George Will and the Wisconsin Progressive Waterloo.
George Will visits the wreckage-strewn battlefield where Wisconsin progressives launched their desperate counter-attack against the forces of reform, and finds a certain grim satisfaction there. To refresh people’s memories: Wisconsin progressives’ refusal to accept the widespread repudiation of the Democratic party in Wisconsin in 2010 (loss of the state legislature, two Congressional seats lost, progressive icon US Senator Russ Feingold handily if not contemptuously defeated | Read More »
The Hysterically Outdated SEIU Intimidation Manual.
Background on this: the SEIU was forced to cough up a copy of its “Contract Campaign Manual” as part of a court case – and it’s an interesting little document. The whole thing reads, as F. Vincent Vernuccio notes in the Washington Times, as a step-by-step checklist on how to manipulate… just about everything, really… in the course of forcing favorable negotiation terms. Mostly because | Read More »
Wisconsin school district now stable, thanks to Scott Walker et al.
Oh, that awful Scott Walker and his awful union reform law. It’s been devastating; I mean, look at just one school district affected by the Republican-passed law! The Kaukauna School District was already laboring under a $400,000 deficit; now, ‘thanks’ to Scott Walker and the Republican party, they’re now stuck with a $1,500,000 surplus! That means more work for the hiring department! That means that | Read More »
Shelly Moore’s (D CAND, WI-SEN) UNETHICAL recall freeloading.
Before we go any further, let’s establish something right now. As this complaint from the WI GOP shows (see more here), Shelly Moore was well aware that she was not supposed to be using her school account to coordinate and encourage both the Big Labor protests earlier in the year and recall efforts against Wisconsin Senators (particularly since she ended up being the Democratic candidate | Read More »
Good News / Bad News for Debbie Wasserman Schultz!
The bad news: she didn’t realize that she was calling members of her own party ‘anti-woman’ before she started screaming to The Weekly Standard‘s John McCormack about how people who voted to defund Planned Parenthood are anti-woman! TWS: But there were eleven [correction: ten] Democrats who voted against funding for Planned Parenthood, so are those eleven Democrats anti-woman? WASSERMAN SCHULTZ: No, they’re not, because if | Read More »
Union dues reform bill passes Florida House.
The bill in question is HB 1021, and it is designed to get government out of union’s business by: banning automatic dues collection for public sector unions; and requiring union leadership to get permission from individual members before using those dues for partisan politicking. The bill passed 74-40, despite the rather strenuous objections of Big Labor: a similar bill (SB 830) is making its way | Read More »
Mayors inexplicably upset over White House’s priorities.
This is fascinating, really: Mayors angry with White House no-show America’s big-city mayors are steaming over what they view as “a very dangerous precedent” set by the Obama administration in its decision to shun the U.S. Conference of Mayors annual meeting in Providence, R.I., this week. In its attempt to honor the picket line of a local firefighters union involved in a labor dispute with | Read More »
[I probably should have fronted it to begin with. ML] Blagojevich to SEIU to Card Check, via the folks at the Workforce Fairness Institute: When you think about it, this makes perfect sense: after all, somebody that hates secret ballots as much as Big Labor does probably has a lively contempt for the rest of our democratic institutions, too. Note the lack of capitalization, there. | Read More »