STAFF BLOG CAPITOL CHATTER Walker asks Wisconsinites for another vote
It may not be Minnesota politics, but a line in Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walkers recent fund-raising letter is too good to pass up as he faces a recall election:
With your help, I will be the first gover... Posted on 4/1/12 at 2:38 PM
A Wisconsin state senator was defending his seat Tuesday in a recall election that gave voters the most direct opportunity yet to react to Republican Gov. Scott Walker's plan that stripped most public workers of their collective bargaining rights.
The real issue in Wisconsin was the budget itself, which those in power hoped they could ramrod through before anyone had a chance to study it. The delay allowed people to get a look at it, and the view wasn’t pretty.
I don’t get to vote on the union. They don’t represent me. They have a right to help and protect their members; but do they have the right to run the government and the schools? Someone is mixed up and is saying that what’s bad is good and what’s good is bad.
Wisconsin conservatives on Thursday added three Democratic state senators to the list of lawmakers in line for recall elections over their opposition to or support of Republican Gov. Scott Walker's law curtailing collective bargaining rights for public employees.
Almost five months after the election some Republican voters in Wisconsin are having doubts about voting for Republican Scott Walker for governor. They consider themselves fiscal conservatives, but many voters who put Walker and other GOP leaders into office are now regretting their votes, largely because the cuts they are seeking could put the quality of local schools at risk.
E-mails from Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker indicate that he proposed a compromise Sunday night that would allow public workers to bargain over their salaries with no limit — a change from his original plan that banned negotiated salary increases beyond inflation. He further softened his stance by agreeing to let collective bargaining to stay in place on mandatory overtime, performance bonuses, hazardous duty pay and classroom size for teachers.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says a request from the leader of Senate Democrats to meet along the Illinois-Wisconsin border is ridiculous. Wisconsin Democrats who fled the state nearly three weeks ago asked today for a meeting with Walker to talk about possibly coming home, but later in the day Walker scoffed at the notion that the Democrats were attempting to end the stalemate.
The leader of the 14 Wisconsin Senate Democrats who fled to Illinois 18 days ago to delay passage of a bill taking away public employees' collective bargaining rights has asked Gov. Scott Walker for a meeting.
Thousands of Wisconsin state workers were bracing for layoff notices Friday as Republican Gov. Scott Walker and absent Democrats remained in a standoff over a budget balancing bill that would also strip public workers of their collective bargaining rights.
A Wisconsin judge ordered the removal Thursday night of pro-union protesters who have camped out in the state Capitol for more than two weeks, but he also ruled that the state had violated the public's free speech and assembly rights by restricting its access to the building.
After focusing for weeks on his proposal to strip public employees of collective bargaining rights, Gov. Scott Walker Tuesday presented his full budget proposal — a plan that cuts $1.5 billion in aid to public schools and government but avoids any tax or fee increases, furloughs or widespread layoffs.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker called for runaway Democratic lawmakers to return to the state by Tuesday and vote on his bill that would end most collective bargaining rights for public employees or else the state stood to lose out on a refinancing plan that would save 1,500 employees their jobs.
David Lieb and Dinesh Ramde
, February 28, 2011
On a prank call that quickly spread across the Internet, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker was duped into discussing his strategy to cripple public employee unions, promising never to give in and joking that he would use a baseball bat in his office to go after political opponents.
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