MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Democratic Party of Wisconsin has filed an ethics complaint against Gov. Scott Walker for statements made during a recorded prank phone call.

The complaint that’s been filed with the Government Accountability Board claims Walker violated ethics regulations, including those prohibiting use of state offices for political purposes.

Monday’s complaint says Walker’s statements asking campaign contributors for support constituted “illegal third-party coordination” in violation of campaign finance regulations.

Walker made the statements during a call with a blogger posing as David Koch, a Walker campaign contributor.

Walker spokesman Cullen Werwie says the allegations are baseless.

Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne said last week that he’d found nothing about Walker’s statements to merit a criminal investigation. Ozanne said he hadn’t looked into allegations of campaign finance violations.

Comments (323)
  1. Jason says:

    You cannot use recorded video or voice in court as evidence without knowledge of all parties involved. In this case I wouldnt stop short of calling this entrapment.

    1. Jason says:

      MJ is right. Wisconsin, as most states, have one party consent when it comes to recording.

      1. Taro says:

        Doesn’t matter if the consenting party is committing fraud by misrepresenting who he is. Furthermore, the call did not originate in Wisconsin, so Wisconsin’s law does not apply. MJ remains wrong.

      2. TIRM says:

        Unless the person doing the recording is impersonating a living person, which is this case, thus not admissable.

      3. B-Boy says:

        I saw a discussion on this by some lawyers and they agreed on the following. The caller initiated the call from New York . NY also only has a one party consent. However, they have a law about inpersonating someone. It is a minor felony, but none the less, a felony. Whether or not the NY AG follows up with it remains to be scene, but a crime was committed.

    2. Phid says:

      Did a judge issue a warrant to the prankster prior to his prank call? For crying out loud, your analogy is not even close.

    3. JackWI says:

      The smell of democrat’s fear is strong. If Walker just dropped that one provision about union dues they would be back in an hour. What a bunch of dupes to believe these people are standing up for the little guy. I am embarrassed for them.

      1. Andrew says:

        It’s almost like they’re politicians. At least their conservative counterparts have some integrity.

    4. Vince says:

      Idiot, I guess you weren’t there that day at law school…..wait, I’m guessing you didn’t graduate high school and are now a union member. Pathetic LOSERS doesn’t even begin to describe you people

      1. Wilbur says:

        Vince. You would be the name caller here. From the grade school days kind of behavior that would make your words a description of yourself.

        1. fthomas cain says:

          All one has to do is read these posts to see what is wrong with this country, and why we are spiraling downward as a society. We are so divided on every issue that we are incapapble of governing ourselves anymore. Whatever happened to that which once made us great has long since disappeared. Now we are just a bunch of contrarian hyphenated individuals divided along racial, ethnic, economic and partisan political lines. We are sewing the seeds of our own destruction-each group claiming to have a lock on “truth”. As Cicero stated during the collapse of the Roman Empire, “The enemy is within the gates, and the enemy is us” there is no fixing our problems-that would take unanimity of thought and vision-something we no longer have-thanks to the the diveristy of our very make-up. As Lincoln said “No house can stand that is divided”-and we are as divided as is humanly possible!!!

    5. Jim says:

      The difference… the Mafia wiretaps were Court Approved “PRIOR” to the actually taping… dahhhhd you dummy.

    6. Jim says:

      wow… le’s see the State Legislatores refuse to show up for work… several thousand employees call in with bogus excusses to work… the State Legistators run an hide like cowards and someone has the nerve to attack the Governer… what a bunch of trashy people.

      1. K says:

        exactly…people who live in glass houses and all that…

      2. CrazyHungarian says:

        Add to that using campaign and other questionable funds for personal use while enjoying a “vacation” in Illinois.

    7. Paul Solinger says:

      Wrong, Jason. As long as one party is aware the recording is taking place, it’s perfectly legal.

      1. Paul says:

        Not entirely true. If a call is recorded and one party is out of state and only one party is aware it is violation of federal wire tapping laws. Both parites need to be aware. Additionally, in some states, both parties need to be aware. Have to check state by state. Bad advice can get someone jailed.

      2. Wrightclick says:

        That statement is absurd. One party would ALWAYS be aware of the recording; the guy doing the recording. Duh.

    8. J says:

      Don’t ever listen to anyone who ever says “expecially”

    9. How About Them Apples says:

      Sorry Paul,
      I jumped the gun on that one.

    10. Billv says:

      You must be Wisconsin educated. The best resource you could locate was wikipedia. Obviously the most reliable resource on the internet.

    11. Dan says:

      Hey MJ. The word is especially, not expecially. Don’t use the big words if you don’t know what they are.

    12. Lee says:

      Uh, MJ…that sort of thing is done when you have an official criminal investigation and a WARRANT.

      Slight, slight difference.

    13. jared says:

      without a warrant, you moron

    14. Vern Simms says:

      You’re focusing on the wrong issue. The “one consent” rule is applicable to whether or not the person recording the phone call can be prosecuted for wiretapping. In this case, he cannot.

      That does not, however, make the recording admissible in court, which is what would be needed here.

    15. Troy says:

      Funny how certain people flip flop on their values and beliefs. When this was done to ACORN, the repubs were screaming and looking for heads to roll while the dems defended them. On this issue, just take the ACORN issue and replace the two parties and they sound the same

      1. Tom in NY says:

        Actually, no. The Republican here did nothing illegal or even remotely unseemly. If anything the recording proves Walker walks the walk as he talks the talk. It’s the Democrats who have their panties tied up in a wad. They acted illegally in the ACORN case and here they’re screaming about supposed illegality only because they seek to criminalize dissent.

      2. MA Weimer says:

        If you are referring to the ACORN workers caught on camera helping a pimp and his underage prostitute, there is nothing legally problematic – the tape was recorded with one party’s consent and it was not done across state lines. This is hardly the same thing.

      3. fltchptch says:

        Are you seriously equating a jokingly made reference regarding campaign contributions to a publicly funded organization working to help establish brothels of illegals on American soil? Wow; if you think other peoples’ moral codes are “funny” what does that make yours? Apples and oranges in both content and tone but nice try libby.

      4. Andrew says:

        I think you missed Troy’s point, which you have each in turn reiterated as if in argument. I will say, however, that it is rare to find anyone in either of our major parties (or amongst their supporters) who won’t sell their soul up the creek to find their side in the right. It’s a fundamental part of bandwagon politics – doesn’t really matter if you’re the pot or the kettle.

      5. KipNoxzema says:

        No, the Republicans have never wimped out and ran out of the state. These Libs have gall talking about “ethics”.

      6. Paul says:

        Troy is wrong, it’s not the same thing with ACORN. ACORN is supporting unlawful pratices. The Governor was suppose to be talking to a “supporter”. Nothing unlawful about that, or anything he said.

    16. Harold says:

      It may be legal, i.e. the prankster will not be charged with wiretapping, but it’s not admissible as evidence in a civil matter, unless the person recording the call advices the other expressly that it could be used as evidence in a court. The statute is Wis. Stat. 885.365.

    17. Bob says:

      The bigger question is, was the recording against the law state or federal? If so, prosecute.

    18. Allen says:

      You can almost always use video as evidence. Audio obtained illegally may in certain cases be used to impeach testimony, and there are exceptions to the general rule. You can for instance, record telephonic threats or extortion without violating the civil rights of the criminal. Only Law Enforcement Agencies or Agents can “entrap” for the rest, its roping, or “journalism”.

    19. Dan says:

      Try telling that to a left-winger.

      1. Andrew says:

        Try telling what to a left-winger, Dan?

    20. Minu Ramsey says:

      Maybe it would be a good idea for all of you wisconsian to find out the funding for the get away. If these Democrats are being supported in any way, shape or form by the union or by the DNC then they are legally in a lot of trouble.
      Find out the crumb and follow it. How are they paying for their food, shelter, gas, and all other on the road expenses, if there is a collection for them to be on the lamb and it leads to any conflict of interest institutions. they are in a whole lot of trouble.
      Aside from that, I agree, their childish behavior is a disgrace.

      1. Stan says:

        @Minu Ramsey, Good comment…. Sen. Jon Erpenbach has stated today that their not coming back home today and that they the Senator’s will pay the daily fines. You know one thing for sure there not using their own money in IL and from what I have investigated, some of the Local Union Stewards have made trips to IL with funds. Jon Erpenbach has been noted calling our State of Wisconsin the ” Promised Land” sure wished he could have been more specific.

      2. KenWis says:

        It was reported that Howard Dean’s PAC has donated $100,000 to “help” the cowards get by in IL.
        If this is true it is a direct violation of Wisconsin’s election laws.
        It never ceases to amaze me about the level of hypocrisy. Sue Scott Walker over legal remarks he made to a fraudulent caller but look the other way when you illegally get $100,000.

    21. ByteRider says:

      It’s all hyperbole. The Dems are scared. They fighting as hard as they can to do whatever they can. Call it the last “death throws” of a desperate, dying party.

      1. Andrew says:

        The party is dying, I suppose, in the sense that we are all dying before we are even born. But don’t be in a rush for the burial. Political parties have a much greater mean lifespan than a human like you or me.

      2. Steve Cornish says:

        It’s “death throes”…. but spelling aside, you’re right. The sooner the dem party of con artists dies, the better.

      3. Garrett says:

        lol “throes”. Dems are making us libs look bad, but this is one case where it’s nice to see us not being pushed over by corporate bullies. Stop playing politics, this isn’t libs v dems, it’s the super-rich against us all.

      4. TheBruce says:

        Incorrect. They, the Democrats, aren’t fighting, they’re cowering. They’ve halted the democratic process.

        If Walker caves to them he’s doomed.

    22. Ron McKeever says:

      Having the Democratic investigate ethics is like Jack the Ripper conducting a prayer meeting…what a farce.

  2. Greg says:

    Dems forget the lawsuits and get back to work

    1. Deb says:

      Dems need to go to jail if they collect their pay, even after returning to work, for the period they were AWOL!

  3. Stan says:

    Democratic Distraction ? Wisconsin should fire the fourteen that fled accross the border, in a private business the owner doesn’t have time for politics. After watching the past month of politics I can sure see why people choose the State,County assistance programs, the government said it best, fight for entitlements.

    1. Andrew says:

      These are career politicians, not your employees.

  4. Victim Du Jour says:

    Ethics don’t apply to Union paying Senators to go missing while the State Senate is in session eh?

    It was a fake prank phone call, so what did he get busted for?

    1. Ralph says:

      Did you read the article or do you just go right to the comments? There are statements prank call or joke in conversation a politician should not make. It is called ethics. How quickly the ex governor of Illinois is forgotten (Blago something or other)

      1. Bob Cootz says:

        Yeah, Blago . . . did you even listen to what Walker said?


        You Dem’s are just Morons. (Yes, with a capital M)

  5. shwiehl says:

    More distraction for all of us to focus on. In the meantime, the real issue of balancing the budget in a way that is fair for everyone continues to be in limbo. Governor Walker is not doing any of this in the spirit of compromise or balance, and everyone is starting to see it. He is not a leader; he is a masochist that is looking to Wisconsin to make him the”it” man. Compromise already and get to work for everyone in Wisconsin. We will all share the burden of the budget. Just make it fair and equitable.

