While it’s great that my pants fit looser from all that exercise I did rallying, my kitchen is a health hazard. You may see more “grab bag”‘s “this n that”‘s and other people’s videos this week.
Tensions Ease Between Dems and GOP
Senator Cullen Extends an “Olive Branch”, Puzzling some Dem 14 Fans
“Sen. Tim Cullen, D-Janesville, a key member of the Democratic senators who fled the state in a failed effort to stall Gov. Scott Walker’s budget repair bill, said Tuesday he was drafting a state constitutional amendment that would allow the Legislature to vote on and pass fiscal bills with a simple majority.”-madison.com
Here’s one of the funnier tweeted criticisms: “Need new party called “The Badass Progressives Takin No Crap From You” and Cullen not invited” @juliecmitchell
And this was the most popular criticism of Cullen tweeted: “150,000 people cheer Dem Sen Tim Cullen‘s return and 3 days later he pisses in their faces” –@mgarth
Scott Fitzgerald Rescinds Order Against Dem Vote & Drops Fines
Yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Republican Scott Fitzgerald had announced the Senate Democrats would be allowed to take part in committees meetings, offer comments and forward amendments but their votes would not be recognized or tabulated.
Today at 1:30PM he had a turnaround:
“I have assurances from some of the Democrats that they will be in the chamber to debate the budget,” Fitzgerald said. “And I won’t prevent them from voting in the committees.”–thirdcoastdigest
Republican Senator Mike Ellis added that he will not enforce the fines levied on the Democratic 14 for not appearing in the chambers over the last three weeks.
Brief video of Scott Fitzgerald courtesy of up and coming non-profit news outlet, Wisconsin Reporter:
The Three Senators Least Likely to Survive a Recall Special Election Are….
Dan Kapanke, Randy Hopper, and Luther Olsen according to polls published by FireDogLake. You may have heard that Senator Hopper is living in Madison with his 25 year-old-girlfriend. He’s now also suffering a residency complaint.
I’m a little surprised to see the relative strength of Alberta Darling in the polls, since she won by only about 1,000 votes in her last election and 1/3 of the recall signatures needed to kick off a special election in her district were gathered in just 1 weekend.
Dan Kapanke 41
Randy Hopper 44
Luther Olsen 47
Rob Cowles 45
Sheila Harsdorf 48
Alberta Darling 52
Mary Lazich 56
Glenn Grothman 60
The Ed Schultz Show Has a New Fan
Ed broadcast his MSNBC show live from the square in Madison in our first week of the Capitol occupation. Sometimes he actually talks about football – like he did today. BUT so as far as I’m concerned, he’s been here for us when we’ve needed him so I’m an Ed Schultz fan for life.
Ed is keeping his eye on the Wisconsin crisis and union issues across the country. As guests today on his radio show, he welcomed Sen. Lena Taylor, farmer Tony Schultz of Athens, WI and John Nichols of The Nation.
Who the heck is Tony Schultz? He’s a third generation family farmer, but more interestingly, he’s a firey speaker. This, to me, is 7 minutes and 37 seconds of truth and inspiration:
The photo below came with this tweet from @MissPronouncer
Just because I feel like it, some of the good old packed rotunda days….
my favorite video from Matt Wisniewski, from when the Capitol was a living thing to us.
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