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Wisconsin GOP Will (maybe) Start (might be)Closing (some) Access to Offices at 6 p.m. Saturday
Slate ^ | 2/24/2011 | David Weigel

Posted on 02/24/2011 12:14:32 PM PST by chickadee

MADISON, Wisc. -- Sen. Scott Fitzgerald, the GOP's leader in the upper house, said today that access to parts of the Capitol will be closed off to the public starting 6 p.m.

A little background. The occupation of the capitol is, in some ways, a fluke. Citizens are allowed to stay overnight in the Capitol if there is a hearing going on and people are giving testimony. Democrats have had a quasi-official hearing going since the start of this impasse, which has allowed hundreds of people to sleep in the Capitol every night. But since the start of this week, the Assembly and Senate wings of the Capitol have been closed off by police tape, restricting movement. At his presser today and in a short scrum afterward, Fitzgerald explained that the Senate would start limiting access to those areas after 6 p.m. Saturday, restricting the sleepover.

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TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: capitol; madison; sleepover
Like everything the squishy GOP does, this is unclear.
1 posted on 02/24/2011 12:14:37 PM PST by chickadee
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To: chickadee

Surely there’s some statute that allows lawmakers to defend the state Capitol against mob action. Fire codes? Loitering? Vagrancy? Mopery with intent to gawk?


2 posted on 02/24/2011 12:17:29 PM PST by Interesting Times (WinterSoldier.com. SwiftVets.com. ToSetTheRecordStraight.com.)
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To: chickadee

I hope the protesters cleaned up after themselves. (sarc)


3 posted on 02/24/2011 12:18:01 PM PST by duckman (My Grandma Isn't Shovel Ready!)
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To: Interesting Times

Looking the pictures, I wondered about fire codes, too. It’s hard to believe that it’s ok for that many people to be in the the building at once.

But I figured they were afraid to move people out forcibly because of how it would look on TV.

I just hope, once they do get the building cleared, there are lots of pictures of the filth left behind. I bet it’s a mess in there.


4 posted on 02/24/2011 12:22:04 PM PST by NRPM (America again in 2010!)
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To: chickadee

Cross reference

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2679459/posts?q=1&;page=1#1


5 posted on 02/24/2011 12:23:23 PM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear
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To: NRPM
Typical of all state houses throughout the nation, this one is undoubtedly governed only by rules agreed to by the two legislative houses ~ just like the US Capitol building.

Things like firecodes ~ even state firecodes ~ simply do not apply.

6 posted on 02/24/2011 12:24:47 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

I don’t believe this has anything to do with the other thread. The Wisconsin GOP offices are not in the Capitol.


7 posted on 02/24/2011 12:27:38 PM PST by chickadee
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To: chickadee

“Democrats have had a quasi-official hearing going since the start of this impasse, which has allowed hundreds of people to sleep in the Capitol every night”

How does this work? Are they spectrally projecting their essences across state lines?


8 posted on 02/24/2011 12:42:09 PM PST by Tublecane
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To: muawiyah
Things like firecodes ~ even state firecodes ~ simply do not apply.

For Commies.

9 posted on 02/24/2011 12:43:01 PM PST by newfrpr04 (Don)
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To: Interesting Times
Surely there’s some statute that allows lawmakers to defend the state Capitol against mob SLOB action. There, I fixed your post.
10 posted on 02/24/2011 12:46:03 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: newfrpr04

Check with your local state constitution.


11 posted on 02/24/2011 12:47:05 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: Tublecane

It’s the State Assembly which has been holding hearings. It’s the State Senate who are the “fleebaggers” holding out in Illinois.


12 posted on 02/24/2011 12:48:23 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: chickadee
I think I would pass out flyers to explain the building would be fogged for bugs.... then send in a crew to initiate it at the appointed time.

You'd be killing two birds with one stone.......or...... eliminating two sets of pests with one action. :)

13 posted on 02/24/2011 12:50:17 PM PST by LaineyDee (Don't mess with Texas wimmen!)
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To: chickadee

Perhaps it will require for a few GOP offices to be trashed first before the GOP takes action.


14 posted on 02/24/2011 12:50:18 PM PST by 353FMG
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To: chickadee
Do you always complain when your team is winning? Or are you rooting for the other side?
15 posted on 02/24/2011 12:58:23 PM PST by Once-Ler (ProLife ProGun ProGod ProSoldier ProBusiness Republican for Palin)
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To: muawiyah

Good point M, legislatures tend to be their own legal jurisdictions in many areas operating under their own set of rules. I agree with it too, it’s part of keeping the three branches separate and equal.


16 posted on 02/24/2011 12:58:47 PM PST by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! You can vote Democrat when you're dead.)
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To: Tublecane

*** “Democrats have had a quasi-official hearing going since the start of this impasse, which has allowed hundreds of people to sleep in the Capitol every night”

How does this work? ***


How does this work? Ya got me. The more I read about the games our legislators play with their obscure rules, the more it sickens me.


17 posted on 02/24/2011 12:59:22 PM PST by chickadee
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To: chickadee

They are nearby in the downtown area.


18 posted on 02/24/2011 1:11:53 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: Once-Ler

“My side” is not winning. They are becoming bozos in an age when image is everything.


19 posted on 02/24/2011 1:12:53 PM PST by chickadee
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To: chickadee

What would sicken me is if the Mayor of Madison thought it was OK for him to go in there with his cops and beat up the members of the legislature.


