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Badger State Update

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The standoff, phony war and stalemate (choose your inappropriate martial metaphor) drags on in Wisconsin. The Governor continues to refuse to negotiate in good faith and the 14 Democratic State Senators and the entire labor movement and supporters thereof continue to refuse to give up basic human rights.

Last Saturday was another protest rally inside and out of the capitol building. the crowds mat be smaller (not everyone has the resources of a Koch brother that wpould enable them to give up time and treasure to go to Madison) but the cause remains just. Michael Moore thinks so.

(Thanks, TPM for the video)

Meanwhile, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has asked Wisconsin residents what they think of the Governor’s performance:

So how long can the GOP hold out? Will walker accept the invitation from the Wisconsin 14 to meet at the state line and negotiate?

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March 7th, 2011 at 12:29 pm

Walker Delivers Budget Address and Wi Capitol Reopened

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A judge in Madison has ordered the Wisconsin Capitol be reopened:

A Dane County judge on Tuesday ordered Wisconsin officials to open the Capitol to the public during normal business hours, reversing a temporary policy that restricted access to people who had appointments or other specific business.

Judge Daniel Moeser issued a temporary restraining order to reopen the building until a trial court could schedule a hearing, according to court documents. The order said the Capitol must be open during business hours and when “governmental matters, such as hearings, listening sessions, or court arguments are being conducted.”

Police were still limiting access to the building as of early afternoon.

Also today, Temporary Governor Walker delivered his budget address, loaded with bad news for ordinary Badgers and good news for the rich. Also threats and mendacity.

Could it be that Walker ordered access to the Capitol restricted until he could sneak in and out with his budget. Nah. Too obvious.

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March 1st, 2011 at 8:52 pm

So That’s Why Walker is Welding the Windows Shut

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Found this at the AFL-CIO NOW Blog (with some help from the guy who runs Eschaton):

This from AFL-CIO Political Communications Director Eddie Vale who’s on the ground in Madison, Wis.

As we speak, Gov. Scott Walker & the Senate R’s are literally having the windows of the capital welded shut to keep people from passing food into the building to the people inside.

Our attorneys are collecting affidavits from the people who witnessed this, along with people who have been illegally denied access to a public, government, building.

We will be filing for a TRO [temporary restraining order] to open the Capitol.

It is a sad for democracy when Governor Walker and his R Senate allies are locking the people of Wisconsin out of their own state capitol.

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February 28th, 2011 at 10:57 pm