Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker Tells Absent Senators: Return Or 1,500 Get Laid Off

(CNN) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on Thursday warned 14 absent lawmakers trying to stall his controversial budget bill to return to the state Capitol immediately to vote on the measure, or layoff notices will be sent to 1,500 public employees before the weekend.

“Unfortunately, if we don’t have action by tomorrow we have a legal and moral obligation to start forewarning people,” Walker said a Thursday night press conference.

The layoffs would take effect April 1, the governor said.

Walker’s threat to start laying off workers capped the third week of a high-stakes drama playing out in Wisconsin.

Meanwhile, a Dane County judge on Thursday issued an order barring demonstrators from the state Capitol after business hours. During protests, some demonstrators have been sleeping inside the building. The order from Wisconsin Circuit Court Judge John Albert gave the state Department of Administration the authority to forcibly remove anyone who refuses.

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Police Defy Order to Clear Protesters from Wisconsin Capital

And here is one reason why:

BREAKING: Wisconsin Police Have Joined Protest Inside State Capitol

In case you want to know, who Mr. Walker really works for:

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker Falls For Phone Prank

Before:

Wisconsin Assembly Passes Bill Stripping Union Rights From Public Workers



On Monday afternoon, the Capitol Police in Madison, Wisconsin refused to enforce an order to clear the Capitol building of hundreds of peaceful protesters who have been occupying the site to protest Governor Scott Walker’s plan to eliminate the collective bargaining rights of public employees.

Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! interviews State Rep. Kelda Helen Roys (D), who spent Sunday night in the Capitol building with other protesters. Roys describes what happened at four o’clock on Monday afternoon when the government gave the order to clear the protesters from the building:

And after several hours of the same sorts of scenes that we’ve been seeing all week—singing, chanting, drumming, speechifying—the Capitol police captain, Chief Tubbs, made an announcement, and he said that the protesters that had remained in the building, they were being orderly and responsible and peaceful and there was no reason to eject them from the Capitol.

Police attempted to clear the building of protesters on Sunday night, but they relented when the protesters refused to leave and allowed them to stay another night. On Monday, the police decided not to eject protesters already inside, but no additional activists would be allowed in. The governor plans to deliver his budget address on Tuesday afternoon. Walker is expected to call for spending cuts that could exceed $1 billion dollars.

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BREAKING: Wisconsin Police Have Joined Protest Inside State Capitol

In case you want to know, who Mr. Walker really works for:

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker Falls For Phone Prank

Before:

Wisconsin Assembly Passes Bill Stripping Union Rights From Public Workers


From inside the Wisconsin State Capitol, RAN ally Ryan Harvey reports:

“Hundreds of cops have just marched into the Wisconsin state capitol building to protest the anti-Union bill, to massive applause. They now join up to 600 people who are inside.”

Ryan reported on his Facebook page earlier today:

“Police have just announced to the crowds inside the occupied State Capitol of Wisconsin: ‘We have been ordered by the legislature to kick you all out at 4:00 today. But we know what’s right from wrong. We will not be kicking anyone out, in fact, we will be sleeping here with you!’ Unreal.”

You can find more updates from Ryan Harvey on Twitter @ryanharveysongs and his blog Even If Your Voice Shakes.

UPDATE: This video says it all. It makes me proud of my neighbors. “Let me tell you Mr. Walker, this is not your house, this is all our house.”


Added: 25.02.2011

Written by Jenn Breckenridge
Posted on 25 February 2011

Source: The Understory

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker Falls For Phone Prank

Republican is duped by a caller pretending to be one of the rightwing Koch brothers, some of his wealthiest backers


Scott Walker is currently embroiled in a dispute over public sector pay Photograph: Pool/REUTERS

The Republican governor at the centre of the union-busting protests in the US has been embarrassed by a prank call that he believed was from one of his billionaire backers.

