27 May 2011

Glenn Grothman: The Law isn't important if you think you're right.

The Badger Herald: Judge rules collective bargaining legislation violated state law

Sumi’s decision remains a final order, said Rep. Kelda Roys, D-Madison. She said while the case is likely to end up in the Supreme Court, she considers the facts of the case to be clear and said Sumi’s reasoning is sound.

Roys said she thinks Republican’s will have to start over but are likely to put the legislation in the Biennial budget bill to avoid voting directly on an issue which continues to draw heated response from citizens around the state.

“The bigger question is why didn’t Republicans just pass the legislation again following the rules more closely?” said Schweber. “The suspicion is that mounting pressures on Republican legislators meant they no longer had the votes to pass it.”

Sen. Glenn Grothman, R-West Bend, said Republicans had the votes to pass the legislation.

“When you’ve done the right thing, it’s frustrating to be told by an ideologue judge that you have to do it again,” he said.

What's interesting here is that Republicans did NOT do the right thing. Had they, no judge, regardless of ideological bent, would have been able to rule that they'd violated the Open Meetings Law (and remember, this judge was a Tommy Thompson appointment -- something the right rushed to, rather hilariously, try to work around). Actually, anyone who's read the law would have been able to tell you this -- which is why Glenn here is so intent on changing the subject.

While it may be true they HAD the votes to pass this before they woke up an angry electorate, they may not have the votes now. This bill could have always simply been reintroduced at any time... but Republican leadership didn't.

So, now we'll see.

But we can already see where Glenn is on this: the law doesn't apply to Republicans because ... well, they're just right, that's all. Better Right than right.


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