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Judge Sumi's War on Wisconsin Republicans

Written By: Peter Raymond  |  Posted: Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

            As Wisconsin voters vote today on a state supreme court election that could shift the balance of power to liberals, it is worthwhile reviewing the judicial moves which led to the contentious restraining order against the newly passed law governing public employee unions.

            Last week, Dane County Circuit Court Judge Maryann Sumi heard arguments over several days, concluding on Friday, concerning possible violations of the Open Meetings Law by Republican lawmakers who voted on a budgetary repair bill limiting collective bargaining for public education employees.

            The bill became Act 10 after passage by both houses of the legislature and approval by the Governor, but Sumi blocked its implementation with a temporary restraining order after Democrats filed a lawsuit.

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