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  • COMMENTARY: Recallistas turn to cannibalism!

    05/22/2012 10:39:25 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 5-21-12 | Kevin Binversie
    Recall supporters have turned their attention from character assassination to cannibalism. With recent poll numbers suggesting they’ll lose their 15-month campaign to take down Gov. Scott Walker, the recallistas have begun to eat their own. When the blaming and hating is done — when the smoke clears and the sun dawns June 6 — Walker likely will be the last man standing. In Wisconsin, the blaming began last week when liberal Washington Post blogger Greg Sargent posted what he called an exclusive on the recall race. An “unnamed top Wisconsin Democrat” was “furious” the Democratic National Committee would not pony...
  • Iowa House Democrats leave Statehouse in protest (Demoncrats flee pro-RKBA bills, 2nd Amendment)

    02/29/2012 9:04:22 AM PST · by DCBryan1 · 36 replies
    The Gazette ^ | 29 FEB 2012 | James Q. Lynch
    Iowa House Democrats left the Capitol in protest Wednesday, saying they were betrayed by the Republican majority that decided this morning to debate controversial gun rights legislation. “We’ve been doubled-crossed,” said House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, D-Des Moines, just before he lead his 40-member caucus out of the Statehouse. Democrats had been led to believe a constitutional amendment spelling out Iowans’ right to bear arms and the so-called “Castle Doctrine” giving Iowans the right to defend themselves would not be debated Feb. 29, McCarthy said. However, he was told after both parties went into their routine closed-door meetings to discuss...
  • 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...
  • Citing Gableman, Dane County DA might renew case against anti-union law

    12/23/2011 6:12:53 AM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 11 replies
    Associated Propaganda ^ | 12-22-11 | Scott Bauer
    The district attorney who filed a lawsuit challenging Wisconsin's law passed this year effectively ending collective bargaining rights for most public workers said Thursday he is considering asking the state Supreme Court to rehear the case. Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne told the Associated Press he was looking at making the request after learning that Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman had received free legal services from a firm that defended the law in that case decided in June. Gableman was part of a four-justice majority that upheld the law, which generated massive opposition protests and made Wisconsin the center...
  • Occupy Wall Street - FREEP A SURVEY

    10/10/2011 7:12:36 AM PDT · by justlittleoleme · 9 replies
    Above Top Secret ^ | 10/10/2011 | Above Top Secret
    The protests in New York City's lower Manhattan, popularly known as "Occupy Wall Street," are increasing in both participation from various concerned parties and attention in mainstream media. This survey will help identify the opinions of visitors to AboveTopSecret.com regarding the issues which have inspired the protests, as well the expected effectiveness and outcome. This first page of the survey will gauge your overall perception of the protests and movement, which the next page will gauge your ideas on specific goals of the protests.
  • 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...
  • Two Democrats Face Recall Today, 16 August, 2011. Vote If You Can!(WI)

    08/16/2011 5:00:53 AM PDT · by marktwain · 12 replies
    Opencarry.org ^ | 16 August, 2011 | ccwinstructor
    Kim Simac of Eagle River Wisconsin is running against one of the Democrats who fled the state to keep Wisconsin in the red and avoid the budget bill. http://www.kimsimacforstatesenate.com/ Jonathan Steitz of Kenosha, Wisconsin is running agains the other Democrat who is up for recall. http://www.steitzforsenate.com/ Today is the election. The polls are probably open. Please vote if you can!
  • 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 --...
  • Final two recall elections could lead to state’s first Tea Party senator (Wisconsin Fleas on 8/16)

    08/11/2011 7:06:37 AM PDT · by Libloather · 35 replies · 1+ views
    Madison ^ | 8/11/11 | JESSICA VANEGEREN
    Final two recall elections could lead to state’s first tea party senatorJESSICA VANEGEREN | The Capital Times Posted: Thursday, August 11, 2011 8:15 am Wednesday morning, just hours after state Republicans learned they had retained control of the state Senate by defeating four of the six Democratic challengers in the state’s historic recall elections, a flurry of activity began in the two remaining Senate districts up for grabs on Tuesday, Aug. 16, the fourth and final recall election day. The seats, held by Democratic incumbents Jim Holperin of Conover and Robert Wirch of Pleasant Prairie, are the last of the...
  • Help Wisconsin Oust 2 Runaway Democrats

