MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Thousands of protesters pushed past security, climbed through windows and flooded the Wisconsin Capitol on Wednesday night after Senate Republicans pushed through a plan to strip most public workers of their collective bargaining rights.

Within an hour and a half of the vote, the protesters had seized the building’s lower floors, creating an ear-splitting free-for-all of pounding drums, screaming chants, horns and whistles. Police gave up guarding the building entrances and retreated to the third floor.

The state Department of Administration, which operates the building, estimated the crowd at about 7,000 people. There were no reports of violence as of late Wednesday evening. DOA spokesman Tim Donovan said no one had been arrested as of late Wednesday evening. By midnight dozens of protesters had bedded down in the building’s corridors and alcoves. Some slept in front of the office of Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald, R-Horicon.

Donovan said officials decided not to try to clear the building because they want to avoid confrontation.

“The more talking we can do, the less this devolves into something unpleasant,” he said.

The bill would require public sector workers to contribute more to their pensions and health care, in what would amount to an 8 percent pay cut for the workers, on average. It also would prohibit most of them from collectively bargaining for their working conditions.

Republican Gov. Scott Walker, the plan’s chief author, says the bill will help fill the state’s current $137 million shortfall and a $3.6 billion hole in the state’s upcoming two-year budget. He said limiting collective bargaining rights for public workers will give local governments more flexibility to handle deep cuts in state aid.

Democrats and unions say the attack on collective bargaining is purely political, and that Republicans are simply trying to financially cripple the labor movement, a pillar of Democratic Party strength.

The Capitol has been a flashpoint for demonstrations since the bill was introduced about three weeks ago. Republican Gov. Scott Walker, the plan’s chief author, has said the bill is needed to help fill the state’s $137 million Senate Democrats were so outraged at the proposal they fled the state to block a vote in that chamber. They haven’t been seen in Madison for weeks.

Tens of thousands of people spent days jamming the area around the building, setting up a makeshift village inside complete with a day care center and signs plastered on the walls. Hundreds slept overnight on the floor for about two weeks.

Police imposed tighter access restrictions last week, closing down entrances. They persuaded the last overnighters to leave on the evening of March 3. The protests had been confined to the ground floor and the lawns until Wednesday evening, when frustrated Senate Republicans used a procedural maneuver to pass the bill without the minority Democrats.

As word spread that the vote was coming, hundreds of protesters moved into the building before its official 6 p.m. closing time and jammed the corridors in front of the Senate chamber, chanting “shame.”

Protester Damon Terrell, 19, called Senate vote a “despicable travesty.”

“They know what they’re doing is wrong,” he said. “Which child hides what they were doing: the one doing their homework or the one that was messing around?”

Police held their positions at the Capitol for a time after the vote, but more and more protesters found a way in. Police believe some climbed through windows, Donovan said. He initially said protesters broke windows and door handles, but later backed off that statement, saying he wasn’t sure that was true.

Finally police commanders decided to pull officers off guard duty at all the ground floor entrances, he said.

“The efforts to secure them weren’t working,” Donovan said. “It would be safer for everybody (if officers withdrew).”

Police addressed protesters repeatedly over the building’s public address system, warning them the building had been closed for hours and they had no right to remain inside. No one could hear the warnings over the din as protesters banged buckets, blew whistles and shouted “This is what democracy looks like!” and “Who’s house? Our house!”

The state Assembly was scheduled to vote on the bill Thursday morning, the last step before it would go to Walker for his signature.

A group of about 150 protesters jammed the Assembly foyer on Wednesday evening, debating whether they should occupy the space indefinitely. They had written the phone number for the American Civil Liberties Union’s local chapter on their arms, ensuring they could call a lawyer if they were arrested.

Later in the evening police again came over the building’s loudspeakers, this time warning people to get off the second-floor skywalks that link the building’s wings because they could collapse. No one listened.

Donovan said police had about an hour’s notice that the Senate was preparing to vote. Commanders tried to put together a reaction plan, but “it turned out to be not enough,” Donovan said.

Asked about the police’s plan, Donovan said officers just hoped to make sure no one got hurt. He didn’t know how many police were still on the scene late Wednesday but said more were on their way.

“The priority is to keep everybody safe,” Donovan said. “We’ll figure out what went wrong another day.”

Comments (121)
  1. jonolan says:

    Situations like this are one of the reasons each Governor has a National Guard force. If the rebels won’t leave peaceful, send in the Guard and remove the rebels by force – in body bags if necessary or convenient.

    1. Joe Hill says:

      Thank you for the advice, Mr. Gaddafi.

      1. Steve says:

        Should he just sit idly by while the lazy gov’t workers in Wisconsin attempt to overthrow their government? This is why we have elections. Funny how these bums just ignore the rule of law now that they’re not getting their way.

