Defend Wisconsin News Round Up

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Monday, February 28, 2011

Senator Jon Erpenbach: The fight isn't over

Senator Jon Erpenbach on collective bargaining

Walker's budget address to outline sharp cuts

From Defend Wisconsin: 
The medics have informed us 
that 50+ people are gathered outside of the Capitol and plan to stay the night. It's cold and snowing. The medics ask that you bring the following items to our supporters outside: space blankets, hand warmers, gloves, mittens, scarves and hats.

Senator Schultz says he's undecided on union bill vote (previously known as the "budget repair bill")

"That Ain't Right" by Kurt Griesemer

Huffington Post preview of Gov. Walker's budget

Attend Milwaukee Events on Scott Walker and the Budget Bill!
There are a lot of protests and events related to the "budget repair bill" in Milwaukee this week.  Please check them out!
4pm-6pm Senator Larson Thank You Rally, Howell Ave north of Puetz in Oak Creek.
7pm Milwaukee Democratic Party Meeting including 2-way live chat with the Wisconsin 14, Petit Ice Center Hall of Fame room, 500 S 84th St, West Allis 
4pm-6pm Rally to Support the Wisconsin 14, Oakland Ave and Locust St.
5pm Protest at American's for Prosperity (see above)
4pm-6pm  Rally to Support the Milwaukee 14, Kinnickinnic Ave and Lincoln Ave
7pm Milwaukee Town Hall Meeting on the Budget, Serb Hall, 5101 W Oklahoma Ave, Milwaukee.
4pm-6pm Rally to Support the Milwaukee 14, Water St and Wisconsin Ave
6:30 pm MPS Board Meeting of the Committee on Strategic Planning and Their Budget.  Their will be public testimony.  MPS administration building, 5225 W Vliet, Milwaukee.
If you know of any other events, please e-mail 
New single by IFihadaHIFI "Imperial Walker"

Sealed windows update from NBC15 Madison: 
Many of you have asked about this story. From the Madison Fire Department: Department personnel have been at the Capitol every day and were dispatched to check on rumors that the windows were being sealed and found no evidence that that was the case.

Ending Special Interest Tax Dodging Would Balance Wisconsin’s Budget

People who aren’t good with money shouldn’t demagogue and blame the people who actually do the work.

Protesters Locked Out of Capitol

10 Ways Scott Walker is Selling Out His Constituents to Corporations

Walker Uses Workers as Political Pawns, Again

Walker’s Own Stated Policy is to Reject Bills Passed Between 10pm and 9am – as Budget “Repair” Bill was

US Secretary of Labor Asks For People to Sit Down and Talk Like Grown Ups

Respect For Constitution Trumps Walker’s Assault on Free Speech

Walker’s the One Who Has Outsiders With Him

Real Democracy Versus Walker’s Sham

Obama Warns that Rights of Public Employees Should Not Be Infringed Upon,0,5538517.story

Majority leader Scott Fitzgerald requires staffers of absent Senators to have him certify their time sheets and denies staffers ability to use copy machines

PICTURE of bolt tops being taken of, effectively making it impossible to open the windows

Gov. Walker orders Capitol windows welded shot to keep workers from passing food to those inside

Faithful Progressive: Police went to Dem. Senator Lena Taylor's church and questioned parishioners about her whereabouts.

State employee files suit against Gov. Walker for unfair labor practices

Raw Story: Walker's anti-union posture sends retirement rate soaring

Peninsula Pulse Myles Dannhausen Jr.: We are locked in a wrong debate

Thirdcoast digest: Madison, Wisconsin,  the Pearl Harbor of the class war

Governor Walker gives 14 Democratic Senators 24 hours to return

Statement from Department of Administration regarding protesters remaining in the Capitol building

Republican Senator Schultz pulls his earlier statement of opposition to the budget repair bill

Protesters at the capitol singing "Do you hear the people sing" - video

Protesters at the Capitol remain defiant

Madison 360: Allies backpedal from Walker's extremism

New restrictions for protesters at State Capitol

Green Bay Gazette: Protests may end but movement is just starting

New Yorker reporting in depth on Koch brothers

Breaking: Key GOP Wisconsin Senator Reportedly Pulls Support from Union-Busting Bill;_defiant_protesters_to_occupy_capitol_despite_walker's_promise_to_remove_them/

Worldwide association of hackers targets Koch brothers claiming attempts to usurp American democracy

Sunday, February 27, 2011

On the Clean-up at the Capitol

 From Phil Haslanger, via Facebook, Sunday 2/27 7pm:
"There are too many people for the police to arrest and ... a deal has supposedly been made to allow protesters to stay. They will just move people from floor to floor they clean."
"So here's a blog post about how things are going with that "rowdy" crowd in the Capitol: "Cleaning crew will finish cleaning ground, then everyone will move downstairs where dinner will be served." (dinner thanks to Ian's Pizza, who was involved in negotiations with protest leaders and cops.)"
Three cheers for Wisconsin's protesters and Wisconsin's police - working together to solve a problem peacefully and without turning it into a crisis.  Know anyone else who could use a lesson in this?
Jerome Karabel: This is watershed moment for Wisconsin, Labor and the Future of America

Journal Sentinel: Governor is reforming Wisconsin schools next

Secretary Solis: Governors in Wisconsin and Ohio want workers to give up their American rights

Get to know the other side: Budget Repair Bill FAQ

Republican wants his party back

600 Protesters allowed to stay in the Capitol overnight

Madison radio station drops Glenn Beck program (who is he?)