    1. Heidi says:

      You know what??? Mpst states need someone to come in a kick a little behind and be the ugly duckilng, whether they be democrat or republican. Our entire counrty is in budget deficit hell and everyone just wants to turn the other cheek or just keep raising taxes, Everyone complains about everything…they want to increase taxes so lets complain, they want to make state workers contribute more, everyone complains, if they cut out out assistance programs everyone complains!!! Complain, complain, complain that is all anyone does now-a-days!! WAKE UP AMERICA!! We have gotten far to used to having things NOW and having it OUR WAY and when that doesn’t happen its evil, horrible and bad. This Generation and the past are the biggest bunch of whiners in the entire United States history. Everyone wants everything given to them, but everyone doesn’t want to help work hard for it. They all want someone or something to do it for them so they can sit on their butts and do nothing but complain when it doesn’t go their way or interferes with their plan of complete and utter lack of responsiblity and laziness!! Its amazing we get anything done as a country with how incredibly selfish EVERYONE ( I mean that generally) is on both ends of the political party and everyone just wants to always point fingers and put the blame on everyone else. Children behave better than most adults now-a-days!! Its sickening!!

      1. ladysforest says:

        Excellent rant Heidi! Well said.

      2. freddyzz says:

        Right on Heidi there are too many whiners and not enough people that are out there working. No ONE OWES YOU A PENSION OR RETIREMENT, NO ONE SHOULD HAVE TO PAY FOR YOUR RETIREMENT! You want to get mad get mad at legislators in Wash that have not fixed Social Security. In the end most will have 401ks and social security for retirement that is why we must fix social security NOW! Pensions are going away like the Dodo bird.
        Unions killed the steel industry and the auto industry, are we going to let them ruin the educational system? That is where we are heading.

      3. Dave says:

        I stand and salute you for your rant!.

      4. ByteRider says:

        You know what, Heidi? This may give pause to people who think entitlement spending is good for the nation. Once you turn it on, it’s very hard to turn off.

    2. steve says:

      We need a PRESIDENT like this one. Go in and slash the spending down to 1970 levels. Government employees have no business having a union. The US is doomed. unless we can cut the fat INCLUDING entitlements.

    3. stevens says:

      It is so obvious, if, in any situation, the rules as written allow one side or the other to gain a lopsided advantage then the rules must be changed. Simple philosophy,

    4. paul says:

      Here’s fair and equitable: market-driven employment. Cut public employee’s salaries and benefits until you can’t get enough good workers at that level, then work up from there. If public sector employees don’t turn over as frequently as private-sector employees, we’re paying them too much.

    5. Andy says:

      It’s nice to see that one party works to make it fair and balanced with the other party…kinda like the democratic congress did with Obamacare….not…

  6. rons dad says:

    Wow! You must have an awesome amount of brain power to come up with such a witty post. Now go tell mommy you were a bad boy.

    1. Rons Mom says:

      Honey, come get your snacky and go to bed.

    2. slc says:

      You epitomize everything that is wrong with todays electorate!

  7. NOUNION says:

    Walker said nothing bad in the call, This is just a union push to waste more tax payers money!

  8. Goob says:

    Ron is partially correct…even though he beats around the bush a bit. Rich business people vote for republicans cuz they’re an easy wheel to grease…

    1. Len Frank says:

      And unions vote Democrat because they are an easy wheel to grease, right?

      1. Robin Hunter says:

        Actually, Len, unions don’t vote, union members do. While about 30 percent of union members vote Republican, those who vote Democrat understand which party values workers and their families. The Republicans use fear and hot-button issues to con some workers into voting for them. The Republican core, however, would prefer that workers be underpaid, overworked and unrepresented so as to maximize profits. That’s why the GOP stands for “Grease Our Palms, Grab Our Profits and Give Others Poverty.”

      2. ladysforest says:

        I noticed that the unions “allowed” the -workers- to concede on each point EXCEPT those which affected the union proper.

      3. Terri says:

        Robin, “companies” don’t vote, just as “unions” don’t vote. As a WI taxpayer, I help pay the union dues of these state employees. The union then runs ads on TV for any elected positions in the state. In reality, I am forced to contribute to the dems when I adamantly oppose their socialistic agenda. That is BS.

      4. NAs says:

        To bad for the demoncrats the GOP was laready taken. They wanted “Give Others Property”.

    2. Taro says:

      How do you explain the very richest people in America (Bill Gates, George Soros, Teresa Hines, The Rockefeller family, 95% of Hollywood, etc.) voting for and actively supporting the most liberal of Democrats? By the way, Wall Street has given more to Democrats in the last two elections than to Republicans. In most years, it is about even. Republicans tend to be the middle class from middle America. They are America.

      1. Mark says:

        …and most of them have been duped into believing their party fights for them. After all, as the republican influence increases in strength, the middle class just gets smaller, and smaller, and smaller…

      2. BD says:

        You have that backwards Mark. The stronger democrats get the more people turn into welfare leeching zombies. If the Dems had there way we would be told what to do, where to work, how much we’d get paid, who to vote for and on and on. They think they know best for everyone when all they’ve done is dig a deeper hole for all of us.

    3. Mark Newlin says:

      You seem to forget that the Democrats last presidential election corporations gave more money to Democrats than Republicans. Democrats get 90% of union money and they are in the bag for the unions and union leaders which get rich off the workers. Both parties get too much money from corporations and unions so they are out of touch of what we want.

    4. Matt says:

      No they vote for republicans because typically it’s not the right supporting bills that kill the economy. A free enterprise is best for anyone who is willing to go out and earn their money and that’s why business owners support the GOP.

  9. Henry says:

    If you dig dirt, you have to eat it.

  10. jondos says:

    Democrat Senators who are beholden to the Unions rather than their constituents. This is what I would be more concerned about. These are PUBLIC employees folks. For every penny they put into their pensions, we pay a dollar toward endless sick days, holidays, vacations, and the like. They have been on the PUBLIC dole long enough. If Democrats can’t get elected without UNION money, perhaps they shouldn’t be elected at all. Especially if this is how they think government should run. They cannot be entrusted with the people’s business, if this is how they believe government should run. UNIONS are the modern day MAFIA.

    1. Deb says:

      Thank you! I am not paying for another Union Job. I’m so happy I moved out of there, you won’t get another dollar from me.

  11. Pete S says:

    Hysterical. Baseless indeed. Why?

    Walker isn’t campaigning for anything.

    Desperation has a name . . . Democrat

  12. Stan says:

    Ron, You made a good point, it’s all about what party is going to give me more. People who blame others usually have no idea how to fix a problem and the way Ron talks he has his tax return spent. Enjoy your welfare check and unemployment checks because they will last for ever, living in a bubble ?

  13. tkay says:

    Listen, I don’t care if you are a democrat or a republican but this has got to make you angry. These people were elected fair and square. The longer this drags out the more ridiculous this whole thing looks. The place to debate and negotiate is in the chamber. Not on the border of another state!!!! If you lose, you lose. That’s how it goes in the USA. Just win the next election and then you can give the unions whatever the hell they want!

    1. Mark says:

      If your elected officials are taking your rights away, it doesn’t matter if they were voted in. People’s lives and livelyhoods are not a game that you ‘win’ or ‘lose’ at.

      1. Chad says:

        So when your democrat buddies at the federal level were ramming bills no one except the unions and democrats wanted down our throats, that was just a game right? Stop being a hypocrite.
        I see no where in the constitution the right to collectively bargin anyway. How about the rights of those who never wanted to be in a union and have their hard earned money taken from them and then used agaisnt them to elect democrat politicians?

      2. ranroddeb says:

        Hey dimwit, collectve bargaining is not a right, itt was voted in by legislative action and can be removed by legislative action. Less than 6% of Wi are union. They have no special “Rights” applicable to them . You libs are so clueless.

  14. Erin says:

    Wisconsin Dems look the fools! New political rule is: if you don’t like what is happening, run away or refuse to answer! Next headline will be “Obama disagrees with Republican budget cuts and therefor is refusing to return from vacation.” Cuts have to start somewhere. NO ONE seems to want to admit that we are in a crash and burn mode, and yet we refuse to give up our piece of the pie. It’s only the beginning folks. Dems are desperate in Wis. It takes nerve to run from your responsibilities as Senators, and then to accept the salaries that ALL the people of Wisconsin are paying. They work for ALL the people of Wisconsin but seem to have forgotten that the money they receive as a salary is not paid out via income tax received from only Democrats or union members’ tax payments.

  15. WallyG says:

    The dems lost the election and the entire parfty has been in a revenge mode ever since. 2012 will be worse for desm and they know it. The party is being run by moonbats like Chcuk Schumer and they’re sending out the loons like Weiner, Wasserman-Schultz to keep the pot stirred, and the Prez is directing his drones to make noise! Do the dems remind you of Charlie Sheen? Or does Sheen remind you of the dems?

  16. Hate Republicans says:

    @ JackWI, Get a clue or don’t post unless you know what is happening. Seriously! You think this is all about union dues? In the past few weeks this has been going on I haven’t heard ANYTHING about union dues! Gov. Walker wants to bust up the unions. What our parents and grandparents fought so hard to get he wants to break up overnight. The part that is ironic about this whole thing is that Wisconsin is the first state to introduce unions. Besides, the Dems are trying to meet to try to talk. Walker wants nothing to do with it. He is a baby and a dictator. It is his way or nothing. I will never vote Republican. Look at what he is doig and realize that they are all bad. They are not in it for the people

    1. stan says:

      Hate Republicans, quit hiding in the “Fox Hole” your great State is broke and you talk like your educated, maybe you missed the election deadline. Your very Union educated the way you write, tell me what the Union dues are used for ? I’m sick of paying the dues after thirty years and I’m sure it will be hard for you to except but you have a choice, face reality.

      1. says:

        Hi 🙂 just to let you know it is illegal for a Unnion to use dues for political purposes like lobbying or giving to politicians or for contributing to campaigns.Theyt must use a different pot or money given “voluntarily” by memnership suchas a “PAC” contribution which is copmpletely voluntary,


    2. steve says:

      You are an idiot. He does not want to bust up unions. He wants to let the PUBLIC have a fair shake in union dealings. they can bargain on wages and a few other things but not LUMP everything together in one pot. You really need to get your facts straight. Government employees should have never had the right to unionize in the first place. but since they are there they need to understand that they are the PUBLIC’S servants not the other way around.

    3. Taro says:

      You don’t actually think being a union thug is a right, do you? You think you have a RIGHT to hold the public hostage while delivering third rate services? Governor Walker is not busting a union. He is simply scaling back the inordinate power that the Wisconsin public employee union has to something on par with what federal employee unions have. But let’s indulge your nightmare. What would be so awful about breaking up a criminal organization of thugs who have no interest in serving the public? Walker is not going far enough. Every one of those ignorant thugs in Madison should be fired and many of them imprisoned for committing the fraud of pretending to educate children while collecting a salary from taxpayers.

    4. ladysforest says:

      Did you agree to make all the concessions yet your union refused to make any that would affect the union itself? Insisted you protest?

