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  • Teenage boy died of bubonic plague in Kyrgyzstan

    08/27/2013 9:07:47 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 13 replies
    Xinhua News Agency ^ | 08/26/2013 | Fang Yang
    BISHKEK, Aug. 26 (Xinhua) -- A teenage boy has died of bubonic plague in the Issyk-Kul region in northern Kyrgyzstan, the country's Health Ministry said on Monday. The 15-year-old Temir Isakunov fell ill on Aug. 17, when doctors at that time failed to make correct diagnosis, and they suspected he was infected with the plague only after his death. A panel of doctors confirmed that Isakunov died of bubonic plague after they made a second diagnosis on Sunday. The Health Ministry said the boy was infected with the plague after being bitten by fleas. Some 102 people were found to...
  • A 7-Year-Old Girl Caught Bubonic Plague On A Camping Trip

    09/09/2012 7:38:53 AM PDT · by blam · 37 replies
    TBI ^ | Allison Jackson
    A 7-Year-Old Girl Caught Bubonic Plague On A Camping TripAllison Jackson, GlobalPostSep. 8, 2012, 3:03 PMA seven-year-old girl is lucky to be alive after contracting the bubonic plague during a family camping trip in southwest Colorado. Sierra Jane Downing became sick a few days after the outing in Pagosa Springs. Her parents Darcy and Sean thought she had the flu until she started having seizures, the Associated Press reported. They rushed her to hospital where doctors eventually diagnosed the bubonic plague—the first confirmed case of the deadly disease in Colorado since 2006. "I didn't know what was going on. I...
  • Occupy Admits Its Real Goal: Communism

    08/21/2012 3:09:00 PM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 50 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 20 August 2012 | Editorial
    The Left: An Occupy organizer admitted over the weekend that the goal of his protest group was to "overthrow the capitalist system and build communism." So the cat's out of the bag again on this bunch. Where is the outrage? The true agenda of the Occupy movement has been revealed — it's a totalitarian one. Billing itself as a spontaneous people's revolution and embraced by the media and Democrat political establishment, Occupy is really a destructive band of thugs whose goal is the violent demise of democracy. Speaking at a "People's Assembly" in Washington, former Amalgamated Transit Union local 689...
  • Democratic convention changes renew concerns about financial risk to backers (RATS in default?)

    06/30/2012 2:14:46 PM PDT · by Libloather · 29 replies
    Fox News ^ | 6/30/12 | Joseph Weber
    Democratic convention changes renew concerns about financial risk to backersBy Joseph Weber Published June 30, 2012 FoxNews.com The decision this week by the host committee of the Democratic National Convention to scrap a major event has sparked new concerns about the committee’s financial situation -- including a $10 million line of credit and a utility company’s connection to the deal. Stimulus-backed Duke Energy Corp. last year agreed to guarantee the line of credit for the party affair. This decision was a big help for the organizers, as the credit line was required by the Democratic National Committee. But it also...
  • Flea's giant leap for mankind

    10/13/2005 11:58:35 PM PDT · by sourcery · 11 replies · 588+ views
    Sunday Morning Herald ^ | October 13, 2005 | Richard Macey
    Fleas use it to perform leaps that would make Olympic high jumpers green with envy. Bees use it to flap their wings without tiring. Now Australian scientists have achieved a world first by copying resilin, the "rubber" insects employ to accomplish such athletic feats. Future versions of the material could be used to make resilient spare parts, including spinal discs and artificial arteries. Chris Elvin, from CSIRO Livestock Industries in Brisbane, spent four years reproducing nature's "near perfect rubber". Dr Elvin said yesterday: "Nature had a couple of hundred million years of evolution do it. All insects have it. It...
  • Indiana Democrats flee to avoid voting (AGAIN!)

