Police carry protesters out of Wisconsin capitol

posted at 12:45 pm on March 10, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Earlier today, a debate erupted on Twitter about whether police in Madison would stand aside and let demonstrators overrun the capitol in sympathy with the public-employee unions that planned another massive protest after last night’s vote in the state Senate.  So far, it appears that police have instead acted professionally, as they have begun to clear the capitol building of protesters that broke in last night:

Demonstrators were carried out of the Assembly by police Thursday as a new standoff shaped up at the Capitol as Gov. Scott Walker’s administration has again closed the building to the public.

As protesters said they were willing to risk arrest to block an Assembly vote on Walker’s bill on union bargaining, police began escorting or dragging some of them out. There is still a sizable group inside, however.

“Shame! Shame! Shame!” demonstrators shouting.

Taylor Tengwall, 21, of Duluth, Minn., said, “They grabbed me by the shoulders and took me out.”

Law enforcement gave early indications that they would play it down the middle.  First they decided to keep the building closed instead of opening it on time.  When “hundreds” of demonstrators demanded that the police step aside, they held their positions instead. Shortly after that demand, Madison police shut down the roads around the capitol building to cut off traffic.

As I argued on Twitter earlier, the police in Wisconsin have signaled their sympathy to the unions, but have conducted themselves professionally during the three weeks of the crisis.  At least thus far, they continue to do so. The demonstrators have a right to assemble on the Capitol grounds and protest, and the police are going to allow that, but they appear ready to secure the building and allow the legislature to meet.

It’s a good thing, too, because death threats have begun pouring into the state capitol, aimed at Republicans. Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald released the text of one through spokesman Andrew Wellhouse that threatened to “assault” several elected Republican officials at their homes:

“We have received several more threats over the past few weeks as well, and protesters have actually gone so far as to go up to (Fitzgerald’s) house and bang on the windows at 6 a.m. demanding that he come out,” Welhouse said.

Tim Donovan, a spokesman for the Department of Administration and Capitol Police, had no immediate comment Thursday morning.

Here’s an excerpt of the email provided by Welhouse:

“This is how it’s going to happen: I as well as many others know where you and your family live, it’s a matter of public records. We have all planned to assault (sic) you by arriving at your house and putting a nice little bullet in your head. However, this isn’t enough. We also have decided that this may not be enough to send the message. So we have built several bombs that we have placed in various locations around the areas in which we know that you frequent…”

The Assembly convened late, as its Majority Leader Jeff Fitzgerald was asked by the Capitol Police to hold off until they could secure the chamber. According to the live feed, which cuts in and out, they came into session a short while ago.

Update: Actually, it appears that the Assembly still has not come into session.  Several Democratic lawmakers in orange T-shirts had been milling around, but the Republicans want to wait until the police secure the building.  They are still milling around as of now (12:15), but appear to be taking seats.


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Do you have a link? I used to bank there before hubby joined the service.

Brat4life on March 10, 2011 at 2:50 PM

I was watching the live feed and it was announced by the president of the firefighters union in Madison. They are asking all union members of ANY union who have an account with M&I Bank to remove all of their money and move it to another bank that is not supportive of Walker. They are also taking up collections for the unions…it was unclear what that was for.

lyfsatrip on March 10, 2011 at 2:55 PM

Now talking about not opening the Caitol to anyone. Cullen saying he couldn’t get in. Well if the lefties wouldn’t of been destroying the Capitol maybe he wouldn’t of had this problem.

Brat4life on March 10, 2011 at 2:55 PM

lyfsatrip on March 10, 2011 at 2:55 PM

Thanks It’s hard to stay informed hundred of miles away from there.

Brat4life on March 10, 2011 at 2:56 PM

Live feed link can be found HERE

lyfsatrip on March 10, 2011 at 2:57 PM

Hope and Change in practice

sdd on March 10, 2011 at 2:58 PM

now Cullen says that 52% isn’t a mandate but but Zero thinks it is and ramroded Zerocare through because it’s what’s the people wanted. These guys are full of it.

