State Democrats absent for vote as Wisconsin budget protests swell
February 18th, 2011
08:01 AM ET
3 years ago

State Democrats absent for vote as Wisconsin budget protests swell

(CNN) - Wisconsin state senators are expected to reconvene Friday as lawmakers wrangled over a bill that would strip teachers and other public employees of most of their collective bargaining rights and cut their benefits.

Meanwhile, a self-described "nationwide grassroots movement dedicated to creating ... jobs" will hold a "cheesehead" rally in New York on Friday to show support for Wisconsin workers.

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soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. bachman's a jerk (farm Subsidy Welfare Hypocrite)

    for a moment this morning, i thought the republicans were explaining that all protestors would be executed. then i realized it was the leaders or Iran. i guess, what's the real difference.

    February 18, 2011 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  2. Carla mckelvey

    The budget deficit is due to corporate cuts that the governor enacted. He created this crisis. Could it be he wanted to do that so he could break the unions?

    February 18, 2011 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  3. rs

    Power to the people. The Republican Party needs to be reminded we are a nation of human beings and not just businesses and a few billionaires.

    February 18, 2011 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  4. Lynda/Minnesota

    Well, Wisconsinites did decide to sit the 2010 election out. Wonder how many now wish they had voted. This is what happens when you overreach, GOPers. Too dictatorship for my American values.

    February 18, 2011 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
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