    01/25/2012 2:32:36 PM PST · by EBH · 64 replies
    New York Times via Post Gazette ^ | First published on January 25, 2012 at 12:00 am | Monica Davey
    With Republican-controlled Indiana on the verge of becoming a "right to work" state, Democrats in the state House on Tuesday took the only step they have left to prevent it, if only for a bit longer. They disappeared. Again. A final vote on the measure, which would bar union contracts from requiring nonunion members to pay fees for representation, had been expected Tuesday in the House, which Republicans dominate, 60-40. But with scores of union members and supporters filling the Statehouse halls in Indianapolis in protest, most Democrats refused to turn up for floor sessions -- not once, but twice...
  • Fines pending for Indiana House Dems in labor battle (RATS bracing for major financial pain)

    01/06/2012 9:04:36 PM PST · by Libloather · 19 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 1/06/12 | TOM LoBIANCO
    Fines pending for Ind. House Dems in labor battleBy TOM LoBIANCO | AP – 13 hrs ago INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana's House Democrats are bracing for major financial pain as they begin a third day blocking a bill that would make Indiana the first state in more than a decade to enact right-to-work legislation. Fines of $1,000 daily for each Democrat could hit Friday, depending on what Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma decides to do with lawmakers who deny him the numbers needed to push through the Republican priority. But Rep. Vanessa Summers, D-Indianapolis, said that if she can stand...
  • (Indiana House RAT leader Patrick) Bauer Hints At New Walkout Over Right To Work

    01/04/2012 10:33:24 AM PST · by Libloather · 21 replies
    Bauer Hints At New Walkout Over Right To WorkRepublicans Adamant To Push Bill Through UPDATED: 1:07 pm EST January 4, 2012 INDIANAPOLIS -- The leader of Indiana's House Democrats hinted Wednesday that party lawmakers may walk out for the second year in a row to oppose the same Republican "right-to-work" bill blocked last year by their five-week boycott. But some lawmakers seemed split on whether to make such a move. House Democratic Leader Patrick Bauer told The Associated Press that his caucus planned to meet Wednesday to debate how to handle the GOP proposal that would make Indiana the 23rd...
  • Service Dog Owner Assaulted By McDonald's Manager

    09/06/2011 2:30:50 PM PDT · by Lmo56 · 28 replies
    lifewithdogs.tv ^ | 8/22/11 | admin [lifewithdogs.tv]
    A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a McDonald’s manager who punched a customer in the face for bringing a service dog into the restaurant.
  • Firefighters flee fleas — but not soon enough

    08/18/2011 12:57:09 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 9 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 8/17/11 | Bob Connors
    Firefighters who answered the call in Waterbury Tuesday didn't battle a raging fire, but instead were overrun by fleas. The members of Engine 2 left the scene of an abandoned house they were investigating on Taylor Street when they began to itch terribly. While on the ride back to the station, they noticed fleas all over them. "It was thousands of them," Fire Chief David Martin said. The firefighters were taken to the hospital, where they had to strip before going in for fear they might bring the fleas in with them. Covered in flea bites, they were scrubbed down...
  • Wisconsin Democrats hope to hold ground in 2 recalls (Change comes to a few RAT Fleas - TODAY!)

    08/16/2011 4:58:08 AM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies
    Wis. Democrats hope to hold ground in 2 recallsBy The Associated Press • Tuesday, August 16, 2011 Wisconsin Democrats sought Tuesday to hold the ground they gained in last week's recall elections by fending off Republican attempts to oust two senators who fled the state in opposition to Gov. Scott Walker's proposal curbing public employee collective bargaining rights. Democrats needed to win at least three of six recalls last week targeting Republicans, but they only captured two. That means the best they can manage from Tuesday's elections is to keep the ground they gained, which left the Senate in Republican...
  • Wisconsin's historic recall elections wrap up this week (2 RAT Fleas can be removed - TOMORROW!)

