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Landslide! It looks like Waterloo in Wisconsin for government unions.
WSJ ^ | APRIL 8, 2011 | James Taranto

Posted on 04/09/2011 3:26:02 PM PDT by rhema

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But whereas we thought Kloppenburg had a real chance of beating Prosser, we've always been skeptical to the point of incredulity about the prospects for recalling Republican senators. That's because under Wisconsin law, an official has to have served for a year before being subject to recall. That shields both Walker and all Republican lawmakers who replaced Democrats in last year's election. As Wisconsin senators serve four-year terms, only those who survived the Democratic sweep of 2006 or 2008 can be recalled.

It only gets worse for Wisconsin Democrats. Kloppenburg's campaign implied--though in her "victory" press conference she robotically denied--that she would provide the deciding vote on the court to overturn Walker's reforms. Her defeat means that those reforms will soon take effect unless they have an actual legal defect.

One of the most important reforms is that union dues will become voluntary. State and local government will no longer take money out of their employees' paychecks and hand it over to the unions. This is likely to be the last Wisconsin election in which the Democrats have the advantage of support from organizations with the power to raise campaign funds coercively.

The unions' show of muscle in this week's election was not unimpressive, even though it was insufficient to the task at hand. Starved of the nourishment of forcibly collected dues, they may look like a 98-pound weakling by 2012.

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TOPICS: Editorial; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Wisconsin
KEYWORDS: prosser; union; walker; wisconsinshowdown
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To: ponygirl

Yep, airline unions are like that. Even in right-to-work states membership is required; state RTW laws don’t apply to airline and railroad workers due to the Railway Labor Act.

81 posted on 04/09/2011 5:06:04 PM PDT by xjcsa (Ridiculing the ridiculous since the day I was born.)
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To: Mygirlsmom

We have been waiting for a hero. You are convincing me—I pray you are right.

82 posted on 04/09/2011 5:14:51 PM PDT by SC_Pete
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To: Nevadan

Well, that friend is now retired, as are most of my former teacher friends He was an extraordinary teacher, too. Somewhere back in the 90s he was National Teacher of the Year. Probably never had a claim made on his insurance.

I’ll keep the CEIA in mind for friends’ adult children who might still be teaching. Really despise unions. Thanks for the tip.

83 posted on 04/09/2011 5:18:01 PM PDT by EDINVA
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To: rhema

“So whatz the beg deel” Nuthing is rong with that sine.”

Saym here. I don’t see nothing rawng.

84 posted on 04/09/2011 5:22:09 PM PDT by ripley
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To: rhema

sounds to me like an awful lot of union voters do not want their dues being automatically deducted and they pulled the lever for Prosser

85 posted on 04/09/2011 5:22:30 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Reily

Many years ago when I was active in PTA (when it was still pretty conservative in our area), there was a meeting of all the schools in our local district on the question of “merit pay.” So I went as our school’s rep and voted FOR it. I was seated between 2 people I knew from nearby schools. One was an art teacher, the other - you guessed it - PE teacher married to another PE teacher.

After I raised my hand for the “Yes” vote, the PE teacher leaned across me to the art teacher, pointing his thumb in my direction (in other words, in my face) and asked her: “Did she vote Yes?” to which the other hrumphed “yes, she did.” The rest of the meeting wasn’t particularly comfortable.

86 posted on 04/09/2011 5:22:33 PM PDT by EDINVA
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In Illinois, the law requires that the results are posted at the polling places. Locally we use paper ballots with ovals filled in by the voter. They are scanned as the voter places them in the machine which also records the vote. At the end of the day the election officials run off two tapes of the results. One is posted on the window of the polling place and the other along with the ballots and scanner memory card are taken to the county election officials. They provide totals to the media. I suspect few if any ever check the posted results at the polling place.

87 posted on 04/09/2011 5:22:37 PM PDT by Western Phil
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To: SC_Pete
Wisconsin--we're "Cheesehead Cool" and producing all the leaders now....Paul Ryan, Scott Walker. Keep your eye on our new Senator, Ron Johnson too.

For the first time in my adult life, I am proud of my state!!!

88 posted on 04/09/2011 5:27:56 PM PDT by Mygirlsmom (Libs, we thought we made it clear in Nov....CAN YOU HEAR US NOW??????????)
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To: rhema; Mygirlsmom

oh, the AAE really IS what a teacher’s association should be. No question there.

The problem, as Mygirsom pointed out, is that in some place, WI in this case, the NEA has its own insurance racket that forces the schools to buy its insurance and the teachers themselves don’t pay (at least not directly).

Maybe as Walker’s law is enacted about the dues having to be paid directly vs. withheld, the teachers will look more to a reputable outfit like AAE. I sure hope they plan to do some serious recruiting in WI over the next couple of years.

89 posted on 04/09/2011 5:29:58 PM PDT by EDINVA
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To: Lando Lincoln

Exactly. A republican who will not blink. His Lt. Gov. has spine made of steel as well.

90 posted on 04/09/2011 5:31:53 PM PDT by rabidralph (
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To: tflabo
Absolutely! We knew we couldn't do it along.

First ACORN, now the unions. Honesty is slowly returning to the ballot box.

91 posted on 04/09/2011 5:35:33 PM PDT by rabidralph (
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To: workerbee
This move by Wisconsin is going to spread across the country, who said that there is no God.
92 posted on 04/09/2011 5:38:52 PM PDT by ANGGAPO (Layte Gulf Beach Club)
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To: Keith in Iowa

It’s that Wisconsin accent ~ not only is it sing/song sounding, “our” and “are” really are pronounced the same.

93 posted on 04/09/2011 5:43:16 PM PDT by muawiyah (Make America Safe For Amercans)
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To: ripley
Saym here. I don’t see nothing rawng.

Ime so hapy we agrie.

94 posted on 04/09/2011 5:45:15 PM PDT by rhema ("Break the conventions; keep the commandments." -- G. K. Chesterton)
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To: Mygirlsmom

“EDUMACATOR”, not “EDJA.....”

95 posted on 04/09/2011 5:46:14 PM PDT by muawiyah (Make America Safe For Amercans)
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To: Lando Lincoln

But without a leader like Scott Walker, these things are impossible.”

I agree with you. We found a leader. You’re 110% correct.

96 posted on 04/09/2011 5:47:13 PM PDT by sergeantdave (The democrat party is a seditious organization and must be outlawed)
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To: ponygirl
Democrats use UNION MADE signs ~ which are, of course, PRINTED.

It's a union thing.

You'll notice that the smarter groups of TEAParty folks use only HAND MADE SIGNS. That way you can ferret out the Democrats and Union geeks instantly!

97 posted on 04/09/2011 5:50:27 PM PDT by muawiyah (Make America Safe For Amercans)
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To: Mygirlsmom

Keep rocking. As a Texan, I’ve sure been impressed by Wisconsin the last few months, and that includes the SB win.

98 posted on 04/09/2011 5:52:32 PM PDT by Richard Kimball (Proud member of the Keepers Of Odd Knowledge (KOOK))
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To: fwdude

Yes like making voter fraud a capital offense as it undermines the very system that runs the country. People lose faith in the voter system welcome to the 3rd world.

99 posted on 04/09/2011 5:55:15 PM PDT by Walkingfeather
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To: Walkingfeather

I view vote fraud as similar in immorality as to espionage or treason! For it undermines the most fundamental act of being a citizen in a free country.

100 posted on 04/09/2011 6:02:51 PM PDT by Reily
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