A spokesman for Republican Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald said he had nothing new to say beyond his previous statement that he didn't believe the judge had the authority to interject herself into the affairs of the Legislature given the separation of powers.With respect to your clarification, your honor, Republicans understood your order.
They don't care.
Republicans have flipped you the proverbial bird, they willfully have flouted your order.
You did not go far enough, your honor. Again, with respect, if you do not make it clear that there will be consequences for those actions, if you do not make it clear that law is what rules not Republicans, if you do not at least WARN them they can be held in contempt, they will continue despite this clarification.
Republicans have consistently made it clear, they will run roughshod over law, over due process, and over transparency. They have no interest in representing the citizens of Wisconsin. They are acting only to serve the corporate interests that seek to exploit the state of Wisconsin.Your honor, I applaud you making it clear that this law was not properly published and is not in effect.Your honor, I applaud you making it clear that this law was not properly published and is not in effect.
Don't believe me, your honor? Read the papers.
Wis. GOP signals it may ignore judge's warning, press on with divisive union bargaining law
By SCOTT BAUER , Associated Press
MADISON, Wis. - Wisconsin's Republican leaders appear to be taking the same confident and bullish approach to implementing their divisive collective bargaining law that they took to passing it, suggesting they may ignore a judge's warning there would be consequences for moving ahead while challenges to the law are pending.
"It's dangerous. Arguably they're in contempt of court already," University of Wisconsin law professor Howard Schweber said Wednesday, referring to preparations under way by Walker's administration to begin deducting more money from most public employees' paychecks for health and pension plan costs and to stop deducting union dues.
"I cannot understand the legal rationale of attorneys who are apparently advising this administration to ignore this order for whatever reason," Democratic Sheboygan County District Attorney Joe DeCecco said Wednesday. "The very fabric of a just society is based on the rule of law. We don't have the option of which law we will obey and we don't have the option of which court order we'll ignore."
The Republicans are walking a political fine line by moving ahead as if the law is in effect while apparently defying the court, said Charles Franklin, a University of Wisconsin-Madison political science professor.
"They naturally want to continue to support their side of the argument, but I think they run the risk of making this look like a claim to being able to do whatever they want regardless," Franklin said. "At some point strength starts to look like arrogance."
Republicans are acting as if the only authority they recognize is force. I will be surprised if anything less than an order employing force suffices. Professor Franklin, they stopped looking strong, and were clearly arrogant some time ago. Try to keep up with events.
One can only surmise their corporate masters are cracking the money whip a little harder on the backs and the behinds of Wisconsin Republicans... they hate any impediments to raking in all the money they can get their greedy, dirty little hands on.