Breaking: WI Senate Passes Collective Bargaining Bill

Earlier today Channel 3000 reported:

MADISON, Wis. — Republicans in charge of the Wisconsin Senate have apparently discovered a way to strip nearly all collective bargaining rights from public workers, bypassing Democrats.All 14 Senate Democrats left the state nearly three weeks ago, preventing the chamber from having enough members present to consider Gov. Scott Walker’s so-called “budget repair bill” — a proposal introduced to plug a $137 million budget shortfall.The Senate requires a quorum to take up any measures that spend money.But Republicans on Wednesday split from the legislation the proposal to curtail union rights, and a special conference committee of state lawmakers approved that bill a short time later.The move set up a vote in the Senate.When Senate Republican leaders hastily created a conference committee to meet Wednesday night, two Democratic state senators said they feared Republicans planned to pass parts of Walker’s proposal.

Hot Air is now reporting: Breaking: Wisconsin Senate GOP to split off collective bargaining bill from budget, pass it separately? Update: Senate passes collective bargaining bill:

Update: NBC reports that the conference committee has already approved the new split-off collective bargaining bill. Now it’s on to the senate for a vote; the GOP-controlled assembly will vote on it tomorrow. One hitch, though, from the Journal-Sentinel article linked above: Did they follow proper procedure in calling the conference committee?

Republican senators quickly assembled at 4 p.m. to send the bill to a conference committee, which convenes at 6 p.m. They largely declined comment after the meeting.

Attorney Robert Dreps, an expert on the state open meetings law, said he did not believe the conference committee could meet with such short notice.

State law generally requires a 24-hour notice for public meetings, but can be called with just two hours notice when more notice is impossible or impractical, said Dreps, who has represented the Journal Sentinel in the past.

“I can’t imagine how they can meet that standard,” he said.

Update: And just like that, the deed is done:

In 18-1 vote, Wis. Senate approves bill to strip public employees of collective bargaining rights

Update: Via Breitbart, here’s Fizgerald earlier today suggesting that the White House might be coordinating the recall efforts against Wisconsin state senators.

More updates via Ace:

Update: “Fish the Impaler” tells me Fox radio reports the fleebaggers are coming back to Madison. Update: FoxNews (TV) now reporting that as well.

Update: A reader says it’s been voted out of conference 18-1 and is now going to the Assembly.

Above, I erred, in saying they were in committee, a sub-unit of the full senate. In fact they’re in conference, banging out changes to make it ready for passage in the Assembly.

If this is true, the deal is already done.

Threat? Janir writes that a local radio guy speculates —

Belling opines that this may not be signed by Gov. Walker and this is a way threaten the 14 missing senators to get back to work or he will sign it. I hope he does sign it, get the collective bargaining restrictions and other union excesses reigned in.

Doug Ross: Eradicating collective bargaining isn’t the endgame…

As Steven Malanga points out in City Journal, eradicating collective bargaining isn’t the endgame — it’s just the beginning.

Video via Gateway Pundit:


The vote: via The MacIver Institute:

The mood outside of the State House:

Via Ace again: Unions talking about a general strike in Wisconsin, that is, every union worker strikes.


Left-Wing Institute For Civil Discourse: Video: Windows Reported  Broken As Madison Capitol Fills After Union Vote

MORE via Instapundit:

“They intend to physically keep the legislature from assembling tomorrow to vote. Mob rule… ”

Also: “I guess that this means the new civility bullshit is officially over?”

And, noting the DNC’s involvement in these protests: “Barack Obama paid for, organized, and is putting on this riot.”

MORE: Michael Moore: “This Is War.” Yeah, I guess the “new civility bullshit” is officially over. Bear that in mind as you contemplate a response. I don’t think these people realize that they are setting precedents that they may come to regret. They are as feckless in this behavior as they are in their fiscal approach. The consequences are likely to be insalubrious.

MORE STILL: An I-told-you-so from Jim Lindgren.

Plus, reader Jeff Johnson writes: “Will the governor call in the National Guard? He’s not getting any support from the police.”

