"Will the Democrats take this as a chance to go on offense? Will national Democrats take a lesson from Wisconsin Democrats?" —Rachel Maddow.
Outstanding coverage of the FAA shutdown and union rights, plus a look back at Reagan’s firing of air traffic controllers.
They are free to cast votes to signal their support/opposition, but those votes will not count, and will not be recorded.
--Republican Sen. Scott Fitzgerald, explaining how the Democratic Senators’ votes will no longer count because they’re in contempt after going to Illinois to prevent quorum.
Must read & must watch. Update: A better-quality version of the video can be found here.
Meanwhile, a fire still rages in the heartland.
You just have to watch this video of a farmer named Tony Schultz in Wisconsin talking to the crowd about what is happening at his local schools and to his own community because of the governor’s tax-cuts-for-corporations, budget-cuts-for-the-people budget:
This video of farmer Tony Schultz speaking captures the feel of the rally today better than anything I’ve yet seen. (But be careful with your volume. The screams and cheers will bust your eardrums!)
I found it at this Daily Kos diary, Wisconsin farmer on fire! Awesome video, by strobusguy, who writes,
In thirty minutes, 18 State Senators undid fifty years of civil rights in Wisconsin. Their disrespect for the people of Wisconsin and their rights is an outrage that will never be forgotten. Tonight, 18 Senate Republicans conspired to take government away from the people. Tomorrow we will join the people of Wisconsin in taking back their government.
--Statement just released from Democratic Senator Mark Miller
Update from Wisco
The Madison Fire Department has issued a statement saying the whole welding-of-the-windows thing isn’t true.
In other news, Senator Scott Fitzgerald (of the Family Fitzgerald) made a motion to cut off the copy privileges of the Democratic Senators’ staffers. Yes, you read that correctly; he wants to deactivate the codes staffers use for the copy machines, (so… they’ll have to scan stuff more often?). That’ll show ‘em, Scotty!