Posted on | February 17, 2011 | 20 Comments
They elected Ron Johnson to the Senate, elected Scott Walker governor, and elected Reince Priebus as RNC chairman. Now the Wisconsin Republicans have chased Democrats out of the state senate:
Law enforcement officers are searching for Democratic senators boycotting a Senate vote on Gov. Scott Walker’s budget-repair plan Thursday in an attempt to bring the lawmakers back to the Capitol to allow Republicans to act on the bill.
Stymied by the missing Democrats, Republicans adjourned the Senate Thursday shortly before 5 p.m. and said they would come back Friday morning to try to take up a bill that would cut public employee benefits and most union bargaining rights.
One Democratic senator said that he believed most of the members of his caucus have gone to another state to prevent enough lawmakers from being present in the Senate to take a final vote on the controversial measure. A Democratic source familiar with the senators’ whereabouts said they were at the Clock Tower Resort & Conference Center in Rockford, Ill., but might be leaving soon.
Walker Thursday afternoon called for Democrats to call off their “stunt” and “show up and do the job they’re paid to do.”
“It’s either a matter of making reductions and making modest requests of our government employees or making massive layoffs at a time when we don’t need anyone else laid off,” Walker said.
UPDATE: Jim Hoft reports at Gateway Pundit:
The Rockford Tea Party just chased the Wisconsin democrats out of the Best Western. They just boarded their bus and are leaving the Best Western!
UPDATE II: I’m sure Wisconsin voters will be glad to learn that Team Obama has helped organize the union goons in their state:
The Democratic National Committee’s Organizing for America arm — the remnant of the 2008 Obama campaign — is playing an active role in organizing protests against Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s attempt to strip most public employees of collective bargaining rights. . . .
OfA Wisconsin’s field efforts include filling buses and building turnout for the rallies this week in Madison, organizing 15 rapid response phone banks urging supporters to call their state legislators, and working on planning and producing rallies, a Democratic Party official in Washington said.
UPDATE III: Important background from Reason‘s Tim Cavanaugh:
The teachers union in a state whose public schools get solid C-minus grades in state-by-state rankings have decided to take a break from failing to teach children and bring busloads of Ms. Krabappels up to Madison as well. At least 15 school districts around the state reportedly cancelled classes today as teachers declined to show up.
Wisconsin’s budget standoff is drawing national attention, and like so many states where demands for increasing public largesse and special privileges for government employees are getting louder, the Badger State is out of money. Before taking office, Walker, a Republican, was told by his Democratic predecessor Jim Doyle that without spending cuts beyond what Walker has proposed, the deficit could go from $2.2 billion to $3.3 billion.
UPDATE IV: Jimmie Bise Jr.: