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Wisconsin runaway senators make Grayslake pit stop
Daily Herald (Chicago suburbs) ^ | Wed. Mar. 02, 2011 | Bob Susnjara

Posted on 03/02/2011 8:19:22 AM PST by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace

Five runaway Democratic Wisconsin state senators made a pit stop Tuesday at a Grayslake hotel where they watched a budget address by Republican Gov. Scott Walker.

Wisconsin's Democratic nomadic senators who surfaced at Grayslake's Comfort Suites are among 14 legislators who bolted for Illinois on Feb. 17 in protest of Walker's proposal that has infuriated public employees.

After the senators left, a vote has been unable to occur on Walker's plan to have public workers contribute more to their pensions and health insurance, while losing the ability to collectively bargain benefits and work conditions.

“We must work together to bring our spending together with reality,” Walker said Tuesday in outlining a budget that calls for a package of $1.5 billion in cuts while sidestepping mass layoffs, tax hikes or furloughs.

Senators Mark Miller, Chris Larson and Fred Risser were in a Comfort Suites meeting room to watch Walker on a feed from Milwaukee's WTMJ-TV. They were joined by senators Julie Lassa and Dave Hansen at a post-speech news conference.

Miller, the Wisconsin senate's Democratic minority leader from Monona, quietly chuckled during a part of Walker's speech when the governor said the proposed budget would bring property tax relief.

After the governor spoke, Miller didn't commit to when the AWOL senators would go home. He said discussions are occurring between legislative leaders and Walker's office.

“The governor's budget was a continued assault on the middle class of the state of Wisconsin,” Miller said. “He is balancing the budget on the backs of the working class and ordinary taxpayers.”

Risser said the Grayslake Comfort Suites was selected by staff members as a place to watch Walker's speech together, but they were not spending the night there. The senators didn't say where they planned to bunk.

Senator Dave Hansen of Green Bay, who noted his district includes Lambeau Field, said he and the others have been paying their own tabs for lodging and other necessities since fleeing Wisconsin and bouncing around Illinois.

“I'm taking a (financial) hit,” Hansen said.

Senators have rejected offers of financial assistance from groups and individuals, Risser said. He said some of the senators have stayed in private homes, as well as hotels.

Risser, whose district is in Madison, said the Wisconsin politicians will return at some point.

“One of our main goals was to bring attention to what is happening,” Risser said.

Read more: http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20110301/news/703019746/#ixzz1FSWSasEp


TOPICS: Breaking News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Illinois; US: Wisconsin
KEYWORDS: cowards; fleebaggers; fleeparty; runaway; senators; wisconsin; wisconsinshowdown
Grayslake (northern suburb of Chicago in Lake County IL - just off of I-94 straight south of Milwaukee) is within a 2 hr. drive from the People's Republik of Madison.
1 posted on 03/02/2011 8:19:23 AM PST by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
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To: NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
Whatever happened to the deadline? The ultimatum?
2 posted on 03/02/2011 8:21:59 AM PST by grobdriver (Proud Member, Party Of No! No Socialism - No Fascism - Nobama - No Way!)
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To: NotJustAnotherPrettyFace

Start the layoffs!!!!Start with the awol politicianss..


3 posted on 03/02/2011 8:22:16 AM PST by aces
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To: NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
““One of our main goals was to bring attention to what is happening,” Risser said. “

Sounds like the end is near. It used to be we will stay until we win, now it is we were making a point.

4 posted on 03/02/2011 8:28:03 AM PST by martinidon
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To: NotJustAnotherPrettyFace

[“I’m taking a (financial) hit,” Hansen said.]

I CALL BS!


5 posted on 03/02/2011 8:29:08 AM PST by KansasGirl
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To: NotJustAnotherPrettyFace

These people are a ridiculous disgrace.


6 posted on 03/02/2011 8:31:23 AM PST by ReneeLynn (Socialism is SO yesterday. Fascism, it's the new black. Mmm mmm mmm...)
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To: NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to introduce the democrat caucus of the Wisconsin Senate...


7 posted on 03/02/2011 8:38:14 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: grobdriver
Whatever happened to the deadline? The ultimatum?

Exactly! Twice now we've heard about deadlines and ultimatums. Where's the follow-through??

8 posted on 03/02/2011 8:39:57 AM PST by ScottinVA (The West needs to act NOW to aggressively treat its metastasizing islaminoma!)
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To: martinidon

“Sounds like the end is near. It used to be we will stay until we win, now it is we were making a point.”

They are feeling the heat of the recall elections. They also know that Walker has a powerful to declare the seats absent after 30 days. I am not sure how courts would rule but the rats probably do not want to risk Walker’s actions.


9 posted on 03/02/2011 8:39:59 AM PST by businessprofessor
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To: KansasGirl
“I’m taking a (financial) hit,” Hansen said

Call me heartless, but I don't care if he is. I'd take a financial hit too, if I refused to do my job.

