Breaking: Fleebagger coalition falling apart? Update: Majority leader says no changes

posted at 12:58 pm on March 1, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Have the fleeing Wisconsin state Senators had enough of life on the lam?  Fox Nation reports that “dissension in the ranks” has arisen, thanks to the financial pressure levied by Walker in stopping direct deposit, as well as the difficulties of pregnancy:

Fox Nation has learned exclusively from a highly placed source within Wisconsin state politics that the fourteen AWOL Democrats are experiencing “dissension in the ranks.” State Sen. Julie Lassa (D) is pregnant and “extremely unhappy” about being on the run. State Sen. Jon Erpenbach (D) has been hit particularly hard by his paycheck being withheld. Wisconsin State Senate leadership is currently negotiating with eight of the fourteen to come home.

Walker has already announced a 5 pm deadline today on sending out layoff notices.  Fox hears that a deal may be announced shortly before that will bring enough Democrats back to give the Senate a quorum.  Does that mean Walker is prepared to abandon the current bill, or that he will merely ask the Senate to allow amendments to the proposal before a full vote?

Stay tuned.  We’ll update as details arise.

Update: The Journal-Sentinel says a meeting took place with Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald and “some Democrats” not including Minority Leader Mark Miller, but that Fitzgerald more or less told them to get back to work:

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) met in Kenosha with some Democrats for an hour or two, said Fitzgerald spokesman Andrew Welhouse. He declined to say how many he met with or who they were, other than to say Senate Minority Leader Mark Miller (D-Monona) was not among them.

Fitzgerald was clear with Democrats he would not negotiate with them on the bill and would not allow the bill to be amended now that it has passed the GOP-controlled Assembly, Welhouse said.


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WisCon on March 1, 2011 at 4:14 PM

Did you hear about the guy that tried to get to Walkers office window from the outside? Belling is talking about it. Where were the police on that one?

wi farmgirl on March 1, 2011 at 4:55 PM

It is stunning. Possibly one of the most beautiful capitols in the country.

I don’t live in WI, but it sickens me to see what these pigs have done to that beautiful building.

IrishEi on March 1, 2011 at 4:52 PM

Fun fact:

The dome in the Wisconsin Capitol is the third largest in the world, surpassing the dome in the U.S. capitol building.

WisRich on March 1, 2011 at 4:57 PM

just switched over to msdnc just to see what they are up to…too funny, tingles is leading his show on those bogus polls we’ve been talking about today…

truly believes this crapola or he has nothing else so he’ll grasp at anything he can…

pathetic

cmsinaz on March 1, 2011 at 5:11 PM

just switched over to msdnc just to see what they are up to…too funny, tingles is leading his show on those bogus polls we’ve been talking about today…

truly believes this crapola or he has nothing else so he’ll grasp at anything he can…

pathetic

cmsinaz on March 1, 2011 at 5:11 PM

Chrissy might be leading with it, but it’s already dropped like a stone on memeorandum. The only mention left of the CBS “poll” is Ed’s takedown of it. No one’s buying these phony polls.

Rational Thought on March 1, 2011 at 5:26 PM

Rational Thought on March 1, 2011 at 5:26 PM

except for him and the rest of the msdnc crew…

boneheads…

cmsinaz on March 1, 2011 at 5:29 PM

Of course Chrissy will lead with it. But what I want to know is what will his 65 viewers think of it?

angryed on March 1, 2011 at 5:31 PM

angryed on March 1, 2011 at 5:31 PM

:)
hmmmmm

cmsinaz on March 1, 2011 at 5:36 PM

But I email my reps & Gov. Walker and tell them to hold on. Don’t give up. Small towns are hard places to have public opinions.

wi farmgirl on March 1, 2011 at 2:44 PM

Good. I have emailed as well to tell them to stand firm. Keep it up. I hope many more people write or call as well. I made it a point to mention that I am a Wisconsin native, and not someone trucked in from another state.

