A li`l mainstream~y media news round-up for the day

 Collective bargaining law may increase state pension costs by $87.5M 

Fools at PolitiFact weigh in on Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca – “70 percent of the people who voted” on June 5, 2012, “just didn’t feel comfortable with the recall of the governor,” weakening any idea that Wisconsin is “fully behind this Walker agenda.”  

Following Ziegelbauer from a couple days ago, Robin Vos pulls his name from attempt to intervene in photo ID case.
  Vos is withdrawing his name from a motion filed in the case after questions were raised about whether he was violating state ethics law by accepting legal help in making the filing. Rep. Bob Ziegelbauer (I-Manitowoc), who also had signed on to the motion, withdrew from it earlier this week.Vos acknowledged a finding by state officials that receiving legal help on the motion would run afoul of the ethics law.”The initial guidance that I received from the Government Accountability Board provided me the opportunity to intervene in the case. Upon further review, the GAB went in a different direction in its final ruling,” he said in a statement. “I continue to support the efforts in this lawsuit and hope we can do everything possible to preserve the integrity of the election process.”

Public sector unions lose in the U.S. Supreme Court – 
  While everyone awaited release of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on the constitutionality of Obamacare, the court today released a less-publicized case regarding the campaign activities of public sector unions.  By a 7-2 decision in  Knox v. SEIU, the Court held that public unions could not charge non-union government employees for their political activities – although non-union public sector workers could still be charged for non-political union administrative costs.

The Supreme Court’s Scott Walker Moment
  Five justices tell public-employee unions they “tolerate” them—for now.


Holding On For Evening in America – 
 Romney’s immediate challenge comes from swing state Republican governors, who are boasting to voters about the economic recoveries in their states. When your entire campaign depends on fomenting gloom about the economy, having such renown liberals as Rick Scott and Scott Walker heralding the morning in Florida and Wisconsin … well, let’s just say it doesn’t help. It exposes a palpable tension between the mixed reality of President Obama’s economic record, and Romney’s caricature of it.
  It’s a rich story.

2012 elections:

Left girds for voting rights battle

Labor targets the Midwest 
 The Midwest is ground zero for organized labor this fall. In the wake of the failed Wisconsin recall attempt, unions are forging ahead with their 2012 battle plan, pouring cash and resources into Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, Indiana, Minnesota and Ohio in an effort to recapture ground lost when Republicans made sweeping gains in the 2010 midterm elections.At stake is control of state legislatures, a governor’s mansion and potentially the White House.


From the Milwaukee Area Labor Council:

Union members need to grow up confronting opposition 
  As political strategy, and probably error, the Democrats leading up to June 5 underplayed the impact of what was happening to union workers. That strategy failed — hard — far from big cities. It was the rural communities that handed Scott Walker his victory – and out there, apparently, the word “union” had a bad taste and no contrary fire to dispute the view.While workers – including many non-union workers — remain proud of how quickly they gathered and protested in Madison and collected recall signatures, there were citizens who saw that not as America in action but an America to be afraid of.


A breakdown of the Farm Bill passing the Senate, by Bekah Wilce ,

 and a very helpful interactive graph chart of the bill’s {proposed} amendments.

Organic Industry Watchdog Challenges USDA’s Lack of Transparency 


Montana GOP Ad Joins Democrats in Attacking Ryan Budget
A plan to reorganize Medicare as a voucher program with less generous benefits over time is his biggest stumbling block. It’s a particularly sensitive spot for Republicans, who have pushed back hard against Democratic claims that this change would “end Medicare as we know it,” while trying to regain control on the issue by highlighting far less consequential spending changes to Medicare Advantage under President Obama’s health care plan.
“Rehberg refused to support a Republican budget plan that could harm the Medicare plan so many Montana seniors rely on,” the ad’s narrator intones.
It’s an oddly discordant note for the national GOP, who have remained mostly in lockstep behind Ryan, whose rise within the party has made him a popular pick among Republican politicians to be Mitt Romney’s running mate. Democrats are just as eager to tie Romney to the plan, whose combination of cuts to social programs and tax breaks for the wealthy they believe is politically toxic for general election voters.


Wisconsin Redux: Self-flagellating Progressives Continue to Miss the Real Problem
 Article about very real problems with voting machines … aside from the fact the Walker clearly did not “steal” the fucking election, christ.

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