Wisconsin Senate Democrats found in contempt, ordered taken into custody

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    Mar 03, 2011 8:06 PM GMT
    Written by The Associated Press
    http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/article/20110303/GPG0101/110303075/Wisconsin-Senate-Democrats-found-contempt-ordered-arrested

    MADISON — The Wisconsin Senate has passed a resolution calling for police to take 14 Democrats into custody for contempt after they fled to Illinois to avoid voting on a union rights bill.

    The vote taken Thursday comes two weeks after the Democrats left, effectively delaying the vote on Gov. Scott Walker's proposal taking away most collective bargaining rights from public workers.

    Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald says the action is legally different from an arrest, but "definitely a shift from asking them politely."

    The resolution says the absent Democrats are determined to be guilty of contempt and disorderly content. It gives the sergeant at arms the authority to take any and all steps, with or without force and assistance from police, to bring the senators back.

    Democratic senators said they have no plans to return for a session day on Thursday.

    Sen. Chris Larson of Milwaukee says the 14 AWOL senators remain unified in their plans to stay away until Walker is willing to compromise.

    Walker and Republican legislative leaders have repeatedly said they are unwilling to compromise on the bill, even though unions say they are willing to accept the part forcing them to pay more for benefits. That amounts to an 8 percent pay cut for the average worker.

    The bill has passed the Assembly but is stalled in the Senate because of the Democrats’ absence.
  • rnch

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    Mar 03, 2011 8:08 PM GMT
    not exactly a law or a court order, is it?

    not legally binding??

    the gop/tea baggers/facists in the WI legislature are getting desperate.
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    Mar 03, 2011 8:09 PM GMT
    socalfitness saidWritten by The Associated Press
    http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/article/20110303/GPG0101/110303075/Wisconsin-Senate-Democrats-found-contempt-ordered-arrested

    MADISON — The Wisconsin Senate has passed a resolution calling for police to take 14 Democrats into custody for contempt after they fled to Illinois to avoid voting on a union rights bill.

    The vote taken Thursday comes two weeks after the Democrats left, effectively delaying the vote on Gov. Scott Walker's proposal taking away most collective bargaining rights from public workers.

    Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald says the action is legally different from an arrest, but "definitely a shift from asking them politely."

    The resolution says the absent Democrats are determined to be guilty of contempt and disorderly content. It gives the sergeant at arms the authority to take any and all steps, with or without force and assistance from police, to bring the senators back.

    Democratic senators said they have no plans to return for a session day on Thursday.

    Sen. Chris Larson of Milwaukee says the 14 AWOL senators remain unified in their plans to stay away until Walker is willing to compromise.

    Walker and Republican legislative leaders have repeatedly said they are unwilling to compromise on the bill, even though unions say they are willing to accept the part forcing them to pay more for benefits. That amounts to an 8 percent pay cut for the average worker.

    The bill has passed the Assembly but is stalled in the Senate because of the Democrats’ absence.



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  • rnch

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    Mar 03, 2011 8:21 PM GMT
    quoting the irrmortal bard, William Shakespeare: "much ado about nothing".
  • GQjock

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    Mar 03, 2011 11:57 PM GMT
    WTF dude ..... You need to read what you post

    The state constitution doesn't allow for senators to be arrested simply for not showing up. Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said the resolution passed Thursday morning allows police to take the Democrats into custody under Senate rules, not criminal or civil law, and only if they are in Wisconsin.


    What next? A republican resolution that they have cooties?
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    Mar 04, 2011 12:35 AM GMT
    GQjock saidWTF dude ..... You need to read what you post

    The state constitution doesn't allow for senators to be arrested simply for not showing up. Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said the resolution passed Thursday morning allows police to take the Democrats into custody under Senate rules, not criminal or civil law, and only if they are in Wisconsin.


    What next? A republican resolution that they have cooties?

    WTF Dude ..... I read it. It was a bona fide story from Associated Press. Not good enough to be posted on RJ? Don't like it?

    Article did state it wasn't a legal arrest. May be only symbolic, but much is about posturing.

    The paragraph you posted - Is that your own or is it pulled from somewhere? If so, why didn't you attribute it?
  • mke_bt

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    Mar 04, 2011 12:39 AM GMT
    GQjock saidWTF dude ..... You need to read what you post

    The state constitution doesn't allow for senators to be arrested simply for not showing up. Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said the resolution passed Thursday morning allows police to take the Democrats into custody under Senate rules, not criminal or civil law, and only if they are in Wisconsin.


    What next? A republican resolution that they have cooties?


    I know you're kidding but you're not too far off. They're trying to pass a resolution outlawing prank phone calls. Seriously.
  • GQjock

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    Mar 04, 2011 12:42 AM GMT
    The state constitution doesn't allow for senators to be arrested simply for not showing up. Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said the resolution passed Thursday morning allows police to take the Democrats into custody under Senate rules, not criminal or civil law, and only if they are in Wisconsin.
    http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/article/20110303/GPG0101/110303075/Wisconsin-Senate-Democrats-found-contempt-ordered-arrested

    Errr .... it was from the article You Posted ? icon_rolleyes.gif

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    Mar 04, 2011 12:43 AM GMT
    Gonna cue up the DVR to see if "Dog the Bounty Hunter" and his crew startstalking these rogue state senators icon_razz.gif
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    Mar 04, 2011 1:06 AM GMT
    "a resolution that they have cooties."

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    Mar 04, 2011 1:10 AM GMT
    GQjock saidThe state constitution doesn't allow for senators to be arrested simply for not showing up. Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said the resolution passed Thursday morning allows police to take the Democrats into custody under Senate rules, not criminal or civil law, and only if they are in Wisconsin.
    http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/article/20110303/GPG0101/110303075/Wisconsin-Senate-Democrats-found-contempt-ordered-arrested

    Errr .... it was from the article You Posted ? icon_rolleyes.gif


    oops . looked back at a link with abbreviated version
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    Mar 04, 2011 2:21 AM GMT
    socalfitness said
    GQjock saidThe state constitution doesn't allow for senators to be arrested simply for not showing up. Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said the resolution passed Thursday morning allows police to take the Democrats into custody under Senate rules, not criminal or civil law, and only if they are in Wisconsin.
    http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/article/20110303/GPG0101/110303075/Wisconsin-Senate-Democrats-found-contempt-ordered-arrested

    Errr .... it was from the article You Posted ? icon_rolleyes.gif


    oops . looked back at a link with abbreviated version



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