    08/15/2011 7:30:07 AM PDT · by Libloather · 29 replies
    Reuters ^ | 8/14/11 | James B. Kelleher
    Wisconsin's historic recall elections wrap up this weekBy James B. Kelleher Sun Aug 14, 2011 9:34pm EDT CHICAGO (Reuters) - Wisconsin's series of recall elections concludes on Tuesday when voters go to the polls in two state Senate districts where Democrats are being forced to defend their seats. **SNIP** Nevertheless, Tuesday's two final votes, like the seven before them, will be watched closely. Two Democrats who opposed Walker's anti-union bill and even fled the state for weeks in an unsuccessful effort to prevent a quorum and delay passage -- Jim Holperin of Conover and Robert Wirch of Pleasant Prairie --...
  • Politics, money, unions and the Wisconsin recall elections (2 RAT Fleas on the ballot this Tuesday!)

    08/14/2011 6:36:43 AM PDT · by Libloather · 17 replies
    UPI ^ | 8/14/11 | NICOLE DEBEVEC
    Politics, money, unions and the Wisconsin recall electionsBy NICOLE DEBEVEC, United Press International Published: Aug. 14, 2011 at 5:00 AM Democrats and public unions may not be dancing in the streets after picking up two of six Republican Senate seats in last week's recall election, but they may be smirking a little -- or not. The recall elections for nine state senators -- six Republicans and three Democrats in what some observers said was more retaliatory than reasoned -- is unprecedented. A Democrat was the first to face -- and win -- a recall election last month and two more...
  • Why should we care about Wisconsin? (Two RAT Fleas on the ballot this coming Tuesday!)

    08/13/2011 7:40:24 AM PDT · by Libloather · 22 replies
    Straus News ^ | 8/12/11 | Willa Freiband
    Why should we care about Wisconsin?Willa Freiband, president Orange County Democratic Women Updated: August 12, 2011 One of the universal beliefs that different cultures in America share is that this country holds promise for those who work hard. But when people are not allowed to negotiate for the conditions of their work environment, or for their rights, that promise becomes an empty one. We can’t let that happen. **SNIP** Even though workers’ rights suffered another defeat this week, there is consolation that their efforts succeeded in awakening the public to their plight. The election in Wisconsin became ground zero in...
  • GOP holds onto state Senate (Next Wisconsin RAT Flea targets - Wirch & Holperin on Aug 16!)

    08/12/2011 8:13:08 AM PDT · by Libloather · 9 replies
    GOP holds onto state SenateThe Associated Press Republicans held onto control of the Wisconsin Senate on Tuesday, beating back four Democratic challengers in a recall election despite an intense political backlash against GOP support for Gov. Scott Walker’s effort to curb public employees’ union rights. **SNIP** Turnout was strong in the morning and steady in the afternoon in communities such as Whitefish Bay, Menomonee Falls and Shorewood, where Sen. Alberta Darling was one of the four Republicans to hold onto her seat. After trailing much of the night, it wasn’t until about 2 a.m. that Darling could claim victory for...
  • Wisconsin vote tests Tea Party power (Two more RAT Fleas on the chopping block August 16th)

    08/10/2011 4:12:52 AM PDT · by Libloather · 28 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 8/10/11
    Wisconsin vote tests Tea Party powerAAP August 10, 2011, 5:22 pm Voters have tilted in favour of Republicans in Wisconsin recall elections that were closely watched for signs of a backlash against Tea Party conservatives in a presidential battleground state. Republican candidates successfully defended four seats in the Wisconsin state senate in Tuesday's elections, retaining control of the senate and holding Democratic gains to only two seats, results showed on Wednesday. Democrats had organised the recall vote - aimed at unseating legislators - against six Republican state senators after they sided with the Republican governor on a law that took...
  • The Wisconsin Witch Hunt Goes National

    04/29/2011 4:47:31 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 55 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 29, 2011 | Michelle Malkin
    On May 1, left-wing vigilantes will target companies across the country that have committed a mortal sin: sending donations to GOP Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin. Rest assured, such intolerable acts of political free speech will not go unpunished by tolerant Big Labor activists. They're calling for both a national boycott of Walker's corporate donors and a coordinated sticker vandalism campaign on GOP-tainted products.The Wisconsin Grocers Association is bracing for the anti-Walker witch hunt. Anonymous operatives have circulated sabotage stickers on the Internet and around Wisconsin that single out Angel Soft tissue paper ("Wiping your (expletive) on Wisconsin workers"), Johnsonville...
  • State Republicans try to block future walkouts (Indiana RAT Flea inspired "anti-bolting" law)

