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  •  An end run around Supreme Court procedure? (4+ / 0-)

    The Republicans have thought up a new way to use the court to their own advantage.

    The president of the state Senate is trying to gather support for a bill that would require the Wisconsin Supreme Court to take any lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of state statutes directly and decide the matter within 150 days.

    Sen. Michael Ellis, a Neenah Republican, sent an email to all legislators on Thursday asking for co-sponsors.

    The bill comes after a multiple parties filed lawsuits challenging Republican Gov. Scott Walker's contentious law stripping most public workers of nearly all their union bargaining authority and a GOP-authored law requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls.

    Why 150 days? Consider this scenario: let's say the Republican-controlled legislature passes this and Walker signs it into law by the end of February. (They have shown they will act this rapidly if it suits them.) Then their confederates immediately file cases attacking their own legislation and the Supreme Court is required to hear and decide them within 150 days.

    By coincidence, the term of the justice who will be elected in April begins on August 1 (154 days from the end of February). If that person is Ed Fallone, they will lose their tame majority on the court after that date. Challenges to the voter ID law, for example, were filed by actual opponents of the law who received injunctions from the lower courts, and the cases are wending their way through the Wisconsin court system toward the Supreme Court but may not arrive there before August if matters take their normal course.

    This may sound fanciful, but how many other Republican strategies have seemed impossible until they were used? There probably are ways to challenge this legislation if it should pass, but it just makes one wonder whether Roggensack's supporters are worried about her chances in April.

    •  This is EXACTLY how ReTHUGs think! Nothing and I (0+ / 0-)

      do mean NOTHING surprises Wisconsinites who fight to keep up on all the ReTHUG assaults on the body politic and their abuses of power.  They are, after all, surrogates for the Corporatist Neo-Birchers who play to win...WHATEVER it takes.  

      Robber Baron "ReTHUGisms": John D. Rockefeller -"The way to make money is to buy when blood is running in the streets"; Jay Gould -"I can hire one half of the working class to kill the other half."

      by ranton on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 06:12:45 PM PST

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    •  Sounds like concern-trolling from Ellis (2+ / 0-)
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      Another Grizzle, exterris

      If Fallone makes the top two, the WI-SC race is a pure tossup, as Fallone seems to be a very strong candidate, however, Roggensack has the incumbency advantage.

      Friend of the Wisconsin Uprising from East Central Illinois! IL-15

      by DownstateDemocrat on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 06:16:33 PM PST

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      •  I just finished hearing him speak. (3+ / 0-)

        He came across as wonderfully articulate and knowledgeable. He seems very poised and incredibly energetic about his campaign, even moreso than Kloppenburg was. He's also done A TON of community work in Milwaukee, it seems. I'm cautiously optimistic at this point that she may have a serious challenger on her hands.

        "Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be." -Shel Silverstein

        by BluebirdBadger on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 06:49:32 PM PST

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