      That is usury.

    5. JDoe says:

      Why should ANYONE be FORCED to pay union dues if they want to be a

      firefighter or teacher ?

      I am FORCED to pay taxes> which go to pay public servant > who are

      REQUIRED to pay union dues > who give MILLIONS of MY/OUR tax dollars to

      union bosses and their thugs > then in turn give it to Democratic candidates.

      It’s an unholy alliance !

      The tax payer has no say on how the money is spent…I don’t want to support

      Pro-Abortion democrats….but am FORCED to via my money to pay the public


      WAKE UP……It’s ALL and ONLY about the MONEY !

      IF people are given a CHOICE to join a union ~ 50% of the people will NOT

      join…and there go BILLIONS from the Unions to give to Democratic officials.

      THAT is the ONLY thing those “caring” union bosses are worried about!

      1. Mark Newlin says:

        That was the exact problem when I was a teacher. My dues went to union bosses and politicians I didn’t like. When lay-offs came fellow teachers wouldn’t give up one year of increment pay increase to save the jobs for their fellow teachers. So don’t talk about solidarity in the union as it is all about what I get. Only a few of us really cared about the kids.

      2. Mark says:

        Teachers are not required to pay union dues. Every year I have the option of rejoining if I want. If I do, then I pay. If I don’t, I don’t. That’s been the case every year at the school I work at. I’d say that about 90% of the staff joins to keep contracts reasonable and to provide legal counsel if need be. For the most part, I don’t have a problem with them, unless it’s tenure we’re talking about. Something there needs to be fixed.

    6. chuck in st paul says:

      HR you are soooooo besoted with the Kool Aid of unionism. Public employees unionizing and then sending part of their paycheck to the same politicians that decide their paychecks is prima facie collusion to commit a fraud. In proper law they would have to recuse themselves from voting and be forbidden to give anything of value to a politician who held sway over their jobs.

      Otherwise you get what we have now… a bunch of spoiled rotten pocket picking prima donnas. No thanks. Oh yeah, BTW, your parents and grandparents did NOT fight to unionize the government employees. Even FDR, amongst others, was adamantly against it.

    7. Jeremy says:

      This argument has nothing to do with labor unions in the private sector. That’s a fight for another day. Public unions remain accountable to nobody. They make their deals with a revolving door of administrations who want nothing more than to look good for a few more years. Teachers’ unions have nothing positive to point to in the way of success. My only problem with Gov. Walker is that he’s not attacking all public sector unions equally.

      The only way to ensure that you’re not being screwed by a public union is to make sure they cease to exist.

  17. Rich C says:

    The media does the country a huge huge disservice in it’s reporting of the Wisconsin news. This issue is really about taxpayers nationally being forced to pay the entire pay of government workers.. When are government workers going to realize this fact?. They do not produce anything. They take private citizen taxpayers production away. The real issue here is when is taxing the country’s private citizens ever going to end? When will a government worker be laid off, as many many private workers have been? Government ruins lives and enough is enough, and the Wisconsin situation is just the beginning of the private citizen getting his freedom, ie, money back. My word to government workers is.. if what you do is so important, start a business and provide the service/product.. You will then be a productive American instead of a drain on the initiative of our country.

    1. Mark says:

      Would you go tell a teacher that to their face?

      1. JDoe says:

        Alrready did and was smart enough to get my kids OUT of public school!

        It’s GREAT being treated like I am in charge and the teachers WORK for the

        parents (as WE are their employers) and NOT the other way around !

      2. Stan says:

        Mark, Yes I would and I’m married to a family of them. I hate to tell you they think being a state employee they should be protected. For years I have watched them get their voice/way and now the times have changed and they (teachers) feel cheated. Tenure, what a security blanket and when I ask my family why only 79% of Wisconsin seniors graduate they blame the parents or lack of State funding. (It’s alway’s someone else)

      3. Rich C says:

        Why does a teacher have to work for the government? Where in the Constituiton is that? And yes, I’d tell them that, rght after I enroll my kid in the private school they started up.

    2. Dennis Clouser says:

      In Detroit, only 25% of freshmen actually graduate!! What’s happening to the 75% – that’s the really scary part!!!


    Where do we go to file an ethics complaint against Al Gore?

  19. Progressive Ed says:

    It’s remarkable how stupid Republicans are. Didn’t Palin also get pranked? And it didn’t occur to Walker the phone call might be tape? Unbelievable. Hopefully a staffer or two got canned.

    1. TIRM says:

      Republicans just assume people to be honest. I guess if Walker was a Democrat he would assume the other person to be dishonest…..probably because they assume others are like themselves.

  20. allhaileris says:

    Pay for the Dem legislators should be frozen for the days they were awol. An investigation needs to be launched into how they all paid for hotel rooms, food, etc., for the weeks they’ve been away.

  21. So they do nothing?????? says:

    Rich C: So they do not produce anything. Really? How about taking care of the snow, roads, your choldren, your licenses, parks, fish and wildlife, fire protection, law enforcement just ot name a few!!!!! Do you really think that these people do not deserve a living wage, just because they do nothing but take care of your welfare?????

    1. Gov't is not the answer says:

      All of those services could easily be provided in the private sector in a more efficient manner.

      1. Mark says:

        And then, when you haven’t paid your ‘police bill’ the cops just ignore your house. Or the fire dept. lets your house burn down, like what happened here –

    2. RichC says:

      Mark, In a free country you need to be responsible.. Mr. Crannick’s, I think it was, irresponsibly in forgetting to pay his $75 yearly fee for fire protection ought to be mentioned don’t you think? .. $75 a year?????? The article did meniton he had some insurance against loss. I’d like to see yearly figures on how many times that happens.. However, that is not the point of all this.. The point again is the taxing away and redistribution of the productive private citizen’s money, ie freedom, and when is enought enough. I say again, government workers do not produce. As was mentioned by someone else, most everything government does could be done by a business. Regards

      1. Mark says:

        Yeah, you’re right. He was irresponsible. Let it burn to the ground.

  22. Bronx Native says:

    This complaint is pretty lame. Not as lame as elected officials making a mockery of democracy by fleeing their state because they are in the minority and can’t have their way; but still pretty lame.

  23. mcw1142 says:

    Go for it. Bring the lawyers in. Americans hate greedy lawyers even more than greedy public unions. Bury yourselves even deeper in the American psyche you pathetic dems.

    What wussies these dems are. Next they’ll try holding their breath until they get their way.

  24. Peter the Australian says:

    In Westminster style democracy the leader of the Majority party could go to the Queen and ask for a dissolution of Parliament and fresh elections on the grounds that government cannot be carried on without full attendance. The Queen would generally follow that advice and dissolve Parliament.

    IIsn’t there any way the Governor of Wisconsin can dissolve the Senate and give the people the chance to settle the issue at the ballot box?

    1. Kevin says:

      No, Peter. The only way to remove and replace the fleeing Democrats is for the people of Wisconsin to get enough signatures on a recall petition, and then hold an election. It takes many months – I think it can take as many as 18.

  25. tonydbaker says:

    So what’s so wrong with busting up government unions? It’s not like the evil rich guy is keeping the poor people down with low wages. Government unions are no longer affordable. Look at how they react when they are asked to contribute just a few percentage points towards their own healthcare and retirement? FIRE THEM ALL. I guarantee people would be lined up to take those jobs, and likely do it better and with more gratitude.

  26. Mike says:

    These lazy democrats need to get back to work…while these hippies are protesting, we WORKING MEN AND WOMEN are WORKING. Isn’t it IRONIC that the s called “workers” aren’t working?

    We’re all working men and women…you’ll never convince me that union members should be privileged the way they are now…And you’ll never convince me they have a reason to exist in the public sector.

    1. Stan says:

      Mike, you said it well and if a State employee can retire with 80% of their salary for their pension, the money will never last. I thought it was simple math, they have choices.

  27. Wally says:


    Democrats need to face the music. They are just trying to keep up the union robbery of the taxpayer. Nothing less.

  28. Rocco Henderson says:

    Thank God the corrupt public employee union system is not allowed in the federal governemtn.

  29. Rocco Henderson says:

    President Walker….has a nice ring to it!

  30. random says:

    The level of sleaze here is unbelievable. Had this been a conservative doing this to Barry or Nancy, they would be in gitmo already. The left can’t keep pushing these sleazy tactics and yet cry when one of their playmates gets busted for trying to provide abortions to underage prostitutes. Were heading down a very slippery slope here and soon it will be an even bigger mess at this rate. If something incriminating pops up involving tour liberal heroes involving them being wire tapped don’t cry about it being criminal or unfair..

  31. milehighnickolai says:

    Democrats are running this great country into the ground. Collective bargaining is not a right. Health care is not a right. Every one of you receiving handouts from the gov’ment should be ashamed. Entitlement programs are killing us.
    Exhibit A.

    1. Ben says:

      You say that until you have to sacrifice something.

      1. Chad says:

        If government had never steped in to “give” us SS. health care, welfare, etc., we would be a whole lot better off because there would be that little thing called personal responsibility that would have kicked in and taken over. Too many people like Ben look to the government for the answers to their problems only to get more problems.

  32. Commie Watch says:

    Communists sure get angry when they are expected to make the same sacrifices everyone else is expected to make. Let the taxpayers vote on whether or not the communists can keep public unions since the salaries paid to the communist members are a burden upon the shoulder of real Americans who actually earn their paychecks.

  33. rbblum says:

    Certainly there are grounds to call for special elections to replace the state representatives not in attendance due to willful neglect, abandonment, state emergency, acting in terms of being an enemy of the state or subterfuge.

    1. Chad says:

      WI can only recall those who have been in office for at least one year.

  34. JDoe says:

    Ok, I’m confused !
    I’m out here in the West and keep hearing about “almost 70% ” of the citizens of WI approve of the unions and their right to collective bargaining…BUT THEN….

    I keep looking at local news website, etc. of WI and it seems like most of the comments are AGAINST the unions and FOR Walker, so I have to ask…..

    What gives, WI ?

    1. Ben says:

      Because you’re looking at comments on a news report. That’s why.

    2. Chad says:

      You need to look at the source of the poll and the people who have been polled. There have been numerous polls recently that have over sampled liberals, union members, or those whoo know union members.

      1. JDoe says:

        Thanks Chad, that explains it !

        I’ve been so focused on the whole Mid East going ons, I haven’t paid close

        attention to WI….over sampling, now that makes sense

    3. Roy Rogers says:

      November is the ONLY poll that matters.

      Elections have consequences…

  35. Osamas Pajamas says:

    I hope that the guv has his own recording and verbatim transcript so that he doesn’t have to rely on the “records” of the scxmbag who set him up as a “prank.” And a Democrat filing any sort of “ethics” complaint is absurd on its face.

  36. SageWolf says:

    All liberals seem to care about, talk about, and think about is money. Liberals seem to spend all their time on coming up with ways to take, steal, abscond, pilfer, and tax money from people who earn money by working for it!

    Moderates & conservatives mostly care about, talk about, and think about family needs, wholesome values, honesty, Justice, progress, rights, laws, health, life style, accuracy, integrity, accountability, responsibilities, education, society, politics, good working environments, productivity, facts, and jobs.