Sterling Holobyte on March 1, 2011 at 5:45 PM

Rational Thought on March 1, 2011 at 5:26 PM

Gallagher, Rush, and Hannity shredded that poll today…

ladyingray on March 1, 2011 at 5:45 PM

The Return of the Living Flees

faraway on March 1, 2011 at 3:21 PM

Ah Yes, but will they return by humbly hopping back or riding triumphantly on the butt of some runaway mongrel beast?.

Don L on March 1, 2011 at 5:55 PM

Of course Chrissy will lead with it. But what I want to know is what will his 65 viewers think of it?

angryed on March 1, 2011 at 5:31 PM

They can think?

pablo5108 on March 1, 2011 at 5:55 PM

Walkers budget speech here.
http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/news/117194173.html

wi farmgirl on March 1, 2011 at 5:58 PM

Well, it’s 11 minutes past the deadline………….

What’s going on Wisconsinites?

IrishEi on March 1, 2011 at 6:12 PM

I may not be understanding the dynamics but on the concerns of caving should the focus be with the Senate Republicans and not Gov Walker?

anuts on March 1, 2011 at 6:14 PM

wi farmgirl on March 1, 2011 at 5:58 PM

Awesome.

ladyingray on March 1, 2011 at 6:14 PM

OK so 5pm has come and gone. I can assume the gov has kept his promise and the layoffs are in the mail?

Cuz if he was bluffing, not only did he blink, he shut his eyes and went nighty night.

angryed on March 1, 2011 at 6:16 PM

Did you hear about the guy that tried to get to Walkers office window from the outside? Belling is talking about it. Where were the police on that one?

wi farmgirl on March 1, 2011 at 4:55 PM

There’s a really good response to that…PEW! PEW! PEW!

BigWyo on March 1, 2011 at 6:30 PM

First.

Bishop on March 1, 2011 at 6:32 PM

Totally O/T- I apologize. But I think HA readers might be interested in this:

AG thinks police should release the names of all firearms owners to the public.

journeyintothewhirlwind on March 1, 2011 at 4:42 PM

On the way downtown to see his older brother, my youngest son took a “bad” exit in Chicago to look for a gas station and got pulled over for “driving while white” in a high crime area.

The Chicago police kept asking him if he or his parents had a FOID card. They must have asked him ten times.

We didn’t at the time (but we do now…) I still don’t know what that was all about. Why did they want to know if we had FOID cards?

This breach of privacy by those in power in the Socialist Squirrel Infested State of Illinois really creeps me out.

Fallon on March 1, 2011 at 6:38 PM

OK so 5pm has come and gone. I can assume the gov has kept his promise and the layoffs are in the mail?

Cuz if he was bluffing, not only did he blink, he shut his eyes and went nighty night.

angryed on March 1, 2011 at 6:16 PM

In my school district they handed out 43 pink slips last Thursday in anticipation of this budget and the Fleebaggers not returning.

P. Monk on March 1, 2011 at 6:41 PM

OK so 5pm has come and gone. I can assume the gov has kept his promise and the layoffs are in the mail?

Cuz if he was bluffing, not only did he blink, he shut his eyes and went nighty night.

angryed on March 1, 2011 at 6:16 PM

here’s hoping that the pink slips go out AND he still gets the union powers diminished.

clement on March 1, 2011 at 6:42 PM

First.

Bishop on March 1, 2011 at 6:32 PM

Hurray for you!

There is only one place in my game and that is first place.
~ Vince Lombardi

Fallon on March 1, 2011 at 6:45 PM

here’s hoping that the pink slips go out AND he still gets the union powers diminished.

clement on March 1, 2011 at 6:42 PM

I don’t want to see anyone lose a job. This does tell everyone how concerned democrats and unions are with teachers. They’d rather see them lose a job than have Wisconsin lose union members.

darwin on March 1, 2011 at 6:46 PM

I have a childhood friend inside the Cheddar Curtain; she’s a union schoolteacher. Wonderful, adorable lady. And we don’t talk politics but I wear mine on my sleeve, and I suspected that she was a country Republican. Imagine my horror to learn that she “took a day off since the schools were closed and went down to Madison to walk around and see what was going on”.

Heartache.

I hope she’s not the first one fired.