    04/23/2011 12:49:28 PM PDT · by Libloather · 7 replies
    WSBT ^ | 4/22/11 | Kristin Bien
    State Republicans try to block future walkoutsBy Kristin Bien April 22, 2011 Remember the five-week walkout by House Democrats earlier this year? Indiana Republicans are now trying to make sure it doesn't happen again with a so-called "anti-bolting" law. Republicans voted 36-0 to pass a provision preventing the minority from ever again walking out and stopping business in the legislature. For more than 30 days Democrats stood their ground in Urbana, Illinois — boycotting what they called "radical "We took an extreme agenda of the republican majority and we slowed it down quite a bit," says Representative David Niezgodski, D-South...
  • Wisconsin Supreme Court Race - Kloppenburg Requests Statewide Recount

    04/20/2011 2:11:47 PM PDT · by Jean S · 171 replies · 1+ views
    local media | 4/20/11
    Less than an hour before the 5 PM deadline.
  • Woman arrested for threatening emails sent to Wisconsin legislators

    04/01/2011 8:50:03 AM PDT · by chickadee · 19 replies
    examiner.com ^ | 4-1-2011 | James Simpson
    26 year-old Katherine R. Windels has been arrested for sending emails containing death threats to Wisconsin state senators during the budget battles last month.
  • Indiana House Democrats To Return To Statehouse

    03/28/2011 11:11:52 AM PDT · by Abathar · 11 replies
    theindychannel.com ^ | March 28, 2011 | Staff
    INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana House Democrats who fled the state nearly six weeks ago to protest a Republican agenda they considered an assault on labor unions and public education planned to return to the Statehouse on Monday, ending one of the longest legislative walkouts in recent U.S. history, the House Republican leader said. House Majority Leader Brian Bosma said he had been informed that Minority Leader Patrick Bauer, D-South Bend, and fellow Democrats would return from their headquarters-in-exile in Urbana, Ill. Democrats were meeting in Illinois on Monday, and a spokesman for the Democrats said Bauer planned a news conference after...
  • Dems show no signs of returning (Indiana House AWOL RAT Fleas missing for over a month now)

    03/27/2011 11:08:39 AM PDT · by Libloather · 25 replies
    Purdue Exponent ^ | 3/25/11 | KIRSTEN GIBSON
    Dems show no signs of returningBY KIRSTEN GIBSON | City Editor Purdue Exponent Posted: Friday, March 25, 2011 10:00 am It's officially been a month since the Indiana House Democrats left the state and there is still no end in sight. Rep. Randy Truitt, R-West Lafayette, said the Republicans weren't sure when the Democrats were coming back, or even if they would come back. The Democrats originally left to deny the Republicans a quorum. This prevented voting on an anti-union bill but, after the bill was thrown out, their stay continued: This time, for voucher bills as well as amendments...
  • Union law published despite restraining order (may go into effect Saturday in Wisconsin)

    03/25/2011 9:59:04 PM PDT · by Libloather · 24 replies
    JS Online ^ | 3/25/11 | Patrick Marley and Jason Stein
    Union law published despite restraining orderFitzgerald, Barca disagree on whether law goes into effect Saturday By Patrick Marley and Jason Stein of the Journal Sentinel Updated: March 25, 2011 11:22 p.m. Madison — In a stunning twist, Gov. Scott Walker's legislation limiting collective bargaining for public workers was published Friday despite a judge's hold on the measure, prompting a dispute over whether it takes effect Saturday. The measure was published to the Legislature's website with a footnote that acknowledges the restraining order by a Dane County judge. But the posting says state law "requires the Legislative Reference Bureau to publish...
  • Laws governing recall in Wisconsin - begins only after elected official has served a full year

