MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Police are investigating an apparent fight over a balloon that left the state Capitol floor splattered with blood.

Capitol Police Chief Charles Tubbs says a female citizen and a male state employee got into some kind of argument over the woman’s balloon near the end of the noon hour in front of the state Supreme Court hearing room.

Tubbs had no other details, saying investigators are still gathering information about what happened next. Asked whose blood was splattered on the floor, he said only that the woman apparently wasn’t hurt and investigators were still assessing whether the worker had been injured and whether a weapon was involved.

Protesters still seething over Gov. Scott Walker’s collective bargaining law have been bringing balloons into the Capitol during their daily lunch hour sing-alongs.

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Comments (98)
  1. Swamp Rat says:

    DITTO!!! Instead of blood why aren’t they throwing cheese balls??? Only in Wisconsin…………….

    1. O-done-a says:

      I’m glad you said it—that state freaks me out! Everytime I have to go there (for ill gotten fireworks) I get the jeebies from the peeps. There’s always one dude that gives me the “I’m gonna lock you in my basement and see to you daily” vibe.

      1. The Architect says:

        I’m so happy I left MN for WI. The freaks are coming out in full force, and it seems their numbers were previously underestimated.

      2. Charlie says:

        And we think you are paranoid to make a comment like that…
        Would be nice if you stayed there as it would more fitting.

        1. BOOYAH says:

          Are you commenting for 2 or do you really think everyone in either MN or WI thinks The Architect is paranoid? His / her statment doesn’t really make sense anyway. The balloon brawl happened in WI, but he / she is glad to be there. So by that thinking the balloon nutjobs are not as disturbing as the nutjobs in MN. And with no real facts to report, how / why did this even make a headline?

    2. Smashicus says:

      Keep drinking the flavor aid, moron. That old wrinkled George Soros has his thumb up your behind and you don’t even sense it.

  2. Realist04 says:

    Yeah Libs, Blame Walker. What did Walker have to do with this? Quit blaming him because you now have to earn your own retirement!

  3. I think you are lying about your job says:

    Are you at work right now, surfing the internet?

    1. Dave-o says:

      Nope. at home recovering from knee surgery.

      Are you?

  4. Deep Thinker says:

    I’m assuming you are saying that Pawlenty had no b@lls, because he sure wasn’t the answer to any problem.

  5. Common sense says:

    LOL! Too funny! So quickly this turns into a Republican and Democratic smearing. And no one can say what the argument was about.

    1. Chris says:

      @Common… You are correct!

      Lots of know-it-alls speculating with no basis for their comments… again.

      1. Mike says:

        Sort of like you. Eh Chris?

    2. nate says:

      All it takes is a spark involving government in one way or another and it’s a huge explosion from both extremes…Hell the story could’ve been about someone getting bubble soap in their eyes at the capitol and you would’ve had the same response!

    3. card says:

      that’s all people do nowadays. blame the other side even though both sides act the same. It’s pathetic.

    4. James Benoit says:

      Gee, ya – a “Moonbat protester/singer “and a state employee…hmmm.

      Obviously TWO HARDCORE Republicans involved in that, huh? LOL!

      Republicans have JOBS and FAMILIES – they’re NOT petitoning the “gob’mint” for MORE, while WORKING LESS.

      That’s the stance the Democrats “pimp.” Wise up.

    5. Tom Wilson says:

      We’re pretty sure who the balloon belonged to and who takes part in these ‘sing-alongs’. Gee, I wonder what political party this woman belonged to?

  6. Chris says:

    So… you are sure that the woman was injured?
    How do you know this or is it just poor speculation?
    And to refer to the GOP like that just makes you look silly…

    1. SamIAm says:

      It really doesn’t take much for liberals to look silly.I

  7. Chuck says:

    Sure… but we can’t follow the logic…
    Quite a stretch to tie this to Walker as he has done some real good!
    Can’t wait for more changes to come as a result of getting tough on spending!

    1. solo_poke says:

      The Koch brothers thank Walker for his contribution to their obscene wealth.

      Behind every great fortune there is a great crime.

      1. smashicus says:

        Furthermore, at least the Koch brothers employ Americans who in turn support their familes. How many Americans does that pig George Soros employ? George Soros is nothing but a parasite who takes much more than he gives. I guess that’s the kind of people you lefties are though, takers, not givers.

        1. James Benoit says:

          So true, George “I Was a Teenage NAZI” Soros IS “Dr. Evil.” He plunders – he contributes NOTHING to the country he HATES – the United States – and he plays Democrat politicians like Neil Young plays a harmonica.

          Democrats love that Gestapo enabler like he’s their “Socialist Messiah.” Well the other “Socialist Messiah” – Obama, Soros’ lackey/employee.

          It’s sickening.