      2. UAW Millwrightfor31years says:

        My Local president tried to make the same analogy- WI and Libya- and you are just either as dishonest or as stupid as he is. That comparison is only slightly more insane than a comparison of any private union employee to a public union employee- because they/we are completely opposite. I was actually asked to support, even join this stupid “protest” in WI. No f-ing way.
        While my union “bargains” for a sharing of profits with the company we work for, the public union at issue in WI inversely wants to “bargain” for MY WAGES. My wages pay the taxes that pay their salaries. Those aren’t profits derived form consumer choice, they are forcibly taken under the threat of incarceration.
        Why the hell would I support someone at the other side of that table, trying to squeeze me me for every dollar they can take out of my family’s coffers? Arrest everyone still in the building. They aren’t even Democrats- lest they would actually respect the process and results of a majority vote.

      3. Mitch says:

        You are an immature moron.

    2. Jeff V says:

      Amen to that. The Public leeches, I mean union employees, don’t understand that the private sector pays their salaries, benefits, pension, etc. And, we are fed up with providing Cadillac benefits when we have to settle with much less.Wake up Dems, you are in the minority, that is why these changes are being made. If you don’t want to take part in a Democracy, go back to the Soviet Union where you came from.

      1. N. Baum says:

        I agree completely. The unions are trying to overtake our country like Greece, Italy, etc. have shown. Of course we have our president helping them Wake up America and try reading Fox news.

      2. alio says:

        Thank you for hitting the nail on the head. Their actions for the last 3 weeks show what kind of people they really-really are. They want us to pay all the goodies, while we pay our own. To hell that they pay state taxes, we also pay state and federal taxes, If they’d only listen to their arguments, they see how belittling and unfair their actions are. They are just the greedy among us.

      3. Nick099 says:

        I agree Jeff. I was a member of a public union for 17 years in Connecticut. Our dues were deducted out of our pay every week and that money went to the AFSME national, which supported the most left-wing policies that myself and many of my co-workers were against, yet there was nothing we could do about it. In our local, when the City was hurting for cash, our union gave up raises and benefits to close the gap. But corruption leaks in whenever politicians and Unions get too cozy. The City offered special “retirement buyouts” negotiated with the Union claiming it would save money for the Taxpayer. It didn’t. It gave bosses at the top and their lacky’s retirement at age 45 and $90k a year pension with medical… for life. Meanwhile those at the bottom got the usual deals and all of the Public rage. Now the pension fund, which was fully funded, is in the red. So folks, the bottom line: COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AMONG PUBLIC UNIONS HAS TO BE CURTAILED! GOV. WALKER IS RIGHT IN WHAT HE IS DOING. Thank GOD someone has the courage to stand up for what is right.

    3. Noah Vaile says:

      You are correct. This kind of despicable behavior needs to be nipped in the bud (which it has not been) or it will continue to escalate.
      The unions and progressives/liberals in general have no respect for the law, or the laws they disagree with. Here is just another example of what everyone is faced with.

    4. DigitalBob says:

      Democrats are the party of thuggary and mob rule.

    5. TJRedneck says:

      I hate to say it but it may actually come down to that, and these union thugs are asking for it! It’s these people that are the ones threatening democracy. They were the ones that lost, yet they are the ones making the death threats, trashing the capitol, screaming, acting like the pinko commies that they are.

  2. Philip says:

    Ever heard of Kent State?

    I’m guessing… no.

    1. Red Ruffansore says:

      Yes and if you are told to disperse at the point of an M-16 and are too stupid to do so, they should remove you by whatever means is available. It’s time the low rent knuckle dragging union thugs lived in the real world. A public union is a monopoly and even your dear sainted Franklin Delano Roosevelt said there should be no such thing as a public union.

      Try to remember, we won, you lost. Get to the back of the bus. God but it’s fun to quote Obama. Hope-n-Change, is this what you thought it would be?

      1. MF says:

        Red, You are right on with your comment.

    2. b says:

      yes i have i often wonder why more ammo wasnt issued.

    3. sevanclaig says:

      “Ever heard of Kent state”?
      You guess wrong. Further, I actually understand what happened as well(versus I will guess is your theory, obviously learned from a public school socialist indoctrination). The Kent State “protest”got out of hand specifically- and exclusively- because of the SDS and the other guerrila-leftist groups that instigated the whole thing from the start.

    4. Chris says:


      In summary – yes, a lot of people have heard of Kent State. Just more proof that you’re not as special as you think you are.

    5. jonolan says:

      I sure have, Philip. What’s your point if any?

  3. MARK from says:

    Mace them all

    1. fitswell says:

      someone should mace you dumbo

      1. sevanclaig says:

        “… to avoid an unpleasant confrontation”?
        They should’ve been maced, clubbed, thumped and arrested.
        Citizens have a right to PEACEFUL PROTEST in this country- even to be ignorant, disingenuous idiots- but NOT to promote or commit anarchy.

      2. Steve says:

        OMG I DIDN’T GET MY WAY SO I’M GOING TO THROW A HISSY FIT UNTIL I GET MY WAY. Grow up, union workers. You’re a disgrace to this nation.

