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16 June 2011

Recall Fever!

Surprise, surprise!  Now people are talking about recalling WI Supreme Court justices.  Is that what democracy looks like -- forcing elections until the "right" person is elected?

WI's Collective Bargaining law...

is going to take effect in late June.

Secretary of State Doug LaFollette said Wednesday that he would publish the bill June 28, meaning it will be effective June 29....  Some critics have questioned why La Follette is delaying the law's publishing. He said Wednesday he didn't understand the hurry to publish a law that is going to "harm and affect" thousands of people.  "I just don't see what the big rush is here," he said.
Dear SoS LaFollette,
It is not your job to determine if a law is good or bad, worthy of enactment or not worthy of enactment.  That is the role of the legislature.  The WI Supreme Court just ruled about separation of powers, dude.  YOUR OPINION about any given law is just that.  Your opinion.  Your civic duty as Secretary of State is to publish the laws determined by the legislature and signed into law by the Governor.  You have a legally defined maximum of ten days to publish a law.  In case, ya know, you have the flu or there is a blizzard which prevents you from coming into the office.  OR in case a crappy, partisan SoS oversteps and thinks it's his duty to evaluate laws and determine whether or not a given law harms people, subsequently attempting to thwart the political process by not publishing a law.  Oh, but that would never happen, eh, Doug?

WI budget is almost done. Almost. Finally.

The budget is expected to go to final vote sometime tonight.  The article notes
But for every person who fears the passage of Walker's budget, there is another one who applauds the measure's fiscal restraint. They feel Walker's approach will ultimately lead to putting the state on better financial footing.
It also notes
More than 130 Madison teachers are retiring this month, a 62 percent increase from the average number of retirements over the previous five years.

Hey.  Weren't the protests supposed to be about the children?

This is what democracy looks like: Bike-lock necklaces

Designing Women, "Julia Gets Her Head Stuck in a Fence"

Sorry.  Wrong pic.  This is from the Capitol...

The Glenn Beck Program, June 16 LIVEBLOG

Welcome to the Glenn Beck Program.

Well, today around 2:00, Anthony Weiner announced his resignation.  This is a man who, arrogance and out-of-control doesn't begin to describe him.  Sending naked pictures of himself.  Texting porn stars.  Even driving around with a car with a license plate that wasn't even the right licence plate for the car.  The car wasn't even registered.  This guy was totally out of control.