It’s good to see that Republicans are so upset by the noise of the people that have been there non-stop making their voices heard against undemocratic union-busting. They are upset so much that they passed a rule to shut the voices down.
Lawmakers approved a rule change this week clearing the way for Capitol police to close down the statehouse and end the biggest rally in recent memory.
The statehouse must remain open to the public as long as lawmakers are in session, or when a public hearing is under way. Otherwise it typically closes at 6 p.m. The new rule ends public hearings by 6 p.m. as well. With no public hearing and no session, there is no reason to keep the building open.
The end of the peaceful festivities cannot come soon enough for Republican legislators, who have dealt with noise, crowds and near-constant haranguing. Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, even called the situation a “powder keg.”
“Have you ever gone to work and had to fight huge crowds, loud chants and constant drumming?” said State Rep. Robin Vos, R-Rochester. “You expect a certain amount of decorum here, but that’s not what has gone on the past few weeks.”
Speaking of Robin Vos, even Fox News hero Bill O’Reilly was seriously questioning Walker’s intentions to shut down unions and get rid of collective bargaining when he interviewed Vos this week on The Factor. So much so that one neocon zombie scrawled on Bill O’Reilly’s page (we don’t link to Fox News, sorry):
“Bill, I thought your interview with Robin Vos was both rude and unprofessional. You came across as a major antagonist to the goals of Governor Walker.”
So it looks like there may be a showdown. Scottwalkerwatch will be there to document the events.