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post Feb 17th 2011, 12:57 AM
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Just wondering if anyone's heard about what's going on here right now and if they have any opininons.

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MADISON, Wis. — Thousands of teachers, prison guards and students descended on the Wisconsin Capitol on Wednesday to try to preserve the union rights of public employees in the state that was the first to grant collective bargaining to government workers more than a half-century ago.

The new Republican governor, Scott Walker, is seeking passage of the nation's most aggressive anti-union proposal — a plan that would all but eliminate the bargaining process for most public employees.

The sweeping measure was moving swiftly through the GOP-led Legislature and would mark a dramatic shift for Wisconsin, which passed a comprehensive collective bargaining law in 1959 and was the birthplace of the national union representing all non-federal public employees.

The Statehouse filled with as many as 10,000 demonstrators, and many Madison teachers joined the protest by calling in sick in such numbers that the district had to cancel classes.

Read more: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/41624142/ns/po...-more_politics/



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Part 1 of State Rep. Kelda Helen Roys Interview today on Democracy Now!


Included in the video was this sound bite from Joel Wagner, who is a police officer:

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JOEL WAGNER: Joel Wagner, the Dane County—I work for the Dane County Sheriff’s Department.

MIKE BURKE: And why are you here today?

JOEL WAGNER: Because of what Scott Walker’s doing. I’ll tell you one thing: I was a card-carrying Republican until he did this. Republicans are not this mean. I gotta believe that. I’m now an independent thanks to Scott Walker.

MIKE BURKE: And what is your message to the Governor today?

JOEL WAGNER: Stop this bill. Kill this bill. Don’t be so mean-spirited.


Well, that is one less voter that Scott Walker can count on when it comes time for his reelection bid in 2014. And the polls, like the latest CBS/NY Times poll, are showing that the majority of Americans questioned are either "somewhat" or "strongly" opposed to Gov. Scott Walker's plans to gut collective bargaining of public employees.
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Even though the voters of Wisconsin can not have a "do-over", a poll done by Public Policy Polling did conduct one themselves. What they found is that if the election was held again today, Scott Walker would have lost to Democrat nominee Tom Barrett by 52-45.

With Gov. Scott Walker in trouble and losing support for his "union busting" plan, there are now plans for two national groups to air TV ad campaigns for the Governor. One is from RGA (Republican Governors Association) and the other is a new group that has just been created. Hmm, he can't win the PR battle, so he needs help from the same donors and groups that gave him millions of dollars to "change the hearts and minds" of those 14 State Senate Democrats and protesters?


