Blow to labor
Analysts are calling Wisconsin recall election results a victory not just for Gov. Scott Walker, but for all politicians challenging the power of labor unions.
The close vote Tuesday shouldn’t have much of an effect in Indiana, however.
Gov. Mitch Daniels stripped state employees of collective bargaining rights in 2005 on his second day in office, and the Republican-controlled General Assembly over the last two sessions has devastated the authority of the remaining unions, particularly with passage of the right-to-work law earlier this year.
California voters approved changes to the state’s term-limits law Tuesday, but still maintained strict guidelines.
Proposition 28, approved by nearly a 2-to-1 margin, limits the time an office-holder can serve in the legislature from 14 years to 12, but allows the member to serve the entire time in one chamber.
The 1990 term-limits law, lawmakers could serve no more than six years in the state assembly and eight years in the state Senate.