Jaibones on March 1, 2011 at 7:01 PM

OK so 5pm has come and gone. I can assume the gov has kept his promise and the layoffs are in the mail?

Cuz if he was bluffing, not only did he blink, he shut his eyes and went nighty night.

angryed on March 1, 2011 at 6:16 PM

Same thought here. Anybody home? Bueller?

Purple Fury on March 1, 2011 at 7:28 PM

I have a childhood friend inside the Cheddar Curtain; she’s a union schoolteacher. Wonderful, adorable lady. And we don’t talk politics but I wear mine on my sleeve, and I suspected that she was a country Republican. Imagine my horror to learn that she “took a day off since the schools were closed and went down to Madison to walk around and see what was going on”.

Heartache.

I hope she’s not the first one fired.

Jaibones on March 1, 2011 at 7:01 PM

Would it be mean of me to hope she’s one of the first?

Maybe she’ll learn something.

Midas on March 1, 2011 at 7:31 PM

Same thought here. Anybody home? Bueller?

Purple Fury on March 1, 2011 at 7:28 PM

From what I read of his speech it sounds like his budget is counting on those savings. So, either they passed the bill or the layoffs are coming.

txhsmom on March 1, 2011 at 7:33 PM

passed=pass

txhsmom on March 1, 2011 at 7:34 PM

I don’t want to see anyone lose a job. This does tell everyone how concerned democrats and unions are with teachers. They’d rather see them lose a job than have Wisconsin lose union members.

darwin on March 1, 2011 at 6:46 PM


The needs greed of the many outweigh the needs firing of the few….

The only thing people getting laid off is going to do is increase the screeching from these a$$holes.

Gotta keep the Legalized Extortion Machine rolling. At all costs.

BigWyo on March 1, 2011 at 7:58 PM

“These are the values inspiring those brave workers in Poland … They remind us that where free unions and collective bargaining are forbidden, freedom is lost.”

—RONALD REAGAN, Labor Day Address at Liberty State Park, 1980

Grow Fins on March 2, 2011 at 8:24 AM

Grow Fins on March 2, 2011 at 8:24 AM

hey gomer, he was talking about unions in the PRIVATE sphere, not government unions…PATCO anyone? get a clue..

oh and federal government workers cannot collectively bargain…that means your savior OBAMA is a DICTATOR!!! LOL

right4life on March 2, 2011 at 8:56 AM

“These are the values inspiring those brave workers in Poland … They remind us that where free unions and collective bargaining are forbidden, freedom is lost.”

—RONALD REAGAN, Labor Day Address at Liberty State Park, 1980

Grow Fins on March 2, 2011 at 8:24 AM

And where in that speech did he mention anything about those being public unions? Put up the whole context or shut up.

jistincase on March 2, 2011 at 8:57 AM

Quorum?

It appears that one of the 14 fugitive Wisconsin Democrats has returned to the state capitol, heeding Governor Scott Walker’s ultimatum.

Human Events.

Barnestormer on March 2, 2011 at 9:04 AM

“These are the values inspiring those brave workers in Poland … They remind us that where free unions and collective bargaining are forbidden, freedom is lost.”
—RONALD REAGAN, Labor Day Address at Liberty State Park, 1980

Grow Fins on March 2, 2011 at 8:24 AM

Others have addressed the Reagan quote being about private unions already. However, even if it was relevant to the situation at hand… Do you have convenient hearing/comprehension? Collective bargaining will remain in place for wages. Collective bargaining is not being eliminated. A half truth is still a lie, which is what it appears the left has been reduced to.

Steel on March 2, 2011 at 9:34 AM

A half truth is still a lie, which is what it appears the left has been reduced to.

Steel on March 2, 2011 at 9:34 AM

The most basic principle of Alinsky’s advice to radicals is to lie to their opponents and disarm them by pretending to be moderates and liberals.

Barack Obama’s Rules for Revolution: The Alinsky Model

http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/Articles/Rules%20for%20Revolution%20%282%29.pdf

Roy Rogers on March 2, 2011 at 1:52 PM

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