Cowardly Republicans pass rule shutting down Madison Statehouse on Saturday at 6pm

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.”

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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.

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  • Edward

    That is just stupid. Most of those will be written off anyway.

    If we really are in as much trouble as the governor purports, let’s start cutting from the top. Here’s a start.

    1. Cut Scott Walker’s salary and pension by at least 75%, foreclose his governor’s mansion, reduce his staff, cut all the perks (reimbursement for travel, etc.) of being governor, and tax his political contributions from the Koch brothers. Allow him enough money take one baloney sandwich and water everyday for lunch.

    2. Eliminate the Lt. Governor’s position and all of her staff. Kleefisch is useless.

    3. Cut the attorney general’s salary by 50% or more and begin eliminating benefits and pension. Hire a cheaper one.

  • bywhatright2

    The state needs to take pictures of anybody who refuses to leave when so ordered. See below. At $500 per person the money can be used to reduce the state debt. Have a happy day.

    http://www.doa.state.wi.us/docview.asp?docid=4637&locid=163

    (2) Pursuant to s. 16.846, Stats., whoever does any of the following shall be subject to a forfeiture of not more than $500:

    —any picketing, rally, parade, demonstration, other assembly, or congregation of spectators to the activity may be declared unlawful if its participants enter or occupy any building or facility managed or leased by the department, without authorization from the person in immediate charge of any room in the building, or by a person designated to approve requests for the use of rooms for meetings.

    –Camps in buildings and facilities managed or leased by the department, or on the grounds that surround them, without the express written approval of the department. No person may place or erect any facility or structure in or on the buildings, facilities or grounds which surround them.

  • Labor Organizer

    THE RECALLS FOR THE REPUBLICAN SENATORS THAT SUPPORT THE UNION-BUSTING LEGISLATION OF GOVERNOR WALKER – MUST START NOW.

    WE MUST ACT QUICKLY AND INTELLIGENTLY, WE MUST ORGANIZE AND GET THE PETITIONS IN PLACE, AND GET THE REQUIRED NUMBER OF SIGNATURES SO THAT THE REPUBLICAN SENATORS LAZICH, DARLING, LUTHER OLSEN AND THE REST OF THEM MUST GO – NOW.

    WE CAN AN WE MUST DO THIS. WHEN WE HAVE THE MAJORITY IN THE WISCONSIN SENATE-WE WILL HAVE THE POWER TO SHUT DOWN THE ANTI-UNION, ANTI-WISCONSIN CITIZEN POLICY OF SCOTT WALKER.

    WALKER HAS SHOWN US WHO HE IS WORKING FOR AND IT IS NOT THE PEOPLE OF WISCONSIN.

    WE MUST ACT IMMEDIATELY TO GET THE RECALL PETITIONS IN PLACE. WE MUST GET THE REPUBLICAN SENATORS THAT SUPPORT SCOTT WALKER’S AGENDA OUT OF OFFICE-NOW.

  • joy winters

    i am from pa. over 20 years ago international paper co. came and took off over our local plant. all we wanted was to keep what we had. they forced us out. they destroyed the industry and divided the community. this has to be stopped.
    hang in there! you have a lot of support!
    you are our heroes, you and your fab 14!

  • SWW

    I went by the Governor’s Mansion and it was pretty quick. Walker is too much of a pussy to stay there. Where does his mommy live?

  • Julie Wells

    If they want to push us out of the Capitol, can we protest at the Gov’s mansion? If so, what are the rules? We’ve lost alot of sleep because of Walker, why should he get to sleep like the baby he is?

  • Xenos

    This is our state. Fitzgerald & Vohs are criminals as we will see justice on Walker the rapist supporter that he is. There were no violent acts. Tea baggers shoot people, leave crosshairs at people & whine when responded to. Just recall on Jan 3rd, 2012 we can & should kick Walker out. We should get our pens ready, our votes, & never ever give up. This is our time to act. Yes peacefully to show the world we can make this nation great again even if Walker & his puppet controllers hate freedom. I hope we push the capitol to remain open. Police have called for it. They support freedom. Its a officers duty to protect & serve. We pay the salaries. They though have been great. But lets take back this nation now.