People sneaking in through  window:

As posted at Youtube:

The crowd went quiet at the east lower entrance. Rally leaders told everyone to be quiet and call/ get whomever we can to get into the building within minutes. The window was open for 5 minutes…



New Video Ad Highlights Big Labor’s Cozy Relationship With The White House

Yet another anti-union ad is released today by The Workforce Fairness Institute:

Republicans are fighting the destructive government unions with everything they’ve got. After all, the Dems have the full weight of the Democrat-Socialist party including the President, fighting to keep their unholy alliance alive.

This is an epic battle that needs to be fought:

See also:

Red State: White House to Union-Controlled NLRB: Shush now! Be quiet!

Why the NLRB scrubbed its website is revealed…

Mediaite: WI State Senator On Recall Effort: ‘This Is About The Presidential Election In 2012′

Hat tip: Gateway Pundit


Repubs Release New School Choice Ad: “Let Opportunity Soar”

In the Spring of  2009, Obama closed slammed the door on the wildly successful D.C. school voucher program.

This despite a United States Department of Education report that found students in the nation’s capital that were provided with vouchers allowing them to attend private school through the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship program had made statistically significant gains in reading achievement.

According to the department’s evaluation of the three-year-old program, “those offered a scholarship were performing at statistically higher levels in reading—equivalent to 3.1 months of additional learning,” something very much in line with previous findings concerning the program’s effectiveness.

Columnist Juan Williams, who can often be found providing the liberal perspective on the Fox News Channel, called the decision to end the program, “Obama’s outrageous sin against our kids.

Today, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee  released its new ad “Let Opportunity Scholars SOAR” in advance of tomorrow’s committee markup of H.R. 471 – the Scholarships for Opportunity and Results (SOAR) Act.  The SOAR Act reauthorizes the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program (DCOSP), which ended under pressure from national teachers unions in 2009.

For additional background information,  see Speaker Boehner’s summary of the legislation:


Video: “Shadowy” Rovian Crossroads Group Behind Nationwide Ad Attacking Unions

Cue ominous music...“They’re stealing our democracy, spending millions from secret donors to elect Republicans to do their bidding in Congress. It appears they’ve even taken secret foreign money to influence our elections.”

That’s what Obama and the Democrats said about Karl Rove and Ed Gillipsie’s “shadow GOP” group, Crossroads Grassroots Policy Strategies in attack ads last Fall.. Unfortunately,  their attacks had the unintended consequence of causing Crossroads GPS donations to skyrocket.

Now the group is launching national campaign ads against government unions.

Cue ominous music…

video via The Daily Caller

The 60 second spot is running on national cable for one week.


Union Thugs Thwart “Recall Wirch” Petition Drive

There are formal recall efforts underway on both sides in Wisconsin, eight Republicans and eight Democrats (the limit legally eligible to be recalled this year), so it’s absolutely crucial that the democratic process be allowed to take place without obstruction.

Unfortunately, Union radicals are doing their best to block peaceful democratic efforts on the Republican side.

Phil Boehmke of the American Thinker reports:

This past weekend, peaceful recall petition events came under assault from union agitators eager to flex their muscle and derail the free and democratic process.  My friend and fellow Tea Party Patriot Lori White made me aware of the union intimidation that had occurred in the Burlington and Kenosha areas and she put me in touch with Dan Hunt, the leader of the “Recall Wirch” effort.

State Senator Robert Wirch (D-Pleasant Prairie) has served public sector union interests in the 22nd district since 1997 and is currently subverting the democratic process from an undisclosed location in Illinois.

Yesterday I spoke with Dan Hunt and he confirmed the stories that have been circulating about union efforts to suppress the “Recall Wirch” petition drive.  According to Mr. Hunt, union agitators were already present at Veteran’s Terrace in Burlington more than an hour before the event.  Union members representing teachers, firefighters and teamsters had assembled and taken up strategic positions in order to achieve maximum visibility and restrict access by blocking entrances and filling available parking areas.