Brat4life on March 10, 2011 at 2:58 PM

Cullen is justifying $375,000 to remove tape from the building when their state is bankrupt.

csdeven on March 10, 2011 at 2:58 PM

The reps from Wisco are nuts. Have they really forgotten that their own brethren senators created this mess?

Fallon on March 10, 2011 at 3:00 PM

Hey DEMS and Obama (and your ilk),

Anytime you’re ready to start that adult conversation you always beat the Tea Party and Repubs over….I ‘ll be sure not to count on you guys to engage in said conversation! These people are dead to me. They have solidified the definition of “mockery” as it pertains to the political process.

SPGuy on March 10, 2011 at 2:55 PM

They don’t want conversations…but they always call for “dialogue”.

JetBoy on March 10, 2011 at 3:01 PM

Kessler thinks 61 hours isn’t enough debate. The bill that will pass today is no different than what they discussed for 61 hours. It only has certain parts removed. Those parts have no effect on the bill at hand.

He is another thug bought and paid for by the unions.

csdeven on March 10, 2011 at 3:01 PM

Kessler is encouraging illegal teachers strikes. Scumbag.

csdeven on March 10, 2011 at 3:02 PM

Now, I think they just called the people of Wisconsin stupid… Wow.

Fallon on March 10, 2011 at 3:03 PM

You would think that out of all the Dhimmis one would take the right side. The Repubs had a squish. These Dhimmis are hard cord Socialists!

sandee on March 10, 2011 at 3:03 PM

Sound like he is calling for strikes. Kessler will be to blame if there are strikes. He says people don’t know this bill is on the table. It’s all over the tv everybody know about this bill.

Brat4life on March 10, 2011 at 3:03 PM

Hey Kessler, the debate was held on Nov 4th. YOU LOST! hahahahaha!!!!

csdeven on March 10, 2011 at 3:06 PM

now Cullen says that 52% isn’t a mandate but but Zero thinks it is and ramroded Zerocare through because it’s what’s the people wanted. These guys are full of it.

Brat4life on March 10, 2011 at 2:58 PM

Only Democrats get mandates. Just so we’re clear on that point.

Mr. D on March 10, 2011 at 3:09 PM

Leon “this ain’t no game” Young must have been elected by a bunch of illiterate boobs. An elected official using a double negative is just more evidence that the dem party in WI has tarnished the reputation of the state.

A clue for you Leon “double negative” Young, collective bargaining is a privilege, not a right.

csdeven on March 10, 2011 at 3:10 PM

Sorry, but does Rep Young have a point?

Fallon on March 10, 2011 at 3:11 PM

Oh, nevermind, “It smells. It just smells.”

Fallon on March 10, 2011 at 3:12 PM

The political theater is just about over.

csdeven on March 10, 2011 at 3:12 PM

Here goes the vote for removal of the speaker.

Brat4life on March 10, 2011 at 3:12 PM

That failed. Sounds like they are debating the bill now.

Brat4life on March 10, 2011 at 3:15 PM

Hahahaha!! Speaker stays. Now here comes the tears! I can’t wait to drink buckets of their sweet, sweet, tears!

csdeven on March 10, 2011 at 3:15 PM

Althouse just reported that the bill has passed.

BakerAllie on March 10, 2011 at 3:16 PM

It’s hilarious that these demrat scum believe the out of towners they begged to come protest actually are representative of the real residents of the state.

Again, the progressive traitor wants their cake and eat it too.

csdeven on March 10, 2011 at 3:18 PM

Are we watching delayed video?

Fallon on March 10, 2011 at 3:18 PM

The tears of the $10 per hour worker who leaves the state are most especially delicious!

csdeven on March 10, 2011 at 3:19 PM

Okay; I’ll give you another source – http://www.wfrv.com/news/live

steveegg on March 10, 2011 at 2:16 PM

Thanks for keeping us updated and all the links.

Knucklehead on March 10, 2011 at 3:20 PM

She might of been talking about the Speaker vote. The vote was scheduled for 3:30. Im hoping to be back home by then. I gotta run real quick.

Brat4life on March 10, 2011 at 3:20 PM

That failed. Sounds like they are debating the bill now.

Brat4life on March 10, 2011 at 3:15 PM

Thanks for the updates and keep them coming. The live stream quit for me.

