contentious law stripping most public workers of nearly all of their collective bargaining rights in a decision hailed by Republicans
The 'AP style book' used to be concerned with capitalization, acronyms and other rules of usage/presentation.
The REAL AP style is a poorly-disguised flood of bile whenever the writer disapproves of a person, group, policy or outcome.
'Historic' - anything the writer agrees with i.e. statism
'Controversial or contentious' - anything the writer disagrees with
The AP writer here is really laying it on thick.
'Stripping' - yes the writer wants an image of a poor teechur in the stocks being disrobed by a mob
Note that collective bargaining, a purely economic and legal exercise, has been elevated to the status of a 'right' along with real rights like free speech and the right to bear arms.
The law forced public union members to pay more for health insurance and pension benefits
No, it didn't force anything. It merely stated that if they wanted it they had to pay for it. Not 'pay more,' pay PERIOD. A revolutionary concept in Gimme Gimme Land.
My AP Stylebook must be out of date...