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Wisconsin senators living day-to-day south of border (Lt Gov unsure on who is paying for vacation)
Chicago Breaking News ^ | 2/21/11 | Dawn Rhodes, Hailey Branson-Potts, Erin Meyer

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

**SNIP**

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at chicagobreakingnews.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; US: Illinois; US: Wisconsin
KEYWORDS: fleas; senators; vacation; wisconsin; wisconsinshowdown
Wisconsin's Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch was just on Greta. She doesn't know how the RAT Fleas are paying for their great escape.

Rules.


1 posted on 02/21/2011 7:46:49 PM PST by Libloather
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To: Libloather

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.


2 posted on 02/21/2011 7:49:57 PM PST by Liberty1970 (Thanking God for many blessings :-))
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To: Libloather
"It's just roughing it, like staying in a college dorm all over again," Coggs said. "It's sort of like being a refugee."

LOL, Mister Coggs thinks he's a refugee (aka "victim"), when in fact, he is a...

COWARD!

.

3 posted on 02/21/2011 7:54:31 PM PST by Seaplaner (Never give in. Never give in. Never...except to convictions of honour and good sense. W. Churchill)
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To: Libloather

Obamao of course.


4 posted on 02/21/2011 7:56:50 PM PST by TribalPrincess2U (They don't need to do another 911. They have BHO.)
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To: Libloather

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.


5 posted on 02/21/2011 7:57:41 PM PST by tobyhill
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To: Libloather

Her hubby is a representative and great guy as well. He was a high school mate.


6 posted on 02/21/2011 7:58:33 PM PST by Solson (The Voters stole the election! And the establishment wants it back.)
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To: Liberty1970

I hope they show up at their doors anyway.

Do your job, cowards.


7 posted on 02/21/2011 7:58:36 PM PST by TribalPrincess2U (They don't need to do another 911. They have BHO.)
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To: Liberty1970

The Fruit loop Fourteen. They forgot to feed the cat, and turn off the iron.


8 posted on 02/21/2011 7:58:46 PM PST by timestax (Why not drug tests for the President AND all White Hut staff ? ? ?)
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To: Libloather
cancel all State credit cards carried by the delinquents and publically announce the State will not pay for any expenses incurred by them!!!
9 posted on 02/21/2011 8:00:14 PM PST by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-Qaeda" and its allies.)
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To: Libloather

Another Republican beauty.


10 posted on 02/21/2011 8:00:24 PM PST by TribalPrincess2U (They don't need to do another 911. They have BHO.)
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To: timestax

When they return, if they return, they should have to take a drug test. Why not ?


11 posted on 02/21/2011 8:01:05 PM PST by timestax (Why not drug tests for the President AND all White Hut staff ? ? ?)
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To: Libloather

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!


12 posted on 02/21/2011 8:01:34 PM PST by freedumb2003 (The TOTUS-reader is a Judas Goat, leading the American sheeple to the slaugherhouse /Parmy)
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To: TribalPrincess2U

Did they take their families with them. If so, even more expense.


13 posted on 02/21/2011 8:01:34 PM PST by TribalPrincess2U (They don't need to do another 911. They have BHO.)
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To: Libloather

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!


14 posted on 02/21/2011 8:06:11 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: TribalPrincess2U

Least they could have done is keep the money in Wisconsin.


15 posted on 02/21/2011 8:07:33 PM PST by Brimack34 (.)
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To: timestax

I heard the Fruit Loop Fourteen are texting about the bedbugs biting them at the hotel. lol
Don’t let the bedbugs bite you!


16 posted on 02/21/2011 8:08:25 PM PST by timestax (Why not drug tests for the President AND all White Hut staff ? ? ?)
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To: tobyhill

Put a stop on their public credit cards. Cut off the funds!


17 posted on 02/21/2011 8:10:25 PM PST by Bronzy (We Remembered In November.)
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To: Libloather

Maybe the governor can temporarily hire some homeless people to sit in the RATS’ seats for the voting!


18 posted on 02/21/2011 8:10:53 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Libloather

Cancel their state credit cards.


19 posted on 02/21/2011 8:13:41 PM PST by TASMANIANRED (We kneel to no prince but the Prince of Peace)
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To: Libloather

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?


20 posted on 02/21/2011 8:14:48 PM PST by zbogwan2
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To: Libloather

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?


21 posted on 02/21/2011 8:15:11 PM PST by zbogwan2
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To: zbogwan2

Sorry for the double post. Hit wrong button.


22 posted on 02/21/2011 8:17:37 PM PST by zbogwan2
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To: Jack Hydrazine

“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.”

Can he do that? I love the idea, but just asking. I mean, are there only certain reasons that justify doing so or not?


23 posted on 02/21/2011 8:19:39 PM PST by llandres
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To: freedumb2003
One word: WOW!

Yeah, I was kinda glued to the TV for a few minutes there.

24 posted on 02/21/2011 8:20:32 PM PST by Libloather (The epitome of civility.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Duh, I’m a little slow tonight - I thought you were serious (wishful thinking on my part)! :-)


25 posted on 02/21/2011 8:23:49 PM PST by llandres
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To: freedumb2003
to progress when their skills and intelligence can’t compete.

That's part of why unions exist too.

26 posted on 02/21/2011 8:25:13 PM PST by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: Libloather

If their state-supported phones, credit cards, and internet access had been cut off, we’d know who was paying


27 posted on 02/21/2011 8:29:07 PM PST by bigbob (-)
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To: Libloather
I can see where expulsion is not allowed in this case. I do not see where arrest is precluded.

Article IV:

Section 7. Each house shall be the judge of the elections, returns and qualifications of its own members; and a majority of each shall constitute a quorum to do business, but a smaller number may adjourn from day to day, and may compel the attendance of absent members in such manner and under such penalties as each house may provide.

