As expected, the “true story” of what’s going on in Wisconsin depends on who you read.
AP’s Todd Richmond, filed this story this morning, reiterating Dane County Circuit Judge Maryann Sumi’s order halting implementation of the recently-passed law by the Wisconsin legislature.
(she)…chastised state officials Tuesday for ignoring her earlier order to halt the lawâ€™s publication.
In typical AP fashion, reporter Richmond forgot to note that Judge Sumi, as fine a lawyer as Richmond is a reporter, failed to tell the right party. She ordered the Secretary of State not to publish it when the law clearly states that that duty belongs to the Legislative Reference Bureau, which Richmond describes as an end run. In fact, it is their legal mandate to publish the law.
Judge Sumi is claiming a magisterial supremacy she quite frankly does not have. You will note that objective legal analysts actually quote pertinent law, making it easy to confuse them with partisan conservatives.
It appears to this one observer that both side have gone all-in, for while Judge Sumi appears to be threatening the entire executive department with contempt citations, she still can’t find the proper party to whom her order should be addressed. She is merely screeching from the bench, a little bit like Hillary, and a whole lot like the teachers that had to be drug out of the State House not that long ago.
It may well be her job that is on the line, for unless/until a proper ruling, under a proper cause of action, under real, not imagined, law is laid on Gov Scott Walker’s desk, I doubt he will comply. Even privates in the Army are taught not to comply with illegal orders.
There are stories aplenty, pro and con. Go here and ask yourself who can tell the difference between fact and opinion.