Wis. Governor Releases E-Mails About Union Rights

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has released tens of thousands of e-mails he received after introducing his plan to strip nearly all collective bargaining rights from public workers.

Walker released the e-mails on Friday after The Associated Press and the Madison weekly newspaper Isthmus filed a lawsuit seeking them. Both news organizations submitted open record requests for the e-mails in February, but got no response for two weeks.

The AP and Isthmus reached a settlement with Walker on Wednesday calling for the governor to release the messages and pay attorney fees.

The agreement specified that Walker did not acknowledge violating the state’s open records law.

Walker signed the collective bargaining legislation into law last week following a month of protests that brought as many as 85,000 people to the Capitol.

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  • bob

    Typical sleazy Republician.

    • Randy

      Typical sleazy Union member who wants to keep his job no matter how bad his performance.

      • Tom


        Typical Conservative comment!

        What about a CEO of company who lays off people not for doing a bad job but because the company isn’t making as much as in previous years but wantst too make sure his income and bonus doesn’t suffer.

      • Mike

        I would both Randy and bob’s comments were typical, biased and thoughtless comments. How about a discussion instead of insulting and classifying? I am a conservative and I do not agree with how this action by the governor was done. Does that make me a typical sleazy republican?

      • Mike

        Sorry…*I would SAY*

    • Bob a Knob

      The dems are going to bankrupt this Nation! !4 trillion open you eyes!

      • stace34

        Actually just as many states that don’t allow public bargining are in fincial trouble as states that do. So I don’t think unions are the problem.

      • Tom

        Bob a Knob

        Was there or was there not a budget deficit when Obama took office?

        Was there or was there not a budget surplus when Bush took office?

    • Daryl

      typical Democractic union member-everybody else pays your way.

      • UnionYES!

        How do you figure that, Daryl? Honestly we union members work and work hard. I pay taxes. Are saying that public workers do not pay taxes? or just making the same tired typical assumption? I for one am proud to be a union member proud to stand next to my brothers and sisters to fight for fair wages, not unrealistic wages, and expect to be held accountable for the work I perform. This “A” typical veiw of unionized workers as lazy, unproductive workers, who are protected from all wrong astonishes me. Because it is false. I am also proud to stand up for the people I work with and support them as a union member. What is wrong with unions when that is why they are there a group of people working together as a group. It is sad to see it has gotten so misconstrued over the years but originally that is what they were created for. Standing up for each other so they are treated fairly, justly and given a fair wage. I do not disagree there are some out there that have asked for and recieved too much or abused things but there are many groups that have.

        Just my opinion though, which I am sure will be flamed to no end.

    • eric

      just another crooked republician. Are you not glad that this is the bunch you all voted into office:)
      Proceed with the recall is what I say

  • Victim Du Jour

    I think it was Eisenhower or Truman who made a law making it illegal for Unions to promote communism.

    • pss

      we do not promote communism maybe you should go back to school and listen to the teachers and maybe you will learn>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>you are the biggest moron to write on the posts

    • Victim Du Jour

      I perfectly understand what the Unions are up too.

      Public Schools skip over things that make Democrats look bad in history class.

      Unions do have KKK history.

  • kill me for freedom

    Because of this, we are now finding out that he met with Frank Luntz to help with public PR. The guy that helped the GOP with the Healthcare debate or other issues.


    Why is the governor meeting with a PR firm on your dime?


    • GN

      I am a private sector employee, non-union, that collects no welfare money no matter what the name, in other words in the minority. I am looking for a government job that is unionized or a government program whereby work is optional, pay is optimal, health care is the best available and can retire after 30 years with more pay than I can possibly imagine. I think most current government employees have this — I would like to get me some.

      • Mike

        Gn-If you have children in the public school system, your neighbors help pay for their welfare. If you belong to an insurance pool, others in the pool help pay for your welfare. If you fly on aircraft, the airports are subsidized by your neighbors for your welfare. It goes on and on………………

      • Enough

        I’m a public employee who’s combined family income last year was under $40,000, and YES we both work full-tiem jobs. My insurance does not pay for preventative care. You really beleive I’m overpaid? Educate yourself before yourself. Not all public employees (actually very few) are overpaid. Also, you want that job, go back to school, get your degree plus a masters and apply for it. You are the one who makes decisions on your future.

      • UnionYes!

        I am sorry but as a public worker you incorrect. I will not retire with more pay than I can possibly imagine. I will actually make less after retirement than I do now.

        • UnionYes!

          Correction “you are incorrect”


      If he received any benefit (financial gain with partisan gain) from this meeting, we would be looking at an ethics violation. It’s dicey but it’s not out of the possibilities that meeting with Luntz on February 23 could land Walker in trouble.

      Yes, Fox News did fund Luntz’s trip to meet with Walker.

      We shall see…

  • MNTP

    How dare you defame this American Hero? I thought you were one of the few Real Americans speaking out against liberal tyrrany. For shame.

  • Paul

    LOL A french speaking blood sucker

  • Frank O.

    did you vote?

  • Matt

    Most Republicans are misguided by rich Republicans. Rich Republicans want to pay less taxes, pay workers less, have less employees and make the employees work 4 times as hard. Rich Republicans do not care about the poor or middle class they just wish to exploit them. Proof? Rich Republicans pay less percentage of taxes than middle class or poor people. Republicans if you want my respect or self respect don’t follow the lead of corrupt republicans you have your own voice speak up for those people who may lose their voice in WI.

    • stace34

      I do have to say the republicans I respect are those in Wyoming. They have an overwhelming majority and consistently showed others what conservative really means. I may not agree with some of their stances, but they are a group that demand respect because they truely live up to their principles.

    • Tom


      Very True! A report by the State Revenue Dept recently made that argument. I believe that conservatives who hate unions really like bending over and making the boss happy.

  • pj

    Newsweek this past week reported that 400 famillies in the US own more wealth than the bottom 50%. Where is the outrage?

    • M B

      The key to successful manipulation of the public is to keep them complacent. Give them just enough to keep the from revolting, and mislead them where they can’t outright cover up their actions. Keeping your populace uneducated is also a great tactic. That’s why there’s no outrage: Our educational system is tanking, the eople are complacent and the ones that aren’t are so disgusted by the far wings of both sides that they avoid politics to keep from getting ill from it all.

      The fact that it took two weeks to answer this records request makes me think there was quite a lot of mailbox deleting going on to cover tracks. “I didn’t know about the open records law!” Yeah, feed me a little more bull why don’t you.. There’s a building full of lawyers and advisers and NO ONE told him about this? Sorry, I’m not believing that lie. It’s far too convenient (and lame) of an excuse.

  • Sammy

    Enough…combined family income last year was under $40,000, and YES we both work full-tiem jobs. You know you can get food stamps and section 8 and you pay no income tax. Your pension… 90% of your last years pay check (make sure you put in OT that last year) and you two live for another 30 years.
    plus inflation increase is about 1.5 million plus full medical… and you think other should feel sorry and gladly pay for all that? No you want that kind of retirement then pay for it.

  • Victim Du Jour

    I think Unions stop people from getting work.

    It’s hard for the State to hire people without having to create a life long pension.

    Unions also stop the state from hiring part time and seasonal workers.

    • pss

      no stupid the state does hire part-time and seasonal workers most of those at under $10.00 per hour they work in State Parks, the DNR , and Human Services

  • Victim Du Jour

    I think Unions are pooping their pants, once the law takes effect the State of Wisconsin will be free to put people to work.

    It will become obvious to the general public how government unions stifle the economy.

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