Some reports on today’s peaceful rally and demonstration are available. Estimates range from 60,000 – 70,000 people there with “hundreds” of tea party supporters there. Our estimates are that there may have been 150 or so tea party supporters there. It was a very small amount of people compared to the overwhelming amount of people against Walker’s tactics.
For the most part, everyone was pretty civil to each other, which is fantastic.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Police say nearly 70,000 people have converged on the Wisconsin Capitol to join in protests over a Republican bill that would strip public workers of most of their collective bargaining rights.
According to the Madison Police Department, 60,000 people gathered outside the building with another 8,000 inside on Saturday — easily the largest crowd yet as the protest stretched through its fifth day. The demonstration was far more intense on Saturday, though, as hundreds of tea party supporters staged a counter rally outside the Capitol.
Police spokesman Joel DeSpain says there have been no arrests. He refused to say how large the tea party contingent was, but union supporters clearly outnumbered them.
The crowd will likely be smaller on Sunday. A snowstorm is expected to hit the state overnight.
This report mentions how one of Walker’s trio of the Fitzpatrick family was firmly continuing the stance of busting unions by taking away the right to negotiate.
As lawmakers continue to trade barbs over what will happen next, supporters and opponents of Gov. Scott Walker gathered in Downtown Madison on Saturday Crowds have been estimated at 60,000, according to Madison police.
Police said there were no major incidents to report. Saturday was the first time that Tea Party members gathered in support of Gov. Scott Walker.
Democrats and union leaders said they’re willing to agree to parts of the proposal that would double their health insurance contributions and require them to contribute 5.8 percent of their salary to their pensions. But they want to keep their collective bargaining rights.
But, Wisconsin Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said a bill taking away collective bargaining rights from public employees is not negotiable and will pass as is.
Fitzgerald said Saturday terms of the bill are not negotiable. He is calling on Democrats who left town Thursday to return to take up the bill. Fitzgerald said the Senate can meet within three hours if Democrats are ready to return.
This report mentions how American Majority funded the tea party event, which was expecting thousands. That would be considered a failure in the mainstream media if it was an anti-Walker rally.
The counter-protest, which was announced by the Virginia and Wisconsin-based conservative group American Majority, was dubbed the I Stand With Scott Walker Rally, and was organized by American Majority executive director Matt Batzel.
“I think we’re in for something special,” Batzel told WISC-TV in Madison Friday. “We’re expecting to have thousands of conservatives and tea party people representing the majority of Wisconsin who stand behind Gov. Walker on this bill.”
So where does conservative PAC American Majority get their funding and who support?
They work with Michelle Malkin, RedState.com, American Liberty Alliance, Smart Girl Politics, Americans for Limited Government, FreedomWorks, the Sam Adams Alliance and other groups to organize opposition to health care reform.
Photos and video of the event will be online soon.