    Liberals are basically crooks all the way down to their bones – which is why everything about liberals is so repulsively ugly.

    Most, if not all, liberals are genetically challenged, twisted, uncomfortable, degenerate, deformed, devious, mean, mean spirited, confused, insensitive, unhappy, stupid, corrupt, thieves, criminals, bullies, shallow, sociopaths, and dishonest.

    It is no wonder that liberals need to control the main-stream-media, because they must hide their true limits, natures, intentions, corruptness, and stupidity.

    1. Ben says:

      If you replace the word “liberal” with “jew”, you sound just like Hitler.

      1. JDoe says:

        Ah….the HITLER card played….it’s such a refreshing change from the RACE

        card used as the feeble excuse for a REAL response….

        Nicely played, Ben….nicely played !

      2. Ben says:

        @JDoe I bring that up to make the point that, what I was responding to was pure hate speech. If somebody actually, legitimately sounds like a bigot, I will call them out on it. Sage Wolf, to me, sounds like they are attempting to dehumanize a group of people. It’s sad and it’s scary.

      3. JDoe says:

        @Ben…Get REAL…..there’s a MASSIVE difference between someone who

        ordered millions of people to be killed and …..

        “sounds like they are attempting to dehumanize a group of people.”

        You and I both KNOW that the Hitler card (just like the race card) was/is being

        played to belittle the opposing party.

        IE, “I don’t want BO to raise taxes”….you say…”you must be a racist “!

        Alinsky style tactics are SO 2009 !

      4. Ben says:

        @JDoe -study your history. It’s no “card”. Hitler had a manifesto before he gained power that was filled with the exact same type of speech. Things have to start somewhere.

      5. JDoe says:

        Oh sure Ben, I guess that Poli Sci degree I received before I got my JD didn’t

        cover Hitler at all !

        You’ve been caught attempting to use Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals “tactics” and

        now you’re gasping for excuses.

        Someone making a comment on a website that you don’t agree with and

        HITLER —yeah, right !

        You know I just noticed that I’m typing these comments in BLACK….I must be

        a RACIST !

        See how silly that is…..that is how your comment reads….”I don’t agree with

        a comment, so I’ll compare him to HITLER ”

        PS: Off topic (see i’m giving you an out here….you’re welcome btw…..

        I thought all you “progressives/Socialists” were anti-Jew now?

        Isn’t it all about the Muslim now ?

      6. johnny says:

        layoff that Liberal pelosi crack snotin bill maher coke… it shows in your comments Bill

      7. Ben says:

        @JDoe: A Poly Sci degree from Phoenix online university doesn’t count for much. I’m not really “gasping” at anything. I think that, if you were raised Jewish and taught since you were young to watch out for that type of bigotry, you’d be able to see it for what it is. But if you happen to BE a bigot, well, it just appears to be a “tactic”. Calling someone “genetically challenged, twisted, uncomfortable, degenerate, deformed, devious, mean, mean spirited, confused, insensitive, unhappy, stupid, corrupt, thieves, criminals, bullies, shallow, sociopaths, and dishonest” because they happen to disagree with you politically smacks of scapegoating. These are harsh economic times, and we’re in a mess. But, just because I believe that Dems should be able to negotiate this bill doesn’t mean that I have something genetically wrong. I just have a different world view -one that is sensetive to rhetoric that transcends political viewpoint to people in general. I’d be careful if I were you, you’re sliding down a slippery slope.

      8. JDoe says:

        @ BEN:
        ” A Poly Sci degree from Phoenix online university doesn’t count for much”

        I’m not sure what or where this onlne University is, (I’m guessing AZ), but the fact the you ATTEMPTED to demean my actual, IVY LEAGUE— (for which I am still paying the students loans off, to prove it), and which, by the way, in 2011, ALL Universities offer courses online…{wake up, old timer}, just goes to show me that that your Alinsky style of “debate”, to insult and demean your opponent, signals that you’re insecure in your position and you’ve lost the debate.
        In LAW SCHOOL-(insert Alinsky style insults of your choice here ________),
        I was taught the proper techniques of debate, and attempting to insult opposing counsel and/or witnesses that you don’t agree with, is NOT one of them…actually, that will get you sanctioned by a Judge)

        But you gave it the “ol college try” old timer ! lol

        PS: I didn’t bother to read the rest of your comments, because you made any of your ACTUAL arguments IRRELEVANT with your immature opening statement.

        Hope you’ve learned something here, Ben ..and you’re welcome to come and debate when you can show a little mental maturity.

        But I think we’re done here…class dismissed.

      9. Ben says:

        Well, so far you’ve accused me of doing what I was calling SageWolf out on, and then proceeded to do the same thing yourself. So it seems that, if my argument is fallacious, then so is yours. You tout your impeccable knowledge of proper debate, and then violate your own self-righteous rules. Try to avoid fallacious arguments in the future, they make you sound weak and emotional.

        Judging by the fact that you’ve responded to my comments, you DID read them. You must not want me to know that I got under your skin.

        Also, I couldn’t possibly have a weak position, or fear losing this debate, when the proof is the post that started this chain. To state that somebody’s rhetoric is reminiscent of Mein Kampf, when it is, is pretty open and shut. In the future, if you want to prove a point to someone, you should know that you must bring a counter-argument rather than reverting to making a lot of attacks. Or did you skip the day they covered “Failure to State”.

        I’m done talking with you now, too, because I’ve learned something about you. You have no point. At all.


      10. Jesus is King says:

        Jews are the biggest racists and bigots on planet Earth. Jews do more to demonize Christianity and Western Morals than any other group in the world. Jews claim to be oppressed victims at every turn, but they can oppress, steal, kill and destroy others without a peep from the media or be condemned by anyone of authority. The day of reckoning is coming for you anti-Christs, do you know why you parents taught you to watch out for people who talk like me? Because your parents, like many jews, know that they are parasites and destroyers of their host nations and repercussions occur.

      11. Adam says:

        @Jesus is King

        Well, well, well…we have a Neo-Nazi on the message board. What kind of person would spew that kind of hatred (the hatred of the third reich)?? Surprise, surprise: A christian!!!!!!! It makes me happy to know that, if Jesus had ever existed, he would be looking down on you with contempt. Don’t use Jesus as an excuse to hate (I know, I know…it’s fun and easy), take the hood off, and put out the burning cross on your lawn.

      12. A Christian says:

        @Jesus is King

        Jesus hates you.

    2. Chad says:

      I think the looney left and fleebaggers have dehumanized themselves by their actions the past few weeks.


      SAGE I agree Liberals are con-artist and snakes they want to divide and conquer America.. Real America has exposed these Liberal Racst pigs as Liars.
      They spread there Propaganda and Hate on the airwaves just watch Bill crackhead Maher or Msnbc ranting hatred live or Fat slob Michael Moore spew is Hatred and lies or Sean The Fool Penn who partys with dicators in other countrys who hate America. The Truth is 2012 America will come back and get rid of Obamacare and his Radical agenda!!! GOD BLESS THE TEA PARTY & REAL AMERICA!!!

  37. Osamas Pajamas says:

    The idea that these rioting union thugs and their partners-in-crime represent “the people” is a flat-out lie — but a common one. The unions are enemies of the privately-employed taxpayers of America — America’s # 1 victim class. I advocate that these privately-employed taxpayers should arm themselves to the teeth and flood the streets of America by the tens and tens of millions, aiming for the overthrow and destruction of the Democrat party.

  38. Rocco Henderson says:

    It’s ironic that members of the Democratic Party don’t believe in the democratic process. Instead they believe in mob rule; certainly not in the agreed-upon rules of our society (after all, those latter kinds of rules don’t apply to them).

    1. Wilbur says:

      If you were not anti democratic party you could easily see that the Republicans are being totalitarian in their approach. The Republicans won’t listen to the other side so what is the point of them being there?
      Please tell me what the Republican party has ever done for the working poor? What have they ever initiated so I or anyone else can be better educated? What did they ever do for individual rights? NOTHING.

      1. American Independent Thinker says:

        You do realize, of course, that it was the Republicans that partnered with LBJ to pass sweeping civil rights laws.
        And never mind Mr. Lincoln.

      2. Bill says:

        Besides the points A.I.T. has raised…it appears that Wilbur has missed one key point in the argument presented. The United States is comprised of more than just Republicans or Democrats or Tea Partiers. The Independent thinkers outnumber the memebrs of either party, and the number of Independents is growing due to comments such as Wilbur’s. How anyone supporting the Democratic Party position in Wisconsin can expect to curry favor by lumping anyone who disagrees with the Democratic Party position in Wisconsin as a “Totalitarian Republican” defies both logic and an understanding of citizenship in general.

        It does not logically follow that disagreement with the Democratic Party position = belief in “mob rule.” Paradoxically to the argument…the only “mobs” that have been seen in Wisconsin are the one supporting the Unions. The rule of law is by the Constitution of the States with the House, Senate and Governor. The rule of law is not by the “mob” outside the door in the Capitol building.

      3. Mark says:

        @Bill If you study your history, you’ll know that
        “Rebublican” was not always synonymous with being on the right of the political spectrum.

      4. Mark says:

        @Bill -I’m sorry, that comment was for “american independant thinker”

      5. paul says:

        Totalitarian?? Having a democratically-elected State Executive and democratically-elected majorities in the Legislature is totalitarian? They campaigned on budget-cutting and collective-bargaining reform. Because the voters wanted this, they won. They introduced legislation to cut the budget and reform collective bargaining. They debated it. The majority of the legislators, representing the majority of the voters, are ready to pass the legislation they were elected to pass. Under what Bizarro-World sun is that totalitarian??

        And regarding what the Republicans have done for the “working poor,” which can hardly describe public employees, how about trying to pass legislation that allows them to work for the government without being forced to pay union dues? This legislation gives those public employees the right to give themselves a pay raise.

  39. Casey says:

    Remember when Obama nominated Kagan… But she’ll be liberal, she’ll lean way left… you know what? Obama won the election, the House & the Senate so he got to nominate who he wanted… it’s called a mandate! Now Walker has a mandate from the people of Wisconsin. He gets to pass the laws the people voted him in for – like it or not! Imagine if enough Republican Sens or Reps could have somehow done the same thing against Kagan these 14 are doing. Impeachment hearings would have already concluded by now.

    1. Wesly says:

      The stupidest thing a politician does is think they have a mandate. They throw reason and common sense out the window. What the people want in an election one year changes by the next. The Wisconsin governor has handled the situation with no deftness, no statesmanship. This comes from thinking he has a mandate. That gets you rejected. See Wendall Anderson for classless moves, Rich Kahn for classless move turning an election.

      1. American Independent Thinker says:

        Of course you are referring to Obamacare and the manner in which it was passed, correct?

  40. Rocco Henderson says:

    Greedy public employee union bosses sure want their hands on our tax dollars, don’t they?

    Private employee unions make sense. Public employee unions are a LOT different, especially with their campaign-paid-for Democratic Party butt-buddies “negotiating” for the “other side”. Taxpayers, watch your pockets! They must salivate when dreaming about their forthcoming mansion purchases complete with attendant caviar, paid for by our tax dollars.

