When a local restaurant closed yesterday, one if its owners told a Journal-Sentinel reporter that "the new Milwaukee ordinance that requires city employers to provide sick days to their workers would have made it difficult for her to continue in business."
As if on cue, the paper's "right-wing guy" Patrick McIlheran seized at this scrumptious tidbit and composed a righteous screed entitled, "Milwaukee gets sick leave, Heinemann's dies of the grippe."
Never mind that nearly 70% of Milwaukee voters approved the ordinance on Nov. 4. Never mind that the ordinance isn't set to take effect for more than a month.
And especially never mind that the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce (MMAC) filed a civil action against the city last month alleging that the ordinance violates every fundamental precept of State and federal law except for the Geneva Convention (or maybe there's an amended complaint in the works).
In the meantime MMAC, one of whose officers is McIlheran's corporate boss Steven J. Smith, is seeking an injunction against the ordinance until its complaint is more fully litigated.
There's a hearing on that motion scheduled for Jan. 29* in circuit court and frankly, it stands a pretty good chance of succeeding.
One of MMAC's more compelling arguments is that the skimpy language presented to voters in November in no way described what turned out to be the substance of the ordinance which, MMAC claims, guarantees numerous paid days off not only to victims of sexual abuse and stalking, but also to the stalkers themselves.
But of course let's not let any of that get in the way of Patrick McIlheran's typically fallacious stoking of his conservative fans.
* Since reset for Feb. 6.