Skip to comments.Wisconsin senators living day-to-day south of border (Lt Gov unsure on who is paying for vacation)
Posted on 02/21/2011 7:46:40 PM PST by Libloather
Wisconsin senators living day-to-day south of border
Escape to Illinois to avoid vote on budget leaves lawmakers short on essentials
By Dawn Rhodes, Hailey Branson-Potts and Erin Meyer, Tribune reporters
8:05 p.m. CST, February 21, 2011
Neither the Illinois nor the Wisconsin constitutions allow for the arrest of a member of the state legislature during the session unless the lawmaker is being charged with a felony, treason or a breach of the peace.
"Gov. Walker has said in the last few days that he has no intention to order police to arrest lawmakers," said his press secretary, Cullen Werwie.
Mordecai Lee, a professor of government affairs at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee and former Democratic state senator, said that on several occasions during his Senate career, the sergeant-at-arms came to his office to tell him it was time to vote, escorting him to the floor.
In a "Call of the House," the sergeant-at-arms locks the doors to the Senate chambers with the lawmakers inside while searching the Capitol to make a quorum, Lee said.
Lee said Wisconsin police have no power to take the lawmakers into custody as long as they remain out of the state.
Even so, the senators remain mum on their exact locations in Illinois.
"There's no point in issuing a press release about where I am," said Sen. Fred Risser, D-Madison. "I'm not necessarily in one place."
Sen. Jim Holperin, D-Eagle River, said they don't want protesters showing up at their doors.
"We are at work and we do need to have the ability to do that without distraction," he said.
While in their self-imposed exile, the lawmakers are trying to stay connected to home.
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We need a network of patriot ‘minutemen’ in northern IL keeping a watch for these fugitives, ready to spread the word if any are spotted and close in on them with flash mobs once they are located.
LOL, Mister Coggs thinks he's a refugee (aka "victim"), when in fact, he is a...
Obamao of course.
The Governor could make an Executive Order to eliminate direct deposit of Lawmaker’s funds and that any money for lawmakers must be picked up in person.
Her hubby is a representative and great guy as well. He was a high school mate.
I hope they show up at their doors anyway.
Do your job, cowards.
The Fruit loop Fourteen. They forgot to feed the cat, and turn off the iron.
Another Republican beauty.
When they return, if they return, they should have to take a drug test. Why not ?
One word: WOW!
Let’s face it, Conservative (and Republican) women are HOT! democrat women are proof that feminism was created to allow ugly women to progress when their skills and intelligence can’t compete.
Conservative (and GOP) women are secure in themselves and thus tend to be beautiful. It is the inner beauty that shines out — but that is what makes for a HOTTIE!
Did they take their families with them. If so, even more expense.
Let’s use a little reverse logic here. The governor needs to declare on all of the local TV stations that those RATS On The Run are barred from returning to the state or stepping foot on the capitol grounds. The Leftists will freak when they hear that. The RATS will be back in no time!
Least they could have done is keep the money in Wisconsin.
I heard the Fruit Loop Fourteen are texting about the bedbugs biting them at the hotel. lol
Don’t let the bedbugs bite you!
Put a stop on their public credit cards. Cut off the funds!
Maybe the governor can temporarily hire some homeless people to sit in the RATS’ seats for the voting!
Cancel their state credit cards.
The AWOL Wisconsin Dems deserve all the hardship and inconveniences that they get. They brought this on by their cowardly actions. Now when they decide to come back they’ll all cower back with their tails in between their legs, just like a dog that just peed on the rug and got caught at it?