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Wisconsin's Senate Republicans voted Thursday to find their AWOL Democratic colleagues guilty of contempt and disorderly conduct, and order police to bring them back to work by force, if the missing senators did not return by late afternoon.
A pair of political action committees organized by GOP strategist Karl Rove and strongly attacked by Democrats in last year's midterm campaign said Tuesday they plan to raise $120 million ahead of the 2012 elections to help make President Obama a one-term leader and elect more Republicans to office.
After focusing for weeks on his proposal to strip public employees of most collective-bargaining rights, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on Tuesday presented his full budget - a plan that cuts $1.5 billion in aid to public schools, local government and Medicaid, but avoids any tax or fee increases, furloughs or widespread layoffs.
After focusing for weeks on his proposal to strip public employees of collective bargaining rights, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker prepared Tuesday to unveil full details of his two-year budget plan, which is expected to contain painful cuts in education, Medicaid and aid for local governments.
Wading back into the battle between Republican governors and public employee unions, President Obama on Monday told governors gathered at the White House that balancing state budgets will require shared sacrifice and that it doesn't do "any good when public employees are denigrated or vilified."
Armstrong Williams attempts to lay out the gross imbalances in state finances resulting from public-sector unions, but he falls into the same old accounting trap when trying to explain the situation ("Principle over political expediency," Page 2, Monday).
There is much more at stake in the showdown between Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and the public-employee unions than negotiations over pay scales or even the extravagant pension costs that threaten to drive the state into insolvency. The sleeper issue, the one that could have the biggest impact over the long run, is the move to curtail public employees' collective-bargaining rights. Why? Because that could overturn the ossified practice of rewarding schoolteachers on the basis of seniority and credentials rather than performance.
Protesters who spent the night in Wisconsin's Capitol vowed Monday to remain as long as necessary to speak out against Gov. Scott Walker's plan to end most collective bargaining rights and demonstrate against his budget.