    How can I sign up for a deal like that, too?

  41. Miguel says:

    The wannabe wily operatives of my former party will have to get the sh_t kicked out of them in the next election, and the next, and the next. The once-great party of JFK has been co-opted by vicious and heartless elitist academic Progressives, people who hate the Common Man and Woman.

    MSM is the main culpret, as it’s editors lie, lie lie, as we’ve found out here in California where the Democrat weasels have destroyed our economy, our hopes, dreams and our children’s futures. As a former Democrat , I hate all Democrats now and our household will NEVER vote Democrat for the rest of our lives!

  42. Mr. Curmudgeon says:

    Any organization that would encourage, condone, sanction, or otherwise support its membership to lie (teacher sick days) has no moral leg to stand on.

    Even the ethics complaint, that is the substance of this story, is based on a deceitful, dishonest act.

    What’s more, the recasting of the collective bargaining issue into the denial of “human rights” is intellectually dishonest; the right to collectively bargain is a right under the law, and the law, by the majority and under the rule of law, is about to change; the right to collective bargaining is neither inalienable, nor is it self-evident.

    Even doctors writing fictitious notes of diagnosis to assist dishonest teachers in gaming the system…

    Does anyone else detect a pattern here?

  43. btb says:

    Bust the union. Bust them real good.

  44. Hank Warren says:

    Useless politicians wating time, yet another violation of our rights. Add it to the list of gov’t violations of our right:
    They violate the 1st Amendment by placing protesters in cages, banning books like “America Deceived II” and censoring the internet.
    They violate the 2nd Amendment by confiscating guns.
    They violate the 4th and 5th Amendment by molesting airline passengers.
    They violate the entire Constitution by starting undeclared wars for foreign countries.
    Impeach Obama and sweep out the Congress.
    (Last link of Banned Book):

  45. Eric says:

    So, WALKER gets an ethics complaint against him by elected officials who’ve FLED the state instead of doing their jobs, while pandering to a bunch of crybaby unions who want more privileged perkes on our dime, over a phone call with a LIAR (where and he says nothing wrong, btw)?

    Any judge worth his salt will call the plantiffs to the bench, crunch that complaint down into a little ball with his hands, and proceed to STUFF it down their mouths.

    And I’m being kind. Me? I’d have them bend over and drop their drawers, then park it nice and tight up their south ends — after I beat them senseless for breaching the bounds of insult and stupidity in a virtually supernatural way.

  46. David Zukerman says:

    Anyone see an ethics problem arising from a phone call made by a person claiming to be someone else?

  47. Hal McCombs says:

    Democrats are evil. They will lie, cheat and steal to get their way. And all the while they are convincing stupid people they are the good guys.


    1. william says:

      This from the person who obviously supports the party of Richard Nixon,
      Find the WMDS yet?
      Is Jon Grundseth out of the pool yet?
      Read how George Bush made his money selling bad oil wells.
      Do you need more liars, cheaters, and otherwise slimy people from both parties?
      It is a free county, think what you want

  48. sbenard says:

    Filing ethics complaints is the latest refuge of scoundrels.

    They did exactly the same thing to drive Gov. Palin from office; the costs of defending herself against frivolous ethics complaints were so astronomical that she couldn’t stay in office and afford the legal bills on her gubernatorial salary. She beat ALL of them! Every single one! Now, the immoral Democrats are trying the same strategy against Gov. Walker.

    They should have filed a complaint against THEMSELVES! This tells the citizens something fundamental about their own character, NOT Governor Walker’s. They have none! They’re cads ALL!

  49. Ahull123 says:

    You know what, it all boils down to: ELECTIONS HAVE CONSEQUENCES!!!! Democrats lost.. get over move on, this is the price you pay. you cannot have your cake and eat it too. These are the same democrats that would scold republican stall tactics (although I don’t remember the whole rep. sen caucus fleeing the country when the health care bill came up for vote) you vote your opinion and if you are out numbered… you lose, it’s simple… republican or democrat, it works the same. could somebody please l=inform these idiots of this.

  50. allahdad says:

    Just more proof that you cannot work with Demoncrats. They’re evil.

  51. mike says:

    “The complaint that’s been filed with the Government Accountability Board claims Walker violated ethics regulations, including those prohibiting use of state offices for political purposes”

    What an oxymoron, The Governor and or any other elected official can not use a state office for political purpose’s, that means that every politician elected can not use their office to pass or reject any piece of legislation, since it is for political purposes. The Dems are really reaching for anything they can get their hands on to continue this stalemate.

  52. SIB says:

    GO WALKER GO. You are doing a GREAT JOB.
    It is because of the unions that jobs are going overseas.
    I never purchase anything union made.



  54. Bob says:

    Ethics charges? The democrats really don’t get it do they. These 14 clowns that have escaped the state should be expelled from the Senate, and imprisoned for mis appropriation of government funds (accepting pay), subverting the constitution and obstruction of the democratic process. Additionally if it were a crime to be stupid they could also go to jail for that along with all the union teachers and state employees. If these people were any dumber, you’d have to fertilize them and water them twice a week

  55. Bill says:

    Let me make sure I understand this: Being an elected public official and fleeing your post…for a time longer than 2 weeks…for whatever purposes…is considered ethical?

    If an ethics charge is to be filed against Gov. Walker then so be it. But the same people filing the ethics charge against Walker should file an ethics charge agianst those who have adandoned their elected civic duty.

    Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.

  56. ricardo maxwell says:

    The Dems are very desperate in this attempt to discredit a brave and intelligent Governor. Their little ploy was weak childish and cowardly. Only a Democrat judge and a kangaroo court would give any credence to this charge. Thank Gov Walker for continuing to fight the fight against these Democrats and Unions.

  57. William S says:

    This charge against Governor Walker is trivial and amounts to harassment. The 800-pound gorillas in the room are the 14 Democratic state senators who have willingly abdicated their oath to uphold the Wisconsin constitution. They should be given 5 years in prison for sabotaging the democratic process, but we all know that will never happen because the leftist judges are as corrupt as the senators. Democracy was stolen from the people. This would be a sad day for us all if it wasn’t for the fact that the public employee unions will lose much of their oppressive power. The only politician who has seen fit to return the democratic process to the people of Wisconsin is Governor Walker. He is a hero for what he is doing.

  58. jack prong says:

    ethics violation from a prank phone call?????? what a joke. it’s nothing compared to the egregious ethics violations against the constituents of the 14 democrat senators of wisconsin. their constituents are allowed to twist in the wind while their democrat senators are protesting a potential cut off of their union dues/bribes/gravy train paid to them for ever higher salaries and benefits for the public unions.

  59. LibertyFirst1776 says:

    For those that rant about Republicans killing the middle class, I would remind you that businesses have a limited purpose – they provide a product or service, and they earn a profit for their owners. The employment and compensation they provide is a delicate balance based on market supply and demand.

    Businesses do not exist to serve a social engineering agenda where the profit required to sustain and grow businesses is disregarded, and self-esteem is realized by guaranteed employmenht and simply being handed a paycheck. That would be an Employment Club, or simply Welfare.

    If the Democrats and the Unions are so smart, why don’t they simply start a range of businesses and hire their union army as employees. They can lavish themselves with $100k salary+benefits, and create rules where none of them can be fired. It will be liberal nirvana…socialist utopia! Since the Democrats and Unions are so smart, they will figure out how to disregard that pesky profit requirement, and pay the bills with butterflies and unicorns and improved self-esteem.

  60. Fanny Forbes Franklen says:

    As we talk about phone calls and all the other BS here, the real question is why do we even have government schools? Nowhere in the constitution does it mandate for public schools, school teachers or the horrible information they try to impart as knowledge.

  61. Hortdog says:

    THis all comes down to the FACT that THe State is no longer going to AUTOMATICLY deduct union dues from it’s members and in turn give those “withholdings” to the Unions. The Auto Deduction of dues. This is reminisent of…” We have to pass the bill to know what’s in it mentality. NOT WORKING!!!

  62. Brett says:

    Yet these are the same democrats who conveniently didn’t see any of former Gov. Jim ‘Diamond’ Doyle’s plethora of ethics violations. Hypocrisy, thy name is Democrat.

  63. Bob350 says:

    This is all about election nullification. The Socialists can’t stand the fact that they lost in November and are now trying to nullify the election. It is as simple as that.

  64. Spring Mountaineer says:

    The Dems have painted themselves in a corner and need a distraction badly; they have fading public support that was tepid to begin with. Now, once again, they find themselves on the wrong side of the issue, so they bring this out.

    For crying out loud Dems, get your butts back to your job and do what you were elected to do, or leave. You are SOL.

  65. Beowulfe says:

    P.s.: If anyone is ACTUALLY interested in who ACTUALLY contributes to whom, you can head on over to F.y.i. “big business” tends to donate to both parties about equally. Unions and PACS OVERWHELINGLY donate to Democrats. Of the top 10 contributors since 1989, 8 are major Democrat donors and 6 are unions. In fact, the largest donor, a PAC called ActBlue, donated almost 3 times more to Democrats since 2004 than the largest major Republican donor, union National Auto Dealers Association, has donated to Republicans since 1990.

  66. John says:

    No seriously..bunch of losers not showing up for work (god would I love to do that sometimes and remain employed) talking about ethics…makes sense…if you don’t think about it.

  67. Bruce says:

    This is is just too funny….The WI Dems who ran away to Illinois are filing an ethics complaint against Gov. Walker…They are even more stupid then I thought…

  68. toledofan says:

    The Democratic party has become the ‘despiciable party” and they continue to show, each day, why they can’t be trusted with running hte government, managing the economy or managing the states. What is really bad is that there are people out there who will actually believe what the media tells them or actually support what these Democrats are doing. It sure would be a nice feature if we all could just run away from our responsibilities and say hey when it gets better or the heat is turned down we’ll come back. Pathetic

  69. Jbaby says:

    We certainly deserve one another. I know I am a hypocrite, how about you? The tact we seem to take now is whatever we are doing wrong must be atrributed to the other side.

  70. Ron says:

    The socialist are trying to Palinize Walker just like they did in Alaska, Always go after the individual not the agency.

  71. thrasher says:

    Let me get this straight: the dems are filing an ethics complaint against the governor, while their own senators are hiding out in another state, getting paid while shirking their duties as elected officials. The utter hypocrisy of the dems is just astounding.

  72. skep says:

    I hope the dems cowardly hiding out of state are not getting paid. Most people that don’t show up for work get fired.

  73. Dan Danese says:

    This is a desperate attempt by the Dems. The real question that is begging to be asked is ‘Who paid for their hotels while they were out of town?’ There have been lots of speculation about third party donors paying for their hotels while hiding out. This is a clear violation of campaign finance laws. This filing is an attempt to divert attention from that question. I think the Governor needs to file an ethics complaint leveling the charge. Make them reveal who is supporting them.

