“Gov. Scott Walker’s Budget
Speech of Doom: What to
Expect From the Wisconsin
Actual headline. The regular press is sounding like one of us cantankerous Wisconsin bloggers who’s been tearing her hair out for a year. The full article from – of all places – Aol News.
We can watch the Gov’s speech live at 4PM on WisEye. (And donate to this hard-working overburdened non-profit.)
Tickets Need to Sit in Gallery: In other Walker-related Wisconsin news – as if there’s any other sort of news these days – WORT FM has confirmed via conversations with 1 Republican and 2 Democrat Representatives that those from the public wishing to sit in the gallery at the 4PM Governor budget speech must have a ticket. And all tickets are already handed out.
I’m calling this “Rumor”: Tea Party individuals will come in via the steam tunnels to sit in the gallery.
Legally Capitol is to be Open, But It is Not: Numerous tweets echo these sentiments: From ChrisJonesUW – “Yes. You cannot enter w/o a legislator’s pass and an escort. In direct violation of a court order. #wiunion” and “Temporary restraining order has immediate effect. As of 10:30 this morning, Capitol should have been open. @govwalker in contempt of court.”
Sheriff Mahoney has Solidarity and brass balls: I copied the whole article from WisPolitics.com in hopes you’d read the whole thing “Frustrated by a lack of explanation for the clamping down of access to the Capitol building, Dane County Sheriff Dave Mahoney said his deputies yesterday were pulled from a duty to keep people from entering the Capitol.
“Over the last two days we have placed those law enforcement officers in the position of being palace guards,” Mahoney said.
Mahoney said an entire day went by yesterday before the Department of Administration offered a reason for locking doors to the building. The public has only been allowed into the Capitol through the King Street entrance since yesterday.
Mahoney said his officers have been at the Capitol to ensure public safety and for people on both sides to have freedom of speech and Assembly, not to restrict those rights. He said he’s “never been prouder than these past two weeks” of his officers.
Mahoney said he believes law enforcement and public safety is being jeopardized by the restrictions.
“I am confident having talked with our staff on the Capitol grounds that we still have a peaceful demonstration. But it’s crucial that individuals have a voice and access to their lawmakers,” Mahoney said.
The deputies had been told that the doors would be open at 8 a.m. yesterday, but that didn’t happen and the officers didn’t find out why until the afternoon, Mahoney said.
“When asked to stand guard at the doors that duty was turned over to the Wisconsin State Patrol because our deputies would not stand and be palace guards,” Mahoney said. “I refused to put deputy sheriffs in a position to be palace guards.”
Mahoney said there were a couple of incidents, one a man who climbed the side of the building and another he described as “non-compliance” of one or two individuals inside the Capitol, but after those were resolved he said normal access should have been restored.
The Dane County deputies were told to stand down when it was apparent “hostilities were increasing” due to a lack of access and no explanation had come from the DOA.
“I asked them to step aside. We were not there to prevent (citizens) access to the Capitol,” Mahoney said.
— By Greg Bump”