      3. Walker is Right!!! says:

        Its ok fisting, go get a hug from another crying DemoRAT

    2. Sara says:

      Mark, you are a comment section troll. Go do something productive. Or at least have something new to say or an intelligent argument of some kind. Since when is having a “good” job a crime in this country? Isn’t that the American dream? How miserable we must be, to all of sudden make “monsters” out of firefighters, pipefitters, and teachers. These are normal jobs that are part of our normal society. Not everyone has to work at Walmart or the local gas station. This is about choices, we all have the ability to make them. So own your choices rather than hating others for making better ones than yourselves. This “win” in Wisconsin is going to negatively effect everyone on this comment section. If you think any company is going to offer benefits when they don’t have any standards to live by then your crazy. This is not about balancing a budget, if it was then 160,000,000 dollars would not be given in tax breaks in the next session to companies who will screw their workers. This is a great time for big business in the United States, no one else will benefit from this. I do not understand for the life of me how all of us normal everyday people cannot see that!! It’s embarrassing that we are cheering for something that is against our own special interest. What the hell people, I guarantee that we are all average joe’s here. The actions of these senator’s is not going unnoticed, career’s are going to be ended including Walker’s. They are forgetting that not only union members see what is going, but everyone else that has half an intelligence. The sad thing is that they had a really great opportunity to get into office and prove that the Republican party is not all paid corporate puppets. Well here is our proof, what more do we need.

    3. Nick099 says:

      You have a point. Police have available portable pepper spray cans that can disperse crowds of three hundred at a time. It is a one pound bottle. A few of those should be all it takes. The problem is that makes good headlines for the Lefty Marxists. Right now,a bunch of rude hairballs running around with Maoist-like posters screaming and yelling like the imbeciles they are helps Scott Walker and all conservatives in general. The gilding is off the lilly so to speak and there they are in all their unvarnished moronic glory. It is the best demonstration to America of how far these whackos are out of the mainstream.

  4. justice fleeting says:

    Legislative creative in action. Love it! Go home now public union members and be happy you have a job, and a damn good one at that.

    1. Steve says:

      See how these loser union folks act? This is why they try to take your 2nd amendment rights away (you know the right we ACTUALLY have, not some fictitious “right” their union boss made up). They want you to be helpless and defenseless so that they can do to you what they want. Sorry, pal. These folks need to disperse, go home (get ready for the next election), or get ready for the consequences.

  5. heather says:

    Some people don’t know how good they have it! These protesters need to be happy they have jobs! So get back to work!

    1. alio says:

      You got it Heather, Steve & justice fleeting. They just don’t know how good they have it, even with collective bargaining removed. Maybe start firing the really bad union workers for all their ineptness and replace them with someone happy to be working for a living. These people are a disgrace to America and would probably not have a legitimate job if it weren’t for the union backing the likes of them. The bad teachers are ruining our kid’s chance to learn properly so they can pass tests.
      Our wonderful Nation is behind in child learning compared to many other nations.

  6. Should be..... says:

    I wonder how many college age kids are protesting who should be in class and union workers that should be working (including teachers)!!

    1. Chris says:

      Yes, we wonder how many are actually part of this as union members, etc…
      I bet a lot are college kids looking for something “fun” to participate in!

      1. jt says:

        Yup. And I feel sorry for every person they talk to who has to hear “I was there, man!…I started the protesting, man” over and over again.

  7. Jake says:

    I had no idea the sense of entitlement had grown this horribly out of control. Is this the new standard? Anytime any group is dissatisfied with a vote by the majority of elected officials it must be illegal and the group has the right to foment anarchy?

    For the vast majority of people who simply go about their lives, this is a pretty shocking example of what the vested partisans have been doing and expecting from government for what is now decades. Certain people who have relied on government control to provide ever expanding resources to themselves and their allies are willing to destroy the process the rest of us believe in the very minute that control has been given to someone who does not support their views.

    If anything, this shows how the changes made by the Governor and Legislature is likely justified and probably long overdue.

    1. Slappy says:

      Jake, you are brilliant. Well written and logical.

      We need to keep the argument on this level. Once the leftists twist it to look like we are anti-teacher, or anti-firefighter, we lose.

      It’s about principle and level-headed logic, not feelings.

  8. kjc says:

    Doesn’t anyone have to work like the rest of us NON-UNION, tax-paying people that never get a dang thing for free?!?! MOST of us work our butts off trying to make a better life….they can join the rest of us!!! Getting REALLY sick of these WHINEY BABIES!

  9. dennis says:

    you people are idiots, let the law makers take cuts and pay more for their benifits they make way to much now, and to everyone that is against people standing up for their rights i hope that this happens to you and your families

    1. kjc says:

      Health Insurance and Pensions ARE NOT RIGHTS….and anyone thinking they are is an idiot…..But I do agree that Law Makers can cut themselves as well.

      1. Joshua Frederick says:

        Yeah right. I would love to even see that idea even proposed. lifetime pensions for one term in congress. im not sure what the pay is for state legislatures but the country’s legislatures pay and benefits are outrageous. it should be viewed as a privilege and an honor to serve your country and any pay or benefits should be to perhaps cover the costs of service and maybe a little extra but what they have now is crazy. Cuts to congress and term limits! whoever runs on that has my vote! i wouldn’t be mad if they were cutting their own pay as well as a show of good faith but they are in it for their own gain as per usual. fat cat lawmakers thinking they are better than the rest of us working folks.

      2. Lower Middle Class man says:


        You forget Union Workers believe ANYTHING they Want is a RIGHT!!!!

