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Democrats in Wisconsin collected 1,000,000 signatures to recall Governor Walker. He received 1,128,941 votes in 2010. Absolutely incredible. 

This week I got a pay cut for doing a good job. I am one of the thousands of state employees who have been affected by Governor Walker’s budget bill. I know that state workers have a better situation than many others out there, and I know I am fortunate, but it still feels like I’m being punished for a crime I didn’t commit. My husband works at the same organization, so we’re both getting hit.

Between the two of us, we will be taking home $500 less a month.

A state worker from Wisconsin receives her first paycheck from which additional health and retirement funds were removed as a consequence of the state’s new budget law.

Do you think Scott Walker celebrates Labor Day?


Do you think Scott Walker celebrates Labor Day?

Do you mean the holiday meant to celebrates the ideals that allow American workers to live with dignity and their full set of Constitutional rights? The one that observes the economic contributions of schoolteachers, firefighters, construction workers, manufacturers, and other Americans who actually make things for a living? You ask if Scott Walker, governor of Wisconsin, implicitly endorses these values by celebrating the holiday?

Is that some kind of joke?


The polls have just closed in Wisconsin State Senate recall elections.

Here come the results.

I think we could go 40, and there are some sources in the state talking about it going in the mid-40s, which would be closer to November’s turnout.
UW-Madison political science professor and apparent poll-watcher Charles Franklin describes the turnout estimates for Wisconsin’s recall elections. If those numbers hold, it would almost certainly be good news for Democrats.


"It seems to me the public policy behind effective enforcement of the open meeting law is so strong that it does outweigh the interest, at least at this time, which may exist in favor of sustaining the validity of the law."

— Dane County Circuit Judge Maryann Sumim, who issued a temporary restraining order (!) barring the publication of the union-busting bill.  This is in response to the complaint filed by the Dane County DA that Republicans violated the open meeting law last week. (via wisconsinforward)



How Wisconsin Republicans were able to pass the “budget-repair” bill



They removed the “budget-repair” part. The reason the Democrats left the state to begin with is because Wisconsin’s upper chamber can’t pass any fiscal bills without 3/5 of the members present, according to Senate rules. With the Democrats missing, Republicans lacked that 3/5 quorum, and couldn’t hold a vote. So, they simply stripped all fiscal provisions from the bill, eliminating the need for a 3/5 quorum, and passed it that way. What makes this extraordinarily slimy is that Governor Walker has insisted from the beginning that the bill’s purpose was to fix the state’s fiscal situation. Now, he and the Wisconsin GOP are implicitly admitting what everyone’s known all along: the bill wasn’t about fixing the budget. It was actually about busting up the unions. Good luck spinning the PR, Walker. You’ve done a bang-up job so far. source

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totally sickening. all the “it’s for budget reasons” was a sham they’re willing to dump entirely? sickening. revolting. disgusting. shameful.

Whatever they just did, there’s got to be a reason they didn’t do it in the first place.