Crimeny. Judge Maryann Sumi blocked the WI budget law Tuesday not on reality but upon the false perception that it passed too fast (after a walkout by Democrats that lasted several weeks, and was done expressly to block a vote on the law). On Tuesday, she re-blocked it. And today, she’s re-re-blocking it. Third time’s the charm!
Sumi re-issued her order on Tuesday — and this time she has warned that anyone who violates it will face sanctions. She amended the ruling on Thursday to read, “Further, based on the briefs of counsel, the uncontroverted testimony, and the evidence received at the March 29 evidentiary hearing, it is hereby declared that 2011 Wisconsin Act 10 has not been published …”
The reason that the state went ahead with publishing the law was that the judge ruled essentially against how the state Senate conducted the vote, not on the merits of the law itself. Legislative bodies have the power to set and enforce their own rules, a power that the other branches of government generally stay away from meddling in. That is, until we have a Democrat judge carrying water for the state’s riled up Democrat machinery. Then the separation of powers get tossed out where the union protesters piled up their trash.