    2. native says:

      if you really see this as a terrible injustice why would you wish it on other families?

      how petty and mean-spirited. tsk tsk.

  10. jay says:

    From the article:
    “They know what they’re doing is wrong,” he said. “Which child hides what they were doing: the one doing their homework or the one that was messing around?”

    Hiding. Funny choice of words. Time will tell if this whole thing is a good decision, but for now I think the Democrats hiding is the most shameful thing.

  11. no union says:

    Alot of these protesters are not union just dum college kids that have been brainwashed!

    1. Lori says:

      Dum? Who taught you to spell?
      College Kids are not Dumb. They are the ones that will be left to clean up this horrible mess in Wisc. Like Wisc falls, so will the rest of the Nation.
      How Wickedly Horrible people have become.
      Repulicans want to divide and make the rich richer.

      1. Bob says:


        It is fools like you who demonstrate complete lack of understanding and knowledge as to what is happening and why it is required. Since when do public servants who can not be fired, get to stay on paid leave when they should be fired and get a retirement package most folks who are paying their salary will never see.

      2. Happy says:

        The nation will be better off! So stop crying. The Dems had a chance and blew it!

      3. Steve says:

        WRONG! I see a bunch of dumb college kids everywhere. Just because you have a degree doesn’t make you smart. Just look at teachers. They have degrees and they’re idiots. Typical liberal elitist mentality. The only thing teachers today are capable of teaching children is how to stick out their hand so that the government will provide their every need. Sad.

      4. 60's gen says:

        Time to break out the fire hoses. Also, while they’re in use, they can be used to clean up the mess the liberal vermin did to the building.
        Looks like a bunch of spoiled brats who used to her good ‘ol mom and dad recount their younger days in the 60’s protesting what they didn’t understand, but were there ‘just because that’s what good anarchists do’. Now their rotten offspring will try to recapture those moments for themselves in recent days.

      5. patty says:

        Lori what world do you live in? Most people who are rich have earned it by working, smart investing, starting businesses (that try to survive in this tax burdened country) and saving. Why don’t you and these union thugs try doing the same. Get off my back and out of my wallet. I notice none of these “brave” protesters had the courage to sign the death threats they made to the Republican lawmakers. I also noticed the people they have joined themselves with to protest: the socialist and communist parties.

      6. UAW Millwrightfor31years says:

        I’m not even going to point out the redundancy of your argument while submitting your own misspellings. Instead, I will ask if you could explain specifically how restricting entitlements to a public union teacher makes the “rich richer”, but not the collective taxpaying public? When you are done, see if you can explain “divide” and how that relates to Republicans and not Democrats who specifically and consistently divide people by race, beliefs, and economics- if fact, explain how that is not the Democrat’s entire shell game. Please do be genuine in your argument, if it is in you.

      7. Loriswrong says:

        Lori, You are an idiot. Ever ownder why when the Republicans oppose (which by the way is the whole point of the two ideologies) something the Dems want it’s “division” and “obstgrcution” but when the Dems do the exact same thing it’s not? You are brainwashed – you can’t even look at the playing field objectively. Unitl you can process things rationally you shoudl hold off being a critic of someone elses intelligence. For every Rich Republican there is at least one Rich Democrat – for every Republican being backed by big oil, big pharma whatever there is a Democrfat gettign the same thing – but see you are blindly partisan and can’t see the actual behavior that you profess offense for on both sides – only where you want to. It’s sad and disgusting.

      8. david says:

        the difference as i see it as WI has risen and hopefuly the rest of the nation rise with them…. and yes college kids are dumb.. and you are the example. If you would read history or do a little research not just listen to what your teachers say because quite a few of them are wrong … and after you get a job have a family maybe then you can get some credability to have a opinion that matters
        there was a reason that the voting age was changed in the 70’s and the drinking age has been raised its because college kids are well dumb. they tend to make decisions based on if it makes them feel good not if it will do good.By the way I learned to spell in public school who taught you to think? Your still young there is hope I notice that you have said that people will solve this problem not Gov.

    2. Brain washed says:

      High school kids too!!! Brain washed high school and college kids!! It’s too bad!

  12. Kathi Malone says:

    The American way is compromise not dictatorship.

    1. Bill says:

      Is running from the state you represent compromise? That is the worst example of how to fight for what you want. They had compromise, and the dems agreed to it once, and the others told them no, it was all opr nothing, that is why this happened. The Wisconsin congress could have done this from day one, and had many calling for it, but Walker waited three weeks before he used it after talks broke down. What would have happened if the Govenor would have given in? Every time the dems seen something they didn’t like they would just leave the stste until they got what they wanted. Now you Dems know how we feel about Obamacare being shoved down our throats when over 60% of Americans were against it!

    2. KathisCrying says:

      is compromise defined by running away to try and force the other side’s hand? By threats of violence if you don’t do what you want? Just wondering…

  13. Al says:

    Kathi – you absolutely right!!! You people who are for this bill, go down to Indiana, specificaly Richmond. Look what happened to Indiana when theirGov passed a bill like this in 03 or 05. A survey was done in Richmond which showed the average wage there was about 11.00. Now lets look at the houses there that are in shambles because the people who own them can’t afford the upkeep on them because they’re only making 10.00 or 11.00 per hour. The Wal-Mart store on the main strip is one of the highest paying jobs in that town. Your union workers are one of the most highly trained and skilled workers out there and unless you do their job, and see what’s all envolved, how can you say weather or not they earn their pay??? Most of you don’t even know everything they do….

