Weekend Quick Hits
So Now They Want Listen to the Legislative Council?
There is a high level of irony going around in conservative circles about Minority Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) going to the Legislative Council in regard to the LRB’s publication of Act 10. See, this is the very same Legislative Council that informed everyone there was no violation of the Open Meetings Law in the first place, over two weeks ago.
So once again, this all wades back down to the willful ruling of Judge Sumi; who appears to be so chalk full of conflicts of interest she should just open up Tuesday’s hearing with a full confession, apology, and then recusal. (For more on the Legal Limbo Sumi’s created, I advice you to read this post by William Jacobson.)
But who am I kidding, this is Dane County. They operate under their own set of rules for radicals.
So is it Law?
Well, I’d be a hypocrite like the Democrats are being now if I thought what the Legislative Council said two weeks ago mattered now, but not Friday night. So no it’s not “published law,” I think Scott Fitzgerald may have probably over-played his hand a little here on that explanation. The LRB could just has the law in a holding pattern, waiting for the eventual action by Doug La Follette. (Counter, and a good counter it is, by Rick Esenberg here)
That said, I grew up being taught it’s law after the President or other chief executive signs it. So, in my book, it’s been law since March 11th.
But I also think a ton of liberals know they have no legal leg to stand on with the Open Meetings lawsuit, and that’s why they’re now going into other legal avenues.
And the 3rd one? Wow, the chief attorney is liberal blogger / former Feingold flack Jud Lounsbury’s wife, huh? Yeah, beyond the politics of it, I really don’t see it going anywhere since their argument again runs into saying the Leg Council’s advice last night was correct, but incorrect two weeks ago.
Best of luck there with a clearly illogical argument.
“Kinetic Military Action”
Boy, that will be a fun one for those who have to write the History books, won’t it?
The ORR Seen Round the New York Times
Not sure what’s funnier, the way the left is going on about a rather simple Open Records Request, or that Cory Liebmann tries to justify who ALEC actually is (I once applied there myself as a researcher last year at the urging of a number of friends in DC, took the Johnson campaign gig instead.) by quoting from his own Open Records Request when he failed to find anything damaging when he was doing oppo for either One Wisconsin Now or DPW last year.
Some people call that irony…or pathetic.
And as for Cronon’s and the left’s new obsession ALEC, it by the way, pretty much just is a think tank that specializes in state legislative initiatives. There’s probably one liberals go to for their crackpot ideas too.
Contrary to popular belief, folks like Penny Bernard Schaber, Kelda Roys, and Brett Hulsey aren’t smart enough to come up with their own legislative ideas on their own.
This May Complicate Things This Summer
Politico is reporting Organizing for America, or OFA, the DNC’s “Community Organizing Arm” from the remnants of the Obama 2008 campaign is laying off. So many in fact, that it may be up to 40 percent of their staff in Midwest states.
Organizing for America, the remnant of the 2008 Obama campaign organization, has laid off a set of its regional field directors, the local staffers whose work was said to be central to the group’s mission of maintaining the grassroots energy and organization of the last campaign.
A staffer for the group said they included about 40% of OfA’s Midwest regional staff.
The staffer who passed on word of the layoffs said the move generated ill-will internally because some of the regional field directors had worked for the group for some two years, only to be laid off on two-weeks notice as a cadre of senior Washington staffers moved from the White House political shop to the DNC.
Oh, but I’m sure there’s been all sorts of reassurances put forth to DPW that OFA will be there for them this summer for the recalls.
Probably they’re the same reassurances they had from them last fall.
And Finally…Biden Staffer Locks Reporter in Closet (Seriously)
Oh who am I kidding, reporters love becoming Democratic press flacks and strategists.
“Scott – You have our sincere apologies for the lack of a better hold room today,” wrote Vice President Biden spokeswoman Elizabeth Alexander last Wednesday to Orlando Sentinel reporter Scott Powers.
“Lack of a better hold room” is an interesting way of putting it. In order to keep Powers from mingling with guests at a Democratic fundraiser last Wednesday, Powers was escorted into a storage closet by a Biden staffer.
Powers was the designated pool reporter, there to record the proceedings for the press corps in general.
He told ABC News that he showed up at 11:15 a.m. Wednesday to cover Vice President Biden and Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., attending a $500-a-head fundraiser at the Winter Park manse of developer Alan Ginsburg.
A young female staffer met him at the door and brought him to the storage closet.
“You’re going to have to wait in here until the VP gets here,” he says she told him.
“You’re kidding me,” he recalls responding.
Forcing reporters into closets is generally not the tradition of politicians in the US. Powers is a respected politics and business reporter who recently wrote about the Space shuttle Discovery coming home to Kennedy Space Center for the 39th and final time.
Making matters worse, Biden didn’t arrive until more than an hour later.