Hva skjedde i Wisconsin?

Ezra gir en kjapp oppsummering av hva som skjedde i Wisconsin i går kveld. Grunnen til at 14 demokratiske fylkessenatorer lå i hi, var at uten tilstedeværelse fra disse kunne ikke stemmeprosessen fortsette i senatet. Vel, loven ble vedtatt uansett, her er hvordan:

What happened in Wisconsin tonight:

Here’s what just happened in Wisconsin: The rules of the state’s Senate require a quorum for any measures that spend money. That’s how the absence of the Senate’s Democrats could stymie Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed budget law — it spent money, and thus it needed a quorum.

But in a surprise move earlier today, Wisconsin’s Senate Republicans rewrote the bill and left out all the parts that spent money. Then they quickly convened and passed the new law, which included the provisions stripping most public-employee unions of their collective bargaining rights but excluding everything in the law that spent money.

What happens next? Expect the protests over the next few days to be ferocious. But unless a judge rules the move illegal — and I don’t know how to judge the likelihood of that — Walker’s proposed law will go forward. The question is whether Walker and the Republicans who voted for it will do the same.

Polls in Wisconsin clearly showed that Republicans had failed to persuade the public of their cause. Walker’s numbers dropped, while Democrats and unions found themselves suddenly flush with volunteers, money and favorable media coverage. And they plan to take advantage of it: Eight Wisconsin Republicans have served for long enough to be vulnerable to a recall election next year, and Democrats have already begun gathering signatures. Now their efforts will accelerate. ‘We now put our total focus on recalling the eligible Republican senators who voted for this heinous bill,’ said Mike Tate, chairman of the Wisconsin Democratic Party. ‘And we also begin counting the days remaining before Scott Walker is himself eligible for recall.’

(Via Ezra Klein.)

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