Rod on March 10, 2011 at 3:21 PM

Are we watching delayed video?

Fallon on March 10, 2011 at 3:18 PM

The time stamp says 2:20 pm. It’s live.

csdeven on March 10, 2011 at 3:21 PM

Obama’s timing is so incredibly ‘focused’.

He’s having an anti-bullying conference at the WH, precisely when his goons are threatening the WI legislators with shots and bombs. What a wise owl he really is.

Schadenfreude on March 10, 2011 at 3:22 PM

Althouse just reported that the bill has passed.

BakerAllie on March 10, 2011 at 3:16 PM

She’s a bit early. The only vote that happened was on the motion to remove Speaker Fitzgerald, and that fell on a party-line 37-57 vote.

steveegg on March 10, 2011 at 3:23 PM

Oh my goodness rep Clark, the money that belongs to the businesses should stay with the business? THE HORROR! THE HUMANITY!

Hahahahaha!!

csdeven on March 10, 2011 at 3:23 PM

Welch fired the bottom 10% of the workforce very year moron.

csdeven on March 10, 2011 at 3:24 PM

She’s a bit early. The only vote that happened was on the motion to remove Speaker Fitzgerald, and that fell on a party-line 37-57 vote.

steveegg on March 10, 2011 at 3:23 PM

Thanks, I was wondering about that myself since no one else seemed to have any information.

BakerAllie on March 10, 2011 at 3:25 PM

csdeven on March 10, 2011 at 3:21 PM

Thanks.

Rep Barca… l

Fallon on March 10, 2011 at 3:27 PM

Hey Barca, you union stooge, the only way Walker can get the repair bill done was to get the collective bargaining dealt with separately. NOW the your fleebagger colleagues can come back and restore the credibility of the WI legislature by allowing the democratic process to work.

csdeven on March 10, 2011 at 3:29 PM

LOL Fallon!

hboulware on March 10, 2011 at 3:30 PM

Fallon on March 10, 2011 at 3:27 PM

Hahaha! And the other guy is Eeyore!

csdeven on March 10, 2011 at 3:31 PM

Hate to tell Barca but there is no where in ANY constitution that unions have ‘rights’ to collective bargaining.

lyfsatrip on March 10, 2011 at 3:31 PM

The death threats keep on coming:

DOJ investigating threats

The Department of Justice is investigating threats against state GOP Sens. Scott Fitzgerald and Dan Kapanke as well as “several other threats from a variety of sources.”

The agency said it would not confirm anything beyond that.

Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, released to the media earlier today a death threat he received via e-mail.

UPDATE: 2:28 p.m. — Here’s the text of an e-mail that Sen. Dan Kapanke’s office said it received last night. A Kapanke aide said the office is not releasing any identifying information and has forwarded the e-mail to Capitol police.

WE WILL HUNT YOU DOWN.
WE WILL SLIT YOUR THROATS.
WE WILL DRINK YOUR BLOOD.
I WILL HAVE YOUR DECAPITATED HEAD ON A PIKE IN THE MADISON TOWN SQUARE.
THIS IS YOUR LAST WARNING.

– By JR Ross

Steel on March 10, 2011 at 3:35 PM

The polls were rigged moron.

csdeven on March 10, 2011 at 3:35 PM

The story is a link with the text, and the author of the story on the site is JR Ross. That is NOT the writer of the threat.

Steel on March 10, 2011 at 3:36 PM

From-the-floor tweet from Rep. Robin Vos (R-Burlington):

Irony is thick here in the chambers. Democrats said we should split the bill for the past 3 weeks and now are saying it’s unconstitutional.

steveegg on March 10, 2011 at 3:36 PM

Steel on March 10, 2011 at 3:36 PM

Thanks for the update :)

lyfsatrip on March 10, 2011 at 3:37 PM

From-the-floor tweet from Rep. Robin Vos (R-Burlington):

Irony is thick here in the chambers. Democrats said we should split the bill for the past 3 weeks and now are saying it’s unconstitutional.
steveegg on March 10, 2011 at 3:36 PM

What is good for them isn’t good for the others. HYPOCRITS!

lyfsatrip on March 10, 2011 at 3:37 PM

Steel on March 10, 2011 at 3:35 PM

DEATH THREAT Slipped Under WI Senator’s Door (Photo)

The insanity continues.

