I woke up ready for this.

Just a quick note-

A twitter friend has offered high speed access just off the square of the Capitol. I’m hauling a lot of gear over and hope to at minimum do audio from there.  If I find some tech-savvy youth-maybe some video too. You’ll get updates on this via facebook/twitter/here.

At 5pm last night there was a big ruckus in the Assembly. Repubs. said the vote was at 5. Showed up early. Voted by voice. Dems ran in at 5 yelling to stop the vote. Continue reading

I woke up ready for this.

Just a quick note-

A twitter friend has offered high speed access just off the square of the Capitol. I’m hauling a lot of gear over and hope to at minimum do audio from there.  If I find some tech-savvy youth-maybe some video too. You’ll get updates on this via facebook/twitter/here.

At 5pm last night there was a big ruckus in the Assembly. Repubs. said the vote was at 5. Showed up early. Voted by voice. Dems ran in at 5 yelling to stop the vote. Continue reading

Ed Schultz Interviews John Nichols from Madison’s Capitol Square

Ed Schultz talking to John Nichols at the top of East Washington Avenue. I was about 20 feet away and could not see Ed. That was OK. The spirit of the crowd and their great signs made up for that. [below]

Ed got possession of an email from the “Club for Growth” which urges Continue reading

Rachel Maddow Marvels at Today’s Rally of 30,000 in Madison, Wisconsin

I take great pleasure in hearing Rachel Maddow pound out each dismayed word she has to say on our Tea Party Governor Walker, especially,  “Not only would he not negotiate with people on this, he will never negotiate with them again.”

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Rachel Maddow Marvels at Today’s Rally of 30,000 in Madison, Wisconsin

I take great pleasure in hearing Rachel Maddow pound out each dismayed word she has to say on our Tea Party Governor Walker, especially,  “Not only would he not negotiate with people on this, he will never negotiate with them again.”

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UW Students Stage a Walk Out. Then Democrat Senators Walk Out. Right Out of the State.

Each Democratic Senator of Wisconsin walked out of Madison’s Capitol today so that a quorum could not be reached and a vote will not be made on Governor Scott Walker’s radical “Budget Reform Bill” as was scheduled today.

And I thought the most dramatic thing to happen today would be at lest 4,000 students marching as one from their campus to their Capitol building in a massive walk out at 10:00AM today.

When I heard that Democrat Senators were fleeing, I was reading a tweet, and I thought it was a rumor. Continue reading

UW Students Stage a Walk Out. Then Democratic Senators Walk Out. Right Out of the State.

Each Democratic Senator of Wisconsin walked out of Madison’s Capitol today so that a quorum could not be reached and a vote will not be made on Governor Scott Walker’s radical “Budget Reform Bill” as was scheduled today.

And I thought the most dramatic thing to happen today would be at lest 4,000 students marching as one from their campus to their Capitol building in a massive walk out at 10:00AM today.

When I heard that Democrat Senators were fleeing, I was reading a tweet, and I thought it was a rumor. Continue reading

Exciting Video – Workers Converge on Madison Wisconsin’s Square

An exciting, good short documentary by Johnny Clark. Yesterday approximately 13,000 protesters came to Madison Wisconsin to rally against our governor’s “Budget repair bill”. Watching the video you’ll hear why people came and get a feel for why they are determined to stick this out.

Thousands Gather at Today’s Worker Rally, Madison Wisconsin

An iron worker from Waupaca

I’ve put up just a few pictures for now – more to come very soon. I’ve heard that there are 10,000 people here. I’m not sure.  It’s difficult to know since the capitol building is full of people and they also flow out and down to State Street. Certainly we are in the thousands. I feel a sense of determination when I speak with people. They are angry but also worried.

About 200 people are registered to speak at the public hearing on Scott Walker’s budget” bill (which if you’re new to this, bans collective bargaining by workers and takes away other union rights in Wisconsin). I’d like to be in that room, but only 10 people are allowed in at a time, and even those people are only allowed 2 minutes. Last I knew, the entire East Wing of the Capitol was roped off. I asked staffers but they were not aware why, but mentioned maybe there is a security issue.

I did just get a tweet that Senator Dale Schultz’s office is closed due to a threat.

There was a rumor that Tea Party counter-protesters would be here, but I’ve seen none. We are a mix of men in work coats, people in dress coats, younger people with kids, older people. A few young people who look to be students. I heard that an entire high school class came. Most of the people are in work coats or jackets.