On the recording of the call, which has been released online, the Republican governor of Wisconsin Scott Walker tells a caller impersonating one of the rightwing Koch brothers that he is looking forward to flying to California to celebrate with them once the battle with the unions was won, and jokes about taking a baseball bat to slug Democratic leaders.

Walker is under siege in his office in the state capitol building in Madison, Wisconsin, in a backlash against his proposed legislation to remove unions’ right to collective bargaining and cut public sector workers’ pay.

Ian Murphy, who calls in pretending to be David Koch, suggests planting troublemakers among the protesters, who have been peaceful through 11 successive days of demonstrations. Walker says he has thought about doing that but decided against.

The prankster says: “I’ll tell you what Scott, once you crush these bastards, I’ll fly you out to Cali and really show you a good time.”

Walker replies: “Alright, that would be outstanding. Thanks for all the support and helping us move the cause forward. We appreciate it and we’re doing the just and right thing for the right reasons and it’s all about getting our freedoms back.”

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Wisconsin’s ‘War on Workers’ Spreads to Other US States


Opponents of a proposed law to strip public-sector unions of collective-bargaining rights camp out overnight at the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison while the state government debates the bill

The showdown over union rights that has paralysed politics in Wisconsin is spreading to other American states, threatening to trigger a national “workers war” of a kind not seen since Ronald Reagan fired air traffic controllers en masse 30 years ago.

The State Capitol in Madison, Wisconsin, was overflowing for the 10th day yesterday by protesters infuriated by legislation being pushed by the newly elected Governor Scott Walker which would strip most collective-bargaining rights from state workers, including teachers and librarians. Governor Walker is serving notice he will begin mass layoffs next week unless Democrats who have fled the state to avoid voting on the law return soon.

In signs that the Wisconsin fever might be contagious, similar legislation has surfaced in at least two other states – Indiana and Ohio – while strong support for Mr Walker has been expressed elsewhere, including by Chris Christie, the pugnacious and popular Governor of New Jersey.

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Massachusetts Democrat Michael Capuano Urges Unions to ‘Get A Little Bloody When Necessary’

See also:

Indiana Deputy Attorney General Jeff Cox: ‘Use Live Ammunition’ On Demonstrators – ‘You’re Damned Right I Advocate Deadly Force’



Rep. Michael Capuano

(The Hill) — Sometimes it’s necessary to get out on the streets and “get a little bloody,” a Massachusetts Democrat said Tuesday in reference to labor battles in Wisconsin.

Rep. Michael Capuano (D-Mass.) fired up a group of union members in Boston with a speech urging them to work down in the trenches to fend off limits to workers’ rights like those proposed in Wisconsin.

“I’m proud to be here with people who understand that it’s more than just sending an email to get you going,” Capuano said, according to the Statehouse News. “Every once and awhile you need to get out on the streets and get a little bloody when necessary.”

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Wisconsin Will Allow Hunters To Move Deer Carcasses Out Of CWD Zone

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Fitchburg (AP) – State wildlife officials say they’ll allow hunters to move dead deer out of the chronic wasting disease zone beginning next month.

Hunters and motorists currently can move carcasses and body parts from the zone within the zone and into management units next to it. Beginning Oct. 1, they’ll be permitted to move the bodies and parts out of the zone if they take them to a licensed meat processor or taxidermist within 72 hours of registration.

Department of Natural Resources officials say they made the change because processors and taxidermists must follow strict waste disposal rules, negating the risk of contamination. They say they also want to let hunters process and mount their deer closer to home.

The CWD management zone includes parts of Adams, Crawford, Columbia, Dane, Dodge, Grant, Green, Iowa, Jefferson, Juneau, Kenosha, Lafayette, Marquette, Racine, Richland, Rock, Sauk, Vernon, Walworth and Waukesha counties.

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More than 29 states face total budget shortfall

At least 29 states plus the District of Columbia, including several of the nation’s largest states, faced an estimated $48 billion in combined shortfalls in their budgets for fiscal year 2009 (which began July 1, 2008 in most states.) At least three other states expect budget problems in fiscal year 2010.

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