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A Prodigal Democrat Returns
Human Events ^ | March 2, 2011 | John Hayward

Posted on 03/02/2011 3:59:11 AM PST by Scanian

It appears that one of the 14 fugitive Wisconsin Democrats has returned to the state capitol, heeding Governor Scott Walker’s ultimatum.

A flurry of Twitter messages late Tuesday night heralded the return of Democrat State Senator Tim Cullen, who represents labor union interests in the 15th Senate District surrounding Janesville, Wisconsin.

A Tuesday piece in the Janesville Gazette described Cullen as “open to some of Governor Scott Walker's budget proposals.” The Gazette describes his position as follows:

“Cullen calls Walker's budget address a good speech, and the goal of getting Wisconsin moving again is shared by everyone. He does have a lot of questions about the details though. The Democrat wants to know how it will affect schools, municipalities, and health care. He says the sticking point is still the proposal to strip public workers of most of their collective bargaining rights.”

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


TOPICS: Breaking News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Wisconsin
KEYWORDS: bargaining; budget; budgetproposals; democrats; fleebaggers; nocompromise; scottwalker; timcullen; unions; walker; wisconsinshowdown
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1 posted on 03/02/2011 3:59:13 AM PST by Scanian
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To: Scanian

The whiff of compromise is in the air.


2 posted on 03/02/2011 4:00:50 AM PST by Colonel Kangaroo
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To: Scanian

I will believe it when I see it. After what the mob did to Glenn Grothman, they would tear Cullen limb from limb unless he entered in disguise.


3 posted on 03/02/2011 4:01:37 AM PST by chickadee
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To: chickadee

Anybody know what kind of district Cullen represents?


4 posted on 03/02/2011 4:02:57 AM PST by Scanian
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To: Scanian
I wonder how “civil” the Left will be toward him.
5 posted on 03/02/2011 4:04:40 AM PST by Shqipo (I am the unofficial originator of the Mega-Bump! Only use judiciously.)
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To: Scanian
Could more than one of them be returning unbeknownst to any of the others...?

If so, ROTF!!

6 posted on 03/02/2011 4:07:24 AM PST by mewzilla (Hey, Schumer, your Lockerbie report left quite a bit out.)
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To: Scanian

I don’t know, but I am betting that more than one elected Democrat is thinking that there could be real violence if they don’t stop their shenanigans.


7 posted on 03/02/2011 4:09:10 AM PST by chickadee
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To: Scanian

I don’t know the Janesville district, but on doing a little checking, Hulsey was Dane County Board supervisor before running for the Assembly. Dane County is where Madison is located, so one would have to presume he is a very left of left lefty.


8 posted on 03/02/2011 4:18:20 AM PST by chickadee
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To: Scanian
Questions:

Where are the police to protect the Republican Senators from the mob (silly question)?

Why wasn't the Democrat Senator detained when he returned to the state to be delivered to the Senate chamber?

9 posted on 03/02/2011 4:24:47 AM PST by Truth29
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

I smell it, too, & it stinks.


10 posted on 03/02/2011 4:25:55 AM PST by Mister Da (The mark of a wise man is not what he knows, but what he knows he doesn't know!)
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To: Scanian
Sounds like Cullen was inching in this direction a week ago...

Cullen sees way to end senators' hideout

State Sen. Tim Cullen of Janesville spoke from his "undisclosed location in northern Illinois" on Monday, saying he has proposed a way out of the stalemate that has kept him and other Democrats out of the Senate chamber for five days.

more...

11 posted on 03/02/2011 4:31:42 AM PST by C210N (0bama, Making the US safe for Global Marxism)
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To: C210N

(note: that article is from LAST Tuesday, 2/22)


12 posted on 03/02/2011 4:32:48 AM PST by C210N (0bama, Making the US safe for Global Marxism)
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To: Scanian

On the Indana front, Mitch Daniels and the republicans are mocking the dems in song. House Speaker docked their pay and told them to come back to work act like grown ups. The local media has turned on the dems as well.

I would think that there is no solidarity in the Urbana Comfort Inn now and there are alot of dems who now wished they never pulled this stunt.


13 posted on 03/02/2011 4:33:03 AM PST by TMA62 (Al Sharpton - The North Korea of race relations)
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To: chickadee
"they would tear Cullen limb from limb unless he entered in disguise."

"Hey mon, I am Raustis from Kingston, here to support your fight against the mon."

14 posted on 03/02/2011 4:34:44 AM PST by Rebelbase
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To: Scanian

Janesville has one of the highest unemployment rates in the whole state. It’s been hard hit since the GM plant there closed a few years ago. There are a lot of private sector union members who are supporting Walker in this case. They’ve watched their pay and benefits cut and are not sympathetic to the leeches here. Only the hardcore Kool-aid drinkers are. btw, Janesville is also in Rep. Paul Ryan’s district.