    1. paul says:

      well more workers competing for jobs makes for lower salaries. As ex union laborer during college, can’t understand why my brothers embrace illegal aliens coming over our borders just to be exploited. Unions have been bought by the DNC and that is the problem As the DNC goes, so do the unions.

      This is the payback by the taxpayer for Obamacare (nice union sweethart deal there huh) and for the nonsense of golden pensions and skyrocketing salaries at a time when the private sector taxpayer is cutting everything and getting laid off…hey unions, we know the DNC needs more cash from the union big wigs which is why unions are demanding more money and benefits…but hey, this is america under obama

    2. Lisa says:

      I agree.
      If this Gov. is going after the ones who are taking “the goverment hand-outs” then I can’t wait until he goes after the Farmers, who get the biggest pay-off of any group. That would put some money in the Dairy State coffers. If he really wants to go after the “little people” then do it fairly.

      So Come On Walker, put a bill up against the Farmers. Go for the Gusto!!

      1. Stan says:

        @Lisa, The Farmer might be the only job that is left when the dust settles around the world. My point is the State is broke and something has to be done and there will be sacrifices, were all affected. I married into a family of Teachers, good people but for years they told me to get a REAL job that payed big money and Summers off and their proud of tenure. They have had it good for a long time and now they too can be a part of cut backs and give a little too. I monitor the education situation in Wisconsin and the “Giving Party” needs to look at why only 79% of our Seniors graduate, if wages and perks are about the students, maybe we need to focus on quality staff for the money spent.

        I Like “PREP TIME” too

    3. Steve says:

      Funny how the democrats wanted to dictate to me that I needed health insurance.

    4. Charlie says:

      Al, In case you did not notice, there have been a lot of changes since 2003-2005…
      There are a ton of folks including us that are making much less than 5 years ago… it is called a recession!
      This is a bad expample and shows how the economics of this do not click for many folks that just oversimplify it…

    5. AlisWrong says:

      AL – GFY
      Stop tryign to represent things like no one else is capable of being skilled or working hard. The majority of folks that keep this country running are non union – don;t ride their coattails, Don’t try to equate public service unions with private unions. I have been in a public service union briefly and it disgusted me, but even that aside – peacable public assembly is a Right – collective extortion is not – whihc is why they call it a right so people get all impassioned like their “rights” are being taken away – they aren’t. Unions are simply a way of a small group of people getign somethign for nothing by “representing” a larger group of people they toss crumbs to and get all stirred up. If you are union – you are being played for an idiot but you’ll nod your bobble head for platitudes. This is not an “assault on the Middle Class” nor is it a return to “slavery” – that’s irresponsible irrational hyperbole.

  14. paul says:

    Kinda of one sided reporting. The democrat cowards ran for election, didn’t like a bill, ran to another state. They should be recalled. TOUGH to quote obama—YOU LOST, to quote Harry Reid–DEAL WITH IT.

  15. Carl says:

    2 1/2 Million federal workers do NOT have collective bargining rights !
    We must impeach Obama !

  16. Chad says:

    Wisconsin Democratic staffers let the mob in and the police stood aside

  17. J.D. says:

    Simply despicable, behaving like a bunch of spoiled brats who didn’t get their way. Of course they’re simply acting in the same vein as the Democrats who fled the state, but I digress…

    If you don’t agree with the actions of your legislator, express yourself at the ballot box and vote them out. But for now, they are the rightfully elected representative and deserve to be treated with more civility than has occurred thus far.

    1. Allen says:

      Civility, J.D., these people, whomever they are, have no clue as to what civiility means. Only that they MUST get their way. It appears to be a temper tantrum to me, which has also been allowed by the government in the last 40 years. If teachers care so much about the children, they should be lobbying for corporal punishment to once again make its way back to the classrooms. If not, they should shut up and go to work.

  18. Ellen says:

    In this economy, anyone who has a job is lucky. What I can’t fathom is the fact that the protesters are ALLOWED to camp out there! Camping is illegal at rest stops and many city and county parks. And yet the police allow these people to set up cots and stay 24/7 at the capitol? Many restaurants and night clubs have limits set for the # of people allowed at one time for safety reasons. Such as fire, etc. Why not a limit set for the # of people in a public building at one time? Good grief…I couldn’t believe the crowds of people shown in the news coverage! It should have been nipped in the bud as a hazard to everyone. And those cowardly democrats running away to avoid a vote…they should be removed from office!

    1. Jeff says:

      The police belong to a “Union”

  19. Thug4Life says:

    Now don’t freak out, all of you union supporters still have every right to be a collective embarassment…. Can’t wait for the encore show!! Good times.

  20. Dienekes says:

    Obviously the saying, “One riot, one Ranger”, did not originate in…Wisconsin.

    The palace guard of Grand Fenwick would be a hell of a lot more effective than the police ‘securing’ the capitol in Madison. What an embarassment to law enforcement.

