“These past years I have found it so easy to be cynical about politics in this country. What the protestors are doing in Madison has given me hope for the first time in a couple of years. Their actions are simply heroic and are truly inspiring. I’ll be turning out this week to stand in solidarity with WI workers and I urge you all to do the same. While it has seemed like this country has been slowly crumbling for a decade or more, the 70k in Madison give me hope for the future.” –comment on second video below.
During this portion of the Assembly Special Floor Session, a quorum call was ordered at 5:00. Roll call was taken. And Voting began BEFORE 5:00 WHEN DEMOCRATS WERE TOLD TO BE THERE.
At 4:57 Assembly Democrats (in orange) begin to show up.
This is the most dramatic footage you will ever see.
Eventually, they are able to stop the voting on Special Session Assembly Bill 11 arguing that they had amendments that needed to be taken up. The Assembly speaker agreed and the floor session adjourned until Tuesday, February 22nd.
Wisconsin Congressman Dave Obey could not enter the Wisconsin Capitol despite the claim by the Department of Administration that the building is open.
The Capitol has been a scene of on-going protests in response to legislation proposed by Governor Walker.
Following the lockdown of the building, the Circuit Court issued an injunction to reopen the building to the public.
Rep. Obey served Wisconsin in Congress from 1969 – 2011 and in the State Assembly from 1963 – 1969.
He was met at the doors by Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) and Assistant Minorirty Leader Donna Seidel (D-Wausau).
Thank you! We are so proud of the Fab 14 and their efforts on behalf of the people of Wisconsin. Whatever you feel you need to do going forward, we will stand beside you!
Democratic Assemblyman tackled by police as a result of Walker’s restricting access to the capitol:
WI Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) stands up to Republicans as they try to ram through their budget bill at a meeting called in violation of the state’s open meetings law.
More to come . . . because, surely, there will be more to come.