    08/10/2011 1:13:39 PM PDT · by TheConservativeParty · 131 replies
    8-10-2011 | me
    Yesterday Wisconsin State Republicans faced recall elections. Their crime in the twisted minds of democrats? These republicans voted to balance the WI state budget. As you all know, 14 democrat state senators fled our state to avoid taking the vote on that budget bill. Last night we learned that the recall elections from Tuesday August 9th, resulted in 2 of the 6 republicans being taken out of office. The count before the election was 19 repubicans to 14 democrats in the state senate. After yesterday's elections we now have 17 republicans against 16 democrats.
  • For Wisconsin’s Democrats recall defeats were their Gettysburg

    08/10/2011 12:00:21 PM PDT · by jmaroneps37 · 49 replies
    coachisright.com ^ | August 10, 2011 | Kevin “Coach” Collins
    When Robert E. Lee was forced to turn back and retreat from Pennsylvania ending his dream of winning the Civil War by invading the North it quickly became clear that he had thrown his best punch and failed. Lee almost won but didn’t. While the Confederates won some major battles after Gettysburg their will to fight and the appetite for loaning them money was gone. Yesterday the Wisconsin Democrats brought their invasion to Republican held State Senate districts. To turn back the tide of conservatism in Wisconsin the Democrats instigated recall elections of six Republican Senators. They almost won enough...
  • Hey, Who Wants to Talk About Wisconsin’s Economic Miracle?

    07/30/2011 8:30:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 37 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | July 29, 2011 | Gary Wickert
    The death of collective bargaining saved the state overnight.Over the past six months, Wisconsin has been nothing short of a miracle. Newly elected Governor Scott Walker and the Republicans in the majority in Madison got just about everything they wanted during the past legislative session, and a state facing a projected $3 billion budget shortfall with no end in sight now has a projected $300 million budget surplus. The amazing successes in Wisconsin have emboldened the legislatures and political leaders of other states, who have seen the wonders resulting from a little political backbone and fiscal common sense. After being...
  • Who paid for the Wi State Senators to stay in Illinois?

    07/08/2011 8:21:48 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 8 replies
    WAOW Madison ^ | 7-8-11 | Daniel Woodruff
    By Daniel Woodruff, Anchor, Multimedia Journalist MADISON (WAOW) -- A conservative Wisconsin think tank is raising a red flag about the state's Democratic senators' stay in Illinois—specifically, about who paid for it. Fourteen senators fled to Illinois in February for several weeks to stall Gov. Scott Walker's agenda. They stayed there for more than three weeks. Throughout the process, the senators repeatedly said they were paying for the trip there. But now, the conservative MacIver Institute in Madison has posted a video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZh3zehbESI&feature=player_embedded) containing a clip that the Institute says contradicts those claims. The video's announcer prefaces the clip by...
  • Second federal lawsuit filed over union law

    07/08/2011 6:52:29 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 12 replies
    GMToday.com ^ | 7-8-11
    MADISON - Two unions representing about 2,700 public workers in Madison and Dane County have filed a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Wisconsin's new law restricting collective bargaining rights. The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court, is the second federal challenge to the law that was pushed by Republican Gov. Scott Walker and passed by the GOP-controlled Legislature earlier this year. The other challenge, filed last month by a broad coalition of unions, is pending. The law prohibits collective bargaining except over base salary increases no greater than inflation. It took effect June 29 after the state Supreme...
  • Wis. judge to hear more arguments on recall drives

    07/08/2011 6:25:13 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 11 replies
    Madison-- A Wisconsin judge is set to hear more arguments on whether signatures on recall petitions against nine state senators were gathered improperly. Six Republican senators and three Democratic senators face recalls over their positions on Gov. Scott Walker's contentious collective bargaining law. But both sides argue the recall petitions against them are invalid. The Republicans maintain signature gatherers didn't properly submit their initial paperwork. The Democrats contend there was widespread fraud in signature collection against them. The first round of primaries for the Republicans' challengers is set for Tuesday. Dane County Circuit Judge Richard Niess is set to hear...
  • Who paid for the Wisconsin 14's Illinois Vacation? [YouTube video]

    07/06/2011 1:42:46 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 13 replies
    MacIverInstitute/YouTube ^ | Jul 5, 2011 | Bill Osmulski
    About those Wisconsin Democratic Senators who fled to Illinois for three weeks this February in an ultimately unsuccessful effort to stop Wisconsin's new public employee labor law... The 14 Senators have repeatedly insisted that they, themselves, paid their own bills. Despite obtaining a ruling from the Government Accountability Board that their campaign account could be used to subsidize their truancy, they insisted they paid their own way. Yet at a recent national gathering of liberal activists, one prominent national group bragged about raising $200,000 to help keep these Wisconsin Senators out of state. What do those lawmakers have to say...
  • Wis. judge rules against Nygren in recall lawsuit

