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Democrats admit: The people of Wisconsin like Act 10. They like that the unchecked power of public sector unions has finally been curbed. They like that essential services are still provided but their tax bills--finally--have not gone up.
So Democrats need to change the message mid-stream: It's no longer about "collective bargaining." Instead they are just going to make up some messages. Which makes you wonder what this is really about. (Here's a hint: It's power). From the lefty rag Mother Jones:
In an interview, an official with the Democratic Party of Wisconsin downplayed the importance of the anti-union provisions in Walker's "budget repair" bill in the Democrats' broader recall strategy. "Collective bargaining is not moving people," says Graeme Zielinski, a Democratic Party spokesman. And in the party's new strategy memo (PDF) for defeating Walker, there's little mention of collective bargaining or organized labor in the Democrats' messaging plans.
Walker's controversial anti-union legislation, known as Act 10, curbed collective bargaining rights for most public employees and made it harder for unions to recertify and collect dues from their members. (A federal judge later ruled that the recertification and dues provisions weren't legal.) When Walker introduced the bill—"dropped the bomb," as he put it—and threatened to sic the National Guard on angry public workers, tens of thousands of protesters poured into the streets of Madison, the state capital; thousands more occupied the Capitol rotunda.