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Wis. Police Clear Protesters From Capitol

Posted on Mar 10, 2011
AP / Morry Gash

Police try to secure a door during a protest at the Wisconsin Capitol in Madison on Thursday.

The scene at the Capitol in Madison on Thursday reflected the larger state of affairs in Wisconsin, with Democratic senators pounding on locked chamber doors as protesters were escorted out of the building by police. Meanwhile, the Republican senators’ whereabouts were somewhat mysterious, according to The Associated Press.

AP via Google News:

About 200 people spent the night in the Capitol in protest over the Senate’s swift and unexpected passage of the bill.

With the Assembly’s vote scheduled for 11 a.m., dozens of Democratic representatives showed up to find the doors to the chamber locked.

“What more egregious, illegal, unethical step can be taken to prevent democracy in Wisconsin?” asked Rep. Donna Seidel, D-Wausau, as she pounded on the door along with her colleagues.

With the Assembly empty, it was not clear where Republican lawmakers were. They showed up and began to file after the doors were opened.

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By Jim Yell, March 11, 2011 at 10:30 am Link to this comment
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I said before the last time the Republican Party had a good idea was “Freeing the Slaves”, ever since they have made every effort to enslave everyone.

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By Shenonymous, March 11, 2011 at 2:57 am Link to this comment

There are eight recalls in da woiks.  The people of Wisconsin are
mad as hell.  Visit the virulent website with live coverage
This is not going away.  The famous 14 will be going back to work
very soon and this has turned into a crusade. You Republicans had
better run for cover.  As your eligibility for recall comes up you are
on the hit list.  For the rest of the country, I believe there are going
to be some huge surprises. Wisconsin fever and a revival of the unions
are just getting started.

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By Leefeller, March 11, 2011 at 1:16 am Link to this comment

State Troopers may have been given some sort of promise by there new Troop leader related to the Republican Speaker of the house a good old boy friend to Walker.  What ever happed to recalls?

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By Inherit The Wind, March 10, 2011 at 11:31 pm Link to this comment

Don’t those state troopers realize that the Governor, Assembly and Senate of the State of Wisconsin just shit all over them, too?

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By thebeerdoctor, March 10, 2011 at 11:19 pm Link to this comment

1 year, 9 months, 11 days…

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By lasmog, March 10, 2011 at 10:56 pm Link to this comment

So are middle class/working class Republicans actually thinking that once they kill the pensions of teachers and firemen they will magically have enough money to retire on themselves?  Has Rush convinced them that they too can become media moguls and CEO’s because anything is possible in America the exceptional?  How far down will working Americans have to be beaten down before they realize that they are on the losing side of a vicious class war?

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By PatrickHenry, March 10, 2011 at 9:29 pm Link to this comment


Right after the vote, the protesters yelled “Shame!” as Republicans left the Assembly under heavy guard.

Never an ample supply of rotten vegtables when you need them.

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By gerard, March 10, 2011 at 8:44 pm Link to this comment

Well for my money this AP report is lousy!  Very little of substance, but it appears that the police were not able to (or did not try to)  coerce the protesters into violence—which is a very good thing.  Maybe folks are catching on. 
  Of course we can’t rejoice until we know how much of it was a conscious tactic of restraint, and how much simply a lucky automatic response, but the situation so far seems fairly nonviolent for whatever reason—which is something to rejoice about, actually. “Shock and awe” ain’t where it’s at. That’s a Bush/Cheney method—along with warrantless arrest, torture and inducing “learned helplessness” to get false accusations. “Up in arms”?
Only in a manner of speaking; not actually, we hope.

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By Shenonymous, March 10, 2011 at 8:34 pm Link to this comment

It is time for the liberals to reclaim this country for the people.
The bogus claim that the left is attacking liberty and freedom is
a bull shit ruse by the 1% who holds the wealth in this country
while they step on the faces of the economic middle and poor class.

The Republicans are the real enemy of the people and must be
defeated at every election from every local election to every national
election from now on until they have been politically emasculated.

Watch live what is going on in Wisconsin at

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By Bacilo de Koch, March 10, 2011 at 6:28 pm Link to this comment

Now everybody is up in arms…

So, they are protesting because Walker has done exactly what he campaigned on. 
Why didn’t they pay attention during the campaign?

We have to put the drums down and go vote, or just wait what mess we’re going to
be in come 2012.

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By zonth_zonth, March 10, 2011 at 5:49 pm Link to this comment

Can only hope the local citizens dish out some “shock and awe” on the Capital. The tenor is a brewing.

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By Steve E, March 10, 2011 at 5:35 pm Link to this comment

I guess it is time to clear out the socialist rabble and hippies. The attack on liberty
and freedom could actually be greater than during WWII.

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