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re-posted at the request of [personal profile] sasha_feather (copious amounts of swearing removed):

so we knew that "introducing" this bill on friday the 11th with plans to vote on it on the 16th or 17th was slimy enough, but check this out. LOOK at what the Republicans had the balls to do yesterday evening in a special assembly:

video starts just after roll is called. you can see half the room is empty, and then Minority Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) pretty much explodes.

and here's Rep. Gordon Hintz (D-Oshkosh) about fifteen minutes or so after that, calling shenanigans on the Republicans' behavior.

Rep. Kelda Helen Roys (D-Madison) followed Hintz with a speech (which i could link to but you'd have to sit through a bunch of other stuff) saying "By God we will give each other a basic level of respect and human dignity when we disagree on things. You will win on this, but do not win this way." she was practically in tears.

dane101.com has the article with all the good quotes and the video links, and this too: "[Republican Assembly Leader] Fitzgerald [R-Horicon] admitted he said 5 p.m., but didn't acknowledge that he had started the vote before that time and didn't apologize to the Democrats. He did agreed to rescind the vote to the amendable stage. He said he didn't think they were going to show up."

SERIOUSLY? there are 35,000 unhappy people right outside your doors, and YOU DIDN'T THINK THE MINORITY WOULD SHOW UP?
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It's nigh on impossible for me to do a link round-up about the protests going on right now by Wisconsin's public employees.

Luckily, the Internet has done most of it.
The Wheeler Report has links to all press coverage by WI newspapers, and press releases by legislators, the Governor, and state agencies.

The Isthmus has a guide to social media campaigns against Scott Walker, including comprehensive lists of Facebook events, Facebook groups, Twitter feeds, and groups/sites for a recall of Scott Walker. There's also a list of satirical Twitter accounts.

This morning, the Cap Times posted did post an article titled, "Labor Activists strategize for 'class war' ignited by Walker budget bill." The article is here.

Lastly, if you want longer posts about the current status of the Budget Repair Bill *right now,* I recommend Wispolitics' Budget Blog.

If you have more links, post in the comments. I know there are some Flickr feeds missing from the Isthmus's list of social media.

x-posted to [community profile] politics
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If you live in Wisconsin, please vote today! Polls are open until 8 pm. To look up your polling place, check out Wisconsin Public Access.
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On Friday, Scott Walker released his proposal for the Budget Repair bill (covering the rest of the current biennium, which will end June 30, 2011) and has released a few details for this plans for the Budget for the next biennium, 2011-2013.

Walker's full Budget for the 2011-2013 biennium has not yet been released.

The best place for source documents in Wisconsin politics is The Wheeler Report. If you go there, you'll find links to Walker's Budget Repair Bill, his letter to state employees, the UW System's letter to its employees, and reactions from many state legislators, unions, and political organizations.
As a warning, most documents at The Wheeler Report open as PDFs.

News Coverage:
Teachers say Walker's cuts would hurt education [K-12 education]
Will Republicans back Walker's attack on public employee unions?
How much would a state employee making $40,000 have to pay under Walker's cuts?
Walker Plan Risks Public Employee Strikes
Wisconsin labor, student groups organize protest against Walker's public union plans
Walker says National Guard is prepared (Please *read the article* before quoting the headline out of context; this would be to step in if prison staff goes on strike.)
New York Times: Wisconsin May Take an Ax to State Workers' Benefits and Their Unions [Use bugmenot.com if you need a login.]
*Walker calls for cuts or big layoffs
*Budget's fate now in the hands of Legislature
*Wis. contract bill political payback?
*Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker defends efforts to balance state budget
*Protestors turn out for Scott Walker's visit to Appleton
*Union leaders, Democrats ready for a fight with Gov Walker on budget

Blaska's Blog: RIP, Wisconsin government employee unions
Walker is acting not as a governor, but as a dictator

Twitter Hash-Tags:

Facebook Events/Causes:
Protest Scott Walker / Hey look! the national guard
I <3 UW :: Governor Walker, don't break my <3
*Vote No on Walker's Budget Bill
*Boycott Scott Walker Contributors
*Wisconsin State Workers against Scott Walker
*Recall Scott Walker
*Virtual Wisconsin State Employees Unions Solidarity Vigil
*Mr. Walker, You're on Notice

Humor Relief on Twitter:
Scott Walker's SUV

Television Ads:
*This one supporting Walker's bill, paid for by Club for Growth
*This one against Walker's bill, paid for by AFL-CIO

Do you have other links you want to share? Other protests you've heard about? Want to vent about how this will effect you/people you know personally? Talk about it in the comments.

Edited at 7:44pm to add the starred items.



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