Wisconsin Democrats Announce Recall Effort Against 8 Republican State Senators

By: Wednesday March 2, 2011 11:55 am

The Wisconsin State Democratic Party just sent out an email to supporters announcing that they have officially filed recall papers against all 8 Republican Senators eligible for recall immediately. Depending on their success in gathering enough signatures – and the threshold is not too high, they need between 14,000 and 20,000 signatures in the various [...]

Capitol Building Still Closed, Other Shenanigans

By: Monday February 28, 2011 12:04 pm

A bit more on the fast-moving story in the Capitol Building in Madison, Wisconsin: • Clearly Scott Walker and the Capitol police are trying to deprive protesters of having access to the building. Both Defending Wisconsin and a coalition of labor unions have filed lawsuits and other enforcement actions. Defending Wisconsin went to US District [...]

Wisconsin: Sen. Dale Schultz (R) Will Vote Against Budget Repair Bill

By: Monday February 28, 2011 9:10 am

Dale Schultz, the Republican State Senator who has been on the fence on the budget repair bill that will strip away public employee collective bargaining rights, will vote against the bill, according to protest organizer leadership. According to the Capitol City Leadership Committee, Schultz told State Sen. Lena Taylor (D) that he’s a no on [...]

Wisconsin Still Stalemated on Budget Repair Bill, as Next Budget Gets Released Tomorrow

By: Monday February 28, 2011 6:50 am

Let’s just touch on the politics of the Wisconsin budget fight. Despite the historic hold of the Capitol last night, we’re still basically at a stalemate. Gov. Scott Walker appeared on Meet the Press yesterday and delivered the same robotic talking points about how municipalities negotiating with their employees means we have to bar negotiations [...]

The People Rule: Activists Hold the Capitol Building in Madison

By: Sunday February 27, 2011 7:52 pm

SOMEWHERE ABOVE MILWAUKEE (FDL) – I’m sorry I was unable to finish my reporting from inside the Capitol tonight, but within about 20 minutes of the order from the Capitol Police to “close” the building, you could tell where everything was going. The protesters were organized, on the floor, ready to call the bluff off [...]

WI State Senate Makes Budget Repair Bill Unamendable

By: Friday February 25, 2011 12:35 pm

MADISON, WI (FDL) – The Wisconsin State Senate “engrossed” the budget repair bill today, which includes the provision to strip the collective bargaining rights for public employees. This means that the bill, which came from the Assembly, can no longer be amended. Sen. Dale Schultz (R), who comes from a swing district, planned to introduce [...]

Wisconsin Budget Bill Wouldn’t Be Able to Be Implemented After Friday

By: Monday February 21, 2011 7:06 am

Nobody really knows how long the stare-down in Wisconsin will last. The Joint Finance Committee that was supposed to take public testimony on Tuesday is actually still going on, with Democratic members of the assembly listening to everyone who files into the hearing room. So this could be measured in weeks and not days. However, [...]

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