Perhaps we could find a small "martyr" hat for him to wear.

10 posted on 03/02/2011 8:40:21 AM PST by wbill
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To: NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
Senator Dave Hansen of Green Bay, who noted his district includes Lambeau Field, said he and the others have been paying their own tabs for lodging and other necessities since fleeing Wisconsin and bouncing around Illinois. “I'm taking a (financial) hit,” Hansen said.

Then get on back to work, fool.

11 posted on 03/02/2011 8:41:22 AM PST by ScottinVA (The West needs to act NOW to aggressively treat its metastasizing islaminoma!)
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To: NotJustAnotherPrettyFace

There was a lot of early talk about voting on non-budget bills that require a smaller quorum. Last I read was a vote on stopping racial profiling. What about the other votes??


12 posted on 03/02/2011 8:43:18 AM PST by ScottinVA (The West needs to act NOW to aggressively treat its metastasizing islaminoma!)
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To: businessprofessor

At least 3 of them have citizen-started recalls from their own districts facing them already. It’d be GREAT if Gov. (Luke Sky-)Walker could vacate their seats!!!! BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!


13 posted on 03/02/2011 8:43:48 AM PST by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
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To: NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
Risser, whose district is in Madison, said the Wisconsin politicians will return at some point.

“One of our main goals was to bring attention to what is happening,” Risser said.

Ok Risser, now that you've accomplished your juvenile hissy fit, spoiled tantrum goal to "bring attention to what is happening", please gather up your dolls & toys, and return to vote on the legislation like you are supposed to...aye or nay!

14 posted on 03/02/2011 8:49:03 AM PST by rcrngroup
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To: grobdriver
Whatever happened to the deadline? The ultimatum?

It never had any teeth. The Governor never gave it any teeth.

15 posted on 03/02/2011 8:55:39 AM PST by fwdude (Anita Bryant was right.)
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To: fwdude
Well he's screwed now.
You don't follow through on a threat, you might as well go home.
16 posted on 03/02/2011 8:57:36 AM PST by grobdriver (Proud Member, Party Of No! No Socialism - No Fascism - Nobama - No Way!)
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To: aces

That’s right pain works, either physical or financial.

Drop the axe already!!!


17 posted on 03/02/2011 8:58:53 AM PST by devistate one four ( AARP: Anti America Retired People Kimber CDP II .45 OORAH! TET68)
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To: NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
“I'm taking a (financial) hit,” Hansen said.

Totally self-inflicted. Not one iota of sympathy here.

18 posted on 03/02/2011 9:05:55 AM PST by MissMagnolia (Obad. 1:15: As you have done, it will be done to you; your deeds will return upon your own head.)
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To: businessprofessor
They are feeling the heat of the recall elections. They also know that Walker has a powerful to declare the seats absent after 30 days. I am not sure how courts would rule but the rats probably do not want to risk Walker’s actions.

At this point, Walker should be looking (quietly!) for ways to keep the Fleebags away past that deadline. The main problem is to keep it from looking like his fault.

19 posted on 03/02/2011 9:12:32 AM PST by Erasmus (Personal goal: Have a bigger carbon footprint than Tony Robbins.)
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To: NotJustAnotherPrettyFace

Good thing “Great America” hasn’t opened yet - we’d never get their worthless @sses out of here.


20 posted on 03/02/2011 9:33:16 AM PST by Stosh
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To: NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
“The governor's budget was a continued assault on the middle class of the state of Wisconsin,” Miller said. “He is balancing the budget on the backs of the working class and ordinary taxpayers.”

Do Democrats like Miller go to a special Communist indoctrination school "Orwellian Edition" to learn to speak such claptrap, or does it come pre-scripted so that all they need to do is sound out the phonetic spellings from the printout?

21 posted on 03/02/2011 9:38:22 AM PST by Zeppo ("Happy Pony is on - and I'm NOT missing Happy Pony")
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To: NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
-—Senator Dave Hansen of Green Bay, who noted his district includes Lambeau Field,...-—

WHAT??!!! Green Bay is now hallowed ground, Senator. Better get back there and do your duty, or I'll sic Clay Matthews on you - and it won't be pretty!

22 posted on 03/02/2011 9:39:04 AM PST by MichaelCorleone (Sarah Palin is America's Margaret Thatcher)
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To: NotJustAnotherPrettyFace; fieldmarshaldj; BillyBoy; Impy
What makes me absolutely sick is that IL FReepers like myself and the folks I pinged WORK!!! The agitators in the Capitol are paid by Soros or are just loser kids who do nothing but smoke pot and live with their parents.

If I didn't have to work I would harass these bastards with a bullhorn like Al Sharpton. I would get my coronet out of storage and play it as loud as possible. Or borrow bongo drums from church and start playing them since the lefties like doing that at the WI State Capitol.