    03/16/2011 8:34:41 AM PDT · by Libloather · 23 replies
    Laws governing recall in Wisconsin The right of recall in Wisconsin extends to all elective offices in the state, but only after the elected official has served a full year in his or her current term of office. Specifically, the right of recall extends to all statewide executive officers, including the Governor of Wisconsin, the Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Treasurer, the Attorney General of Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Secretary of State, the Wisconsin Superintendent of Public Instruction, and all members of the Wisconsin State Senate and the Wisconsin State Assembly. **SNIP** When a person signs a recall petition, in...
  • (Wisconsin AWOL RAT Flea) Democrat wants to eliminate fleeing as option to hold up votes

    03/15/2011 11:57:33 AM PDT · by Libloather · 31 replies
    JS Online ^ | 3/15/11 | Jason Stein
    Democrat wants to eliminate fleeing as option to hold up votesBy Jason Stein of the Journal Sentinel Updated: March 15, 2011 1:16 p.m. Madison — A Democratic state senator wants to make it impossible for senators in the future to block legislative action by leaving the state. Sen. Tim Cullen of Janesville was one of the 14 Democrats in the Senate who sought unsuccessfully to block Gov. Scott Walker's budget-repair law by driving to Illinois on Feb. 17 and only returning last week. That law drew massive protests by repealing most collective bargaining by public employees in the state. In...
  • Wisconsin Democrats still not allowed to vote even after returning to the state (still in contempt)

    03/15/2011 10:55:31 AM PDT · by Libloather · 49 replies · 1+ views
    Examiner ^ | 3/14/11
    Wisconsin Democrats still not allowed to vote even after returning to the stateMarch 14th, 2011 7:30 pm ET The Wisconsin Democratic state senators have now returned to the state, but they are still not having their votes counted in committee. Today Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald sent a letter to his members telling them that the Democrats' votes should not be counted since they are still in "contempt." It is the Republicans who passed a resolution officially holding the Democrats in contempt. Fitzgerald's letter can be seen below. "Please note that all 14 Democrat senators are still in contempt of...
  • Recall Group Banned From City Hall (Tea Party kicked out in Marinette, Wisconsin?)

    03/14/2011 10:48:31 AM PDT · by Libloather · 31 replies · 1+ views
    620 WTMJ ^ | 3/14/11
    Recall Group Banned From City HallStory Updated: Mar 14, 2011 MARINETTE, Wis. (AP) -- Marinette's mayor says a group trying to recall state Senator Dave Hansen is not allowed in city hall. Those trying to recall the Democratic senator wanted to circulate petitions at Marinette City Hall as they're doing in Oconto and Green Bay. But, Mayor Bob Harbick says he doesn't want the same kind of disruption that's happened at the Capitol in Madison. Harbick says his decision is logical and non-partisan. The mayor also says he doesn't believe in what the group is trying to do. Harbick tells...
  • Union mobocracy drowns out democracy in Wisconsin

    03/13/2011 12:38:18 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 24 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 3-13-11 | Editorial
    Democracy could be found in Wisconsin this past week, but not among the screaming protesters running wild throughout the Wisconsin capitol. While Wisconsin's elected representatives -- minus 14 Democratic state senators who fled the state -- were working hard on the job the people sent them to do, thousands of screaming protesters provided America with a preview of the union mobocracy coming soon to a legislature, city council or school board near you. State, county and city governments across the country might well find themselves facing the same confrontational tactics that caused havoc in Wisconsin. The reason is that public...
  • Obama will condemn death threats against Wisconsin GOP tomorrow? Monday?