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Jordan-N-Torifan   Thousands protest Wisconsin anti-union bill   Feb 17th 2011, 12:57 AM
ColonelKlink   Good news. Public employees should never be unioni...   Feb 17th 2011, 6:44 AM
1201O   Eh, I'm not sure how I feel about this, I mean...   Feb 17th 2011, 12:12 PM
Alyssa   Teacher in Wisconsin here. :wave: I probably don...   Feb 17th 2011, 5:39 PM
big_rock_show   Teacher in Wisconsin here. :wave: I probably don...   Feb 17th 2011, 8:10 PM
degarmo_fan76   While teachers and students are protesting the ant...   Feb 17th 2011, 7:22 PM
1201O   All he and the Republicans care about is breaking...   Feb 17th 2011, 10:07 PM
Alyssa   I'm pretty sure I pay taxes, too. :P (Actuall...   Feb 17th 2011, 8:34 PM
IdolFreak1   Tbh I hope this law gets passed. Wisconsin is und...   Feb 18th 2011, 2:28 PM
Claire   Tbh I hope this law gets passed. Wisconsin is un...   Feb 18th 2011, 4:32 PM
ColonelKlink   Then maybe they should get higher salaries too. P...   Feb 18th 2011, 5:05 PM
Jordan-N-Torifan   No, they shouldn't get higher salaries. In yo...   Feb 18th 2011, 7:07 PM
Alyssa   If you think teachers salaries are too high, you ...   Feb 18th 2011, 7:33 PM
ColonelKlink   If you think teachers salaries are too high, you ...   Feb 19th 2011, 2:21 AM
sneaky   Hey, we're on the American Idol board, so I c...   Feb 19th 2011, 8:12 AM
bumnummies   Wow. A job that asks a 4 year degree that is mo...   Feb 19th 2011, 8:56 AM
ColonelKlink   Wow. A job that asks a 4 year degree that is mo...   Feb 19th 2011, 4:26 PM
Alyssa   Are you smoking crack or something? Education, as...   Feb 19th 2011, 8:33 PM
Claire   Excuse me sir, where did you get your education? ...   Feb 20th 2011, 12:00 AM
ColonelKlink   I received a Bachelors degree in Special Educatio...   Feb 20th 2011, 3:15 AM
DiAnAmItE4LiFe   Excuse me sir, where did you get your education? ...   Feb 20th 2011, 3:38 AM
Alyssa   <3 Also, props to you for majoring in Specia...   Feb 20th 2011, 11:35 AM
Claire   Personally, my opinion on this right now is that t...   Feb 18th 2011, 4:25 PM
Alyssa   I can think of so many other jobs that would pay s...   Feb 18th 2011, 6:04 PM
bumnummies   I can think of so many other jobs that would pay ...   Feb 18th 2011, 6:32 PM
Claire   If you think teachers salaries are too high, you ...   Feb 18th 2011, 7:33 PM
bumnummies   Eh, I'm not sure how I feel about this, I mea...   Feb 18th 2011, 6:24 PM
Alyssa   I do feel that the Dems should return, though, bec...   Feb 18th 2011, 7:41 PM
Claire   I do feel that the Dems should return, though, be...   Feb 18th 2011, 7:42 PM
Jordan-N-Torifan   :thumbs:   Feb 18th 2011, 8:18 PM
bumnummies   :thumbs: Wow that sucks. :(   Feb 18th 2011, 10:56 PM
Famousgrl   As usual, facts elude the masses. *The Governor i...   Feb 19th 2011, 4:56 AM
bumnummies   CK, stop being such an economist and start acting ...   Feb 19th 2011, 8:33 AM
ColonelKlink   CK, stop being such an economist and start acting...   Feb 19th 2011, 3:48 PM
bumnummies   Alyssa, I love you so much. <3 Also, "Fe...   Feb 19th 2011, 11:50 PM
Jordan-N-Torifan   I'm sorry Klink, but did you go to college? Ge...   Feb 20th 2011, 1:13 AM
DiAnAmItE4LiFe   Yeah, hi, another education major here who goes to...   Feb 20th 2011, 3:32 AM
ColonelKlink   So really, CK, it's offensive that you would ...   Feb 20th 2011, 3:48 AM
ColonelKlink   This is why colleges look at things besides those...   Feb 20th 2011, 4:37 AM
sneaky   This is a new tactic that many schools are adopti...   Feb 20th 2011, 7:36 AM
Famousgrl   LMAO, you guys really need to stop responding. I...   Feb 20th 2011, 8:35 AM
ColonelKlink   LMAO, you guys really need to stop responding. Th...   Feb 20th 2011, 5:19 PM
bumnummies   CK, SAT scores dont mean anything.Anybody can do ...   Feb 20th 2011, 8:01 PM
DiAnAmItE4LiFe   This is a new tactic that many schools are adopti...   Feb 21st 2011, 1:01 AM
ColonelKlink   lol stop. I didn't even take the SAT, I took ...   Feb 21st 2011, 5:08 AM
Alyssa   CK, you seem to have a lot of pent up anger and fr...   Feb 21st 2011, 7:47 AM
bumnummies   No, I think she's just tired of arguing with ...   Feb 21st 2011, 9:18 AM
ColonelKlink   Wisconsin teacher sob-stories are fact-checked: ...   Feb 21st 2011, 5:57 PM
degarmo_fan76   You can watch the live stream of the protests in t...   Feb 21st 2011, 6:25 PM
ColonelKlink   You can watch the live stream of the protests in ...   Feb 21st 2011, 7:01 PM
