Circuit Judge strikes down Wis. collective bargaining law

Welcome to the Lunchtime Reader, where we assemble important stories to keep your eyes on. The controversial Wisconsin law signed by Gov. Scott Walker that dealt with collective bargaining rights for state employees was struck down by Dane County Judge MaryAnn Sumi, reports the Wisconsin State Journal. The law is effectively dead until the Wisconsin Supreme Court decides on it or if the Legislat... More

Private vs. Public. Not non-union vs. union.

[Update: I altered a paragraph at the bottom that flummoxed some people so grievously that they couldn't find their way to addressing the actual point of the post.] My union friends. My friends-of-union friends. Those of you who do not wish to be my friend but who are upset about the what’s happening in New Jersey, Wisconsin, and now Ohio, regarding unions and collective bargaining… C... More

Catholics vs. Gov. Walker?

E-mails in the last day or so tell me I should be chastened, depressed, or drowning my sorrows as the Catholic Church lines up firmly in support of protesting teachers and others in Wisconsin, and opposed to Governor Walker. Of course, the reality of the situation is quite different. There have been statements in recent days from the archbishop of Milwaukee, the bishop of Madison, and the national... More

“You’re not going to afford it…. You’re going to have to make choices.”

The choice quotes in this video are just too numerous to pull out. But note a couple things as you watch this video: Christie doesn’t try to sugar coat the reality to please the guy; he is sympathetic, honors the guy’s service, but he’s honest about the reality that the economy “stinks” for everyone, and everyone has to pitch in making sacrifices. The questioner, e... More

In Wisconsin, a preview of moral battles to come, and why we need all hands on deck

I don’t want this post to get us distracted from the important debates and votes happening in DC today, which aim to defund Planned Parenthood and walk back a host of other threats to the unborn and our national fiscal solvency. So if you promise to continue keeping the positive pressure on our elected officials here in DC, I will feel free to take a few moments to talk about the important d... More

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