  74. Justin says:

    I don’t care what was said the unions have to go! Hey hey hey. Ho Ho Ho Them unions thugs have got go! Hey hey hey. Ho Ho Ho
    If you want to be in a union then be in a union. Write your check and give it to them. But we will no longer permit a government body be collector of money and turn it over to the unions only have the unions give it to crooks. No more automatic. In fact I want to see a halt to payroll deductions for taxes and you have to pay your taxes each payday.

  75. Mwalker says:

    There are 2 kinds of republicans, rich ones and suckers. The fact private business no longer have pensions or good health benefits because they can’t afford it while paying huge salaries and benefits to executives tells me all I need to know. State workers are not upper class or wealthy so what we have is middle class vs middle class. How about we focus a bit our energy and outrage on the tax breaks and benefits the rich people get, thats where the real money is.

    1. MDWhite says:

      Ooooooooooooooo….the evil rich again. By rich, you must, of course, mean Kerry and Kennedy and Soros and Pelosi and Moore and Schumer and Obama?

      Question, sparky: Were you born an smug, condescending ass or did you go to law school at the University of Michigan to study on it?

    2. paul says:

      “Tax breaks and benefits the rich people get?” The wealthiest 1% of Americans pay 37% of the income tax. The top 10% pay 68%. The top 50% pays 97%. What outrageous tax breaks the rich are getting!

  76. Leroy Griffiths says:

    Koch should sue the MF’ing blogger for identity theift. That’d teach these low-life liberal bloggers.

  77. Gaby Tyler says:

    good grief can we get over it already just a stupid joke that wasn`t quite as great as it seemed at the time not like we are all angels that never said a thing that turned out to be somewhat dumber then it sounded in our head

  78. DaveG says:

    This is how Dems regard democracy. If you do’t vote for us we’re not going to participate.. As Obamaa said to the Republicans,”I(we) won, you lost”. It’s obvious that the dems don’t believe in the constitution, or anything else that they disagree with. Elections matter.They lost,

  79. LibertyFirst1776 says:

    Re: “Mwalker

    There are 2 kinds of republicans, rich ones and suckers. The fact private business no longer have pensions or good health benefits because they can’t afford it while paying huge salaries and benefits to executives tells me all I need to know. State workers are not upper class or wealthy so what we have is middle class vs middle class. How about we focus a bit our energy and outrage on the tax breaks and benefits the rich people get, thats where the real money is.”


    It seems like you are able to reside in FantasyLand, where having to stay in business is of no consequence. I guess when you sponge off the taxpayer you can demand anything you want. Taxpayers can’t go out of business, right? Well they just did. You are SOL.

    The Democrats don’t do anyone any favors by pretending you sustain the unsustainable. The people they claim to lead suffer the most – the army of useful idiots falls further and further behind by focusing on maintaining the status quo, rather than doing the hard work of preparing for the future in a competitive global marketplace.

    I happen to know one or two million $$ CEOs. If you think you have what it takes to lead a global business in this economy, then do it. You can hire all your useful idiots and pay them luxurious benefits. You can then answer to your shareholders as you destroy your business and throw everyone out of work.

    1. Mwalkin says:

      Re Libertyfirst1776:
      I take it you are one of the suckers. I work for UW-Madison and do work in medical research. My funding does not come from the state, it comes from many different companies across the globe that need problems solved and testing done in a unbiased way, yes I bring money into the state. I have 15 US and international patents 62 published articles in various journals and love the job I do. I am paid $64,000/year and for the last 2 years I took a 3% pay cut due to furloughs, my gold plated healthcare plan is so good that my family had $6300 worth of dental work done last year and I paid $5950 of it.
      If by sponge off of the taxpayer you mean work to contribute to the health and well being of all people even you both in the US and around the world then I am a sponge. I happen to think I’m a pretty good deal for the taxpayer.
      The republican senate and assembly majority leaders the Fitzgerald brothers got their dad the job of head of the state patrol he has 3 public pensions and one of them has a wife that teaches high school, they are a bunch of hypocrites.
      I’m sure that there has never been anybody in the private sector that has sponged of the taxpayer.

  80. Vik says:

    From what I understand the unions better sit down and shut up because they have broken a couple state laws.. The fact that they are accepting donations into a fund to support them not working actually is breaking the law in Wisconsin. Also, the thugs who stormed a pizza place and shoved private employees is also
    A charge.

  81. maxtor says:

    where did they file it?? Illinois??

  82. Mason says:

    And a hearty “Get Bent” to all the posters here this morning. Now, go on about your business.

  83. AttorneyTom says:

    Wis Stats 943.201(2)Whoever, for any of the following purposes, intentionally uses, attempts to use, or possesses with intent to use any personal identifying information [i.e., name] … of an individual … without the authorization or consent of the individual and by representing that he or she is the individual … is guilty of a Class H felony:

    (c) To harm the reputation … of the individual

  84. Moe says:

    Hey, Walker pranked the pranker. Who was pranking who? Prove that! Enough said, Dens are showing how desperate they are!

  85. Stevie G. says:

    DemonKKKrats are some very sexy union ho’s. They don’t even charge that much.

  86. Htos1 says:

    Dims,as their illegal power power and ways are exposed,are getting more and more dangerous.Stay vigilant and be wary of their “warrior” class,the inner city thugs/unions.

  87. Tim Cogswell says:

    The Socialist union types are running scared!

  88. treachery says:

    Thanks for the laugh.

  89. MDWhite says:

    Dems can never address the issues; flinging crap like a bunch of chimps or running away to hide like a bunch of scared, shrieking little girls is their way of avoiding tough decisions.

    They whine and hold their breath and dissemble and when the grown-ups don’t cave in, they roll out their over-paid, pencil-neck lawyers to tie up the issue in endless litigation.

    Democrats actually disgust me.

  90. Mike says:

    Can the democrats cry a little more, please. You have to show up to work to file a motion, you idiots!

  91. justice fleeting says:

    What do Wisconsin Dems and public unions know about ethics. They are the bad example of ethical behavior and politeness.

  92. mfirebrand1 says:

    Governor Walker, You are in our prayers and we are with you. Racine

  93. Tax payer citizen says:

    Do these clowns get pay for not showing to work? Who will pay for their expenses while they are on the run?

  94. kimdi01 says:

    WHAT A BUNCH OF HYPOCRITES ARE THE WISCONSIN DEMOCRATS! They are filing ethics charges against the Governor because he in in his office trying to do the business of the state while they are on a “vacation” not doing the job for which they were elected. Are they being paid while the hide? If so, they are falsely accepting taxpayer money. Are they expensing any of their little sojourn away form their place of employment? To do so they have to be filing, or soon will be filing expense reports, or in legal terms, FALSIFYING Government documents. Now who is in violation and should have ethics carges brought against them?

  95. Noah says:

    Here we go with another Paliunization of a Republican governor who only wants to do right by the people. The Democrats or Duh-mocrrats or Emo-crats have nothing substantial on the man, so they decide to play dirty with lies.

  96. TheTruth says:

    Ethics complaint?…LMFAO!! I guess public employees think it’s ethical to suck the taxpayers dry, then use that money to bribe politicians to vote them even more bennies. How low will these people stoop? ..Apparently VERY low!!

  97. carl6352 says:

    this is classic people. when you are losing the the public issue you smear the opponent. this is classic saul alinsky. do not face your opponent destroy the person not the ideal. right out of his manifesto. democrats use it 24 hrs a day. the minute palin got into the race in 07 democrats sent a army of lawyers to alaska to dig up dirt of any kind. hence the constant barrage of things like this article shows against her. what it does is slow you down and sap you of funds. so you win not on the merits but by sleaze. the media knows this but refuses to expose it!

    1. Andy says:

      Pot…kettle?? Look at how many Democrats are on this page smearing Republicans. The anger and hatred seems to be coming from one side, the right. Seems like tea baggers are the ones who are scared, otherwise there wouldn’t be 200+ comments of pure hate. Oh well, I can’t expect much else out of you guys. -And to the Dems: let these guys blow their tops. Leave the comments on articles alone and just let them flap their wings and beat their chest. Stay above their hatred. Pretty soon they’ll get so flustered they’ll implode. And, if they get their way, the downfall of the country will be on their “patriotic” shoulders.

  98. Recon says:

    An ethics complaint, from the same people that fled the process and gifted the state with more debt b/c they made sure they weren’t available to do their jobs. From the same people that left the state to be sure their biggest donors could bus activists from *out* of state to demonstrate for the weeks they’ve been sitting on their butts in Illinois.
    One of those donors is bragging about their ‘89%’ grad rate. I haven’t seen any mention of the reports on the quality of the education those kids are getting. Or the fact that the same kids will need a remedial course in order to get thru college. Or the abysmal rating – an ‘F’, actually – they rec’d for their teaching of history. Or the fact that really what the unions are interested in protecting isn’t the teachers and it isn’t the voters and it *sure as h*ll* isn’t the kids or they wouldn’t be so resistant to making positive change, as Fl has in such spectacular fashion . It’s the flow of cash and political power between the politicians and unions. It’s self-interest that cuts the kids and voters completely out of the process.
    And if you think they respect their members, think again because they’re not letting them get between the leadership and the money either. Look up Becks rights and the recent union financial disclosure laws. They made sure the members can’t see what they’re doing, with the help of Solis, the NLRB and Obama. Get a clue, WI. This blind allegiance to them is sheer idiocy.
    Get a clue.

  99. doug says:

    so the teachers skip work and get FAKE doctors notes and no one is fired. The dems entrap the Gov and they want his head. Can anyone say double moron standard….

  100. rtc says:

    Since the parties were in different states it comes under Federal Wiretap Law. That trumps state laws. Prosecute the caller.

  101. JustAGuy says:

    What? That’s like the thief accusing the shop owner of stealing. The WI Dems sure have some hubris!

  102. Minu Ramsey says:

    follow the money, look at who is paying for the hotels and food, if they are taking money from the DNC publish it, if they are getting union money to pay for their expenses then throw the book at them. As a matter of fact, the police should start doing a forencic accounting that way all the ducks are in a row and put these sleeze bags in jail. the sooner the better.

  103. ellis says:

    Ethics to a democrat are like holy water to a vampire or silver bullets to a werewolf.

  104. americabev says:

    I think this is something everyone can agree on: attention jeffrey dahmer: ur new roommate in hell is fixin to be vandersloot.

  105. Susan says:

    Was this complaint filed from their hide out in Illinois ?

  106. LibsAreCommies says:

    Maybe it is time that society deport or kill Liberals.

  107. MT says:

    DNC is OK with filing charges on a fake phone call that they orchestrated?

    Man, they are desperate.

    We really wish these cowards would return to work and stop the shenanigans.

    What a bunch of crooks, cowards, and losers. GET BACK TO WORK you sorry sacks of union thuggery.

  108. Jeff Fischer says:

    Ummm… I’d be more impressed if the Democratic Senators filed the complaint in person.

  109. Tim says:

    He said that he considered using agent provocateurs to discredit the protest. That deserves criminal investigation.

  110. Robert says:

    Why does the liberal in this case have to resort to lies to achieve his goal? Some people believe good can come from doing wrong, but don’t realize that it compromises their position. There is no “right”, or “wrong” in the world in which we live; it is all relative.

    I am a former Teamster and agree that someone needs to look out for the interests of the “little guy,” but I have seen the abuses in the system as well. Reform is needed.

