Wisconsin

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Mon, 02-21-2011 - 11:27pm

http://washingtonexaminer.com/politics/2011/02/wisconsin-its-unions-vs-people-0

The ferment in Wisconsin is no workers' uprising against the rich and powerful. It is instead political muscle-flexing by a well-funded special interest group, which is limbering up for President Obama's re-election bid. Obama's campaign, operating as Organizing for America, is bussing protesters to the state capitol...

Government unions in Wisconsin perfectly match the definition of "special interests," a term Obama often invokes. Four of the top six Wisconsin contributors to the 2010 elections were labor unions, with the state's teachers union giving $119,342 and the Wisconsin chapter of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees spending $83,888. The teachers union gave 96 percent of its money to Democrats, while Wisconsin AFSCME gave Democrats every penny.

"Resist, we much. We must, and we much. About that, be committed."

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Registered: 09-26-2010
In reply to: anthony60
Wed, 02-23-2011 - 9:02pm

Special interests?

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Registered: 03-02-2009
In reply to: anthony60
Wed, 02-23-2011 - 11:32pm

Lighten up, Francis.

Now, back to the topic on hand, do you have anything to say about Walker's statements to the person he thought was Koch?

That was not the topic, but no.

"Resist, we much. We must, and we much. About that, be committed."

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Registered: 11-04-2010
In reply to: anthony60
Thu, 02-24-2011 - 8:21am
"Lighten up, Francis."

My name's not Francis and I'll lighten up when the snarky rudeness stops.
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Registered: 01-14-2011
In reply to: anthony60
Thu, 02-24-2011 - 10:03am

I find that this game of "gotcha" is not working.

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Registered: 03-02-2009
In reply to: anthony60
Thu, 02-24-2011 - 12:15pm

That's nice.

"Resist, we much. We must, and we much. About that, be committed."

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Registered: 10-25-2006
In reply to: anthony60
Thu, 02-24-2011 - 4:39pm

"but Walker didn't take the bait."

Hahahaha.....Perhaps Walker didn't swallow the whole thing, but he surely did more than nibble at the bait.

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Registered: 11-04-2010
In reply to: anthony60
Thu, 02-24-2011 - 5:37pm
Yes, and the police chief is troubled by some of what Walker said:

http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/news/116828353.html

adison police chief troubled by Walker's comments on protesters

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By Sharif Durhams of the Journal Sentinel

Updated: Feb. 24, 2011 12:20 p.m. |(149) Comments

Madison Police Chief Noble Wray said Thursday that he found comments by Gov. Scott Walker made about protesters at the state Capitol during a prank phone call “very unsettling and troubling.”

In a statement, Wray said he spent time overnight thinking about the comments Walker made during a 20-minute conversation with a Buffalo, N.Y., blogger who posed as a major Republican donor during the call.

The blogger, Ian Murphy, suggested the idea of placing troublemakers amid the crowd of protesters.

Walker responded: “The only problem with that - because we thought about that. The problem with - my only gut reaction to that would be, right now the lawmakers I’ve talked to have just completely had it with them. The public is not really fond of this.”

Wray said he was disturbed that Walker thought about planting troublemakers among peaceful protesters.

“I would like to hear more of an explanation from Governor Walker as to what exactly was being considered, and to what degree it was discussed by his cabinet members. I find it very unsettling and troubling that anyone would consider creating safety risks for our citizens and law enforcement officers,” the chief said.

“Our department works hard dialoging with those who are exercising their First Amendment right, those from both sides of the issue, to make sure we are doing everything we can to ensure they can demonstrate safely. I am concerned that anyone would try to undermine these relationships. I have a responsibility to the community, and to the men and women of this department - who are working long hours protecting and serving this community – to find out more about what was being considered by state leaders.”

The Madison Police Department released a separate statement: “The men and the women of the Madison Police Department train for crowd situations where an agitator or provocateur may try to create safety risks for citizens and officers. During the demonstration around the Capitol Square no such situation has arisen. Crowd behavior has been exemplary, and thousands of Wisconsin citizens are to be commended for the peaceful ways in which they have expressed First Amendment rights.”

Walker spokesman Cullen Werwie had no immediate comment on Wray’s statements.

PolitiFact Wisconsin examines Walker's statement saying "almost all" of the protesters in Madison coming from outside of Wisconsin.
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Registered: 03-02-2009
In reply to: anthony60
Thu, 02-24-2011 - 9:25pm

Wow, now the thought police are after the Governor.

"Resist, we much. We must, and we much. About that, be committed."

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Registered: 03-02-2009
In reply to: anthony60
Thu, 02-24-2011 - 9:55pm

I wonder what he thinks of these remarks...

"Resist, we much. We must, and we much. About that, be committed."

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Registered: 01-14-2011
In reply to: anthony60
Fri, 02-25-2011 - 2:10pm

What I heard was a politician

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