          Go Gov. Walker – the state and country SUPPORT YOU!

      2. JnnyB says:

        Behind every great fortune there is a great crime.

        That is why the richest people in the world are either tyrants, communist leaders, or wealthy democrat snobs like the Hollywood elite or tech giants like Gates and Jobs. Not to mention Obama’s good fried from GE who is making millions without paying any taxes.

        But don’t worry the government can always print more worthless money and give you a lousy handout so that you can watch cable TV and eat McDonalds.

      3. Brad says:

        Beautiful lol! Right on the money smashicus. The soros droves are a scary ignorant bunch. Mooooooo.

  8. realist04 says:

    Yeah Libs, Blame Walker. What did Walker have to do with this? Quit blaming him because you now have to earn your own retirement! you are ENTITLED to nothing!!!!

    1. The Governor is a Laugh says:

      Word is that it was Walker’s daily nitrous balloon that has kept him high and totally reality free since he entered office.

      1. I am laughing too says:

        Glad you can have a laugh over Governor Walker. I know I am laughing too, at every single angry liberal who still has their hand out screaming for more. LOL It’s very comical to see how well trained they are. Although, weak in almost every other aspect of life, liberals can hold their hands out for years. I know when I was a child my father would make me stand with both arms straight out as a form of punishiment and humility, and boy did it ache at times. But liberals view it as a right of passage and measurement of self worth, the longer you can hold your hand out without wavering, the higher up the liberal socialist scale you climb. Oh the hours of fun I am having watching this comical circus unfold in WI. GOOD TIMES!!!

      2. Bawlamer Merlin says:

        Word is that “Liberalism Is A Mental Disorder” (Michael Savage) and the balloon loonies help to prove it to be correct.

  9. gonzo says:

    The protesters have daily lunch hour sing alongs? If the state emplyee did the beating I can totally undertand. After the hundreth chorus of “I’m joinin’ the union” he began to giggle and mumble to himself. And then there she was, bobbing that danged balloon in his face. There was a ringing in his ears and a red mist before his eyes. The last thing he remembered was screaming and a popping noise.

    1. card says:

      how dare americans sing…they should all be beaten to a pulp. Thanks Comrade Gonzo.

      1. gonzo says:

        Da! There vill be no singik in Soviet Amerika! (Note the capital A in America). It ist too painful to ze ears! You’re welcome comrade “card.”

  10. Paul Begala says:

    Guaranteed she was one of the “GIMMIE !!!” crowd, the union hacks, who think they’re entitled to high wages and anything else they want.

    1. The Architect says:

      So you’re suggesting she’s well off financially, but for some reason is protesting for more money? Seriously?

      How much do you think her salary is, Paul? Rough estimate…

  11. russ in nc says:

    It’s gonna get worse. Govt Union Workers (including police) rioting and killing. Call out the National Guard! Except the Guard won’t shoot their fellow Govt Union Workers will they? Burn down the Capitol Building! The Govt Union Firemen will stand by and watch. Take the wounded to the Hospital! But the Govt Union Nurses and Physicians will go home and watch it all on TV.

    1. solo_poke says:

      You just made the point that unions are made up of middle class working people, not billionaires who buy cheap politicians like Walker.

      Ignorance is the tool they use to steal the workers wealth, Koch brothers need a good old fashioned torch light and pitch fork trial.

      The revolution begins.

      1. smashicus says:

        Your so called “middle class” has been sucking the taxpayers dry for too long. You will see what kind of revolution you get when Americans are tired of paying more and more tax. All I can say is, you better move to Cuba or Venezuela where you can live in the fascist socialist society you so desire.

        1. C smith says:

          Hell, why don’t you send these leftist pinko hippies to Canada? Then they can enjoy all the benefits of a socialist system while watching the US devolve into a third world theocracy in the throws of civil war! I’ll bring the drinks, you bring the snacks.

      2. Dave-o says:

        What IS the loonie left’s obsession with the Kochs? Is it that they can’t stand that successful Americans might actually want to support conservative causes? Is it that they hate someone with money (self-made through hard work and wise investment) whom actually sees through the liberal hype for what it is – failure on all fronts? Or is it that they think the world owes them a living, much like the parable of the grasshopper and the ant?

        I think it’s all of the above.

        1. Eric says:

          Even more, does not the left have George Soros? He is the truly evil one.

  12. jadams76 says:

    WALKER?! I thought everything was Bush’s fault… and his evil henchmen Cheney who increased the national debt by 40% in the last 2 1/2 years and wasted almost a trillion dollars on a failed ‘stimulus to nowhere’ in 2009 AND gave us a massive Obamacare boondoggle that raised rather than lowered insurance costs AND increased the umemloyment rate to 9-10% after they left office. Could Walker have done all that? I think not.