20 posted on 02/24/2011 1:13:27 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: Once-Ler
Here's a further example of their bozoness:

State Senate Fails to Pass Voter ID Bill

MADISON, Wisc. -- The gambit failed, for now. The Republican-only state Senate adjourned for the day -- after a 40-minute session -- without passing the voter ID bill. The reason? Republicans had a problem. The legislation offered reimbursements to pay for IDs for voters who currently lacked them. That was a financial component -- that meant 20 senators needed to be present to pass the bill. There was talk of striking that component from the bill, which would have made it germane to pass by the rump of GOP senators. But failing to include the reimbursement would have inspired instant lawsuits -- likely successful lawsuits -- striking down the law.

21 posted on 02/24/2011 1:16:21 PM PST by chickadee
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To: muawiyah

I don’t see any likelihood of that happening.


22 posted on 02/24/2011 1:19:16 PM PST by chickadee
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To: chickadee

A bunch of liberal scum invade the GOP offices and you blaim the GOP for being wimpy. As an example you cite an article that shows the GOP follows the rule of law. You and the libtards both demoralize and undermine the GOP. You are a real piece of work.


23 posted on 02/24/2011 2:18:21 PM PST by Once-Ler (ProLife ProGun ProGod ProSoldier ProBusiness Republican for Palin)
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To: Once-Ler

I think you need to try a little harder to get your head in the game. This thread is about the fact that the Repubs are finally going to close down the Capitol building (maybe) to the rabble that has been sleeping in it for more than a week. And, they’re not so sure that they will close it completely.

The GOP HQ offices are blocks away from the Capitol and it has nothing to do with this story.

And, yes, the Repubs are acting like bozos and buffoons. They apparently can’t stand success. Just look at the idiotic things they have done this week. Mary Lazik allowed the runaway Dems to participate by phone in a committee hearing. The Repubs allowed the runaway Dems to vote via FAX on another bill - going so far as to make the vote a “paper” vote so they could participate.

The Repubs were finally going to pass some other legislation that supposedly was unrelated to finance and didn’t require a quorum (voter ID) and, oh, oops, realized that the bill had a financial component to it, that prevented passage without a quorum. duh

The Repubs in the Assembly passed the budget repair bill last Friday, but retracted the vote when the Dems started whining. You see what they got for it - 48 hours and counting of useless Dem whining and dozens of amendments.

They allowed the rabble to take over the Capitol building in the first place. And to put a cherry on top of the cake, the governor allowed himself to get pranked this week.

I don’t need to demoralize or undermine the GOP, they are doing a darned good job themselves.

And, you bet I have a right to gripe - the Repubs are going to lose this because they are timid and they don’t have any staying power and they are unprofessional. I worked for their election. I donated to their elections. I am a taxpayer.


24 posted on 02/24/2011 4:09:56 PM PST by chickadee
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To: chickadee
Thank you for correcting me. I was reading two threads at the same time. Please let me rephrase what I said.
A bunch of liberal scum invade the GOP offices state capitol and you blame the GOP for being wimpy. As an example you cite an article that shows the GOP follows the rule of law. You and the libtards both demoralize and undermine the GOP. You are a real piece of work.
Better?

You say you know something about perception. Why do you obstinately kick the ankles of giants. Walker and the GOP majorities have shown the way to fiscal sanity to the rest of the states. Here is my perception. Letting the rats shut down the schools, and state government has produced a backlash you are seem unaware of. Shutting down the schools cost Joe Blow $500 in daycare or wages lost. Bused in union thugs and homeless people turn off the average guy. So has fraudulent doctor sick notes. So has fleebaggers yukking it up on comedy shows like the colbert report.
67% Disapprove of Legislators Fleeing Wisconsin to Avoid Vote I can't see why you are getting riled up about a phone meeting.

The Repubs allowed the runaway Dems to vote via FAX on another bill - going so far as to make the vote a “paper” vote so they could participate.

Evidently the state senate committee's rules allow a vote by fax but the bill to withhold the fleebaggers paychecks still won. Point GOP. You would rather they get a paycheck? The GOP has a majority on all committees. You presume that a vote delayed on GOP legislation is preferable to a faxed in passage. You are a bitching over nothing. We have the votes. We have popular support and it gets worse for the rats each day they stall. Walker is going to crush the unions when the fleebaggers return. That will be sooner than later.

The Repubs in the Assembly passed the budget repair bill last Friday, but retracted the vote when the Dems started whining. You see what they got for it - 48 hours and counting of useless Dem whining and dozens of amendments.

Walker has already convinced the taxpayers/voters he is right by letting the rats be rats. Letting them talk and giving where it makes no difference. Tomorrow he sends out layoff notices to 1500 state workers. Go Scott Go.

And, you bet I have a right to gripe - the Repubs are going to lose this because they are timid and they don’t have any staying power and they are unprofessional. I worked for their election. I donated to their elections. I am a taxpayer.

Thanx for donating and working for the GOP candidates. Thanx for paying your taxes. With those credentials I would have expected you to spend some time on this thread going after the bad guys(rats). We have the votes and Walker ain't gonna cave.

25 posted on 02/24/2011 9:02:23 PM PST by Once-Ler (ProLife ProGun ProGod ProSoldier ProBusiness Republican for Palin)
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To: Once-Ler

Thanks for taking the time to respond. I really prefer your scenario to mine, but I know what the media can accomplish, given time, and time is not on the Repubs’ side. There are wobbly Repubs in the Senate.


26 posted on 02/24/2011 9:21:16 PM PST by chickadee
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