If there ever was a classic example of a liberal judge making the laws up to fit their own political agenda, Wisconsinites were treated to such an instance in the case of Dane County Circuit Judge Maryann Sumi and her overreach of her judicial authority in regards to the Budget Repair Bill.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court gave a major smack-down to Sumi's ruling - a ruling which stopped the publication and implementation of the collective bargaining law. This was the legislation which was passed by the Republican lawmakers, which Governor Walker had signed months ago. Immediately after this, Democratic lawyers filed court complaints, saying the the meeting in which this legislation was voted upon violated the "open meetings law."
Judge Sumi overstepped her powers not once, but twice. First, she blocked the law with a temporary restraining order. The Walker Administration then took the step of asking a higher court (the Supreme Court) to take over the case. Later on in May, Sumi abused her powers once more by striking down the collective bargaining law as void.
Enter the Supreme Court. The court found yesterday (6/14) that Sumi's rulings was "invalid from the outset." In addition, the Court concluded that Sumi exceeded her jurisdiction, "invaded the Legislature's constitutional powers and erred in halting the publication and implementation of the collective bargaining law."
Hmmm. Sounds like Judge Sumi is guilty of "legislating from the bench," doesn't it? Shouldn't there be some kind of reprimand of Judge Sumi? Or should she go back to law school to learn what she can and cannot do as a judge in the Circuit Court setting? How about disbarring her? Sumi clearly made her ruling based on her own pro-liberal biases- from the bench. Wonder if any union reps or other libs were behind her, pulling the strings...
Republican Senator Alberta Darling summed it up best with the following statement: "she (Sumi) did what she wanted to for political reasons. To me, it (Sumi's action) was despicable."
The majority of Wisconsinites are standing behind Governor Walker and the Republicans in office. Already, in a few short months, we have seen things in Wisconsin take a sharp turn away for the dismal Doyle years, towards optimism, prosperity, fiscal responsibility, and common sense. Most voters in our state are ecstatic - Voter ID has become a reality. Concealed carry is next. Joanne "I'm beholden to the Unions" Kloppenburg lost the Supreme Court election. Walkers Budget Bill will pass -enabling the state to be in excellent financial shape in just two short years, with an estimated surplus of $300 million (balancing the states finances for the first time in more than 10 years!), and now the Budget Repair Bill - ending collective bargaining as we know it - will become law. Property taxes are expected to go down - benefiting the middle class. Businesses are coming back to our state, and with that comes jobs. (Not government jobs, either! Private sector jobs (Obama should take note - he could learn a thing or two. That is - if he really WANTS to). All of this, in spite of a few 60's throwbacks camping out, trashing the Capitol, chanting, and beating bongo drums in Madison. Republicans and conservatives ARE winning!
We have a lot to be proud of - and grateful for. Be sure to remind your elected officials that we approve of the job they are doing on our behalf - they need to hear from you.
Thanks to Governor Walker and the Republican lawmakers who were elected to serve the people - and are doing what is expected of them. With all the Republican victories these past few months, one has to wonder where the Republican recalls are headed. We are on a roll - and if the Wisconsin voters (those who continue to be ignored by the media and protesters and unionistas) show up en masse to vote to save the six Repubican representatives, the victories WILL continue and the state of Wisconsin will be in even better shape in the months and years to come.