I dunno why African Bongo Drums are a favorite thing of lefties, but wherever these bastards are staying I would DIE to be loud and obnoxious and just make their stay here in Illinois as miserable as possible.

In other news please call your rep even if they are a RAT like mine and tell them to shun Lisa over her FOID desires. Even the lady I spoke to from my Rat's office is against Lisa and says it puts a target on our backs.

I am getting my FOID card today AND then going to Bass Pro Shop in Bolingbrook and buying a gun and ammo.

Mention the MASSACRE in Conn. which was done by white people this will get you sympathy from libs who want to hear about WHITE criminals.

Use their stupidity against them!!!

23 posted on 03/02/2011 9:40:09 AM PST by Dengar01 (Go Blackhawks!!! Go Bulls!!!)
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To: NotJustAnotherPrettyFace

What is the process for recall? How long does it take?


24 posted on 03/02/2011 9:41:37 AM PST by cblue55 (Envisioning when all that is left is the right.)
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To: grobdriver
Whatever happened to the deadline? The ultimatum?

I would suggest Walker follow through with any threats and stick to any deadlines because at this point if he waffles all conservatives take a hit. He'll need to change his name to Newt.

25 posted on 03/02/2011 9:45:48 AM PST by Pan_Yan
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To: cblue55
Is this turning into another Republican white-flag occasion? We gave the Dems a deadline, and it has passed. What now?
26 posted on 03/02/2011 9:47:41 AM PST by July4 (Remember the price paid for your freedom.)
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To: NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
So here's an out of the box idea. The Wisconsin Attorney General trumps up some charges against one or more of the fugitive Democrats, and then calls in the FBI to bring them back to Wisconsin to face charges for interstate flight to avoid prosecution.

I don't like the idea of the trumped up charges any more than anyone else, but hey - the Dems would do it to us (I give you Tom DeLay - Exhibit One).

27 posted on 03/02/2011 9:49:17 AM PST by Hardastarboard (Bringing children to America without immigration documents is child abuse. Let's end it.)
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To: NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
“One of our main goals was to bring attention to what is happening,” Risser said.

Sounds like he's ready to come back.

28 posted on 03/02/2011 9:56:08 AM PST by for-q-clinton (If at first you don't succeed keep on sucking until you do succeed)
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To: grobdriver

“You don’t follow through on a threat, you might as well go home.”

I love my children, but I found out early on that if I was going to get the results I desired from the little dears, I would have to carry through on promises AND threats. The Republican Party just cannot understand this principle, and, once again, it’s losing me and my checkbook. (Not that either one is a great loss, but last time I looked they needed all the money they could scrape up.)

Tell the Republicans to go on back to The Club and arrange for a good tee time; they don’t have what it takes to govern. They soil their undies every time someone calls them mean spirited or union busters.


29 posted on 03/02/2011 10:01:25 AM PST by July4 (Remember the price paid for your freedom.)
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To: Dengar01

LOL! Get some bongo drums. I like that idea. ;-)


30 posted on 03/02/2011 10:05:58 AM PST by Frantzie (HD TV - Total Brain-washing now in High Def. 3-D Coming soon)
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To: July4
Can you explain to me...maybe I missed something...how this is a “Republican white-flag occasion”? If I understood Walker correctly he said something about if the Dems did not return to vote by a certain date then he did not see any other way to balance the budget without layoffs. Now I here people waving the white flag on the Republican side because they do not see people being shown the door today. The lay off slips have to be delivered and if I understand it correctly they would take affect later (some public work rule). I do not see where Walker has backed down on anything...but he is trying to educate the people of Wisconsin to what the aftermath of this struggle will look like. Say it often enough and then when the layoffs happen then people will know why they happened.

I sure hope that the people that want to “play hardball” don't get in the way of those that are actually fighting this battle...and currently winning.

31 posted on 03/02/2011 11:03:51 AM PST by WorldviewDad (following God instead of culture)
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To: NotJustAnotherPrettyFace

32 posted on 03/02/2011 11:05:37 AM PST by Lucky9teen (Jobs? Nope! Economy? Nope! Disarm the U.S? Yep! Impeach the treasonous Marxist Muslim usurper bast)
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To: NotJustAnotherPrettyFace

The following video is very disturbing. The union mobs chased down and cornered our very own Senator Grothman. Listen carefully to what is being shouted. It really shows the mentality of these people. If the TEA party had done this we would have been persecuted by the media.

I thank God Senator Grothman was not harmed. It could have turned very ugly. We need to show our support. Please email or call Senator Grothman and let him know you stand behind him.