    1. says:

      You missed the memo, jadams76. They have moved blame from Cheney and Bush to the Walker and the Koch brothers.

    2. killianx says:

      Well Walker is Bush’s middle name! 😉

    3. CharlesWhite says:

      Wait! Let’s get this straight! Dem’s controlled both houses in 2008, Obummer the Soros lackey Messiah of the Democrat’s Urged the passing of the stimulus as quickly as possible, if I remember right “Obummer” even said it couldn’t wait for him to become president that’s how important Obummer and the Demorats considered the 800 billion stimulus, Bush leaves office and not even half the 800 billion is spent yet and neither Obummer or any other Demorat thought that it should be stopped… Ya it seems to me that true ownership falls on the party that held both houses and the President office! Then they top it off by tripling what Bush spent and Demorat’s have the gull to complain about Bush!!! What spineless leeches.

  13. Bob C. says:

    YEAH, Walker solved the budget deficit problem in just a few months without laying anyone off or making any significant cuts to services. All he did was to make changes that place WI state workers in line with their counterparts in the other 49 states (i.e., no double-dipping of hours, etc.).

    Let’s see, balanced budget without layoffs….yeah, what a jerk!

    Of course Illinois went in the complete opposite direction. The $8 BILLION that Gov. Quinn (IQ = 78) just borrowed will be great for the state’s fiscal future.

    1. It's Obvious says:

      Does the Governor call you “Uncle Bob”?

  14. JamieinMN says:

    Oh Wisconsin… I love you 😀 You entertain me so.

  15. Walt Dukehart says:

    There is no Constitutional right for unions to exist. Why can’t we just ban them and break apart the ones that exist. Public Service unions are filled with incompetent people, teacher unions are bloodsuckers and private sector unions are greedy slobs who eventually bankrupt the industries they serve. Unions serve no purpose in modern day America except to raise money for political purposes. Outlaw union formation and disband existing unions and solvency will return to our beloved Country.

    1. solo_poke says:

      There is no constitutional right for corporations to be considered people. Ignorance must be bliss.

      1. Deb says:

        Who said corporations are people? If unions are so great, why do they need to use these tactics? Wouldn’t people be fighting to belong? I think maybe you are a VERY blissful person!

        1. Kenny says:

          LOL Deb, I agree!! These leeches are so ignorant thinking they are “owed” something.

    2. cjk says:

      They don’t need to be outlawed, that would be against our freedoms and principles. What needs to be done is to destroy any tax money or advantages that they gain from their political activities.

      They should be allowed to exist if they can without ANY form of government assistance or favoritism.

  16. DigitalBob says:

    Get over it mafia union thugs. You lost. You’ll have to find your graft elsewhere.

  17. solo_poke says:

    Everybody earning under $100.000 year, take the month off. watch the wealthy starve in their own filth.

    1. 1/21/13 End of an Error! says:

      Don’t thet already do that?

    2. TomB says:

      Yeah, great idea. They will be fired in a heartbeat and easily replaced by the 20% of unemployed, underemployed, and those who gave up to wait for greener pastures. They would probably be more appreciative of the opportunity and not whine so much about what others have that they don’t.

  18. Smashicus says:

    Crawl back under your rock, maggot.

  19. William Jenkins says:

    I want to introduce all liberals to a friend of mine and they won’t have to fight over balloons.

    Where he lives there is cotton candy, all kinds of rides, and balloons….every color. And they float.

  20. William Jenkins says:

    I want to introduce these angry liberals to a friend of mine. He can solve their problems…

    Where he lives there is cotton candy, all kinds of rides, and balloons….every color.

    And they float!!!

  21. Skippy LaRue says:

    The latest AP poll is now showing 53.2% of wisconsinites are currently gay or considering it. With a margin of error +/- 0.05% i think it’s time to protect the cattle…
    I suppose they could always have a big parade. That’s what MN does right?

    1. Incontrovertible wisdom says:

      You are a completely obtuse. I hope you realize that. I too, found an interesting AP poll that states that all persons having the name, alias or otherwise, of Skippy LaRue is utterly brain dead. Please return to the rock you crawled out from under.

  22. teaj says:

    these losers are getting desperate.

  23. John Blasnowski says:

    Great reporting – leaves a lot to the imagination. Maybe the balloon was the wrong color, or looked like something offensive – like Nancy Pelosi perhaps?

  24. James Benoit says:

    A liberal MOONBAT/UNION SHILL throws a fit and it’s Walker’s fault? Ridiculous – you Union thugs better get used to LOSING and LOSING BIG. Mr. and Mrs. Voter are tired of you riding piggyback on THEIR HARD WORK.

  25. lairdkeir says:

    You can tell CBS is broke. It appears to pay its writers by the word. This yet again is nothing more than a provocative headline without providing any information!

