Sec. Of State Doug La Follette’s Name Used Without Asking

More political games…in the guise of legal actions…when it comes to the collective bargaining bill…..

What will Wisconsin Republicans think of next?

This is just….something. (Family type blog and all keeps me from being frank.)

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen’s Department of Justice is attempting to appeal Dane County Circuit Judge Maryann Sumi’s order blocking implementation of Governor’s Scott Walker’s budget-repair bill.

Specifically, according to the paperwork filed Monday, state lawyers say they are representing Secretary of State Doug La Follette, who is identified as the “petitioner” seeking to have the temporary restraining order issued by Judge Sumi lifted so that the law — which eliminates nearly all collective bargaining rights for public workers — can be published and implemented.

The “Petition for Leave to Appeal” filed by the Department of Justice lawyers concludes with the words “Secretary La Follette respectfully requests… an ex parte order granting temporary relief from the TRO entered by Judge Sumi on March 18, 2011…”

The state’s lawyers argue that Judge Sumi’s order impedes La Follette from doing his ministerial duty of publishing the bill by March 25, the last day of a 10-day period for publication allowed under the state constitution.

But the Department of Justice attorneys did not consult La Follette about whether he has any objection to Judge Sumi’s order.

The secretary of state says he has not complained about the judge’s order.

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