Sometimes it’s hard to be a Governor with national political ambitions.  The rich special interests that paid for your campaign demand bold action, you want to impress them to make a name for yourself, but there are all of these pesky laws and constituents that keep hindering your plans for national domination! It’s just not fair! Everyone knows you’re the next Ronald Reagan and the people of Wisconsin are your Berlin Wall!

So what do you, Scott Walker, do when things don’t go as planned?  What do you do when tens of thousands of people from your state continue daily protests against your attempt to take away their labor unions? What do you do when poll after poll after poll after poll after poll after poll shows that the public is against your measures to limit collective bargaining? (Note, the first three of these polls were done by conservative organizations). What do you do when the majority of people surveyed in Wisconsin say they would vote for your opponent if the election was held again today? What do you do when you’ve learned that you and your allies are vulnerable to recall? What do you do when you get sued for violating labor laws? And the City of Milwaukee’s lawyer says your budget “repair” bill is unconstitutional?  And what if the media doesn’t grow tired of the protesters as you predicted they would and they keep reporting about the protesters day after day after day?

Well if you are Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and his Republican allies, you don’t negotiate to end the public’s concerns about your measures, but instead go after the very expression of political dissent. Today protesters were no longer welcome in the Wisconsin State Capitol because they were protesting too much…errr…they’re dirty or broke something, or something. Don’t ask for evidence because none will be provided!

Unfortunately for Governor Walker, the Wisconsin State Constitution forbids the legislature from preventing public access to the State Capitol (Article 1, Section 4).  The state is citing an administrative rule to defend itself on this one (They cite DOA rule 2.04)–but since when does an administrative rule trump the State Constitution?

Article 1, Section 4 of Wisconsin State Constitution taped to the locked door of the Wisconsin State Capitol

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