  111. Frank says:

    Who has filed an ethics complaint against the Democrat Senators for abandoning their jobs and their state? These people should be either thrown out of office or placed in jail.

  112. Soul Leister says:

    …didn’t the faux reporter commit a crime when he stole the identity of Mr Koch, using it to mis-lead the Governor… isn’t identity theft a big deal. Charging the Governor with an ethics violation after first having committed an unethical act (nay crime) to get the story they were themselves making (otherwise did not exist), would seem beyond unseemly… typical democrat media, not to be trusted.

  113. Soul Leister says:

    The good people of Wisconsin would be better served if the Governor vacates the empty/abandonned democrat seats, appointed interim replacements (preferably republicans) and announces special elections later this year (or next). Who doesn’t think the democrats would do just that had the cowards that fled been republican.

  114. george says:

    Democrats are the biggest whiners ever! What a bunch of girlie men! Never have I seen just a joke of a party of cowards in my life. Losers!

  115. jrterrier says:

    i believe that under fed law, one party consent is ok unless the consenting person is acting in a fraudulent manner. the caller, who impersonated someone else may have been acting fraudulently.

  116. Speaknup says:

    What a bunch of weasels! I actually listened to the entire prank call and thought the Governor handled himself quite well – in spite of the jerk on the other end of the phone. Since when is it a crime to answer a call (not place a call) from a political donor? You don’t think Democrats ever talk to their political donors from their office phones? This is more vicious and underhanded behavior designed to punish Walker for his policies and distract him from his responsibilities. Furthermore, if I was Koch, I would sue the radio personality for impersonating him with the intent to undermine his character and imply some sort of unethical behavior–and the station itself for allowing it!

  117. Larry says:

    Dereliction of dutiable Democrats?


    a. The act of abandoning; abandonment.
    b. A state of abandonment or neglect.

  118. eye5454 says:

    Let me get this straight. The dems that fled the state over-riding the fall election and rules of governance filed an ethics complaint ? Hhhmmm .

  119. Brian says:

    I have trouble with the Dems filing an ethics violation when they are the ones committing political malpractice by leaving the state when a budget vote is going on.

  120. Dave says:

    If a prosecution were attempted, it would be unlikely that the tape would be admitted as evidence. The claim that the tape is complete and unedited could only be verified by a person who lies on the tape. No honest judge would allow its admission into evidence.

  121. amny says:

    And the sissy-mary’s are still hiding?lol…rename that party to’s more fitting

  122. ROCKY says:

    DEMOCRACKHEADS are desperate and will do anything and say anything to Win there war on changing America to their Radical sick Views! Real America has woken up I thank you Mr Obama for showing your true Colors as a Liberal Radical fanatic leftist destroyer of true America! Let me Educate You Mr Obama America is a Judeo-Christian Nation built on God’s
    principals whether you like it or Not Mr Obama America is a Christian Nation biblical principals that were in the Constitition Read wallbuilders Mr Obama!!! Reid, Obama, Pelosi never stand up for Christian Principals because they are anti God! They are Haters of God’s people, Its Sad that America has to take this Country Back from this Radical Liberal extremist!!! We must win the war on Liberal Extremisim in America and Their Liberal Media airwaves who brain wash America in believing their propaganda BS, The liberals Sean Penn, Michael Moore, Bill Maher and Cnn and others should be deported to france where they all belong. GOD BLESS AMERICA & FIGHT BACK AGAINST THESE MORONS!!!

    1. Tom r says:

      Great post Rocky!

  123. COMountainguy says:

    You can’t use State offices for political purposes. Wouldn’t that put an end to government since that is what is taking place? On a smarter note. Why is no one impeaching those politicians that left the state and are not doing their job?

  124. RufusVonDufus says:

    What? Walker is the ONLY one with integrity in this fight. Union thugs have no integrity and we have known that for a long time.

  125. Edgar Friendly says:

    wouldn’t the democrats have to come back to their own bloody state to do anything?

    bunch of pu$$ies, these wisconsin democrats – the same ones that threaten women (“you’re effing dead”!)

  126. Ron says:

    That’s funny, a question of ethics from the group who doesn’t even want to come to work!!

  127. Khandoor says:

    “No controlling legal authority” LMAO

  128. Netword says:

    Looks to me like a lot of folks are missing the main point here. Anyone can make a complaint- pretty much about anything. The point is there’s no merit here. It will be tossed. Even if a biased judge upholds, it will be appealed and eventually tossed. Just sayin’

  129. GrannyCares says:

    THE CAT IS OUT OF THE BAG! Folks — around the country — are now realizing that for years unions and politicians had essentially an incestuous relationship from a monetary point of view. Politicians would do the bidding (encouraging union membership of government workers) in return for cash dollars for their campaigns, and promises of ‘support’ from the union. (YOU GUESS WHICH PARTY RECEIVED THE MAJORITY OF THAT SUPPORT.)

    The person ending up paying for this cozy relationship was YOU — the TAXPAYER. Now, politicians are at a point where the pond is dry. States are going broke due to all of the promises made in the past. That is why there are BILLIONS in unfunded pensions, not to mention other perks. The politicians also know they cannot tax individuals into oblivion — especially during dire economic times.

    Do the unions care about increasing taxes? OF COURSE NOT. They will continue to get their cut (that you and I underwrite), but even more $$$$$$ if they can ‘arm twist’ more perks from the politicians.

    What are the real issues facing us today in Wisconsin, (and other states for that matter)? One word: POWER. Just remember, YOU AND I DID NOT ELECT THE UNION TO REPRESENT OUR INTEREST!

  130. NightWisp says:

    Oh Yes. Filed by those who have none.

  131. Roy Rogers says:

    “Democrats file ethics complaint.”

    How could they possibly know what ethics are?

    The only poll that matters is the one in November. Elections have consequences.

  132. djh says:

    So what are these deceitful, lying, cry babies who are robbing the people of their justly elected legislature going to say when it gets thrown out, are they going to accuse the judge of lying and misconduct?

    It seems they’re bound and determined to bury themselves with this situation, the longer it goes on the worse it gets for them.
    Amazing, typicial modern democrats, absolutely no respect for the voice or will of the people.

  133. Jasonn says:

    Sounds to me like an act of desperation.

  134. MDWhite says:

    hahahahahahaha….dems and “ethics” in the same sentence….hahahahahahah…that’s really good!

  135. TiredOfIt says:

    Boy, those Dems are really grasping for anything, aren’t they? How about THEIR unethical actions of abandoning their job at the taxpayer’s expense… yes, we’re still paying their salary — so it’s at OUR expense! When you’re the minority in congress, you don’t just run away when you’re the party losing a vote. If congress was run that way, nothing would get done. Suck it up, get back to work, do the job you’re paid to do … if you don’t like the results of a vote, change it when you’re back in the majority! That’s how it works!!!

  136. mikehornet says:

    Why can’t they just balance the godforsaken budget already and everybody that doesn’t want to do that just shut the f@&k up???!!!

  137. Nelson Lovejoy says:

    Stand you ground Gov Walker!!! you are doing the right thing. you must fix or attempt to fix your budget…..some people just cant seem to “tighten their belts” in this day and age. they want the whole cake and not give any to anyone. the unions are going to be the death of a lot of companies/corps…, already has been. teacher are not putting students/children first…they are only thinking about number one and to hell with teaching our future leaders. they make me sick…fire all of them then hire some non union teachers from the south that do care…i am sure you could get a lot of dedicated teachers for the salary you would pay them.

  138. justavoter says:

    Don’t forget we have a president and various liberal democrats congressman that do not follow the rulle of law.

  139. Vince says:

    In order to be a democrat today you have to be completely shameless. This proves it.

  140. Cogiito says:

    Let the impeachments begin. Starting with Obama, Reid, Pelosi, Rangel, Holder and whip out the Czars that do not represent the peoples will.

  141. djm159 says:

    This is without question the most ironic comment I have ever heard. The wisconsin democrats who hid out in another state are bringing ethics charges against the governor? That explains volumes. Democrats do not understand the definition of the words ethic, ethics or ethical. No wonder they aren’t ethical or moral, they have no clue what it means. Impeach the brave democrats and put their salaries back in the coffers of the state. Help decrease the deficit.

  142. fedup says:

    Send out the lay off notices. ALL 1500 of them.
    Fire them all.

  143. spoofroggy says:

    Those wonderfully ethical and upstanding Democrats: always doing the right thing.

  144. Dennis D says:

    Governor Scott represents taxpayers. Unions do not care about taxpayers.

  145. Darrel says:

    The Fleebaggers drawing wages for leaving work are filing ethics charges????????

    Fire these wage stealing awol fleebaggers!!!!!!!

  146. alces says:

    Since the individual calling wasn’t a campaign contributor, how can the call constitute illegal third-party coordination.

  147. Barry Cooper says:

    Pathetic. Stand strong, Walker. You are doing the right thing, for the right reasons. There is no difference between bullies on the playground, and bullies trying to subvert democracy. Do your job.

  148. BLaskinen says:

    I am a Wisconsin state worker and in the union. 1) They never asked me if I wanted to be in the union and I was told I was “required” to pay my union dues. Even though I have not agreed with one thing they have done. 2) This bill does not take away bargianing “rights” – unions and CB units can still bargian – what it does is level the playing field with the other side. 3) If you look at the premise of the protests, what these people are saying is that they cannot “trust” the duly elected government officials to treat them fairly (unless a Democrat is elected) – in other words, they do not trust the people because they might elect Republicans. 4) None of the protestors or the Democrats who left the state represent ME.

  149. HRoz says:

    What do we have now?…..a month without the Dems in office?……and nothing has been accomplished?…..It’s as if they never left!!! Far as I’m concerned…..they can stay in Illinois for the rest of the year……..Wisconsin will get 5 times more accomplished without ’em!!!

  150. Not from the Party of NoShow says:

    I smell desperation. The behaviour by these Democrats is truly pathetic. There was an election and those who were elected are fulfilling their campaign promises. Those reps hiding out need to get back and do their job.

  151. supersniffy says:

    Where’s the ethics violation complaint for the Dems? Their abandonment is high treason!

  152. TheBruce says:

    One gigantic FACT that this article conveniently left out was the fact the Walker REJECTED the prankster’s offer.

    Yes, his staff “considered” doing something similar to the prankster’s offer in its own, but the governor dropped the idea.

    If the Dems want to pursue a Red Herring, let them. The joke will be on them in the end.

  153. Kelly in Boston says:

    Note to normal readers of this site–The far-right-wing Drudgereport has linked to this site, so you have people commenting that would not otherwise be here (and who have no connection to your community). Please don’t think that the whole world has turnedi imbecile overnight–These nuts were hereded here.

    1. Josh says:

      @Kelly in Boston: Thank you so much for letting us know that! I actually started emailing this around to some of my lefty friends being like: we gotta get out of minneapolis! This whole place is about to explode!! I was legitimately concerned about my well being! It was such a relief to see that this is a culmination of cross-country nutjobs, and that my community is still in balance!