New York Times: Demonstrators can continue overnight stay in the Capitol

Chronicle of Higher Education Jacques
Berlinerblau: Politics is Not "a Never-Ending Cycle of Revenge Killings".

Rockford, IL union members join protesters in Madison

Repost: Outside live view of the Capitol

Discussion group on the subject of Wisconsin recalls

Another group organizing recall of Republican Senators

Mind Stain's response to critics

"A unionized public employee, a member of the Tea Party, and a CEO are sitting at a table. In the middle of the table there is a plate with a dozen cookies on it. The CEO reaches across and takes 11 cookies looks at the tea partier and says,"look out for that union guy, he wants a piece of your cookie.

Time lapse video from protest on February 26, 2011

Governor Walker Union Busting Bill Protest from Dusan Harminc on Vimeo.

--Republican Assemblyman Lee Nerison, on why he voted again Walker's bill.

Op-ed News Rob Kall: Governor asked to leave Madison restaurant, further discussion of an earlier post by Mindstain

100 Best Protest Signs

Jon Stewart weighs in on Scott Walker's prank phone call

Letter to Scott Walker from Wisconsin Teacher

New York Times: Protesters rally in Wisconsin and around the nation

Journal Sentinel Marc Levine: Tax the Rich, Solve the Budget Shortfall

Business Week: Wisconsin volunteers help the protesters

USA Today: Deadline to clear the capitol nears

USA Today: Wisconsin protesters crank up pressure

Wisconsin Religious Leaders Call Out Scott Walker for Betraying His Faith

National Basketball Players Association Defends Wisconsin Unions

Only the wealthy support gutting collective bargaining

That’s a 61% majority of Americans in favor of collective bargaining

The facts are not on Walker’s side

Religious Leaders to Join Protesters Sunday Afternoon

Walker Should Compromise, Democrats Should Return

Wisconsin Police Explain to Walker Who They Work For

Anatomy of a protest: from a simple march to a national fight

The Atlantic: View from the Inside


Support Crowd: As we all know the committed folks who have been at the Capitol for over 13 days now will be asked to leave by 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. We want this to be a positive experience and would love to have a crowd of supporters at the Capitol to greet them and thank them when they walk out. We will be using the door on State Street which is symbolic –State Street is where our Rallies started. While people will be asked to leave-the Capitol- this fight is far from over- people will be back again on Monday and Tuesday. So please help us get people there to stand with these committed people who have called Capitol City their home these last two weeks. So let’s show our support and thank them for standing strong with us. Please plan to be at the State Street entrance of the Capitol outside by 3:30 p.m. Sunday. (

Walker orders Capitol cleared

Top Six Revelations in the phone call between Gov. Walker & "David Koch"

Walker asked to leave local restaurant, Update

On "Meet the Press" Walker stands firm on collective bargaining

Koch Brothers' Products:  We're Surrounded

Rally for the American Dream: Huge Gatherings Nationwide in Solidarity with Wisconsin Democratic Uprising

What will the Governor's budget look like?

General strike in Wisconsin?  May be...

Connie Schultz: It's only "class warfare" when we fight back.

George Lakoff: The Real Issues, A Wisconsin Update

Scott Walker watch

Wausau firefighters, cops join in the protests in Madison

CBS: Rallies in 50 states in support of Wisconsin protesters

Salon: Wisconsin police join anti-Walker protesters

Washington Post: GOP Governors gambling on challenge to public employee unions

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Rep. Joe Knilans (R - Janesville): "I have a lot of friends who supported my campaign who probably aren't going to be my friends"

Guardian: Scott Walker's ruthless ambition

Wisconsin lawmakers' life on the lam

Madison police: Saturday protest "one of the largest" they've ever seen

Hollywood celebrities join thousands of protesters in Madison on Saturday

The Kochs, A Nazi Past, Oil & The Foundation of The Right

Wisconsin 100,000 strong


Words of encouragement for the Wisconsin 14

From the other side: Bottling today's "hysteria" for future generations to see

Top 10 Disastrous Policies from the Wisconsin GOP You Haven't Heard About

Get your recall info here! and don't forget 

Police to kick out protesters from capitol on Sunday

Watch live protests INSIDE Wisconsin State Capitol

Watch live protests OUTSIDE Wisconsin State Capitol

AP: Facts in short supply in debate over union bill

Reagan called Union membership a "Basic Human Right"

Assembly Dems looking whether the hasty vote on the budget repair bill can be invalidated

Schedule of Madison area events this weekend

Ian's Pizza report: Iran? Yes, Iran. The story as we heard it, you cannot make international calls there except from a hospital, so a man got a friend of a friend to sneak him into a hospital, he found a back room and called us to order $50 worth of pizza for the people of Wisconsin.

Hideaway in Rockford

Statement from the Roman Candle pizzeria who are providing many pizzas to protesters:

We have recently received a number of questions from customers regarding The Roman Candle’s membership in the Wisconsin Restaurant Association, an organization that endorsed Scott Walker’s campaign, and our support of workers’ rights to collectively bargain. It is because of this that we have decided to officially cut ties with the organization.

Democratic Governor to Walker: You're cutting your own throat

New York Times: Pizzas as moral support

Stephen Colbert, the Union Goon

Protesters clean up in Capitol, leave it better than it was.