As it turns out, Save Jerseyans, a super close state supreme court election was all that stood between mob rule and republican governance in Wisconsin. Thousands of union goons had stormed the Wisconsin state house, threatened Republican lawmakers, recycled every dirty trick in the book and even solicited fraudulent doctor’s notes… all to no avail. That’s because the taxpayers stood firm and their choice of David Prosser proved decisive in today’s decision upholding Governor Scott Walker’s landmark public union reform legislation.
Details from The Associated Press:
In a 4-3 decision, the court ruled that Dane County Circuit Judge Maryann Sumi overstepped her authority when she said Republican lawmakers violated the state’s open meetings statutes in the run-up to passage of the legislation and declared the law void.
The law, which also requires public employees to pay more for their health care and pensions, sparked weeks of protests when Walker introduced it in February. Tens of thousands of demonstrators occupied the state Capitol for weeks and Democratic senators fled the state to prevent a vote, thrusting Wisconsin to the forefront of a national debate over labor rights.
In a one-sentence reaction to the ruling, the governor said: “The Supreme Court’s ruling provides our state the opportunity to move forward together and focus on getting Wisconsin working again.”
Let this huge triumph for representative democracy stand as proof for the cynics that every single vote counts in American elections! And those elections have consequences, Save Jerseyans. Ask anyone in Wisconsin!