicago, I'd vote for Prosser....twice.

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Raised on a farm near Sun Prairie, David Blaska is a recovering liberal who spent 18 years in daily newspapers, including 12 at The Capital Times in Madison as a reporter and editor. He served Gov. Tommy Thompson as acting press secretary in 1998 and is a veteran and survivor of 19 years in state government. He served 12 years on the Dane County Board of Supervisors. From December 2007 to November 2011 he wrote the consistently popular "Blaska's Blog" for Isthmus online's "The Daily Page" until, he says, the intolerant liberals ran him off. He blogs from Madison.

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