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WI House Vote Catches Dems ‘Napping’

From an apoplectic Associated Press:

Wis. Assembly passes bill taking away union rights

By Todd Richmond, Associated Press
February 25, 2011

MADISON, Wis. – Republicans in the Wisconsin Assembly took the first significant action on their plan to strip collective bargaining rights from most public workers, abruptly passing the measure early Friday morning before sleep-deprived Democrats realized what was happening.

Gosh those Republicans are crafty – and mean. Couldn’t they at least make the Democrats some coffee before they have such an important vote?

The vote ended three straight days of punishing debate in the Assembly. But the political standoff over the bill — and the monumental protests at the state Capitol against it — appear far from over…

The AP doesn’t want its troops to get disheartened.

With the Senate immobilized, Assembly Republicans decided to act and convened the chamber Tuesday morning.

Democrats launched a filibuster, throwing out dozens of amendments and delivering rambling speeches. Each time Republicans tried to speed up the proceedings, Democrats rose from their seats and wailed that the GOP was stifling them.

Debate had gone on for 60 hours and 15 Democrats were still waiting to speak when the vote started around 1 a.m. Friday. Speaker Pro Tem Bill Kramer, R-Waukesha, opened the roll and closed it within seconds.

Democrats looked around, bewildered. Only 13 of the 38 Democratic members managed to vote in time.

Republicans immediately marched out of the chamber in single file. The Democrats rushed at them, pumping their fists and shouting "Shame!" and "Cowards!"

Isn’t irony ironic?

The Republicans walked past them without responding.

Democrats left the chamber stunned. The protesters greeted them with a thundering chant of "Thank you!" Some Democrats teared up. Others hugged.

"What a terrible, terrible day for Wisconsin," said Rep. Jon Richards, D-Milwaukee. "I am incensed. I am shocked."

Boo hoo.

GOP leaders in the Assembly refused to speak with reporters, but earlier Friday morning Majority Leader Scott Suder, R-Abbotsford, warned Democrats that they had been given 59 hours to be heard and Republicans were ready to vote.

The governor has said that if the bill does not pass by Friday, the state will miss a deadline to refinance $165 million of debt and will be forced to start issuing layoff notices next week. However, the deadline may not as strict as he says…

So once again the AP is telling its troops to keep the faith. After all, nobody at the Associated Press is going to be laid off.

Democratic Sen. Jon Erpenbach said he and his colleagues wouldn’t return until Walker compromised…

"It’s not so much the Democrats holding things up," Erpenbach said. "It’s really a matter of Gov. Walker holding things up."

Typical Democrat. He turns the facts on their head and hopes nobody notices.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, February 25th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

9 Responses to “WI House Vote Catches Dems ‘Napping’”

  1. wardmama4 says:

    I am so thankful that they passed the bill – sending out prayers that the same happens here (OH).

    It is a shame that the vile and disgusting words/actions that these ‘thugs’ are doing at their ‘rallies’ are not broadcast 24/7/365 on the all of the msm – so that We The People can ALL see how base, disgusting and amoral these leeches are – not only that – how many msm outlets are truly broadcasting how much these leeches get as compared to the majority of Americans – who are paying for it.

    Like politicians – it is not about ________(fill in the blank – children, healthcare, safety, the future) it is solely about POWER AND CONTROL and hopefully we are taking the first steps to break it down.

    Now if someone with guts and/or the position would take on the vile and dangerous – ‘I choose the laws I want to defend’ un-Constitiutional Obama.

    Then I truly would see some hope and change for America – that I could believe in!

  2. marquis28 says:

    When we they just follow the rules Obama’s cronie used ” Just Deem it Passed”
    After all, the Republicans have majorities in both houses and the Govenorship.


  3. marquis28 says:

    When will they just follow the rules Obama’s cronies used ” Just Deem it Passed”
    After all, the Republicans have majorities in both houses and the Govenorship.

  4. untrainable says:

    Oh, those poor sleep deprived democrats. Evil republicans voted before they knew what was happening. Before they knew what was happening? Really? That’s the best explaination AP can come up with? How about something imaginative like… “The evil republicans planted LSD in our Nescafe` and we couldn’t stop them because we were too busy chasing polka dotted elephants around the chamber.”

    To all the “unaware” politicians out there…Democracy has finally had it’s chance to be heard on this issue… and WE won. Walking out in single file not responding to these drama queens was the perfect response to give temper tantrum throwing weasels. I’m suprised the AP didn’t find time to use the word “goose-stepping” to describe Republicans’ exit. To be a fly on the wall at that moment would have been priceless.

    The only question now is, how long until Oblamer and Eric “the holdup” Holder file suit against the state of WI for civil rights violations… or racism… or something.

    • TerryAnne says:

      Motel 6 doesn’t have 750 count Egyptian Cotton sheets, so they’ve slept poorly for a few days. It’s rough having to slum it, you know.

  5. retire05 says:

    In 2009, Obama informed the Republicans that he “won” and that elections have consequences. The Democrats nation wide were more than happy to operate from that point of view then. Now that the 2010 elections have changed the face of the nation, politically, the Democrats are not so happy. So, they cut and run like the cowards they have always been. If they don’t get what they want, although elections have consequences, they show the nation what immature children they are.

    But maybe those Democrats should take a look at what happened in Texas. In 2003, when our cowardly Democrats fled to party under the protective arm of Bill Richardson, the Democratic governor of New Mexico, they held a majority in the Texas Senate. Now they are a minority, with one Texas Senator saying recently that Texas Democrats are rapidly becoming an endanged species.

    Are we to believe that after 60 hours of debate, and an announcement from the Speaker that there was going to be a vote, the Wisconsin Democrats were caught off guard? What where they doing? Sleeping in their offices at the time, knowing their buddies would continue to hold up the democratic process? Oh, my, Barbara Boxer is not going to like them sleeping in their offices. Maybe those Dems should have been willing to do without a little sleep. You know, stay on top of things.

    Is there any doubt that the Democrats of this nation do not subscribe to the democratic process unless they are getting their way? The state of Wisconsin is NOT being represented by a bunch of drum banging hippies in sleeping bags at the Capital. Nor are they being represented by a bunch of border jumpers hiding out in Illinois. So I have to wonder how my sympathy these clowns are garnering from the 9+% of Wisconsin that has NO JOB.

    States need to implement parlimentary rule that any Congressman/Senator who misses more than four days of session without a valid reason (personal illness, family death) will forfeit their elected seat and a special election will be held to replace them.

    The new rallying cry across the nation should be “Boot the Bastards”.

    • Right of the People says:


      Ever notice when the Republicans are in power the Dems scream that they will have to compromise with them to get things done but when the Dems are in control it’s:
      We won!

      I just wish more states would have the intestinal fortitude to do the same thing. Gov. Walker is to be commended.

  6. tranquil.night says:

    Take note, national level Republicans. This is how you properly deal with hostage-takers. Drop a turd in their punchbowl. Party over. Next order of business.

  7. Tater Salad says:

    Public Sector Unions to the American Taxpayers:

    “Sorry you have to pay out of your own wages each week for your own retirement (401k), but brother, could you dig a little deeper in your wallet and keep funding my pension also. I have a second home that needs some work done on it before I retire at 55 years of age!” Keep up the good fight and support your local Public Union Worker…..and his benefits!

    How can a Union member get his Union dues refund?


    Right to Work states statistics:

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