Daily Archives: March 20, 2011

Cartoon(s) of the Week – The Loss of Nuclear Power = The Politics of Oil

Kevin Siers in the Charlotte Observer:

…of course, we often wait until it’s too late…

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Dana Summers in the Orlando Sentinel:

… but the effects on our corporate structure could be significant…

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Signe Wilkinson in the Philadelphia Daily News:

… despite their ignorant promotion…

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Chris Britt in the (Springfield, IL) State Journal-Register:

… it could be a while before we get a new nuclear plant in this country…

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John Darkow in the Columbus Dispatch:

… but don’t worry, there is always oil.

A Judge gets in Scott Walker’s Way… Collective Bargaining Not Dead yet

John Case in his morning mailing passed on this information from John Wojcik in Peoplesword:

Judge Maryann Sumi

A Dane County judge, at 10:30 AM on the 18th, issued a temporary restraining order blocking implementation of Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s bill that would destroy collective bargaining rights for public workers.

In her ruling, Dane County Circuit Judge Maryann Sumi wrote she was issuing her order because a legislative committee likely violated the state’s open meetings law when it rammed through the bill suddenly on March 9.

The restraining order was in response to a lawsuit brought by Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne.

In order that any bill become law in Wisconsin, it has to be published by the Secretary of State.  The restraining order from Judge Sumi prevents Secretary of State Doug LaFollette from publishing the law, as he had planned, on March 25 which would make it take effect on  March 26.  LaFollette, a Democrat, was in no hurray to publish the law anyway.

The judge noted that Conference Committee meetings to move forward legislation can be called only after 24 hours of notice unless there is an emergency. Wisconsin Republicans gave only two hours notice and no emergency could be proven, the judge said.

The court victory is seen as a maj0r loss for Walker and puts the future of the law into question. The labor movement and its allies drew hundreds of thousands to the state Capitol
protesting the legislation and, as you recall, 14 Democratic state senators flee to Illinois to block the vote on the measure.

Stephanie Bloomingfale, the state AFL-CIO secretary-treasurer stated:

“Today justice prevailed. In Wisconsin and America we have a democratic process for passing legislation.”

Wisconsin state senators and state representatives are not scheduled to
meet again until April 5.