  21. Jenny Bea says:

    Gee- and these are the same people who referred to the tea partiers as the angry mob, out of control, etc.

  22. Julie says:

    Are you really surprised that the unionized police force withdrew and let the union thugs take over the lower floors of the capital building? They’ll put up a show as if they were doing their jobs, which I thought was to enforce the law and provide security for those who work in the capital building. But when it comes down to it, in a situation like this, no union members can be trusted to do their jobs if it means going against their union brothers.

  23. Rapaline says:

    “They know what they’re doing is wrong,” he said. “Which child hides what they were doing: the one doing their homework or the one that was messing around?”

    Let's turn that around. Which child is more mature, the one who tries to discuss the situation or the one who takes their toys and goes home?

  24. cebva says:

    Bolsheviks all of them.

  25. Dan says:

    The protestors are NOT engaged in democracy; but rather ANARCHY designed to disrupt the democratic/representative political process.

  26. Mason says:

    The true face of the left. Ignorance, entitlement, violence and intimidation. This will not end well.

  27. Nstig8r says:

    Why do these people think they’re better than everybody else? Most of us contribute to 401K’s and contribute to our healthcare coverage. Why should state employees be exempt from this just because they’re unionized? These people need to get over themselves and realize that the days of fully paid pensions and healthcare have been over for a long time.

  28. MCB says:

    It’s real simple R/D alike spend to much money, whats the answer? Raise taxes on who ever to pay for the short fall, is there a limit? Make cuts to services and public sector jobs? a combination of both? I do not have the answer but i always use the K.I.S.S. method when I am dealing with my own finances, don’t spend more than you make. it’s amazing how well it works.

  29. Boom says:

    Wisconsin supporters of Obamacare. The shoe is now on the other foot. How does it feel having something Rahm’ed down your throat?

  30. John H says:

    The longer these union thugs and crybabies demonstrate, the more they are exposing themselves to the nation for what they are; elitist, greedy, me first,the hell with you, selfish, mindless sheep manipulated by the union leaders ifilling their pockets at the demonstrators expense. Simpletons all. Keep demonstrating, more and more of the 90% non-union people in the country are turning against you every dy.

    To quote one of their heros, “We won you lost, you can come along for the ride but you can’t drive”. We’ll be doing the driving.

  31. Darrel says:

    Liberalism, religion of peace and tolerance. Just like Islam. Any insult and they resort to violence and intolerance.

    Obama: ” Elections have consequences””. “We won, you lost. Get over it”.

  32. Gary says:

    I’m a union member, have been for over 20 years. I’m also retired military, again, over 20 years. In my union (International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers) we pay a portion of our health care costs which is in the union/company contract language. We don’t like it but we have to do it. Our pay is good and most of us are happy to have a job considering todays employment situation. Would we like to have a better deal than what we got on our last contract? Damned right we would! However, we all know that we each contract negotiation we are going to loose more and more because more and more companies are expecting their workers to pick up more of the tab. Will we run rampant like what is currently happening in Wisconson? Nope! What good would it do other than get us absolutely nothing and make us look foolish. Unfortunately, workers today are going to be expected to pick up more and more of their health and medical care costs and that isn’t going to change. So for you people acting like children in Wisconson: get over it and get back to work. We taxpayers who are footing the bill for you to run amok are sick of this and we have had enough. Grow up! Oh, and for those of you who feel like you must make some kind of inane comeback…go ahead and show the rest of us how intelligent you are by NOT making a comment.

    1. Stan says:

      @Gary,Very well said….Your career and mine are about a match, I just hope there is something when we can retire. I’m a Union Local and sick of watching my dues go for non labor related issues and it’s sad that entitlements have taken over the country.

  33. Sailordude says:

    I think it’s the cops who are having a hard time enforcing the law because the people in the crowd are COPS!

  34. KipNoxzema says:

    Remember, these are the teachers that have been glorified and teach your kids and mine.

    So much “intelligence” in a violent mob.

  35. David says:

    Heard enough of comparing WI to Egypt or Libya.

    WI is really identical to Greece.

    In Greece, the country was bankrupt. The people on the public dole were asked to take reductions in benefits for the good of the nation. Instead of putting their nation first, they rioted.

    The protesters in WI show that Greece has come to America.

  36. JoeAstroturf says:

    Thanks Mr Walker good job as Governor. Don’t worry about being the governor anymore though. President will be more to your liking. I’m sure Ann Coulter will forgive you for being a little slow also. Watch out for the purple shirted SEIU thugs. I think one of the guys climbing through the window of the capitol was the guy that tried to kill Ken Gladney. I wonder if Obama was telling ugly Andy Stern to talk to the new SEIU president to do that in return for making him rich at SIGA now. If the democratic party thinks that just because they have the union power and all the people like Barney Frank and the Safety school czar (real teabaggers) calling us teabaggers we’re going to let these creeps ruin the country their sadly mistaken,

    Please Check out song called teapartiers I can’t hear you at

    Here’s a verse

    Here’s a verse

    Soldiers as you and your wife leave your last trace
    at least you won’t have to see Nancys botox face
    that chicken neck of hers wouldn’t look good on a snail
    her and a few of her pals in 2012 wil be in jail

    Tea partiers I can’t hear you

    You won’t have to see that venemous plastic face
    she wants patriots like Gladney to disappear without a trace
    she wants the purple shirts to call him the “N” word and bury him in place

    Townhallers I still can’t hear you

    She should put a botox needle in that flabby neck
    presently she looks like something from StarTrek
    If something goes wrong she can blame it on the Teapartiers Rush or Beck

  37. Royal says:

    Unions doing what unions do best. Rabble rousing. And I DO mean RABBLE.