  26. mike says:

    how about them loser vikings they suck just like your state everytime i go there it smells like im in the middle of a big sewer.

  27. BOIZ says:

    Maybe the real cause is the idiot protester

  28. ferg says:

    The Democrats are ruining the world.

  29. Cousin Eddie says:

    The jack-booted state employees are beginning to show their true colors. Those of us who pay these parasites need to realize that we ultimately hold the cards.

  30. GuvtUnionsSuk says:

    “Daily lunch hour sing-alongs”? I’ll bet that got old fast.

    Sounds like she needed her balloon popped.

  31. Phil says:

    Judging by the comments here you’d think the Wisconsinites and Minnesotans were Israelis and Palestinians.

    Lets not worry about the illegal colonization of the US by Mexico or anything like that because it would be “ray-ciss.”

    With idiots like you people, I say let the Mexicans have your country.

  32. RLA Bruce says:

    Any bets on what race the “female citizen” is?

  33. Hank Warren says:

    Useless state workers fighting other useless state workers while the taxpayer actually works, yet another violation of our rights. Add it to the list of gov’t violations of our rights:
    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, vote for Ron Paul.
    (Last link of Banned Book):

  34. Devil Egg says:

    Great article – A balloon was involved in some kind of fight between some people who might have been hurt. This is Pulitzer Prize material…

  35. Dave-o says:

    Yes, how awful that lazy, incompetent union slugs be asked to fund a portion of their own retirements and healthcare – like the rest of the working world. The horror…

    88% of America can keep a job through hard work and honesty. 12% need a union to keep it for them. If you can’t see the problem there, you’re beyond help.

  36. stop2think says:

    Walker was the cause of the mahem in the Capitol? Really, boy genius? Nothing says idiot liberal like blaming someone else for a transgressor’s action.

  37. Tarbaby37 says:

    The majority of US citizens greatly respect Governer Walker and wonder how did the folks in Wisconsin get So out of touch with reality. We always knew the Univ. of Wisconsin was a socialist pit and the Wisconsin citizens enjoy some of the highest taxes in the country but some reason has to set into their thinking.

  38. Beau says:

    I see the gutless union morons are in the house this morning.

  39. Truthsayer221 says:

    Why bother to report so little. Why doesn’t the author actually “investigate” before hitting the key board?

    Oh, yea UNIONS ARE DINOSAURS (and boat anchors to the economy) AND NEED TO GO! WE taxpayers didn’t “bail out GM, we preserved the UAW! Bunch of lazy A$$E$!

  40. Larry says:

    Liberalism is a mental disorder.

  41. One Radical says:

    If you’re anti-PC, you’ll like this link. bookmark it. It’s not for the fragile liberal mind.

  42. gonzo says:

    UPDATE: A protester by the name of Leslie Peterson brought her red heart balloon to the Wisconsin capitol for the “solidarity sing along.” A state employee approached and popped her balloon with some sort of knife. When she followed him and asked him his name so she could file a complaint, the man shoved her into a doorway. The state employee apparently cut himself during the incident, although he later claimed he cut his hand on a fall on a stairway. Source: Wisconsin State Journal

  43. kevin says:

    Typical knee-jerk liberals cause trouble and blame someone else. Libs and unions can never admit there wrong. Just a bunch of thugs spending everyone elses money.

  44. Sal Monella says:

    Obviously the protesters with so much time on their hands would prefer
    we continue to head down the road to becoming another Greece. Then they can riot in the streets like the leftist Greek Socialists

  45. Jerzey Boy says:

    “..bringing balloons into the Capitol during their daily lunch hour sing-alongs.”
    Tell these fools to get the heads out of their arse and heads out of the 60’s
    The gravy train left the station and the union types, like the rest of us, need to pay our own way, save money for retirement, pay for healthcare, get used to it.

  46. Reality says:

    Why don’t you wait to write an article till you have some information about what occured. This article is ridiculous and the fact that drudge links to it is pathetic.

  47. Max says:

    Just goes to show..libs are truly diseased in the head.

  48. Cliff Huxtable says:

    I was there. I saw it and the fight was actually over her balloon knot.

  49. FedUp! says:

    How weird! Bringing balloons & participating in sing-alongs? Really?! Sounds like people have too much time on their hands!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  50. One Radical says:

    Sick of PC bull spit? I suggest you read up at the click below. Liberals, I suggest you stay put. Your stomach cannot take political incorrectness (aka realism). We talk race-realism here, anti-immigration, anti-affirmative action as well. Actually, we talk about everything that seeks to disadvantage white people. So, have a click.

  51. Make them stop says:

    Maybe somebody snapped after watching another ad for that horse face Shelly Moore.