Knucklehead on March 10, 2011 at 3:38 PM

I’ve been monitoring the comments on Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel page for 2 days — still almost ALL in favor of this bill. Amazing.

Does anyone else find this hilarious:

Taylor Tengwall, 21, of Duluth, Minn., said, “They grabbed me by the shoulders and took me out.”

He’s not even a Wisconsinite! Looks like their little astroturf, protest-for-cigarettes-and-bong-hits isn’t working out too well. Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha.

Rational Thought on March 10, 2011 at 3:40 PM

WE WILL HUNT YOU DOWN.
WE WILL SLIT YOUR THROATS.
WE WILL DRINK YOUR BLOOD.
I WILL HAVE YOUR DECAPITATED HEAD ON A PIKE IN THE MADISON TOWN SQUARE.
THIS IS YOUR LAST WARNING.

I had no idea that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was a member of WEAC. Good to know!

Mr. D on March 10, 2011 at 3:40 PM

Yuuuuuummmmmyyyyy! Masons tears taste like chocolate caramel!

csdeven on March 10, 2011 at 3:41 PM

Okay Mason, we’ll allow the citizens of WI to speak. No out of town astro-turfers. That ought to take about ten minutes.

csdeven on March 10, 2011 at 3:44 PM

People fought and died for the right to demand more vacation time and viagra?

WisCon on March 10, 2011 at 3:45 PM

Collective bargaining isn’t a right douchebag. It is a privilege.

csdeven on March 10, 2011 at 3:46 PM

I’ve been monitoring the comments on Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel page for 2 days — still almost ALL in favor of this bill. Amazing.

Rational Thought on March 10, 2011 at 3:40 PM

I too have been watching it for a few weeks now and there is a majority of support on their blogs.

lyfsatrip on March 10, 2011 at 3:48 PM

so did they pass it or not?

unseen on March 10, 2011 at 3:49 PM

The doors are closed to protect the innocent republican officials. Equating that to the Berlin Wall is the height of intellectual dishonesty at worst and straight up stupidity at best.

csdeven on March 10, 2011 at 3:49 PM

so did they pass it or not?

unseen on March 10, 2011 at 3:49 PM

Still debating it.

And the current speaker is threatening violence.

csdeven on March 10, 2011 at 3:50 PM

Now the demrats don’t want to debate the merits, but rather they want to split hairs about a bill they already debated.

csdeven on March 10, 2011 at 3:53 PM

Be good to get an update on the earlier physical intimidation of those attempting to add their names, and/or gather signatures for recall of the democrat senators.

aritai on March 10, 2011 at 3:53 PM

The doors are closed to protect the innocent republican officials. Equating that to the Berlin Wall is the height of intellectual dishonesty at worst and straight up stupidity at best.

csdeven on March 10, 2011 at 3:49 PM
.
intellectual dishonesty what they do best ask fins it will agree.

Col.John Wm. Reed on March 10, 2011 at 3:54 PM

The bill passed it according to Ann Althouse,
http://althouse.blogspot.com/2011/03/passed.html

txmomof6 on March 10, 2011 at 3:54 PM

Still debating it.

And the current speaker is threatening violence.

csdeven on March 10, 2011 at 3:50 PM

They’re trying to stall until a friendly Dane County judge issues an injunction. In that case, I suggest they frogmarch a returning Fleebag Fourteen member to the Senate chamber and pass Senate Special Session Bill 11.

steveegg on March 10, 2011 at 3:58 PM

Oh yeah baby!!! More tears!!!! Let em flow girlfriend!

hahahahahahaha!!!

csdeven on March 10, 2011 at 3:58 PM

The bill passed it according to Ann Althouse,
http://althouse.blogspot.com/2011/03/passed.html

txmomof6 on March 10, 2011 at 3:54 PM

Again, she’s a bit quick to the trigger. They’re still debating.

steveegg on March 10, 2011 at 3:59 PM

Can someone check on Portia Boulger for me? Last time I saw her, she was having a nervous breakdown.