    07/01/2011 1:08:53 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 07/01/2011 11:28:36 AM CDT | unattributed
    <p>MADISON, Wis.—A Dane County judge has ruled that a Republican state lawmaker can't have his name added to the ballot for a recall election later this month.</p> <p>Judge Richard Niess ruled against Rep. John Nygren of Marinette on Friday afternoon.</p>
  • Leaving Was the Right Decision (WI 'Fleeing Fourteen' Senators)

    06/29/2011 5:54:45 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 15 replies
    Wisconsin Radio Network ^ | June 29, 2011 | Andrew Beckett
    Democrats in the state Senate maintain they did the right thing when they left Wisconsin earlier this year to block the Governor’s collective bargaining changes. The 14 Senators stayed in Illinois for nearly three weeks to prevent a vote on the bill, although Republicans found a way to pass it without them. Even though Wisconsin Act 10 takes effect today, state Senator Spencer Coggs (D-Milwaukee) says there are no regrets about their decision to leave. He says the action gave the public time to understand more about what the bill was proposing and allowed citizens to make their voices heard....
  • Democrats confirm it: Pasch will run against Darling in recall

    05/05/2011 5:51:31 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 6 replies
    Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ^ | 5-5-11 | Tom Tolan
    The Democratic Party and the committee to recall state Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) are confirming that state Rep. Sandy Pasch (D-Whitefish Bay) will challenge Darling in a possible recall election. Gillian Morris, a spokeswoman for the party, confirmed that Pasch would run, as the Journal Sentinel reported in Thursday's paper. Separately, Kristopher Rowe, organizer of the recall campaign, emailed the Journal Sentinel announcing Pasch's candidacy and praising her as someone who "believes in voting rights, workers rights and she believes in finding solutions together with her colleagues. "She is hard working and most importantly — she listens to the...
  • Report confirms Dem walkout bought and paid for by national unions [Indiana Fleebaggers]

    04/20/2011 4:34:59 AM PDT · by ConjunctionJunction · 11 replies
    CaptiolAndWashington.com ^ | April 19, 2011 | Mike O'Brien
    So much for support from the common man. The Indiana Democratic Party’s first quarter campaign finance report was filed last Friday and confirms what everyone already suspected but Democrats denied: their “We Are Indiana” walkout was bought and paid for national unions. Read the report here: Dem Finance Report During the period of the walkout that began on February 22 and ended on March 28, Democrat-backed unions contributed nearly $140,000 to the Indiana Democratic Party. Their goal: stop the legislative session in its tracks, kill anti-union bills, and pay whatever it took to keep Democrats holed up in an Illinois...
  • Petitions stolen from Recall Dave Hansen (D) office?

    Allegedly, the burglars were after the petitions gathered to recall Dave Hansen, who was one of the Wisconsin Democratic senators who fled the state rather than participate in the democratic process. Which - if this was in fact done by Democratic party operatives or sympathizers - would merely demonstrate that Hansen is in fact fairly representative of his party, at that. The good news is that the recall folks say that they still have enough signatures, so it should have no insurmountable effect on the recall process, but you can expect that local Democrats will try to wring as much...
  • Union members descend on Olympia to protest budget cuts (Wisconsin RAT Flea Coggs helps out)

    04/09/2011 7:30:30 AM PDT · by Libloather · 13 replies
    Kitsap Sun ^ | 4/08/11 | John Stang
    Union members descend on Olympia to protest budget cutsBy John Stang Kitsap Sun Posted April 8, 2011 at 7:03 p.m. OLYMPIA — Worker solidarity. Budget cuts. Tax breaks. Wisconsin. That's what brought an estimated 7,000 people to the steps of the state Capitol on Friday. "The legislators see us outside and see what we represent," said Steve Davidson, a firefighter with Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue and a member of the Kitsap County-based Local 2819 of the International Association of Firefighters. "It makes a difference." "We're standing with all workers across the state and across the nation," said CK firefighter...
  • WI GOP rep. questions state DOJ’s ethics after state attorney advises fleeing Dems (truncated)

    04/07/2011 2:07:27 PM PDT · by Justaham · 7 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 4-7-11 | Matthew Boyle
    Original title: WI GOP rep. questions state DOJ’s ethics after state attorney advises fleeing Dems, shows political support in private e-mail. Wisconsin state Rep. Steve Nass is calling for an investigation of state Assistant Attorney General Thomas Bellavia after he sent an e-mail offering advice to two of the 14 fleeing Democratic senators on how to avoid getting caught by Wisconsin law enforcement. The e-mail also shows where Bellavia’s political support lies. “I am a political supporter of your current efforts regarding the budget repair bill,” Bellavia wrote in a February 27 e-mail to Democratic state Sens. Joe Erpenbach and...
  • Payback: Group says it has enough signatures to force recall election for Wisconsin fleebagger!

