AWOL Lawmakers Get Advice: Arrange Conjugal Visits

Wisconsin standoff has no end in sight, and Texas lawmakers know the feeling
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 18, 2011 3:40 PM CST
Democratic Wisconsin Assembly members cheer on the crowd on the fourth day of protests at the State Capitol in Madison.   (AP Photo/Andy Manis)
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(Newser) – Wisconsin's weird version of a filibuster continues with no end in sight. The Democrats who fled the state to delay a vote on an anti-union bill say they're willing to stay on the lam for weeks, protesters clogged the capital for the fourth straight day, schools remained closed, and the governor had to push back his formal budget presentation by a week. The Wisconsin State Journal and AP have more on the nitty gritty.

But Sam Stein of the Huffington Post has the day's most interesting angle: He rounds up advice from Texas legislators who went AWOL in 2003. "If you are going to be out more than two weeks call your spouse for conjugal visits," advises Democrat Leticia Van de Putte. "After two weeks—and most of my colleagues are men—I said get their wives here and quick because you are under intense stress."

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