With anti-union law blocked (for now), no consensus on what's next

It may be a whole new ballgame in the wake of the temporary restraining order issued by a Dane County judge on the anti-collective bargaining law forced (possibly illegally) through the legislature. Then again, it may not, as pundits and analysts seem to be still taking in the lay of the land and trying to get their bearings. The lawsuit, brought by Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne was based on the legislative action’s violation of Wisconsin’s open-meetings law.

The restraining order only indicates that the suit has enough merit that it should be heard, according to the judge, and does not necessarily indicate where a final ruling might go – which is not to say it isn’t clearly good news.

But this is also an order based on what is a procedural violation, rather than a ruling on the substance of the crammed-through law… and as many have said, that does leave open the possibility of the GOP leadership calling the legislature back into session to pass it again (if the ultimate ruling goes against them) – and the whole ballgame could start all over again.

Will the court throw out the law? Will the GOP try again? The only consensus seems to be that there is no consensus, but with the recall efforts moving through at warp speed, the Senate Republicans do have other things to worry about…