    04/04/2011 6:54:43 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/04/2011 | Allahpundit
    A moral victory, if nothing else. And it really might be nothing else: This guy won reelection three years ago with 67 percent of the vote, so tossing him out in a recall election will be unlikely. But who knows? Without Obama at the top of the ticket for Democrats and with the locals (hopefully) irritated at the fleebaggers’ fleebaggy ways, 51/49 to remove isn’t impossible. At the very least, it’s a shot in the arm for Wisconsin conservatives on the eve of tomorrow’s supreme court election. If they can still make Democrats squirm, they’re not licked yet. Dan Hunt,...
  • Fines spark another delay at Statehouse (IN Fleebaggers)

    04/02/2011 8:36:18 AM PDT · by digger48 · 5 replies
    Kokomo Tribune ^ | March 31, 2011 | Maureen Hayden
    House Dems upset that per-diem was withheld halt session for three hours INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma called it “deja vu all over again” when House Democrats walked off the House floor Thursday morning. Just days after returning from a five-week walkout, House Democrats emptied their seats again. This time it was over concerns about legislative business conducted while they were gone, including $122,000 in fines levied against them. Their absence delayed the beginning of Thursday’s session for more than three hours, but Democrat leader Pat Bauer later told reporters that his members weren’t planning another walkout. House...
  • 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...
  • WI Dems' Recall Efforts - A Bridge Too Far? (Vanity)

    03/29/2011 9:03:01 AM PDT · by fwdude · 21 replies
    Me | 03/29/11 | fwdude
    Democrats' and Union goons' recent attempts to 'undo' the latest lawful legislation in the State of Wisconsin through the threat of recall by petition may be a little too ambitious. Several reasons support my thesis: 1) The required number of petition signatures is unusually high. Wisconsin law requires that 25% of the number of persons that voted in the last election for the office of governor within the electoral district of the office holder sought to be recalled must validly sign the petition for a recall election. Since the November 2010 election was extremely energized through TEA Party activism and...
  • Newly released emails reveal brainstorming about how to punish Wis. Senate Democrats who fled

    03/23/2011 5:07:06 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 18 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 3/23/11 | SCOTT BAUER , Associated Press
    Everything from taking away computers to denying a year of service in the state retirement system was considered to punish the 14 Wisconsin Senate Democrats who fled to Illinois for three weeks to block passage of a bill taking away union bargaining rights, newly released emails show. Members of Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald's staff bounced ideas off one another and the Legislature's attorneys for days about how to pressure the Democrats to return and penalize them, according to records released Wednesday by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.
  • GOP's defense: Senate rule authored in 1983 by two of 'Wisconsin 14' (Schadenfreude Alert!)

    03/19/2011 10:21:46 AM PDT · by bigbob · 17 replies · 2+ views
    Wisconsin State Journal ^ | 3-18-11 | DEE J. JALL
    Senate Rule 93 says that when the Legislature is in special session, "A notice of a committee meeting is not required other than posting on the legislative bulletin board." That's the rule Republican leaders are citing in their contention that one of the votes leading up to passage of Gov. Scott Walker's controversial anti-union bill was legal. One ironic footnote: The rule was written in 1983 by two of the Democratic senators who left Wisconsin last month to avoid voting on the bill, Sen. Tim Cullen, D-Janesville, and Sen. Fred Risser, D-Madison. The two were among 14 senators who fled...
  • 20 Days of Left-Wing Thuggery in Wisconsin: When Will Obama, Democrats, and MSM Call for Civility?

