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Today’s news summary will be a bit harried, as I have a pint of Guinness waiting for me in a darkened pub.  As always, an archive of news clips related to Fitzwalkerstan is available on my “Save the State” page. Here are today’s highlights:

1. Governor Walker will balance his budget on the back of poor sick people

In light of the centuries of oppression and poverty endured by the Irish, today is as good as any to point out that Governor Walker’s budget will do the most harm to the most vulnerable in our community.  They will see tax increases, decreases in education and training funding, healthcare cuts and possibly death. That’s not an exaggeration, read my full post on it.   But, hey, at least the state will have more funding for their funerals!

2. More lawsuits, more ethics inquiries

Today, local activist Ben Masel filed a lawsuit regarding the constitutionality of the state’s new event permitting process at the Capitol. Yes, he’s a marijuana activist, but in Madison our marijuana activists are informed and they know the law.

Also the Democratic Party filed a complaint with the Government Accountability Board over Governor Walker’s meeting with a national republican pollster at the State Capitol.

3. Governor Walker and Wisconsin GOP leaders went to D.C. for a political payoff after “winning” against unions

Just in case you thought the republicans’ policies were based on doing what they think is best from Wisconsin, Governor Walker and the state GOP leadership went out to D.C. last night to receive a massive payout from Washington-based lobbyists and other corporate donors as a thank-you for ramming through Governor Walker’s anti-worker legislation last week. Amazingly, some in the GOP refrained from this payday, which could be a signal that some republicans actually care what people in Wisconsin think about them. From the Capital Times:

Absent from the gathering were the other 16 Republican state senators, including Senate President Mike Ellis, who took the lead in forcing majority leader Fitzgerald to back off his attempt to deny Democratic senators the vote. Capitol aides say that Ellis and a number of other senior senators have grown increasingly ill at ease with Fitzgerald’s erratic behavior and with his inability to recognize the damage that could be done to Republicans by flying into Washington to pick up corporate money in return for passing Walker’s plan.

“There’s just no way to spin this as a positive,” said one aide, who suggested that Ellis would look “like a bagman.”

(Notably, Congressman Sean Duffy, a Republican from northern Wisconsin, contacted media outlets to emphasize that he had not been invited to the event and would not be attending.)

As with anything Governor Walker does lately, there was a large protest outside the D.C.  fundraiser.  Visit dane101 for some some great pictures.

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People across Wisconsin were shocked this evening as senate republicans used legislative maneuvering to pass Governor Walker’s sweeping anti-union proposals. After weeks of claiming collective bargaining was a “fiscal matter” and, therefore, needed to be considered as part of the governor’s budget “repair” bill, republicans today changed their tune and decided it was NOT a fiscal issue and could be passed without a the democrats needed for a senate quorum.

To get the measure to the senate, republicans stripped all fiscal items from the bill in a legislative committee meeting that lasted for about two minutes, video of which is below. The only Democrat present, Peter Barca of Kenosha, asks repeatedly to have the changes to the bill read to him, but is rebuffed. The true kicker is that under Wisconsin’s open meeting law, the public must be given 24 hours notice before a public meeting unless there is good cause. Today we were given one hour and 50 minutes to get to the capitol. Most people were stuck in line at metal detectors as the republicans forced through these measures, which essentially ended over 50 years of peaceful labor relations in Wisconsin. In the video Representative Barca repeatedly tries to determine what “good cause” republicans have to justify the meeting, but is ignored. After a couple of short moments, the republicans pass the bill changes over the loud objections of Rep. Barca.

During the entire video you will repeated hear cries of “Shame! Shame! Shame” from within the capitol. Shame indeed.

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