A source with knowledge of discussions among absent senate democrats said the lawmakers planned a return to Wisconsin from Illinois last week to include rallies in senate districts and a day for private matters before taking the senate floor to consider Governor Walker’s controversial budget repair bill.
The source spoke to WKOW27 News on the condition of anonymity because the source was not authorized to speak publicly about the plans of senate democrats.
The source said the planned return and its logistics fell apart Thursday, as senate republicans approved warrants of detentions to effect the equivalent of arrests on the missing democrats if they were contacted by law enforcement officers in Wisconsin.
The source said the absent fourteen senate democrats planned to return to Wisconsin on Friday, March 4, with members traveling to senate districts to stage rallies with supporters.
The source said the senate democratic contingent planned to arrive at the state capitol Saturday, March 5, to again rally with supporters. Rallies in support of preserving collective bargaining rights for public employees have taken place at the capitol over the past three Saturdays, with crowds estimated at 40,000 or more on each occasion.
The source also said as part of an agreement with republicans involved in negotiations to bring senate democrats back to the state, democratic senators would have attended to private matters on Sunday, March 6, and a call of the senate would have taken place Monday, March 7. At that time, the source said absent democratic senators would have been present, presumably to vote on the stalled budget repair bill.
Interesting how that coincides with remarks made by Governor Walker late last week.
The timetable described by the source coincides with separate remarks made by Governor Walker. Walker told reporters this week negotiations on a return of the absent democratic lawmakers were going so well staff members awoke him with a late night call Wednesday to report on the progress of talks. Walker said he thought the senators would be home Thursday, March 3, or Friday, March 4.
So why didn’t the State Senators return? What reason did Minority Leader Miller have for supposedly stopping this from happening? More importantly when are the Wisconsin 14 going to return so 42% of Wisconsinites no longer have to go without representation in the State Senate?
Enough is enough, at some point there needs to be a realization that elections have consequences and shirking your responsibility isn’t what the minority does when something proposed isn’t liked.
- Wis. Senate Democrats to return soon, lawmaker says – Washington Post (news.google.com)
- Wisconsin Gov Proposes Union Compromises (foxnews.com)