    03/18/2011 7:33:03 AM PDT · by Lakeshark · 21 replies · 1+ views
    Big Government ^ | 3/18/2011 | John Nolte
    Below, you’ll find a compilation of 20 days worth of the death threats, vandalism, and intimidation practiced by pro-union thugs opposed to Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s budget repair bill. Wisconsin is my home state. I lived there until I was 27 years-old in 1993 and most of my family, including my parents still live there. For that reason and because the issue of education and teachers unions has been a passion of mine for going on two decades, I’ve been following this story very, very closely. My original intent was to compile all of this earlier in the week, but...
  • Union Thugs Bully Citizens Working to Recall AWOL Wisconsin Democratic Senators (video)

    03/17/2011 6:30:36 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 36 replies
    Breitbart.tv ^ | March 16, 2011 | Breitbart.tv
    Eyewitness account: This video was shot minutes after a union advocate destroyed several petitions at a recall Jim Holperin Rally in Merill, WI. The event was moved to the court house grounds because the private location originally slated to host the event was threatened with arson. It should be noted that police were present when the protestor (sic) destroyed these recall petitions, but stated to us that there was nothing they could do about it. The female protestor (sic), who had a young child with her, approached the recall table pretending to be interested in signing the petition, then proceeded...
  • (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...
  • Fleebagger introduces anti-fleebagging amendment in Wisconsin

    03/15/2011 1:23:09 PM PDT · by Justaham · 45 replies · 1+ views
    hotairpundit.blogspot.com ^ | 3-15-11 | Ed Morrissey
    A Democratic state senator wants to make it impossible for senators in the future to block legislative action by leaving the state. … “The main point I want to make is that what we did we had every legal right to do. It was an extraordinary step against an extraordinary bill,” [State Senator Tim] Cullen said. But “the institution of the Senate is not well-served going forward by having this particular avenue available.” Cullen said his proposal for a constitutional amendment would simply eliminate the requirement currently in the state constitution that three-fifths of state senators be present for the...
  • 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...
  • Who Won in Wisconsin?

    03/15/2011 5:48:05 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 48 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 15, 2011 | Mona Charen
    Who won the battle of Wisconsin? Republican Gov. Scott Walker got a legislative victory. On the other hand, Democrats, with a wary eye on 2012 and noting the worrying drop in support for President Obama in union-heavy states like Pennsylvania and Michigan, claim to be delighted that Walker has picked this fight. "Republicans have done organized labor a great favor by putting the movement back in (the) labor movement, creating a level of passion and activism for workers' rights that hasn't been seen in generations," crowed Democratic strategist Mike Lux. Maybe so. Though the three-week tantrum by union protesters in...
  • Wisconsin Democrat S of S delays publishing Walker law

    03/15/2011 5:12:50 AM PDT · by From The Deer Stand · 42 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | March 14, 2011 | From The Deer Stand
    Wisconsin Secretary of State Douglas LaFollette, a Democrat, is delaying publication of the bill that ends some collective bargaining for public employees and requires them to pay more into their retirement and health plans. Gov. Scott Walker signed the legislation and wanted it to go into effect immediately. But, LaFollette, is delaying publishing the bill which officially implements it, to give unions more time to settle contracts before the bill becomes law. It is expected to be published later this month.
  • Wisconsin, it gets better: Returned Democrats can not vote. At all.

    03/14/2011 7:56:58 PM PDT · by Madistan · 47 replies · 1+ views
    wispolitics.com ^ | Monday, March 14, 2011 3:52 PM | Sen.Fitzgerald
    From: Sen.Fitzgerald Sent: Monday, March 14, 2011 3:52 PM To: *Legislative Senate Republicans Subject: Senate Democrat voting privileges in standing committees Dear Members, With the return of the Senate Democrats this weekend, questions have arisen regarding Democrat members’ participation in Senate standing committee public hearings and executive sessions. Please note that all 14 Democrat senators are still in contempt of the Senate. Therefore, when taking roll call votes on amendments and bills during executive sessions, Senate Democrats’ votes will not be reflected in the Records of Committee Proceedings or the Senate Journal. They are free to attend hearings, listen to...
  • GOPAC website seeks recall of Dem senators (GREAT NEWS!)

