Wisconsin Union Law Back and Recalls Heat Up
The roller coaster ride in Wisconsin is far from over as yesterday the Wisconsin Supreme Court re-instated Gov. Walker’s union-busting bill, reversing a district court decision that held the law had been improperly passed.
The decision avoids the need for lawmakers to call for a new vote on the collective bargaining measure, a move many Republicans were particularly grateful for. Given the conservative makeup of the Court, the ruling was expected though still disappointing.
But the decision is not likely to take the pressure of Republicans in the state anytime soon. A new poll released shows Gov. Walker’s popularity is at an all-time low with at least half of the state favoring recalling the Governor. That same poll shows Walker losing to either Russ Feingold or Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in a hypothetical future match.
Recall efforts against six GOP senators also took a major leap forward as EMILY’s List endorsed five candidates in those recall elections. Here’s how you can help get involved.
If Wisconsin has showed us anything it is that these are battles progressives need to willing to fight long-term. Wisconsin is simply one state in a national strategy of permanently disenfranchising Democratic voters and eradicating decades of gains by the middle-class. One decision in one state is simply that–one state and one decision. It’s not about winning every battle. It’s about winning the war.
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