(608) 266-7513
Sen.Grothman@legis.wisconsin.gov

http://nation.foxnews.com/politics/2011/03/01/screaming-union-mob-chases-and-traps-wisconsin-republican-capitol
3/1/2011
Wisconsin Republican Glenn Grothman was mobbed by a group of union thugs using horns, drums & chants as he approached the capitol Monday to go to work. Grothman was held for several minutes and was forced to call for assistance.

Chants of “SHAME, SHAME, SHAME” turn into “YOU SUCK, YOU SUCK.”
This is the same type people that want squatter rights to be back INSIDE the Capitol again!

Where is the national & local media coverage of this “PEACEFUL & RESPECTFUL CIVILITY?”
Where is ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, NEWSWEEK, MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL??? (.....crickets chirping......so much easier to ignore the truth than ACTUALLY practice journalistic ethics of “honest” reporting the WHOLE STORY. This is NATIONAL news within seconds if that mob were Tea Party people. Stay classy, lefty biased media.)


33 posted on 03/02/2011 11:17:12 AM PST by Wisconsinlady (DEFUND NPR, PBS, THE TSA AND THE U.N.)
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To: WorldviewDad

And I sincerely hope you’re right and I’m wrong.

I despair when a deadline passes and all I can hear is crickets. Heck, I never understood why protesters were allowed to be disruptive or to bed down in the state capitol. The voters of Wisconsin are adults; they know what’s happening. What they need to see is some RESOLVE on the part of Republicans. Referring to Wisconsin’s governor, I like to be able to quote Jethro from “Beverly Hillbillies”, “This establishment cat means what he says!”


34 posted on 03/02/2011 11:45:15 AM PST by July4 (Remember the price paid for your freedom.)
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To: ScottinVA

I asked about that hours ago.... We’re approaching a second 24 hours after the first 24-hour deadline. Big Media will start the taunting at any time with polls saying support is swinging to the Rat cowards.


35 posted on 03/02/2011 1:27:23 PM PST by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: NotJustAnotherPrettyFace

Shut down their state credit cards.


36 posted on 03/02/2011 1:37:55 PM PST by TASMANIANRED (We kneel to no prince but the Prince of Peace)
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To: treetopsandroofs

Somebody said that Walker has the power to declare a Senate seat vacant after 30 days, is that correct? I hadn’t heard that.


37 posted on 03/02/2011 1:45:56 PM PST by Paddy Irish
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To: NotJustAnotherPrettyFace

“I’m taking a (financial) hit,” Hansen said.

Too bad. It’s not like the taxpayers are taking a hit.


38 posted on 03/02/2011 1:58:10 PM PST by lakeman (Semper Fi)
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To: NotJustAnotherPrettyFace

Not sure here, but I believe that legislative bodies have the authority to Impeach their own members for cause. Since an impeachment hearing is not an appropriation or spending activity then the people that show up (Republicans) could be the body of the whole and vote for impeachment (i.e 50%, 2/3rd, what ever the requirement). Then the Governor could appoint and fill the vacancies.


39 posted on 03/02/2011 2:36:45 PM PST by scannell
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To: rcrngroup

The fleebagger plan is to stall until a few RINOs can be bought off and/or intimidated by the unions.


40 posted on 03/02/2011 3:11:31 PM PST by lodi90
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To: TASMANIANRED

“Shut down their state credit cards.”

Turn off the lights in their state offices. Change the locks. Do not pay their staff, etc., etc. There are so many things that could be done and Walker does nothing but flap his jaw.


41 posted on 03/02/2011 3:15:40 PM PST by lodi90
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To: grobdriver

It went they way of all pub “efforts”: down the crapper without a whimper.


42 posted on 03/02/2011 3:19:18 PM PST by ratsreek
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To: NotJustAnotherPrettyFace

I remember shortly after the GW I when Tom Harkin and maybe some others like Tsongas held up briefcases with “Hey George Bush, where are you” “Where’s George, etc.”


43 posted on 03/02/2011 3:31:34 PM PST by A_Former_Democrat ("Ball of Confusion: That's what the world is today . . Hey Hey")
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To: cblue55
"How long does it take?"

Around five months.

44 posted on 03/02/2011 3:56:04 PM PST by oprahstheantichrist (The MSM is a demonic stronghold, PLEASE pray accordingly - 2 Corinthians 10:3-5)
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To: Wisconsinlady

And today, Senator Grothman was on FOX with his “savior” Democrat, in a kum-bye-ya, best buddy moment, letting the pig demonstrators off the hook by saying he wasn’t worried about being harmed. POCS!


45 posted on 03/02/2011 4:07:12 PM PST by Aleya2Fairlie
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To: MichaelCorleone

I heard the Pack players have sided w/unions against taxpayers.


46 posted on 03/02/2011 4:44:59 PM PST by OldGoatCPO (Social engineers build bad bridges.)
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To: Wisconsinlady

I just emailed him.


47 posted on 03/02/2011 4:45:51 PM PST by matt04
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