Wisconsin Judge Blocks Publication Of Wisconsin's Anti-Union Law

A Wisconsin judge has issued a temporary restraining order blocking the publication of Wisconsin's anti-union law rammed through last week by Republicans in the State Senate.

Madison — Dane County Circuit Judge Maryann Sumi issued a temporary restraining order Friday, halting Gov. Scott Walker's law that would sharply curtail collective bargaining for public employees.

Sumi's order will prevent Secretary of State Doug La Follette from publishing the law - and allowing it to take effect - until she can rule on the merits of the case. Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne, a Democrat, is seeking to block the law because he says a legislative committee violated the state's open meetings law in passing the measure, which Walker signed on Friday.

Sumi, who was appointed to the bench by former GOP Gov. Tommy G. Thompson, said Ozanne was likely to succeed on the merits.

"It seems to me the public policy behind effective enforcement of the open meeting law is so strong that it does outweigh the interest, at least at this time, which may exist in favor of sustaining the validity of the (law)," she said.

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The entire debate has sparked an intense recall effort in Wisconsin. What you may not know is that when Scott Walker was campaigning for Governor, he actually campaigned on supporting recalls of elected officials and "taking back the government". Here's his campaign ad:

And for your viewing pleasure, here is the updated version, after Walker's cramdown:

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