    03/12/2011 7:57:25 PM PST · by fightinJAG · 32 replies
    Wash. Examiner ^ | Mar. 12, 2011 | Mark Tapscott
    After Jared Loughner shot and killed six people in his attempt to assassinate Rep. Gabby Gifford, D-AZ, President Obama spoke eloquently and forcefully against violent political rhetoric and the need for political opponents to remember they are opponents, not enemies. With that in mind, we're sure the chief executive will soon condemn the multiple death threats that have been delivered to Gov. Scott Walker and the Republican majorities in the Wisconsin state senate and house. Doug Ross has a selection of the most disturbing threats that have been made public.
  • (AWOL RAT Flea "Fabulous 14") Democrats who fled Wisconsin are given heroes' welcome

    03/13/2011 12:55:50 AM PST · by Libloather · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/12/11 | Dustin Weaver
    Democrats who fled Wisconsin are given heroes' welcomeBy Dustin Weaver - 03/12/11 07:52 PM ET The 14 Democrats who fled Wisconsin to block a vote on union legislation thanked protesters Saturday for supporting them during their self-imposed exile. Calling themselves the "Fabulous 14," the Democrats appeared at a rally against a bill signed Friday by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) that ends collective bargaining rights for public employees. Critics call the law an "assault" on unions, but Walker said the legislation is necessary to reduce the state’s budget deficit. The Republican majority in the state Senate passed the union bill...
  • Dem senators say they'll keep up the fight (WI RATS are back)

    03/12/2011 3:22:35 PM PST · by bigbob · 51 replies
    Wispolitics dot com ^ | 3-12-11 | David Wise
    In their first joint appearance in the state since leaving Feb. 17 to stop a vote on the budget repair bill, Wisconsin's Democratic senators said it's time to trade in rally signs for clipboards to force the recall of Republican senators they claim ignored the will of the people. Thirteen of the 14 Dem senators were present for the noon presser at Madison's Monona Terrace convention center. Missing was Sen. Jim Holperin, who had an event in his northeastern Wisconsin district in the morning. Sen. Jon Erpenbach said Holperin was on his way and would be at a 3 p.m....
  • Capitol Chaos: Senate (Wisconsin AWOL RAT Flea) Dems Glad to be Home (limping back into town)

    03/11/2011 9:26:00 PM PST · by Libloather · 13 replies · 1+ views
    620 WTMJ ^ | 3/11/11
    Capitol Chaos: Senate Dems Glad to be HomeStory Created: Mar 11, 2011 WISCONSIN - For the first time in three weeks, Today's TMJ4 was able to interview a Senate Democrat who was actually in Wisconsin at the time. "I'm really excited to be home," says Senator Lena Taylor. Taylor is among the Democrats who have come back to Wisconsin after being out of state for three weeks trying to slow down the legislative process on Governor Walker's budget repair bill. "I think people are geared up and ready to speak to the recalls and speak to January 2012." **SNIP** Senator...
  • POLL: Will the Wisconsin recall effort work?

    03/11/2011 7:31:07 AM PST · by stompk · 49 replies
    Will Wisconsin Democrats' recall drive succeed?
  • Childish Liberalism Showcased in Wisconsin (with VIDEO)

    03/10/2011 8:01:37 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 20 replies
    Dakota Voice ^ | 3-10-2011 | Bob Ellis
    Childish Liberalism Showcased in Wisconsin By Bob Ellis March 10th, 2011 This video contains more examples of the kind of values and behavior that made America the greatest nation on earth: pettiness, childishness, self-centeredness, egocentrism, disrespect for the law, disrespect for the property rights of others, contempt for fiscal responsibility, disdain for the needs of community and country…VIDEO at link below...
  • Wisconsin Democrats racing back to Madison for the vote

    03/09/2011 4:25:33 PM PST · by Jean S · 165 replies
    Too late.
  • Collective Bargaining Reforms Pass Wisc. Senate (Video Summary)

    03/09/2011 9:27:28 PM PST · by bigbob · 13 replies
    The MacIver Institute ^ | 3-9-11 | MacIver Institute
    Three-minute video synopsis of today's events in the Wisconsin State Senate. Begins with the joint committee meeting where Democrat members of the Assembly try to shout down the chair, and then the vote on the revised reform bill, with fiscal portions taken out.
  • (Fleebagger) Miller says time for Dems to come home and take fight to ballot box

