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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-21-11 03:27 PM
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Protests in Wisconsin beginning to crack the unity of Republican legislators
The protesters in Wisconsin scored another victory today when the Republican Senate Majority Leader, Scott Fitzgerald, announced he would not hold a vote on the key anti-union bill until Democrats arrive. Earlier this morning there were reports that the Republican would hold a vote on the bill without the Democrats being present. Wisconsin's Constitution requires 20 state senators to be present to hold a vote on any non-budgetary. There are only 19 Republican state senators, but the GOP could have potentially held a vote on the legislation by stripping out the collective bargaining provisions and voting on only the financial aspects of the bill. Then, when Democrats eventually were forced to return to vote on other legislation, the Republican would slip the collective bargaining provision back in through an amendment and pass it with their majority. The method had the potential to ruin the Democrats plan to force Governor Walker (R-WI) to negotiate on collective bargaining rights. However, the Republican plan appears to have failed due to a lack of support from their own members.

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Welcome to the revolution folks... it is turning.. this worm is turning. The GOP are starting to realize they are on the losing side.

These things have a dynamic to them. And we have entered the phase where one side or the other needs to break. Guess what? The GOP is starting to crack.

Hang in there guys. If I need to blow my eating out budget in Ian's Pizza so be it.
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ananda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-21-11 03:31 PM
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1. Hold fast, protesters!
Yes you can!
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-21-11 03:32 PM
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2. I am sure this is scaring the PTB
we were not supposed to do this.
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HereSince1628 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-21-11 03:40 PM
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3. I think this reveals the absence of knowledge of Fitzgeralds
Edited on Mon Feb-21-11 03:41 PM by HereSince1628
Combined with Walker's authoritarian style the sum of stupidity existing in the Wisconsin governing bodies is very unsettling.

Walker and the Fitzgerald's are seemingly free of understanding of Wisconsin laws. That's pretty frightening. The agencies of government don't usually question administrative authority. Truly bad things follow from ignoramuses assuming power.

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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-21-11 03:42 PM
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4. These people are not there to follow the law
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HereSince1628 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-21-11 03:44 PM
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5. True, but WE ARE HERE TO HOLD THEM TO THE LAW
They really cannot succeed in getting around it unless we lay down and let them do whatever they will.
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Jackpine Radical Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-21-11 03:49 PM
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9. It's another instance of the old Republican trick
of crating a fait accomli and saying, "So whaddya gonna do about it?"

In this case, they found out "whaddya gonna do about it." And it hurts. Bullies are not pepared for their perennial victims to finally stand up & push back.
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ClassWarrior Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-21-11 07:09 PM
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14. I sincerely believe that the pebble that caused the avalanche was the flippant...
...State Guard threat.

NGU.

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Quixote1818 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-21-11 03:46 PM
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6. This can't be helping Republican's re-election hopes.
They are probably starting to see the numbers and realizing they are playing with fire here.
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-21-11 03:47 PM
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7. Yep, that is what must be going through their minds
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cascadiance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-21-11 04:07 PM
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10. Maybe sooner than that... Some might be facing recalls...
There are some swing districts like Lacrosse where the Democratic candidate for governor did better than Walker that have a Republican rep where the rep I think now feels the heat... If they get recalled, it won't even be two years later where their majority might slip.

http://lacrossetribune.com/news/local/article_be8d6658-...
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Iris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-21-11 04:09 PM
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11. I would love to see someone recalled over this.
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rusty charly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-21-11 03:47 PM
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8. Keep track of this, however:
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postulater Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-21-11 04:26 PM
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12. Holy Smokestack, Batman!
Has this been posted as an original post?

That is Trojanesque!

It needs to be widely known.
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AllyCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-21-11 04:50 PM
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13. I was so glad I went today in the cold, ice, drizzle, snow, and whatever else came at us
I was heartened by how many people showed up in the muck, including TOM MORELLO (!!!!!) to continue with the people's work. No idea how many people were there, but it was more than I expected to see today. My novice attempt at crowd counting was about 2000 for our gathering, many other gatherings around the square. Never went inside to see what was happening in there.

Besides, the weather was not as tough as the whining 3 year old I held and coddled most of the time.
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ClassWarrior Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-21-11 07:49 PM
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15. Good to see you, Ally!
Glad to see you're still taking action. Peace! :patriot:

NGU.

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AllyCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-21-11 08:06 PM
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19. Oh yeah. More energized now that I have kids. This is their future
and I want to show them that activism never stops. We are always doing something. My oldest canvassed with me in November. They help deliver letters to our rep and Senators. They get real psyched about election day.

Peace to you too!
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senseandsensibility Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-21-11 07:50 PM
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16. k and r
eom
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lonestarnot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-21-11 07:53 PM
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17. Some are getting sick of pizza. I suggested spam as that is what they could all be eating if
that ignorant twit gets his way. Where is Jimmy Hoffa when you need him?
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DeSwiss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-21-11 07:53 PM
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18. K&R n/t
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