The highly organized union mob waved their mass produced signs and periodically deployed at entrances to create a human barrier when vehicles dared to breech their lines, quickly melting back into the crowd after convincing the vehicle’s occupants to leave.  Lacking any sense of shame and parenting skills, many of the union agitators brought their young children to help fortify their human barricades.  The well trained mercenaries were careful to avoid the sort of physical violence that once accompanied the Obamacare town hall meetings.

In an e-mail forwarded to me by Lori White, a volunteer named Gerry who was manning a drive-through event in Burlington reported that he was overwhelmed by the union mob.  Although they were generally well behaved, “the protesters sucked all the oxygen by strategically blocking our signs from the view of the passerby.  Their very real and visible presence effectively hid the fact that we were collecting recall signatures on private property.”  Gerry observed that “they were well organized and knew exactly what to do to obstruct our efforts and stay legal.”  Sadly, the drive-through site was shut down before noon due to the “unionistas.”

The Recall Wirch leader Dan Hunt will be on Fox News on Cavuto at 3pm.

Recall Wirch Facebook page,  here.

Cross-posted at The Left-Wing Institute For Civil Discourse.

NPR Ousts The Other Schiller!

The Daily Caller is reporting that Vivian Schiller, the President and CEO of National Public Broadcasting has announced her resignation today in the wake of the O’Keefe undercover sting  which caught (former) NPR Vice President Ron Schiller (no relation) calling the tea party ‘racist’ and bragging that the organization could survive without government funds.

A brief post at NPR makes the announcement with audio:

NPR’s David Folkenflik talks with Renee Montagne about the latest developments, saying CEO Vivian Schiller was ousted in the wake of the controversy over News Analyst Juan Williams’ firing last year and gaffes by an NPR fundraiser that came to light Tuesday in a secret video.

See The Caller for the statement from NPR Chairman Dave Edwards.

James O’Keefe had hinted in an interview with Hugh Hewitt, that there was more footage coming that would implicate Vivian Schiller.

Via The Moderate Voice, MSNBC’s must read First Read wonders where this is taking us:

*** Is this where we’re headed in journalism? Conservative filmmaker/provocateur James O’Keefe has collected another liberal scalp: NPR. “The latest round of conservative attacks on public broadcasting got fresh ammunition with the release of a hidden-camera video of an NPR executive calling the tea party racist and saying the network would be better off without federal money anyway,” the AP writes. “The video was posted Tuesday by James O’Keefe, the same activist whose undercover videos have targeted other groups opposed by conservatives, like the community organizing group ACORN and Planned Parenthood.” Of course, this comes just days after a liberal Web site embarrassed Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) by impersonating David Koch. Are these kinds of ideological stings where we’re now headed in journalism? It’s worth considering that they’re more about feeding raw meat to the base — and confirming stereotypes — than they are uncovering any GREATER truth, no?

To answer the question – Yes, in the case of the Koch prank – Scott Walker turned out to be the same guy in private as he was in public, and of course, the left-wing theories  of close collusion between the Koch brothers and Walker was blown to smithereens as it was obvious Walker didn’t even know what Koch sounded like, and spent twenty minutes telling him what he was doing – (not the other way around). No greater truth was uncovered there. It was merely a “gotcha!” prank by a repellent left-wing hack meant to embarrass Walker. That was nothing more than red meat for the base – boob-bait for the bubbas.

As far as the NPR and Planned Parenthood stings are concerned, um, NO, the videos proved that NPR and Planned Parenthood are hopelessly biased and corrupt, and not deserving of public funding. That’s the greater truth that has been exposed as far as the taxpayers are concerned.

It’s not too difficult to make that distinction, now, is it?


Is this where we’re headed in journalism? Really? If more journalists actually did their jobs, and aggressively pursued the scandalous stories that are out there, James O’Keefe and his small cabal wouldn’t have to take on all the corruption and fraud in government all by themselves.


Weasel Zippers:Cantor: Yes, We’re Still Going to Defund NPR…


Video: James O’Keefe “Punks” NPR