Governor Scott Walker made a quick, quiet stop in Eau Claire Monday, to make the case for passage of his budget repair bill. Only media were allowed inside the hangar at Heartland Aviation at the Chippewa Valley Regional Airport where the Governor took a few questions. The trip was not much publicized, though about 30 protesters did get the word in time to gather outside. Walker repeated his call for 14 missing democratic senators to return. “Many of those 14 state senators said their bottom line concern was that somehow the legislation was being rushed through, that the public didn’t have enough time to look at it,” said Walker. “Two and a-half weeks have gone by, and I think by any measure, people will tell you, whether they agree or disagree with the bill, that there’s been no doubt the public has had enough time to know what’s inside it.” Walker said local governments and school boards will need the tools the bill provides, to deal with a billion dollars in cuts in the next two-year budget. [Read more…]
Archives for February 2011
Dozens of protesters remained in the Capitol Monday morning, keeping the building closed to the rest of the public until they clear out.
Those still in the building were among the several hundred demonstrators that filled the building Sunday night in protest. Through the night, many left as it became clear police would not be forcing anyone to leave. By noon today, only about three dozen remained in the building. [Read more…]
The Associated Press Top 25 Poll is out now. Wisconsin also jumped two spots from 12th to 10th, just like they did in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll.
Wins over Michigan and Northwestern moved the Wisconsin Badgers back to #10 in the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll today.
The Badgers (22-6, 12-4 Big Ten Conference) were 12th in both Top 25 polls last week. The new A.P. Top 25 poll comes out later.
The Badgers close out the Big Ten season with a pair of road games, at Indiana on Thursday and at Ohio State on Sunday.
The Milwaukee Brewers have been working in spring training for the past week and a half. Today, they’ll face opposition for the first time this spring. The Brewers open their Cactus League season with split squad games against the San Francisco Giants and the Chicago Cubs.
Shaun Marcum and Tim Dillard get the starts for the Brewers today.
Milwaukee’s Mark Rogers signed over the weekend for 2011. That means only Casey McGehee remains unsigned, of the 40 players on the current roster.
The 12th ranked Wisconsin Badgers held off the pesky Northwestern Wildcats 78-63 at the Kohl Center in Madison.
Wisconsin jumped out early, shooting 65% from the Field in the first half. The Badgers finished around 57% for the game, but had to fend off a second half Wildcat rally. Northwestern got hot from three point range (11 of 21 / 52.4%), but the Badgers held off the rally.
Wisconsin (22-6, 12-4 Big Ten) remained two games behind first-place Ohio State with two games left to play. The Badgers are also just 1-game behind second place Purdue. Both Ohio State and Purdue won their games on Sunday.
The Badgers finished 16-0 at home for just the third time in 80 years. Senior Jon Leuer, playing his final home game, led the way with 26 points.
The Badgers close out Big Ten play with two road games this week. They’re at Indiana on Thursday and at Ohio State next Sunday.
The Marquette Golden Eagles ran their Big East win streak to 3-straight games after blowing out Providence 86-62 on Sunday at the Bradley Center.
Darius Johnson-Odom scored 17 points and Chris Otule added a career high 16 points in the win. Jimmy Butler had 15 points and held the Friars Marshon Brooks to 17 points. Brooks scored a Big East record 52 points in a 94-93 overtime loss to Notre Dame the last time out.
Marquette had a 40-27 halftime lead, then broke it open by hitting 10 of 13 shots to start the second half.
The Golden Eagles host Cincinnati on Senior Night at the Bradley Center on Wednesday.
One errant senator says sending out the troops is ridiculous and it just creates fear.
Many newspaper editorials are calling for the return of 14 Wisconsin senators who fled the state to boycott a vote, saying the “game is over;” “they made their point;” “it’s time to do their jobs.”
State Senator Fred Risser (D-Madison), one of the 14 wayward Democrats, says the senators are playing it by ear. “Something new happens every day. The way things are happening it’s hard to say just exactly when we will be returning. We’re not going to be staying out indefinitely, but the appropriate time has not yet arrived.” [Read more…]
State Capitol Police announced Sunday night protestors would be allowed to stay in the building overnight. Sunday was to be the day protestors were going to be cleared out. Officials earlier in the week had announced at 4 p.m. the building would resume normal business hours meaning those inside could be ejected.
With the deadline approaching, people at 3 p.m rallied around entrances as police were allowing access “one in, one out.” Chants of, “whose house, our house,” could be heard, along with, “Let us in, let us in!”
Inside the capitol at 3:50, a protestor over a bullhorn announced those wishing to remain in the building should go up to the first floor, while the [Read more…]
Saturday saw another huge prolabor rally at the Wisconsin state Capitol in Madison, and some speakers directed sharp comments at Governor Scott Walker. “I want to tell you, you’ve ruined our Super Bowl celebration,” said Madison nurse Angela Aldous. “But thankfully some Packers like Charles Woodson and others have taken a stand with us cheeseheads. They have blown their whistle, and called this bill what it really is: unnecessary roughness.”
Miracle on the Hudson copilot Jeff Skiles told the huge crowd there were many heroes on the day he and pilot Sully Sullenberger ditched their passenger jet. “Those trained professionals put aside the fear for their own personal safety to get the job done,” said Skiles, who lives in the Dane County community of Oregon. “And every one of them was a union member.” And Skiles told the crowd that his youngest son, still only an eighth grader in the Oregon public schools, had just gotten a 26 on the ACT test. “What do you suppose Scott Walker got?”
Wisconsin AFL-CIO President Phil Neuenfeldt told the crowd that “the right to have a collective voice in the workplace must be respected.” Neuenfeldt said Saturday’s rally, which coincided with rallies in other Wisconsin cities and other state capitols, was the biggest yet. And Nuenfeldt said workers are tired of being blamed for the nation’s economic downturn. “I don’t know any union members or workers who caused the meltdown on Wall Street, do you?”
Saturday’s rally marked a 12th straight day of protests against Walker’s controversial budget repair bill. Provisions which would radically alter the ability of most public employee unions to collectively bargain have received the most attention, and have been the focus of the rallies.