WBEZ | Wisconsin democrats http://www.wbez.org/tags/wisconsin-democrats Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Judge blocks contentious Wisconsin union law http://www.wbez.org/story/news/judge-blocks-contentious-wisconsin-union-law-83944 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//story/photo/2011-March/2011-03-18/110028781.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>A Wisconsin judge has issued a temporary restraining order blocking the state's new and contentious collective bargaining law from taking effect.</p><p>Dane County Judge Maryann Sumi issued the order Friday to temporarily block the law as Dane Country's District Attorney Ismael Ozanne, a Democrat, had requested.</p><p>Ozanne filed a lawsuit contending that a legislative committee that broke a stalemate that had kept the law in limbo for weeks met without the 24-hour notice required by Wisconsin's open meetings law. The Republican-controlled Legislature passed the measure and Gov. Scott Walker signed it last week. The law could not have taken effect until it was formally published, and Democratic secretary of state Doug La Follette had planned to wait the full 10 days allowed, until March 25.</p><p>A spokesman for Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald declined to comment, citing the legal fight. Messages left for comment with Walker's spokesmen, as well as Democratic legislative leaders, were not immediately returned.</p><p><br /><br />&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 18 Mar 2011 21:11:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/news/judge-blocks-contentious-wisconsin-union-law-83944 Indiana Democrats flee from anti-union vote http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-24/indiana-democrats-flee-anti-union-vote-82835 <p><p>Illinois is turning into a hot destination spot&ndash; at least for Democrats on the run from surrounding states! First, Democrats from Wisconsin began camping out last week in Rockford. Now a group of Indiana Democratic lawmakers are reportedly in Urbana. They left to avoid voting on what some describe as anti-union legislation put forth by Republicans.</p><p>Indiana&rsquo;s Republican <a target="_blank" href="http://www.in.gov/gov/">Gov. Mitch Daniels</a> had some choice words about these absentee Democrats.&nbsp; WBEZ's Northwest Indiana reporter Michael Puente joined <em>Eight Forty-Eight&nbsp;</em>to discuss the Democratic move &ndash; which has effectively shut down work at the Indiana Statehouse.</p><p><em>Music Button: Bill Frisell, &quot;Better Than A Machine&quot;, from the CD Beautiful Dreamers, (Savoy Jazz) </em></p></p> Thu, 24 Feb 2011 15:28:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-24/indiana-democrats-flee-anti-union-vote-82835