http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/01m28Rg9nx8M2/610x.jpg

BigAlSouth on March 10, 2011 at 3:59 PM

txmomof6 on March 10, 2011 at 3:54 PM

Althouse is wrong. The website says the coverage is live and the timestamp agrees.

csdeven on March 10, 2011 at 4:00 PM

Oh hallelujah!!! Racial inequality tears taste like soul food!

csdeven on March 10, 2011 at 4:06 PM

thx for the updates

unseen on March 10, 2011 at 4:08 PM

I can’t imagine the horror WI is going through by now. They will become the 25th state without collective bargaining. This is an unspeakable act that nobody can possibly comprehend. Well, except for residents in 24 other states who seem to do just fine every day.

angryed on March 10, 2011 at 4:09 PM

Coggs now saying that there hasn’t been enough time to read the bill.

Brat4life on March 10, 2011 at 4:20 PM

Now saying WI reminds her of the 60′s in Mississippi.

Brat4life on March 10, 2011 at 4:21 PM

Coggs now saying that there hasn’t been enough time to read the bill.

Brat4life on March 10, 2011 at 4:20 PM

HA HA!! That’s rich!

ladyingray on March 10, 2011 at 4:22 PM

Reading Ace’s thread right now. Did this cow actually bring up apartheid? These people have lost the plot.

BakerAllie on March 10, 2011 at 4:23 PM

These legislators have debated this issue to death (no civil discourse intended) but for the love of Pete..get on with it!

lyfsatrip on March 10, 2011 at 4:24 PM

I can’t imagine the horror WI is going through by now. They will become the 25th state without collective bargaining. This is an unspeakable act that nobody can possibly comprehend. Well, except for residents in 24 other states who seem to do just fine every day.

angryed on March 10, 2011 at 4:09 PM

Or Wisconsin for its first 110 years.

steveegg on March 10, 2011 at 4:25 PM

Coggs now saying that there hasn’t been enough time to read the bill.

Brat4life on March 10, 2011 at 4:20 PM

But, but, but…….don’t they have to pass the bill to find out what’s in the bill? Away from the fog?

Knucklehead on March 10, 2011 at 4:25 PM

Okay Mason, we’ll allow the citizens of WI to speak. No out of town astro-turfers. That ought to take about ten minutes.

csdeven on March 10, 2011 at 3:44 PM

Is he the Dem who opened up his ground floor office window so the lefties could get in last night?

Althouse had a post on Meade’s report from last night.

Wethal on March 10, 2011 at 4:26 PM

Reading Ace’s thread right now. Did this cow actually bring up apartheid? These people have lost the plot.

BakerAllie on March 10, 2011 at 4:23 PM

She sho did!! Just like the dude Mason envolked Lincoln and King. I think if both those men were still alive they would be appauld at what is going on with these Dem’s. I mean let’s grow up people!

lyfsatrip on March 10, 2011 at 4:26 PM

From http://budget.wispolitics.com/:

Dems just asked Speaker Pro Tempore Bill Kramer how many members remained on the list to speak on the bill.

“More than are going to get a chance to speak,” Kramer, R-Waukesha said.

Kramer said there are 18 in the queue waiting to speak.

– By Greg Bump

Steel on March 10, 2011 at 4:26 PM

Husley saying passing this bill is throwing gasoline on a fire that has been ignighted. That it will get worse with the protester outside protesting.

Brat4life on March 10, 2011 at 4:28 PM

Rep. Tamara Grigsby said she had tears streaming down her face this morning after watching protesters “dragged out of the building on their hands and knees.”

“It was the first time that I had to go get myself emotionally together,” she said. “I don’t recognize where I am anymore.”

“Rights are being trampled here today,” she said.

“The disgrace, disrespect, total degradation of what has become this body is mind blowing,” she said.

“How can we behave like this and still walk around with our heads up,” she said. “This is disgraceful, and you all know it is.”

So, tenderly yet forcibly removing people who are illegally trying to prevent our government from doing their job shows that “rights are being trampled”??!!!?!?!

Just what color IS the sky in their reality?

Religious_Zealot on March 10, 2011 at 4:29 PM

Now the speaker is saying not all the reps are going to be able to speak even his members. It’s going down soon.

