Wisconsin Democrats Return, Join Mass Protest
Tens of thousands march in Madison again
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 12, 2011 5:41 PM CST
Wisconsin Senate Democrat leader Mark Miller is flanked by Sen. Fred Risser, left, and Sen. Robert Jauch.   (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

(Newser) – The 14 Democratic state senators who fled Wisconsin nearly a month ago returned from Illinois today, reports the Wisconsin State Journal. They were given a heroes' welcome by tens of thousands of pro-union protesters who again converged on the state Capitol in Madison. "It is so good to be here, Wisconsin!" Senate Minority Leader Mark Miller told the crowd. He was met by chants of "Welcome home!"

Foes of the new law curbing union rights vow to keep up such protests, fight the law in court, and try to recall Republicans who pushed it through. GOP Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald isn't scared, notes the LA Times: Democratic senators "are going to pat themselves on the back and smile for the cameras," he said. "They're going to pretend they're heroes for taking a three-week vacation. It is an absolute insult to the hundreds of thousands of Wisconsinites who are struggling to find a job, much less one they can run away from and go down to Illinois—with pay."

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PHILD53
Mar 15, 2011 12:47 AM CDT
Its Obvious why Obama can't go to Madison. Federal workers have no collective bargaining which would make him look like a Hypocrite, instead of just the fool !
Non-deep-thinker
Mar 13, 2011 11:10 PM CDT
Yesterday's news. Do a Google search for "Kyodo". Meet some people who have real problems.
SilenceDogood
Mar 13, 2011 12:14 PM CDT
These unholy 14 legislators attempted to use a play out of the union thugs manual, “intimidate and hold hostage”, happily it did not work. The men are a disgrace to the legislative process. http://looktruenorth.com/liberty/powers-of-the-government/15801-wisconsin-democrats-an-object-lesson-in-corruption.html