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Legislatin' at night

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Re: Legislatin' at night

Postby snoqueen » Fri Jun 07, 2013 10:51 am

.... can you imagine a bounty hunter going to a private residence and the homeowner defending himself with lethal force under the Caste Doctrine?


I think that's the way it works, on purpose, in wingnut-land. Wisconsin has not, historically, been wingnut-land and it's sad and weird to see the Rs trying to take us down that path.

The good part is Darwin's Law hasn't been repealed and never will be.

We really can do better.
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Re: Legislatin' at night

Postby Henry Vilas » Mon Jun 24, 2013 7:53 am

Not only was the budget passed in the middle of the night, but it looks like former GOP legislative aides, who now lobby for the WMC, helped write it. They certainly are estatic over what was included in the bill.

The gang at Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce are practically giddy about the budget that now awaits Gov. Scott Walker’s signature. The state’s largest business association released a video on Friday featuring four of the group’s lobbyists discussing the many elements of the budget that will benefit Wisconsin companies.

I was notified of the YouTube clip by a disgruntled legislative staffer, who described its contents thus: “Just a few of the former GOP staffers who give the Legislature its marching orders from outside the building.”
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Re: Legislatin' at night

Postby swimmingupstream » Mon Jun 24, 2013 8:05 am

In a lame duck secession the Democrats tried to pass a new union contract in the middle of the night right after Scott Walker and the Republicans had just given them an electoral ass whoppin'.

The Democrats have no room to complain.
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Re: Legislatin' at night

Postby HawkHead » Mon Jun 24, 2013 9:59 am

swimmingupstream wrote:In a lame duck secession the Democrats tried to pass a new union contract in the middle of the night right after Scott Walker and the Republicans had just given them an electoral ass whoppin'.

The Democrats have no room to complain.


Except the Democrats never promised to end the practice.

Personally I think sessions should end at 11pm no matter who is in charge.
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Re: Legislatin' at night

Postby Henry Vilas » Thu Jul 04, 2013 8:53 am

Bill Lueders has an interesting breakdown on the recently passed state budget. Here are some highlights:
Percentage of the $651 million in tax cuts included in the budget that will go to taxpayers making more than $100,000 a year: 55

Additional amount state taxpayers will pay because of the decision by the Walker administration, backed by the GOP-controlled Legislature, to reject available federal funds for Medicaid expansion, as estimated by the fiscal bureau: $119 million

Amount contributed by “powerful business, manufacturing, construction, transportation, natural resources, health care, road building and real estate interests” to candidates for state office and the Legislature from 2007 to 2012, according to the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, a nonpartisan watchdog: $53 million

Amount WDC says groups backed by these “same wealthy special interests” spent on outside electioneering activities to help candidates get elected: $72.1 million


With 55% of the tax cuts going to those making over $100,000 a year, does anyone know what percentage of Wisconsinites make that much money?
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Re: Legislatin' at night

Postby Aubrey McFate » Thu Jul 04, 2013 5:53 pm

And as long as you're looking, does anyone know what percentage of taxes are paid by Wisconsinites who make that much money?
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Re: Legislatin' at night

Postby Henry Vilas » Thu Jul 04, 2013 6:00 pm

You mean the job creators? Just where are those jobs?
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Re: Legislatin' at night

Postby ilikebeans » Tue Jan 06, 2015 3:07 pm

Oh good, the GOP has a solution to late-night legislatin'.

Assembly Republicans want to take an informal rule limiting debate on bills and make it official, a move that could cut off Democrats' objections to controversial proposals after a half-hour.

The draft proposal would formalize an understanding reached by leaders of both parties two years ago but kept out of the actual rules at the time, making it enforceable only if the two sides kept their word.
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