Section 8. Each house may determine the rules of its own proceedings, punish for contempt and disorderly behavior, and with the concurrence of two-thirds of all the members elected, expel a member; but no member shall be expelled a second time for the same cause.

28 posted on 02/21/2011 8:32:32 PM PST by scrabblehack
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To: Libloather

I can just hear them say on the first day they return, if they do return:

We’re not real senators, but we did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night.


29 posted on 02/21/2011 8:33:41 PM PST by Enough is ENOUGH
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Now I’ll have “Band on the Run” in my head for a while. I hear a parody song here.

“Rats on the run, rats on the run”


30 posted on 02/21/2011 8:35:07 PM PST by Caribou ( www.ktok.com Red State Radio free streaming. RIP Mark Shannon)
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To: Libloather

Rockford, IL - Wisconsin DemocRAT Sanctuary City.


31 posted on 02/21/2011 8:36:29 PM PST by OrioleFan (Republicans believe every day is the 4th of July, democrats believe every day is April 15.)
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To: Libloather

LOL!

Give me a frickin break! Like we’re supposed to believe that these “fugitives” can’t have their wives or flunkies simply FedEx them anything they need that that they’re not willing to buy locally.

And what’s the deal with roughing it in “survival mode” in Chicago, anyway? No stores? No restaurants? No five star hotels? I guess not. I really had no idea that living in Chicago or the rest of Illinois amounts to being in “survival mode”. Guess they’ll really be glad to get back to civilization when they leave the Serengeti, uh I mean Illinois, and return to Wisconsin, hey?


32 posted on 02/21/2011 8:47:26 PM PST by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Made from the right stuff!)
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To: tobyhill

I don’t know about WI, but most state legislators don’t make a lot of money. I imagine the wives would not be too happy if their paychecks were cut off, however temporarily, as their bills become due.


33 posted on 02/21/2011 8:52:07 PM PST by EDINVA
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To: scrabblehack
Pardon me...Article IV, Section 15:

SECTION 15.

Members of the legislature shall in all cases, except treason, felony and breach of the peace, be privileged from arrest; nor shall they be subject to any civil process, during the session of the legislature, nor for fifteen days next before the commencement and after the termination of each session.

34 posted on 02/21/2011 9:01:35 PM PST by scrabblehack
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To: Jack Hydrazine

“Maybe the governor an temp.jhir some homeless people to sit in the RATS seats for the voting”. LOL, Jack, LOL!!!


35 posted on 02/21/2011 9:03:41 PM PST by Mountain Mary (Scott Walker for President!)
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To: Mountain Mary

Oops: typing errors. But you know I was trying to quote you!
Too hilarious imagery...


36 posted on 02/21/2011 9:05:04 PM PST by Mountain Mary (Scott Walker for President!)
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To: Libloather

I’m sure they can find these guys if they really want to find them. They claim that they’re charging their rooms on their Wisconsin state credit cards so it shouldn’t be hard to track them.


37 posted on 02/21/2011 9:07:03 PM PST by Walts Ice Pick
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To: Libloather
Wisconsin's Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch

Not guilty.

38 posted on 02/21/2011 9:07:15 PM PST by ElkGroveDan (If every person were like Sarah Palin, this world would be a peaceful, beautiful world to live in.)
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To: Libloather
"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."

Ya ever notice... lotsa libs have that problem. At least he's honest about it.

39 posted on 02/21/2011 9:17:40 PM PST by upchuck (When excerpting please use the entire 300 words we are allowed. No more one or two sentence posts!)
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To: timestax

bump


40 posted on 02/21/2011 9:34:42 PM PST by timestax (Why not drug tests for the President AND all White Hut staff ? ? ?)
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To: llandres

Well, half serious, half humorous. Since Leftists act like children then tell the children they can’t do something, such as barring entry back into the state or the capitol complex, and they’ll go ahead and do it out of spite.


41 posted on 02/21/2011 9:38:05 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Caribou

“RATS On The Run” parody song!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qlfPCElWYys


42 posted on 02/21/2011 9:44:12 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: timestax

and a test for sexually transmitted diseases...and bedbugs.


43 posted on 02/21/2011 10:10:04 PM PST by pankot
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To: Libloather
"We are at work and we do need to have the ability to do that without distraction," he said.

LOL! What a maroon! They're Democrats! They don't even know what work is let along being out of town and PRETENDING to be "at work"!

44 posted on 02/21/2011 10:26:36 PM PST by VeniVidiVici (Why are public employee unions attacking taxpayers?)
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To: scrabblehack

It’s a felony to misuse public funds. Arrest them. Try them. When convicted, put them in prison.

F them, F their families, F their pets even.


45 posted on 02/21/2011 10:35:41 PM PST by Fledermaus (If the GOP now cannot defund NPR, etc. then VOTE THEM OUT and start over.)
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To: timestax

bttt


46 posted on 02/21/2011 11:33:26 PM PST by timestax (Why not drug tests for the President AND all White Hut staff ? ? ?)
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To: tobyhill
"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>"

Yup. Pick up your check in the well of the Senate at 11:00 Since there has already been plenty of time for debate, vote the Bill at 11:01.

47 posted on 02/22/2011 6:15:26 AM PST by cookcounty (We can't be overdrawn, we still have moreT-Bill paper!)
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To: timestax

b t t t


48 posted on 02/22/2011 7:47:09 AM PST by timestax (Why not drug tests for the President AND all White Hut staff ? ? ?)
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To: BerryDingle

Why Unions exist...

DOE: Two-Thirds of WI 8th Graders Can’t Read Proficiently...

http://cnsnews.com/news/article/two-thirds-wisconsin-public-school-8th-g


49 posted on 02/22/2011 7:56:50 AM PST by kcvl
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