Brat4life on March 10, 2011 at 4:29 PM

It’s past 3:30 Wisconsin time…

…time to take the @#%&$^% vote and move on.

Religious_Zealot on March 10, 2011 at 4:32 PM

It’s past 3:30 Wisconsin time…

…time to take the @#%&$^% vote and move on.

Religious_Zealot on March 10, 2011 at 4:32 PM

The Rats burned the first 42 minutes of the legislative day trying to remove Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald. Unfortunately, the Pubbies are too nice and don’t appear to be counting that time against the Rats.

steveegg on March 10, 2011 at 4:33 PM

The Rats burned the first 42 minutes of the legislative day trying to remove Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald. Unfortunately, the Pubbies are too nice and don’t appear to be counting that time against the Rats.

steveegg on March 10, 2011 at 4:33 PM

I don’t know why they’re still attempting to play nice – it certainly isn’t helping the “tone” of the Democrats.

In fact, I’m really beginning to wonder how these Assembly persons (and Senators for that matter) will ever be able to work with each other again after everything that has been said and done.

Religious_Zealot on March 10, 2011 at 4:36 PM

Ha ha some goon isn’t going to send his out of state kid to UW Madison because of this. What an idiot. Glad that kid won’t be coming to WI.

Brat4life on March 10, 2011 at 4:38 PM

I don’t know why they’re still attempting to play nice – it certainly isn’t helping the “tone” of the Democrats.

In fact, I’m really beginning to wonder how these Assembly persons (and Senators for that matter) will ever be able to work with each other again after everything that has been said and done.

Religious_Zealot on March 10, 2011 at 4:36 PM

Just remember this is return fire for, the Assemblymen, the prior 2 years and the Senators, the prior 4.

steveegg on March 10, 2011 at 4:38 PM

I’m slightly shocked a dem hasn’t blurted out the H-word, given the tone they’ve taken today.

In fact, I’m really beginning to wonder how these Assembly persons (and Senators for that matter) will ever be able to work with each other again after everything that has been said and done.

Religious_Zealot on March 10, 2011 at 4:36 PM

I think that if the democrats ever (and that’s a big if) have control again, they will be appalled and shocked at the new tone they’ve created. They made these rules, they set this tone, they own it.

BakerAllie on March 10, 2011 at 4:39 PM

The roll is now open.

steveegg on March 10, 2011 at 4:42 PM

I haven’t heard anything new about the current mayor of Madison leading a wild-cat strike of firemen and policemen…

…or of the former mayor leading a wild-cat strike of teachers (bringing along their students that they kidnapped from class).

Any news on either of these news items?

Religious_Zealot on March 10, 2011 at 4:44 PM

Game, set, match – budget repair bill passed 53-42.

steveegg on March 10, 2011 at 4:44 PM

Live Stream seems to be down.

Brat4life on March 10, 2011 at 4:44 PM

That was strange. What just happened?? Did it just pass or get moved to Tuesday?

Rod on March 10, 2011 at 4:45 PM

Game, set, match – budget repair bill passed 53-42.

steveegg on March 10, 2011 at 4:44 PM

Thank you so much for all the updates. It made the afternoon go really fast at work.

gophergirl on March 10, 2011 at 4:45 PM

Now I guess we just wait and see how much more property damage the spoiled children do now that they’ve been spanked.

BakerAllie on March 10, 2011 at 4:46 PM

Game, set, match – budget repair bill passed 53-42.

steveegg on March 10, 2011 at 4:44 PM

Hallelujah!!

BTW – since I don’t know the party breakdowns, did any Republicans vote against the bill?

Religious_Zealot on March 10, 2011 at 4:46 PM

Thanks steveegg, I lost my video, too.

Fallon on March 10, 2011 at 4:46 PM

I’m so glad this passed.

Brat4life on March 10, 2011 at 4:46 PM

Live Stream seems to be down.

Brat4life on March 10, 2011 at 4:44 PM

Because Wisconsin Eye has switched from the Assembly floor feed to roving cameras to cover the post-session react.

steveegg on March 10, 2011 at 4:46 PM

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