The Senate requires a quorum to take up any measures that spend money. But Republicans on Wednesday split from the legislation the proposal to curtail union rights, which spends no money, and a special conference committee of state lawmakers approved the bill a short time later.
The lone Democrat present on the conference committee, Rep. Tony Barca, shouted that the surprise meeting was a violation of the state's open meetings law but Republicans voted over his objections. The Senate then convened within minutes and passed it without discussion or debate.
Spectators in the gallery screamed "You are cowards."
And here we were thinking cowards are people who run away.
Before throwing in the towel on the Democrats' farce, he Walker released emails showing his willingness to reach a reasonable compromise but the Democrats chose to drive the car off the ledge.
Way to throw your people under the bus.
Idaho's bill rocks:
The bill is a part of Otter's "Idaho's Students Come First" initiative, which is a legislative drive to reform the state's public schools. The bill not only gets rid of collective bargaining, but also eliminated tenure, limits the length of teacher contracts to one year, and ends the "last in, first out" method of deciding which teachers to let go during layoffs.
Teachers should have to earn their job security with merit - just like the rest of us.
Iowa is among other states who are ending taxpayer subsidized elections with backroom sweetheart deals.
What's interesting in all of this, is those of us who are aware of what's going on in Massachusetts find it fascinating that Deval Patrick's union busting flies under the radar.
Wealthy union thugs had a good run but all good things must come to an end.