    I once had to get an occupancy permit processed in Washington, D.C. There were 10 steps to accomplish this process. Guess what? It took 10 government workers to complete the process. Each one handled one step. This one stamped the form, that one copied it, another one looked something up, etc. etc. etc. Our tax dollars at work.

    Government does not attract the best and brightest. Looks like it attracts lazy, violent freeloaders.

  38. wendin says:

    Just a quote from a very liberal President when he still had a brain!
    … Meticulous attention should be paid to the special relationships and obligations of public servants to the public itself and to the government. All Government employees should realize that the process of collective bargaining, as usually understood, cannot be transplanted into the public service. It has its distinct and insurmountable limitations … The very nature and purposes of Government make it impossible for … officials … to bind the employer … The employer is the whole people, who speak by means of laws enacted by their representatives …

    “Particularly, I want to emphasize my conviction that militant tactics have no place in the functions of any organization of government employees. Upon employees in the federal service rests the obligation to serve the whole people … This obligation is paramount … A strike of public employees manifests nothing less than an intent … to prevent or obstruct … Government … Such action, looking toward the paralysis of Government … is unthinkable and intolerable.” FDR

  39. Tom says:

    These aren’t even Union Thugs. They’re lazybones college kids who don’t want to go to class and have never paid a property tax bill or Union dues in their lives. Are you telling me 19 year old Damon is a teacher? They’ve left garbage everywhere, forced the state to cancel tours teaching young people about government, and shown themselves for the slobs they are. They should be given a chance to leave when the building is closed, and then arrested.

    Can you imagine if the tea party marched on a college and complained about the way they indoctrinate young minds and started yelling and screaming outside classrooms? Well, it wouldn’t happen because 1. They have jobs they can’t just blow off 2. They have some self-respect. 3. Thug behavior makes you look like the desperate, loser idiot you are.

  40. astralweeks says:

    At least the Flee-Baggers in the Flee Party are returning to work. Heard they had a good taxpayer paid vacation.

  41. ben says:

    TSA molests children in front of their cowardly parents and this is on the news. go back to sleep america, if this is the most newsworthy thing to report on, america deserves to be destined for slavehood.
    stupid ugly woman in wisconsin, all with ugly pukey husbands who make more money than a doctor, who in wisconsin will lie for a liberal.

  42. Scott says:

    Is this really a precedent that we want to start in this country? Whenever the minority is about to lose an important vote, they simply refuse to vote and bring the legislative process to a stop? Being a democracy means that sometimes your side loses. These democrat legislators and their union supporters are acting like third world thugs. Democracy and the rule of law are fine as long as they are calling the shots, but when they are in the minority, they suddenly think that they don’t have to play by the rules. It’s a pitiful display.

  43. jeff says:

    Walker for pres!

  44. Tom says:

    By the way…if you want to protest 19 year old genius Damon Terrell, send him a facebook message (his profile is public)

  45. yoshi says:

    This is why America is going to have a civil war, and it won’t be civil. Obama has stolen Trillions of dollars and we have to watch Fox news feel sorry about a bus driver who gets paid $150,000.00 a year complain about paying 5% towards his pension or heath benefits?
    Anyone watching this stuff on the news who actually works for a living must be laughing their head off.
    good luck America, and get ready for a rough ride, water has a habit of finding it’s own level, and so will justice in America.
    There is no other option if this kind of ridiculous stuff flies in the face of public scrutiny.
    Oh, and these child molesting teachers have a graduation rate of less that 50% in Milwaukee.
    Putting people through TSA grope downs to walk down the street, and the pigs are afraid to break up a mob that does 7 million dollars damage to their own capitol, what a disgrace.

  46. joanie says:

    Liberals only believe in Democrary when they get their way. Otherwise it is violence and destruction. Move the Guard and take the trash out!

  47. taxedToDeath says:

    I just can’t help but notice the contrast of these union thugs and tea party protests. Can you imagine the outcry from the lamestream media if tea party protests had done ANY of this?

  48. Pouncekitty says:

    It’s not an anti-Union bill, CBS! It’s a pro-American bill. Enough of these greedy and lazy unions stealing our future. Let them go to WORK and stop being coddled by their thug bosses who use dues to support rotten corrupt Democrats.

  49. Ed says:

    Where is the State Guard?

  50. Ed says:

    # of riots and attacks against government buildings by Union thugs in Wisconsin….ONE.

    # of riots and attacks against government buildings by Tea Party members in Wisconsin….ZERO.

    Oh, and the very precise and specific death threats that were sent to the Republicans by union thugs….where is Obama’s call for calm?

