'Sumi lets sunshine in; storm clouds gather' | WisCommunity

'Sumi lets sunshine in; storm clouds gather'

Dominique Paul Noth, editor of the Milwaukee Labor Press, offers an insightful analysis of Judge Maryann Sumi's decision voiding the Republican majority's action to railroad a union-busting bill without legal notice, and what comes next.  Here's just a taste; it's well worth reading the whole thing.

Sumi has cracked open a Pandora’s Box. Decision time is about to descend on state politicians and voters...


[I]f Walker’s supporters force a new vote on the criminalization of public worker bargaining rights, this could prove the Wisconsin equivalent of what the national GOP just went through with the Ryan Medicare bill, the one that gives those under 55 a coupon to buy coverage rather than Medicare to face their future health needs.


The national GOP made its elected officials vote in favor of the idea, though many disliked it. Those who resisted in the open were literally drummed out of favor. Yet so violent was the reaction to this Ryan plan – proposed by a Wisconsin Republican no less, whose own poll numbers are swooning in his US District 1 – it is widely believed that endorsing it led directly to the victory of Democrat Kathy Hochul of an upper New York State district that had for 40 years been regarded as safely Republican.


If you want to see yet another GOP over-reach into destruction, just keep your eye on Wisconsin.


May 27, 2011 - 8:53am