Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Just in case Arizona Democrats want to actually do something to keep the series of terrible bills currently making their way through our political system from becoming horrible state-crippling laws, here's something from Reuters. Admittedly, this particular technique might not work within the rules of order in Arizona, but some modicum of dissent would be nice:
A weary Wisconsin state Assembly on Wednesday continued debate on a Republican proposal to curb public sector union power after an all-night session that dealt with only a few of many Democratic objections.
The Assembly, where Republicans can form a quorum without the Democrats, took up the controversial measure on Tuesday morning. But Democrats have promised more than 200 amendments on the bill, according to website WisPolitics.
As of 5:30 a.m. on Wednesday, only seven Democratic amendments had been considered, all rejected along party line votes. Republicans hold a 57-38 majority in the Assembly.
At one point, Republican state representative Joel Kleefisch urged Democrats to agree to suspend the rules and allow a vote on Walker's proposal.
"You don't like the bill. We get it. So you're going to try to stall it," Kleefisch said. "But at the end of the day a vote is going to come, folks."
Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca, D-Kenosha, said he was determined to have his members heard.
"We're not trying to delay the process," Barca said. "We just want to let them have their say."