15 posted on 03/02/2011 4:45:46 AM PST by creeping death
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To: chickadee

I would imagine Janesville is heavily Dem, but leans private union as opposed to public. There was a GM plant there, now closed. People are hurting and I think they are probably open to giving Walker’s policies a chance since Hopenchange hasn’t done a lot for them thus far.


16 posted on 03/02/2011 4:48:46 AM PST by Mygirlsmom (Hiding on the sidelines in Illinois to avoid defeat is not a winning strategy. Just ask Jay Cutler.)
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

——The whiff of compromise is in the air.———

Or perhaps fear

His presence allows a vote. His personal vote will be meaningless.


17 posted on 03/02/2011 4:50:20 AM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. N.C. D.E. +12 ....( History is a process, not an event ))
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To: creeping death

That explains a lot if this Cullen really comes back.


18 posted on 03/02/2011 4:53:02 AM PST by Scanian
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To: chickadee

I truly believe that allowing this to foment as the Democrats are is going to eventually lead to some tragic event that even the spin-doctor Democrat party cannot get out of.

I’m surely conflicted because I sure would like, once and for all, the ugliness of this thing to be exposed to Joe Sixpack and his wife but I sure don’t want to see any tragedy.


19 posted on 03/02/2011 4:54:47 AM PST by Fishtalk (http://patfish.blogspot.com/2011/02/freerepublic-ping-list-compilation.html-Freep Ping Blog post)
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To: Fishtalk

I don’t want a tragedy either. We can all help to expose the behavior that the media wants to hide by sending the link to this YouTube to our friends and acquaintances. If you post on other commentary threads, post it there, too.


20 posted on 03/02/2011 4:56:22 AM PST by chickadee
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To: Scanian

So does that now give Walker the quorum? Day later/dollar short?


21 posted on 03/02/2011 4:56:22 AM PST by EDINVA
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To: Scanian
Throw his butt in the Senate chambers. Get on with the vote NOW. What are they waiting for?
22 posted on 03/02/2011 5:00:22 AM PST by Evil Slayer (Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war)
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To: chickadee

A chickadee, btw, is one of my favorite bird fellows, next to the Red Breasted Nuthatch.


23 posted on 03/02/2011 5:00:35 AM PST by Fishtalk (http://patfish.blogspot.com/2011/02/freerepublic-ping-list-compilation.html-Freep Ping Blog post)
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To: Scanian
Janesville is one of the biggest towns in far southern WI. It is just across the border from Rockford, IL where the senators were first found and videoed while hiding out at the Clock Tower Inn by the Rockford Tea Party people. And it's just a relatively short drive (40-45 min.?!) from Janesville up I-90 to the People's Republik of Madison. As others have said on this thread, it USED to be a big automotive manufacturing and other industrial town, but it has been hugely hit by job layoffs, etc. in recent years. I don't really know this for a fact, but it's likely that some of those car-manufacturing jobs either fled to Mexico, or another right-to-work state.

Rockford Tea Party

Rockford Tea Party PATRIOT who busted Wisconsin Dems on Cavuto

24 posted on 03/02/2011 5:01:19 AM PST by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
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To: Jean S

ping


25 posted on 03/02/2011 5:07:34 AM PST by dirtboy
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To: Fishtalk
I truly believe that allowing this to foment as the Democrats are is going to eventually lead to some tragic event that even the spin-doctor Democrat party cannot get out of.

Never underestimate the ability of the dem spin-doctors to turn chicken sh*t into chicken salad. (See: Kennedy, Edward (Ted)/Kopechne, Mary Jo.)

26 posted on 03/02/2011 5:16:31 AM PST by TruthShallSetYouFree (Obamacare: Not just dreck. Unconstitutional dreck.)
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To: Fishtalk

Mine, too. They are fun to watch. Their coloring is so spiffy and clean. And I love their calls. My sister says the secondary call is “feeeed me”. lol And, I am very fond of the little nuthatch that visits my feeder.


27 posted on 03/02/2011 5:20:30 AM PST by chickadee
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To: Scanian

Janesville is working class. Not a lot of money. The one thing they had going for them was the GM factory, until GM had problems...


28 posted on 03/02/2011 5:31:14 AM PST by Thane_Banquo (Mitt Romney: He's from Harvard, and he's here to help.)
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To: Scanian
...and the goal of getting Wisconsin moving again is shared by everyone.

Yeah, right. Out of the mouths of libtards come self-evident LIES.

29 posted on 03/02/2011 5:34:35 AM PST by CPOSharky (After Monday and Tuesday, even the calendar says WTF.)
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To: Colonel Kangaroo
The whiff of compromise is in the air.

I don't think so. IMHO.

The whiff of capitulation (on the dummies part) is in the air!

30 posted on 03/02/2011 5:35:44 AM PST by Bushbacker1 (I miss President Bush greatly! Palin in 2012! 2012 - The End Of An Error! (Oathkeeper))
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To: TruthShallSetYouFree
Never underestimate the ability of the dem spin-doctors

Especially when you have the media in your backpocket. If Republicans did this, it wouldn't be off the news until the end of the election in 2012 (stating the obvious, I know). Hopefully America doesn't have a short memory span with this.