    1. PatsNYC says:

      The same place he and Eric Holder are when something does not benefit “his people”)—Missing In Action

  51. PETRR says:


  52. STLnow says:

    These sleazy,looting union thugs need to be removed by all force necessary.

    Public unions loot from the public because no matter how little work they do, or how poorly they do work, they cannot be fired. Taxpayers cannot refuse to pay them because if you do not pay the taxes that these DemoRAT thugs take from us they will send other union police to your houst, put a gun to your head and take your house to confiscate it to pay for the union pay and benifits. Don’t believe me, try not paying your taxes.

    Public unions are looters and they should be treated as such, using all force necessary to stop the looters.

  53. Brad says:

    Public employee unions should be illegal, hopefully this is the first step toward that end. These thugs have been raping the people long enough.

  54. PatsNYC says:

    Lets take this one step at a time. The Flee-bagger democat senators abandon their constituants and hide out in Illinois b/c they don’t like a bill. After three weeks of the governor begging them to come out of hiding, he amends the bill and the new bill does not need the flee-baggers present to vote, so the state government proceeds without the flee-baggers and voting proceeds.
    The union thugs enter the capital building illegally, (thru windows), and take the capital building. Otherwise known as burglary. The state assemblymen are in their offices, and the union animals are attempting to break down their doors. The Assemblymen are being held hostage in their offices. Otherwise known as kidnapping.

    And these animals have the nerve to call the republicans names and demand the republicans are breaking the states laws.

    Time to call out the national guard and arrest and charge all of the union animals.


    p.s. Illinois does not want the Wisconsin bill passed because they know they will lose a lot of their own businesses to the more attractive Wisconsin business laws.

  55. Stan says:

    Normal Behavior, Everyone has a right to be heard and Madison has been the place to be heard. Here at our place of work we had a comment made and how true. The protest at Madison has been very involved and very well represented and the (14) who fled were tring to figure out why you wanted to be elected and represent your piece of the State. To bring this down to a childs level, they act the same way at home and in public at Walmart, watch them in action and the parents don’t stand a chance. The child spots a toy or a food product on the shelf and if they don’t get the item, they scream and make noise tell their parents nasty words and scare the parents and they give in to keep the kid calm and they wipe the tears and keep shopping. See kids and adults, there is a fine line and I know this is alot more money at stake but the parents can’t afford everything the kids want and the State of Wisconsin is on the credit card now something has to give.

  56. todd says:

    Sounds like the state of Wisconsin needs to replace some of its State Police. These protesters should have never been allowed to enter. The State Police retreated to the third floor? Damon Terrell is a snot nose 19 year old.

  57. Sheila says:

    Public worker unions: you are on notice. Your taxpayer funded gravy train is coming to an end!

  58. Gary says:

    Give them water and then lock the bathrooms. They will leave.

  59. RoBoTech says:

    I have written to Walker several times since 18 Feb.
    I have suggested breaking out the bill.
    And I have suggested to put the NG on alert.
    I just emailed his office again this morning to call out the NG.
    Now, I know my puny efforts don’t have much effect, but many voices do, so hopefully, there have been others emailing and calling to give support for this bill.
    And, with the amount of out-of-state Union thugs, the invasion of the Capitol building is only the first step. The mercenaries will use violence to stop the assembly from voting.
    And the State Police needs to be investigated for not doing their jobs.
    Whether anyone has thought of this or not, it’s fact that the Gov IS the top Cop in the State. He should act like it, and so should the State/local police.
    So, if you are a concerned citizen, Wisconsin or not, call/email the Gov to show support. The Conservatives in Wisconsin are falling down on their duties to show support. This laziness in Conservatives are the reason the Dems/Unions have gotten us to this point. Time to take a stand, or be rolled over on.

  60. Ken says:

    Yes, collective barganing is a right of the public service employees. Just ask FDR. It is the right to demand and if not successful, to wage war against the whole people of WI, and in this case, against the students of WI. What garbage.

    These “bullvanim” have shown themselves for the animals they really are and deserve no sympathy from normal, sane peiole anywhere.

  61. z says:

    the average teacher’s salary is $46K in wisconsin. wow, that’s some gravy train. how little do you want these folks compensated for the critical job of teaching children?

    1. RoBoTech says:

      As Reagan said “here they go again”
      Sir, how about adding in all the benefits the teachers get with that salary. It doubles it.
      For 9 months work.
      And here’s another tidbit, that 40K + is for ENTRY level. Full tenured teachers will double that BEFORE benefits.
      But, keep parroting the UnLoons, it becomes you as it becomes the rest of the losers who can’t take no for an answer.

  62. zooeyhall says:

    Any chance that Wisconsin gov. might be hiring new people soon? I for one, and thousands of other unemployed, would be GLAD to work at these jobs even with a 25% pay cut.

  63. Mia says:

    The Senate Democrats tried to “negotiate” from afar, but their flavor of negotiation was their way or no changes. Absolutely ridiculous. If there ARE any teachers in that crowd, they should be fired and replaced. Do they KNOW how many teachers that graduated last year are looking for work and would be happy with anything? And they couldn’t do any worse of a job, since 2/3 of Wisconsin’s eighth graders can’t read at a proficient level. I say dump ’em.

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