    03/14/2011 6:09:39 PM PDT · by bigbob · 18 replies · 1+ views
    Wispolitics dot com ^ | 3-14-11 | Andy Szal
    Washington-based Republican committee GOPAC today unveiled a new website advocating the recall of Wisconsin's eight Democratic senators eligible for recall this year. The site, recallthedems.com, asks supporters to "join with GOPAC to defeat 'the Escaping Eight' in special elections this summer. With your help, we can prevent them from ever bringing the legislative session to a halt to avoid taking action on getting the budget under control." In addition, GOPAC's Wisconsin arm will launch an ad supporting Sen. Randy Hopper, R-Fond du Lac, on Wednesday. Hopper, along with seven other eligible GOP senators, also faces a potential recall this year.
  • Missing Wisconsin Democrats Return As Heroes, Pledge To Recall Walker

    03/14/2011 2:10:20 PM PDT · by blam · 20 replies
    TBI ^ | 3-14-2011 | Grace Wyler
    Missing Wisc. Dems Return As Heroes, Pledge To Recall Walker Grace Wyler Mar. 14, 2011, 4:02 PM Wisconsin's 14 missing Democrats returned this weekend after Gov. Scott Walker signed into law Friday a bill to limit bargaining rights for most of the state's public workers. Despite their defeat, the Democrats, who fled the state last month to prevent a vote on the bill, were greeted with a heroes welcome from about 100,000 protesters in Madison, the NYT reports. Opponents of the bill have vowed to intensify political and legal efforts to block the legislation. Democrats and union supporters are now...
  • 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...
  • Wisconsin's useful idiots

    03/14/2011 9:08:14 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 36 replies
    American Thinker ^ | March 14, 2011 | Phil Boehmke
    “You’re an effing liar! You’re all effing liars,” said the school teacher in the little red Kia as he sped away. All I could do is smile, waive and laugh as he drove off, revealing the Obama/Biden ’08 bumper sticker. When the young man pulled into the “Recall Wirch” petition “drive through” site on Hwy 50 in Kenosha, Wisconsin Saturday afternoon, I approached his car and said “Hi, how are you doing today?” What followed was a fascinating exchange in which I was told to “get an effing job,” was called an “illiterate moron,” and a “fascist.” When I...
  • 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...
  • 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....
  • 14 Senate Dems added to tomorrow's protest lineup (The RATS are back in town)

    03/11/2011 12:35:30 PM PST · by bigbob · 21 replies
    Wispolitics dot com ^ | 3-11-11 | Greg Bump
    The 14 Senate Dems who left the state in an attempt to stop a vote on the budget repair bill will be featured at tomorrow's Capitol rally, organizers have announced.
  • Barca (WI minority leader) files complaint with district attorney on controversial Capitol vote

    03/10/2011 10:59:58 AM PST · by library user · 42 replies
    The Cap Times ^ | March 10, 2011 | by Judith Davidoff
    Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca, D-Kenosha, filed a complaint Thursday morning with the Dane County district attorney charging that the Joint Conference Committee that convened at 6 p.m. Wednesday and passed an amended version of Gov. Scott Walker's budget repair bill is in violation of the open meetings law. The complaint states that Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald and his brother, Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, and others "knowingly attended the meeting in violation of the Open Meetings law" and are subject to penalties identified in state statute. The complaint asks that the actions taken at the meeting be declared void....
  • Live Thread: Wis Assembly passes budget repair bill 53-42

    03/10/2011 10:48:58 AM PST · by Thunder90 · 483 replies
    Ongoing LIVE!
  • 10 FleeBaggers live on ED show!!

    03/09/2011 7:13:12 PM PST · by milwguy · 43 replies
    msnbc | 03/09/2011 | m
    Watch all the fleebaggers blow a gasket on MSNBC live right now!
  • (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...
  • Union supporters to rally after Wisconsin Senate passes limits

    03/09/2011 11:10:05 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    CNN ^ | March 10, 2011 | Ed Lavandera
    Pro-union demonstrators plan to rally outside the Wisconsin capitol Thursday -- the morning after the state's Republican-led Senate passed Gov. Scott Walker's proposed restrictions on collective bargaining for public employees. "Working families, labor leaders and concerned Wisconsinites will gather outside the Capitol to let Gov. Walker know the fight will continue," a statement from the Wisconsin AFL-CIO said. Sentate Republicans got around a long-running Democratic walkout on Wednesday evening by stripping financial provisions from the bill. "Tonight, the Senate will be passing the items in the Budget Repair Bill that we can with the 19 members who actually do show...
  • Miller now says senators will not return Thursday (WI Senate Minority leader reverses course)

    03/09/2011 7:06:41 PM PST · by Qbert · 55 replies
    Journal Sentinel ^ | 3/9/2011 | Patrick Marley
    Senate Minority Leader Mark Miller (D-Monona) reversed course in a statement at 8:15, announcing the 14 Democratic senators will not return from Illinois on Thursday. Earlier Wednesday Miller said they would be back...