A couple of important court rulings came down this afternoon, the first in Wisconsin, where Gov. Scott Walker (R) has been dealt a major blow.
Gov. Scott Walker's law repealing most collective bargaining for local and school employees was struck down by a Dane County judge Friday, yet another dramatic twist in a year and a half saga that likely sets up another showdown in the Supreme Court.
The law remains largely in force for state workers, though a federal judge struck down part of that section of the law as well earlier this year. But for city, county, and school workers the decision by Dane County Judge Juan Colas returns the law to its status before Walker signed his law in March 2011.
Lester Pines, an attorney for the Madison teachers and city of Milwaukee employees, told the Journal Sentinel, "The decision essentially creates the (2011) status quo for municipal employees and school district employees because it declared that the essential provisions of Act 10 to be unconstitutional."
The ruling is still subject to appeal, but as of this afternoon, it's a big win for labor and a defeat for Scott Walker's union-busting efforts in Wisconsin.
Speaking of court rulings, GOP setbacks, and the Midwest, it's also worth noting that Iowa Republican officials' voter-purge plan is on hold after a state judge issued an injunction this afternoon.
The purge effort hasn't been rejected, but Judge Mary Pat Gunderson ruled that it cannot be enforced while the legal challenge continues.
Between this and other recent legal setbacks in Ohio, Florida, and Texas, Republicans have struggled badly this summer in the courts.