31 posted on 03/02/2011 5:37:11 AM PST by justice14 ("stand up defend or lay down and die")
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To: chickadee

Will the unions issue a fatwa against him?


32 posted on 03/02/2011 5:44:15 AM PST by monocle
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To: Scanian

Wow. There are still balls in America, seen in how the republicans have held their ground in this.

Imagine if America got its balls back.

Wow.


33 posted on 03/02/2011 5:44:15 AM PST by Christian Engineer Mass (25ish Cambridge MA grad student. Many younger conservative Christians out there? __ Click my name)
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To: Scanian

bttt


34 posted on 03/02/2011 5:48:22 AM PST by Matchett-PI ("Freedom's Just Another Word For Nothing Left to Tax " ~ Gagdad Bob)
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To: Scanian

Cullen represents some of the same area that Congressman Paul Ryan represents. It is a right-center area.


35 posted on 03/02/2011 5:54:52 AM PST by Trust but Verify (Let's party like it's 1773!)
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To: Scanian
"The Democrat wants to know how it will affect schools, municipalities, and health care. He says the sticking point is still the proposal to strip public workers of most of their collective bargaining rights.”

IDIOT! Nobody's asking you to vote "yes," just SHOW UP!

36 posted on 03/02/2011 5:56:05 AM PST by oprahstheantichrist (The MSM is a demonic stronghold, PLEASE pray accordingly - 2 Corinthians 10:3-5)
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To: Mygirlsmom

Also note that its Paul Ryan’s home district too. This is an area that is filled with “Reagan Democrats” that suffered through the debacle otherwise known as the Diamond Jim Doyle Governorship.


37 posted on 03/02/2011 5:56:31 AM PST by MNlurker
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To: Scanian

Does the DU know?


38 posted on 03/02/2011 5:58:29 AM PST by Ballygrl
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To: Fishtalk

I agree. There are too many nutjobs out there.


39 posted on 03/02/2011 5:59:23 AM PST by The_Media_never_lie
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To: Scanian

I think Cullen was sent back by the Dems merely to stall for time.


40 posted on 03/02/2011 6:00:33 AM PST by golas1964 (Now, now. Don’t get all Shirley on us!)
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To: Scanian
Democrat State Senator Tim Cullen, who represents labor union interests in the 15th Senate District...

Too bad the non-union constituents have no representative there.

41 posted on 03/02/2011 6:02:33 AM PST by COBOL2Java (Obama is the least qualified guy in whatever room he walks into.)
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To: Ballygrl
Their website has been down for a couple of days now.
42 posted on 03/02/2011 6:04:37 AM PST by ladyvet ( I would rather have Incitatus then the asses that are in congress today.)
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To: ladyvet

It’s been backup since yesterday, those of us at conservativecave are able to get through now.


43 posted on 03/02/2011 6:06:45 AM PST by Ballygrl
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To: ladyvet

It’s been back up since yesterday, those of us at conservativecave are able to get through now.


44 posted on 03/02/2011 6:06:55 AM PST by Ballygrl
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To: oprahstheantichrist

After all, his party’s leader was a world’s expert at voting “present.”


45 posted on 03/02/2011 6:10:16 AM PST by Scanian
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To: Rebelbase

Just another Democrat in drag.


46 posted on 03/02/2011 6:24:19 AM PST by safetysign
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To: Scanian
Dear Wife of Wisconsin Senator (insert name),

It must be difficult having your husband in another State for political reasons, moving from place to place. It's a good thing that his 'special friend' has been able to support him and relieve his tension during these long days away.

47 posted on 03/02/2011 6:29:14 AM PST by theDentist (fybo; qwerty ergo typo : i type, therefore i misspelll)
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To: theDentist

Maybe Charlie S. will fly to IL and bring his “goddesses” with him to help the boys de-stress.


48 posted on 03/02/2011 6:31:38 AM PST by Scanian
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To: Scanian
A flurry of Twitter messages late Tuesday night heralded the return of Democrat State Senator Tim Cullen, who represents labor union interests in the 15th Senate District surrounding Janesville, Wisconsin.

And I had always assumed he represented the entire constituency in the 15th Senate District.

Imagine my embarrassment.

49 posted on 03/02/2011 6:31:48 AM PST by Lazamataz (Scott Walker: Please FIRE.... then APPOINT... then VOTE.)
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To: Scanian
They need to get him to the capital immediately to fulfill the required quorum and vote the bill into law. If Walker is waiting for all 14 to return, it will only make it harder to contain the MSM and union bosses from derailing the vote. The dem doesn't have to vote, just sit in his seat and be there to get the bill passed.
50 posted on 03/02/2011 6:40:59 AM PST by Evil Slayer (Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war)
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