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Wisconsin judge strikes down law restricting collective bargaining

More via The Washington Post:

It was not clear if the ruling means the law is immediately suspended. The law took away nearly all collective bargaining rights from most workers and has been in effect for more than a year.

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Dane County Circuit Judge Juan Colas ruled that the law violates both the state and U.S. Constitution and is null and void. The ruling comes after a lawsuit brought by the Madison teachers union and a union for Milwaukee city employees.

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The proposal was introduced shortly after Walker took office in February last year. It resulted in a firestorm of opposition and led to huge protests at the state Capitol that lasted for weeks. All 14 Democratic state senators fled the state to Illinois for three weeks in an ultimately failed attempt to stop the law’s passage from the Republican-controlled Legislature.

Liberals rejoiced (unexpectedly!):

https://twitter.com/brianwacnik/status/246735702308560896

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https://twitter.com/BJHare/status/246736514376151040

https://twitter.com/hobomundas/status/246736332699860993

https://twitter.com/GinnyWindsor623/status/246735845292388352

https://twitter.com/Jmaan33/status/246735209884692480

Not to worry. Ed couldn’t help but pop in for a happy dance:

Governor Scott Walker is disappointed in the ruling but believes it will be overturned on appeal. He issued a statement in response to the ruling:

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Let’s hope so.

https://twitter.com/NathanWurtzel/status/246729653409165312

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