    03/09/2011 9:04:13 PM PST · by bigbob · 40 replies
    Wispolitics dot com ^ | 3-9-11 | JR Ross
    One day short of the three-week anniversary of their departure, Senate Minority Leader Mark Miller said it's time for Dems to come home and take the fight over collective bargaining rights to the ballot box. Miller, D-Monona, said it was "stunning" that Senate Republicans took less than 30 minutes to vote to end collective bargaining rights for public employees that have existed in Wisconsin for more than 50 years. He called it a disrespect to the people of Wisconsin that will not be forgotten, promising there will be political consequences. "It’s time for us to join the fight back in...
  • Socialists Rooting for Revolution in Wisconsin

    02/17/2011 10:43:21 PM PST · by Thunder90 · 18 replies
    Youtube ^ | 2/17/2011 | MacIver Institute
    The socialists from UW Madison are at the forefront of leading the protests in Madison.
  • GOP imposes $100 fines on Wisconsin's AWOL (RAT Flea) Democrats

    03/09/2011 1:22:50 PM PST · by Libloather · 18 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 3/09/11 | Scott Bauer
    GOP imposes $100 fines on Wis.'s AWOL DemocratsBy Scott Bauer, Associated Press – 17 mins ago MADISON, Wis. – Republicans in the Wisconsin Senate voted Wednesday to fine the chamber's AWOL Democrats $100 for each day they miss of the legislative session, and the governor said the GOP remains committed to his plan to strip most public workers of their collective bargaining rights. Gov. Scott Walker met with GOP senators in a closed-door meeting a day after releasing details about concessions he's offered to Democrats, saying he had the backing of his fellow Republicans. "They're firm," Walker said after dashing...
  • (Wis. Senate leader) Fitzgerald said Senate GOP remains unified

    03/08/2011 2:01:09 PM PST · by bigbob · 12 replies
    Wispolitics dot com ^ | 3-8-11 | JR Ross
    Fitzgerald said Senate GOP remains unified Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said this afternoon Senate Republicans remain unified behind the guv's budget repair bill. Sen. Rob Cowles was quoted in this morning's Green Bay Press-Gazette that Republicans should be willing to meet Dems halfway on the impasse and stressed the economic concessions for public employees are the real key of the budget repair bill. Republicans then met in a more than two-hour caucus that pushed back the start of today's 11 a.m. floor session to after 1:30 p.m. But Fitzgerald said Republicans remain rock solid and there were no signs of...
  • Rockford offers to host summit in Wisconsin budget battle (AWOL RAT Fleas don't like Madison)

    03/08/2011 1:24:44 PM PST · by Libloather · 11 replies
    WREX ^ | 3/08/11
    Rockford offers to host summit in Wisconsin budget battleUpdated: Mar 08, 2011 3:38 PM EST ROCKFORD (WREX) - The City of Rockford wants to help settle the battle that sent Wisconsin Democrats running from a controversial vote on a budget bill that would strip nearly all collective bargaining rights from unions. Rockford city leaders are offering to host a "Border Summit" between the Democrats who have spent part of their time on the run in Rockford and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. "While we have lots of hotspots to hideaway in, what Governor Walker and the Democrats appear to need is...
  • Milwaukee teachers drop Viagra lawsuit (AWOL RAT Fleas, protests go limp)

    03/08/2011 2:18:42 AM PST · by Libloather · 17 replies
    3/07/11
    Link only - Union wanted to get taxpayer-funded erectile dysfunction drug back in its health insurance plans
  • Wis. gov. rebuffs Democrats' request for meeting (Walker calls it 'ridiculous', RAT is 'in the way')

    03/07/2011 6:31:17 PM PST · by Libloather · 51 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 3/07/11 | SCOTT BAUER
    Wis. gov. rebuffs Democrats' request for meetingWalker calls request 'ridiculous,' says key Dem is 'in the way' By SCOTT BAUER The Associated Press updated 2 hours 48 minutes ago MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin Democrats who fled the state nearly three weeks ago asked Monday for a meeting with Gov. Scott Walker to talk about changes to his plan to eliminate most public workers' union rights, a request the governor dismissed as "ridiculous." Walker said he and his administration have been in communication with at least a couple of the AWOL Senate Democrats about a deal that could bring them back,...
  • [Indiana] House Dems Say They'll Stay Away 'As Long As It Takes'

