Monday, March 7, 2011

Wisconsin update: War of words, more protests

The US media has pretty much moved on from the Middle East and Madison so that they can dedicate more ink and air time to Charlie Sheen. But things are still at an impasse in Madison as the governor, Scott Walker, refuses to compromise on his stance to eliminate collective bargaining rights for most state workers, and the 14 Democrats who fled to Illinois to avoid giving Walker his bill remain south of the border.

WisPolitics.com reports this afternoon on the reaction of some of the Democrats to stories, promoted by both the NYT and WSJ, that the Democrats are ready to return with their tails between their legs, ready to give Gov. Walker his victory. According to the governor, some of the Democrats would like to return but are being held up by bad ol' Minority Leader Mark Miller.

Sen. Bob Jauch (D-Poplar) is having none of it: "Never, never has there been a suggestion that Tim Cullen and I would somehow abandon the other 12 for the sake of cutting a deal," WisPolitics.com reports Jauch as saying. "That's just an outrageous lie."

WisPolitics.com, recently bought by The Capital Times Co., continues to do a fine job on the story in its backyard, as is Talking Points Memo.

In the meantime, I have been up to Madison twice since the protests began, and despite less press coverage, the protests most definitely continue.

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