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The Power of Recalls in Wisconsin: The resignation of a Republican state Senator robs Scott Walker of complete control of state government. Looming recalls could bring even more dramatic change.

John Nichols on March 17, 2012 – 8:31 AM ET

With Wisconsin recall elections looming against four Republican state senators—as well as Governor Scott Walker and Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch—the state’s politics was thrown for another loop Friday when a targeted senator up and quit.

State Senator Pam Galloway, a Tea Party favorite and one of Walker’s steadiest backers in the legislature, announced her immediate resignation from the legislature and her decision not to […]

Fiscal sanity triumphs: Wisconsin Supreme Court gives budget/union reform law green light

A Dane County judge overstepped her authority when she voided Gov. Scott Walker’s measure limiting public sector collective bargaining, the state Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in a fractious 4-3 decision.

In a nine-page decision — followed by about 60 pages of concurring and dissenting opinions — the court’s conservative majority said Dane County Circuit Judge Maryann Sumi “usurped the legislative power which the Wisconsin constitution grants exclusively to the Legislature” when […]

Woman charged with sending death threats to Wisconsin Republians

via JS Online:

Madison — A 26-year-old woman was charged Thursday with two felony counts and two misdemeanor counts accusing her of making email threats against Wisconsin lawmakers during the height of the battle over Gov. Scott Walker’s budget-repair bill.

Katherine R. Windels of Cross Plains was named in a criminal complaint filed in Dane County Circuit Court.

According to the criminal complaint, Windels sent an email threat to state Sen. Robert Cowles […]

Wis. state assembly passes legislation to strip nearly all collective bargaining rights from public workers. DEVELOPING

The Wisconsin state Assembly on Thursday afternoon passed a controversial bill that curtails most state workers’ collective bargaining rights, one day after state Senate Republicans used a technical procedure to get around the intentional absence of 14 Democrats and pass the measure.

Throngs of people upset at the developments have been protesting on the grounds of the Capitol throughout the day.

The bill will reach Gov. Scott Walker’s desk for final approval. The bill […]

Making secret visits home?

One of the reasons Wisconsin Republican senators voted to place warrants on what are now called the fugitive Democratic senators is that at least some of those Democrats — the same ones who vowed to stay out of state until they prevail in the controversy over Gov. Scott Walker’s budget proposal — have in fact been returning to Wisconsin for personal visits.

“We know that certain […]

AP Report: Wis. moves to bring AWOL Dems back — by force!

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

MADISON, Wis. — The Republican leader of the Wisconsin Senate has signed orders finding 14 AWOL Democrats in contempt. The orders signed Thursday allow the sergeant at arms to detain the missing senators and use police force if necessary.

The Democrats say they are all in Illinois and won’t return.

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald says the orders are only binding in Wisconsin.

The Senate passed a resolution calling for the […]

Senate GOP leaders suspends direct deposit for missing dems

In their latest attempt to force Dems back to the Senate, GOP leaders have voted to require their missing counterparts to pick up their paychecks, per diems or any expense check in person on the chamber floor.

Senate Org voted by paper ballot today 3-2 along party lines to impose the requirement on any senator absent without leave for two or more days.

The ballot also suspends direct deposit for any lawmaker […]

May pass union bill without Democrats

MADISON – Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald says his chamber of the Wisconsin legislature will convene to pass non-spending bills and act on appointments on Tuesday even if minority Democrats remain out of state in an effort to block a vote on Governor Scott Walker’s budget repair bill.

Could one of those bills be the union aspect of the budget bill, voted separately?

Democratic state Sen. Jon Erpenbach […]

Dem Sen: We’ll stay away for days, weeks

CHICAGO (AP) — Democrats who fled Wisconsin to block a vote on a sweeping anti-union bill could stay in hiding for days or even weeks.

Democratic state Sen. Jon Erpenbach (URP’-ehn-bahk) spoke to The Associated Press at a Chicago hotel on Friday. He and fellow Democratic senators left Wisconsin on Thursday to delay the near-certain passage of a bill backed by Republicans and GOP Gov. […]

SHOCK! Gov orders state troopers to bring Dems to Capitol

By Jay Sorgi

MADISON – According to the Wisconsin senate majority leader, the Governor’s office is sending out state troopers to go after Wisconsin’s Democratic Senate members to bring in a vote on Governor Walker’s budget bill which would dramatically limit government workers union’s ability to negotiate many of their benefits.

“They are prepared to dispatch state troopers to go out to some of the residences of […]