    03/07/2011 4:46:49 PM PST · by digger48 · 46 replies
    The Indy Channel ^ | March 7, 2011
    INDIANAPOLIS -- Most Indiana House Democrats remained in Illinois on Monday, lengthening their boycott of Republican proposals to a third week and said they'll stay away as long as necessary -- even if their absence shuts down state government when the current budget expires. Democrats want to negotiate a compromise on the bills they oppose, but Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma, of Indianapolis, is steadfast in his stance to refuse a back room deal to bring Democrats back.
  • Democrats to End Union Standoff

    03/06/2011 7:50:40 PM PST · by Steelfish · 49 replies
    Wall St. J ^ | March 06, 2011 | KRIS MAHER And AMY MERRICK
    MARCH 7, 2011 Democrats to End Union Standoff By KRIS MAHER And AMY MERRICK Playing a game of political chicken, Democratic senators who fled Wisconsin to stymie restrictions on public-employee unions said Sunday they planned to come back from exile soon, betting that even though their return will allow the bill to pass, the curbs are so unpopular they'll taint the state's Republican governor and legislators. The Wisconsin standoff, which drew thousands of demonstrators to occupy the capitol in Madison for days at a time, has come to highlight efforts in other states to address budget problems in part by...
  • Wis. Democrat: Talks over anti-union bill stall (Rats own sole blame for layoffs to come)

    03/05/2011 11:09:05 AM PST · by tobyhill · 34 replies
    cbs ^ | 3/5/2011 | cbs
    A Wisconsin Democratic senator who fled the state to block a Republican Gov. Scott Walker's collective bargaining bill says negotiations on the measure have stalled. Sen. Tim Cullen, a Janesville Democrat, tells The Associated Press that talks with Republicans broke down on Thursday. He says it's difficult for either side to compromise: If the Democrats back down, their base won't forgive them, and Walker can't give up anything because he'd be seen as weak. Plus, Assembly Republicans have already passed the bill with no changes, making things tougher for Walker. Cullen said the lines of communications between the parties remain...
  • Government e-mails reveal plot to stall budget repair bill

    03/02/2011 8:17:58 PM PST · by Brown Deer · 43 replies
    FOX News ^ | 9:35 p.m. CST, March 2, 2011 | Bryan Polcyn
    Before protesters stormed the capitol, the Mayor of the City of Madison tried to pull a fast one. The Governor's budget repair bill was on the fast track, and Madison Mayor Dave Ciesliewicz was racing against the clock to pass new union contracts first. E-mails obtained by the FOX6 Investigators show that the mayor enlisted the help of State Senator Mark Miller. They both tried to convince the Secretary of State to hold up the bill by taking the maximum 10 days allowed by law before publishing the bill. They were trying to buy some time so they could ratify...
  • Plot Uncovered! Dems Fled Wisconsin to Buy Time to Pass New Union Contracts

    03/03/2011 10:47:30 AM PST · by Nachum · 46 replies
    fox ^ | 3/3/11 | Bryan Polcyn, FOX6 reporter
    WITI-TV, MADISON — Before protesters stormed the capitol, the mayor of the city of Madison tried to pull a fast one. The governor's budget repair bill was on the fast track, and Madison Mayor Dave Ciesliewicz was racing against the clock to pass new union contracts first. E-mails obtained by the FOX6 Investigators show that the mayor enlisted the help of State Senator Mark Miller. They both tried to convince the Secretary of State to hold up the bill by taking the maximum 10 days allowed by law before publishing the bill.
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    03/04/2011 4:23:20 AM PST · by Mayr Fortuna · 10 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | March 03, 2011 | by Wes Barrett
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