Somebody asked me on twitter if we see national guardsmen. The answer is “no”. A few police are casually walking around, and they seem unconcerned, just chatting with each other.

I’m going back outside to take a lot of pictures. There’s no internet in the capitol building. It’s not too cold outside in Madison, but the wind is very high, so those folks standing out there for hours are tough!

Students and Staff Filled Wisconsin’s Capitol Monday

Hundreds of UW Madison students fill Wisconsin's Capitol Building, Feb. 14, 2001

The voices of University of Wisconsin staff members, students and community members shouting “Kill this bill” reverberated through the Capitol rotunda Monday as nearly 1,100 protesters marched down State Street to the governor’s office door.

The event, organized by the Teaching Assistants’ Association, included handing off thousands of valentines reading “I heart UW, Governor Walker, don’t break my heart,” signed by UW students and faculty members in opposition to potential state budget cuts for the university….More at the Badger Herald

Wisconsin Responds to Governor Scott Walker’s attack on public employees and worker rights

Carl Aniel speaks to Channel 27 at Governor Walker's mansion as approx. 70 picketers walk by. Click image for more.


Wednesday February 16

SEIU lists buses leaving from 17 Wisconsin locations for the Capitol

  • 10 a.m. Legislative Briefings at Masonic Temple, 301 Wisconsin Ave, Madison
  • 11 a.m. Lobby Visits, State Capitol
  • Noon Rally on Capitol Square
  • Tuesday – State Street Capitol Steps
  • Wednesday – King St. Capitol Entrance
  • 1 p.m. Resume Lobby Visits, State Capitol
  • 3:00 to 7:00 Candlelight Vigil, with speakers at 6:30.
Again, for those who cannot get out of school, there will be vigils at the Capitol Square both evenings from about 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. with speakers at 6:30 p.m. 

Free bus rides are being organized from several locations throughout the state More at WEAC

Fond du Lac – Feb. 16, 5-5:45PM Family vigil for Education at the home of Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt. Details forthcoming. See WEAC

Menomonee Falls – Feb 16, 4-5:30PM  Senator Alberta Darling’s district office  N88 W16621 Appleton Ave.

Rob Koenig in front of Governor Scott Walker's mansion in Madison, Wisconsin. Click the image to link to others.

Click “read more” to jump to the long list of past events, Sunday – Tuesday. Continue reading

Crowd of 26,000 confirms: Obama is not a cactus.

What a difference a rally makes. As of September 22nd, The Onion headline read, “Poll: 1 in 5 Americans Believe Obama is a Cactus

Poll: 1 In 5 Americans Believe Obama Is A Cactus, The Onion

Pictured below, today’s September 28th Wisconsin State Journal says, “Cheerleader in Chief“. I think I’d prefer “Commander” but you know…things are looking up.

Sure, we know President Obama came to the UW-Madison campus largely to rev us up to vote for Feingold and Barrett for the November vote [Tammy is a shoe-in]. And maybe after being called much worse than “cactus” he needed a little love, too. It’s a good place to get it. Our county voted 73% in favor of Obama in ’08.

I opted to love from afar. Friend Dave tweeted a google map of the 1.1 mile line to get into the rally at UW-Madison. Thus informed, I decided to stay home and tweet, facebook, and watch live streamed video so I could “be there”.  Just about worked.

I paced like a cat waiting for the rally while listening to WORT-FM‘s live broadcast. Then when Obama came on live, I compulsively took notes. It was done and I got Joe’s tweet, “The president’s hands are warm. That is all” and I felt a stab of envy. Then he sent a link that only said “Ummm this just happened” and had a pang of secret service level worry…because I thought, “WHAT happened?!”. And a link took me to

this glorious picture.

Delight.

Joe is young and he can wait 5 hours in a crowd. Avid local blogger Gregory Humphrey is older and wiser but went anyway. I love what he said here in Caffeinated Politics,

“Afterwards at a packed Fresh Madison Market on University Avenue everyone understood that we all had witnessed something special.  It did not matter if people knew each other or not, or were even from the same generation.  It was as if we all were connected by some invisible force.    We are.  We are Americans.   And I think many felt the same in the store as I did.  That  was worth coming to the rally all by itself.”

That is all.