degarmo_fan76   I love the chants too! 1.) "Union all ...   Feb 21st 2011, 7:30 PM
ColonelKlink   There is no budget deficit if those tax breaks be...   Feb 22nd 2011, 3:24 AM
ColonelKlink   3.) This is what Democracy looks like! From...   Feb 27th 2011, 6:30 PM
Alyssa   I love this. Though I would like to note that ...   Feb 21st 2011, 6:25 PM
degarmo_fan76   Not only would Governor Scott Walker want to strip...   Feb 21st 2011, 7:05 PM
DiAnAmItE4LiFe   Not sure why I bother. I guess I just like procras...   Feb 21st 2011, 8:47 PM
bumnummies   I love this. Though I would like to note that i...   Feb 22nd 2011, 8:02 AM
Stormiya   As usual, facts elude the masses. *The Governor ...   Feb 22nd 2011, 2:50 PM
Famousgrl   :yes: Its so freakin true. I remember when I made...   Feb 22nd 2011, 5:08 PM
ColonelKlink   lol, it reminds me of how he was talking about si...   Feb 22nd 2011, 7:47 PM
sneaky   Obvious facets of life are obvious to millions of...   Feb 22nd 2011, 9:58 PM
ColonelKlink   Bitter, bitter man. What is it with you liberals...   Feb 23rd 2011, 12:57 AM
sneaky   What is it with you liberals that prevents you fr...   Feb 23rd 2011, 7:47 AM
ColonelKlink   The only case your point is valid are for woman w...   Feb 23rd 2011, 5:30 PM
sneaky   Title IX legislation, big government social progr...   Feb 24th 2011, 1:27 PM
sneaky   You continue to assume things. 1). Social workers...   Feb 25th 2011, 7:14 AM
Stormiya   I win :) :haha: You do!!!   Feb 25th 2011, 9:03 PM
ColonelKlink   You continue to assume things. 1). Social workers...   Feb 25th 2011, 10:12 PM
ColonelKlink   The Wall Street Journal offers a tutorial which wa...   Feb 22nd 2011, 9:46 PM
ColonelKlink   What exactly do Wisconsin teachers have to be prou...   Feb 24th 2011, 5:48 PM
Jordan-N-Torifan   http://vimeo.com/20277863 Perfect.   Feb 24th 2011, 8:22 PM
ColonelKlink   http://vimeo.com/20277863 Perfect. Perfectly sim...   Feb 24th 2011, 8:39 PM
Jordan-N-Torifan   Perfectly simplistic, right? In the video people ...   Feb 24th 2011, 9:22 PM
ColonelKlink   :rolleyes: Uh, no. Union Members are not standing...   Feb 24th 2011, 10:46 PM
ColonelKlink   :rolleyes: Uh, no. Union Members are not standing...   Feb 25th 2011, 7:02 PM
bumnummies   So a teacher earning $30-50,000 a year is ...   Feb 25th 2011, 12:21 AM
ColonelKlink   So a teacher earning $30-50,000 a year is ...   Feb 25th 2011, 1:35 AM
ColonelKlink   Wisconsin Myths and Facts: Lots more at the link. ...   Feb 25th 2011, 7:06 AM
Jordan-N-Torifan   I cannot fcking believe this.   Feb 25th 2011, 2:11 PM
Dianafanz   I honestly do not side with either faction on this...   Feb 25th 2011, 6:53 PM
bumnummies   You're so full of sh!t CK, it's amazin...   Feb 25th 2011, 9:27 PM
ColonelKlink   You're so full of sh!t CK, it's amazi...   Feb 25th 2011, 10:07 PM
sneaky   That's funny coming from a chick named bum. A...   Feb 26th 2011, 8:17 AM
Stormiya   You're so full of sh!t CK, it's amazi...   Feb 26th 2011, 4:58 AM
bumnummies   That's funny coming from a chick named bum. ...   Feb 26th 2011, 8:03 AM
Stormiya   And with a name like ColonelKlink, how can anyone...   Feb 26th 2011, 1:21 PM
ColonelKlink   Well Its not out of the realm of possibility. I a...   Feb 26th 2011, 4:46 PM
Stormiya   Klink is a timeless character, a perfect combinat...   Feb 26th 2011, 9:15 PM
bumnummies   Yeah unlike yourself I have a life off of Idolfor...   Feb 26th 2011, 11:25 PM
Jordan-N-Torifan   Awesome policemen.   Feb 27th 2011, 12:26 AM
ColonelKlink   Awesome policemen. Police taking sides in politi...   Feb 28th 2011, 8:52 PM
ColonelKlink   This is what democracy looks like. Indiana Governo...   Feb 28th 2011, 6:03 PM
bumnummies   Applying your logic back at you CK - no one is bei...   Feb 28th 2011, 6:52 PM
ColonelKlink   Applying your logic back at you CK - no one is be...   Feb 28th 2011, 7:51 PM
degarmo_fan76   Part 1 of State Rep. Kelda Helen Roys Interview to...   Feb 28th 2011, 10:09 PM
ColonelKlink   Included in the video was this sound bite from Jo...   Feb 28th 2011, 10:47 PM
Jordan-N-Torifan   Really, if this bill goes through, unless he does ...   Feb 28th 2011, 10:33 PM
degarmo_fan76   Really, if this bill goes through, unless he does...   Feb 28th 2011, 10:50 PM
ColonelKlink   I totally agree. :yes: When other people of Wisco...   Feb 28th 2011, 10:52 PM
degarmo_fan76   Frank Hammer, a former UAW President, was intervie...   Feb 28th 2011, 11:07 PM
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