  154. Ghostsouls says:

    Ok, let’s dig into the past of every th8ing these 14 Democrats have done since the time they turned 18, until the present day. Let’s see then who comes out squeaky clean. More waste of tax payer’s money. They leave town being paid, wasting taxpayer money. They hold up the state’s business, wasting taxpayer money. They get their union friends to bash, tear up and dirty the capitol building, which will cost millions to repair and clean up. Now they want to spend more taxpayer money of ridiculous charges to draw this out even farther. I am so sick to death of these 14 democrats. But the one thing that can be credited to them, is 23 members of my family have switched party to either (5)Independents, (3) Libertarian and (15) Republicans as a direct result of their behavior. They say they cannot stand behind a party not willing to do the work it is being paid to do. So, I do thank them for that much. All the democrats do is party, have dinners, and spend the people money and not work, they are lazy arrogant socialist elitists.

  155. Go Walker were with you says:

    The caller should be arrested for identity theft claiming to be someone else just like posing as a cop. This is entrampment at the highest order but then again what would you expect for a bunch of lazy lefty loonies that want government handouts and entitlements shops gonna close now the banks gonna close because Dems policies have bankrupted the nation due to socialism for people who don’t want to work! Nothing but useless eaters that are wasting the air and space we breathe and should be put down like dogs! This isnt a commie state or a gay utopia go move to Europe and get out of America we dont need you here.

  156. Roland Melnick says:

    DPoW’s Mike Tate is good at wasting time and resources to make mountains out of mole hills. It is why his party got their a$$es handed to them last November. Not to mention, he has no credibility when it comes to waging allegations of unethical conduct so long as his 14 State Senators hold the State Legislature hostage by vacationing in Illinois on the labor unions’ dime. But according to them, “this is what democracy looks like.”

  157. Bill says:

    @Kelly: Where is Boston, Wisconsin? OH…it’s ok for for YOU to comment from out of WI…but not anyone else. It’s OK to BUS IN Agitators from as far away as CA to camp out in the Capitol to protest…but people who post here who don’t support your position. When it suits you “It takes a Global Village”…but when the strength in numbers appears you attack with more Alinsky-isms.

    Rather than respect people’s rights to have a different opinion you call those with a different view “nuts.” You have offered no statement regarding the original article. By inference you seem to think abandoning the post one was elected to and fleeing to another state is ethical; but replying on a crank call is not.

    Enjoy your high tax state.

    1. Josh says:

      @Bill She just wanted to let us in Minneapolis know that our city hasn’t suddenly flipped inside out. Of all of the post on this site, this one is the only one that’s got some truth. We were very appreciative.

  158. Thron says:

    Well governor Walker, welcome to ex-Governor Palin’s world of Democrats borking any conservative with principles that focus of the well being of citizens.

  159. Me, the one saying this says:

    How Democrats apparently think:

    Oh hello, what’s this then?
    … Can I spend it?
    …… Can I tax it?
    ……… Can I deny it?
    ……….. Can I sue it?

  160. Justine says:

    Must be a strategy of Democrats — alleging ethics violations, just like they did to Sarah Palin, causing her to resign because of the sheer legal costs. Do they intend to destroy this country, or do they just want to win at no cost?

    Does Wisconsin allow a judgment to the losing party for attorney fees? That is, if the ethical violation is ultimately found not to be a valid charge, can the Democrats be forced to pay the legal fees of the governor? Couldn’t in Alaska — maybe that’s something the Wisconsin legislature can remedy quickly…


  161. Hankmeister says:

    Freakin’ fleebagger Democrats. Once again we see Democrats undermining the will of the people. Those cowardly Donks who fleed to the People’s Republic of Illinois have disenfranchised the mainstream voters of Wisconsin who finally woke up to the reality public unions are fleecing taxpayers. This kind of political manipulation by union thugs (I’m a card carrying union member, btw) and Democrats are the reason I’m not longer a Democrat.

    And now desperate Democrats are attempting to intimidate the rightful governor of Wisconsin, Walker. Yet another attempt by politically motivated, despotic Democrats to disenfranchise the majority of Wisconsin voters!

    1. franklin says:

      I agree with you totally! Problem is 47% of all Americans are on some form of government assistance and those parasites do not want to fend for themselves. Democrats are people that believe the government exists soley to provide them or theirs with everything they cannot provide for themselves. There is no way the Dems will ever go to the unions, welfare class, illegal aliens and all the other fringe elements which constitue their party and tell them “the free ride is over” “we lied and now we all have to pay the piper”. Sorry!

  162. FUBAR says:

    Isn’t it interesting that the union protesters in WI are all white. Doesn’t the union have a diverse base? Is this a case of high income white wage earners seeking more?

  163. Shawn says:

    Unbelievable. The party that is totally delinquent in its responsibilities to the state of Wisconsin is filing an ethics complaint. Democrats, your party is an un-funny joke. Your party has actually become a domestic threat.

  164. melissatx says:

    Walker is correct and unions are thugs. They have far outlived their usefulness If teachers in WI and other states that join them would look at how they are manipulated and used by the unions and also how the union spends their dues, they would understand they care very little about teachers, and more about power. Walker should pink slip every last one of them. There are too many good teachers all over the US willing to take their places for a decent wage and compensation that will not bilk the taxpayers.

  165. zach says:

    Dems good, like angels. GOP bad, like poop.

  166. Chris says:

    So if I go to a Democrat campaign rally, and the Democrat calls on ME -a self proclaimed donor and supporter- to go rally OTHERS not present, that’s “third-party coordination”? Sounds harsh on politicians.

  167. fthomas cain says:

    Dems will use the same tactics against Walker as they did Palin-frivolous lawsuits in order to bankrupt him. Rupublicans are facing a losing battle with trying to pass balanced budgets and reduce government spending. The Dems tell thier fiscally brain dead followers that “everything is fine-the USA has plenty of money”-just like the brilliant Michael Moore believes. They have to keep feeding the entitlement beast they created and then blame the Republicans or their own constituents would crufcify them. Dems have perpetrated the largest fraud and biggest lie in the history of this country and now that the day of fiscal reckoning is here they want to act as though everything is fine. We have over 130 TRILLION in unfunded liabilities and we only take in 3 trillion per year in total revenues-do the math you brilliant Dems-your “free stuff” was not free!!

  168. sheilaL says:

    Your asessment is right on! All those that think we can go on the way we have-are going to see their whole world collapse when we can no longer seel our debt or print more valueless currency. We eill pay a horrible price for the fiscal ponzi scheme the Democratic Party has perpetrated on the American people since WWII!!

    Dems will use the same tactics against Walker as they did Palin-frivolous lawsuits in order to bankrupt him. Rupublicans are facing a losing battle with trying to pass balanced budgets and reduce government spending. The Dems tell thier fiscally brain dead followers that “everything is fine-the USA has plenty of money”-just like the brilliant Michael Moore believes. They have to keep feeding the entitlement beast they created and then blame the Republicans or their own constituents would crufcify them. Dems have perpetrated the largest fraud and biggest lie in the history of this country and now that the day of fiscal reckoning is here they want to act as though everything is fine. We have over 130 TRILLION in unfunded liabilities and we only take in 3 trillion per year in total revenues-do the math you brilliant Dems-your “free stuff” was not free!!

  169. franklin says:

    fthomascain-Very astute! We are beyond getting our fiscal house in order. We are like a runaway train headed over a cliff. Only total economic collapse is on our horizon!

    Dems will use the same tactics against Walker as they did Palin-frivolous lawsuits in order to bankrupt him. Rupublicans are facing a losing battle with trying to pass balanced budgets and reduce government spending. The Dems tell thier fiscally brain dead followers that “everything is fine-the USA has plenty of money”-just like the brilliant Michael Moore believes. They have to keep feeding the entitlement beast they created and then blame the Republicans or their own constituents would crufcify them. Dems have perpetrated the largest fraud and biggest lie in the history of this country and now that the day of fiscal reckoning is here they want to act as though everything is fine. We have over 130 TRILLION in unfunded liabilities and we only take in 3 trillion per year in total revenues-do the math you brilliant Dems-your “free stuff” was not free!!

  170. fthomas cain says:

    All one has to do is read these posts to see what is wrong with this country, and why we are spiraling downward as a society. We are so divided on every issue that we are incapapble of governing ourselves anymore. Whatever happened to that which once made us great has long since disappeared. Now we are just a bunch of contrarian hyphenated individuals divided along racial, ethnic, economic and partisan political lines. We are sewing the seeds of our own destruction-each group claiming to have a lock on “truth”. As Cicero stated during the collapse of the Roman Empire, “The enemy is within the gates, and the enemy is us” there is no fixing our problems-that would take unanimity of thought and vision-something we no longer have-thanks to the the diveristy of our very make-up. As Lincoln said “No house can stand that is divided”-and we are as divided as is humanly possible!!!

  171. Rick says:

    I have a suggestion – If the Dems want an ethics complaint so badly – let one of the Democratic Snetaotrs grow a pair and show up at the Statehouse to file the complaint!

  172. Alex says:

    You communist liberals you have been defeated for you wrong ideas. Gov. Walker you have our full support, please make America right again and stop these socialist communist worms that are destroying this great country of ours.
    Live free or die!!!!

  173. setpoint says:

    Nonissue! The democrats are trying to focus the attention away from their dereliction of duty by escaping to Illinois, to avoid voting on an issue they know is a no win either way the votes goes. If they vote for the bill they will be found at odds with the unions. If they vote against the bill, they will be at odds with the citizens of Wisconsin. They are demonstrating for us all political expediency, not courage of convictions. Their core conviction are for survival as politicians which seems to be everyone’s aim except Scott Walker.

  174. Carlos says:

    Here’s an idea, how about you Dems just getting your cowardly a$$e$ back to the capitol an DO YOUR DAMNED JOB????

  175. Not really kidding says:

    i’m starting a corporation for the working man, we can all buy shares, and save up enough power to provide social benefits for our shareholders, health care, SS, all that nonsense socialist stuff the other corporations are fighting to strip from the government. and then if this corporation gets big enough we’ll buy out the most corrupt other corporations and do whatever we can to help our shareholders as a whole, not just fiscally.

    after all, if the politicians on both sides slowly sell the government to the corporations, it might get past the point where the people have any political voice other than our own corporation.



  177. lcs says:

    The discord among Americans on which direction is best for government is nothing new. These posts, as divisive as they may be, prove that democratic (with a lower case d) debate is alive and well in America. We can go all the way back through American history to find the quote from Thomas Jefferson stating, “Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the raging sea of liberty”. Although the modern media, both left and right, has exacerbated the intensity of the debate, these heated arguments are part of the American experience and doesn’t signal the end of our society but, more appropriately, continues the free flow of opinions and ideas in the American tradition.

  178. caleb andersen says:

    Wow… it’s amazing how partisan peoples’ beliefs are. Beside the aisle pandering, there is a greater issue: the power of the minority within an assembly. Both what the Democrats and Republicans did was legally valid, so it becomes a question of ethics.

    So, please, argue ethics, not partisan-ship. Also, the name calling on both sides just cheapens the debate and turns people into slavering Neanderthals who are only interested in childish emotional outbursts.

    In short, both sides need to grow the F*** up.

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