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Ruckus in Wisconsin Senate: Republicans push through ultrasound bill after silencing Democrats

Republican state senators in Wisconsin on Wednesday silenced Democratic lawmakers while passing a bill requiring women to undergo an ultrasound procedure before being able to receive an abortion. Wednesday’s Senate session began with state Sen. Kathleen Vinehout (D) reading letters from several constituents who opposed the bill. “The idea of…

Former WI Gov. Tommy Thompson moves forward with Senate run

Former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson (R) announced Monday that he has filed papers necessary for his candidacy for the Wisconsin Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Herb Kohl (D-WI) in 2012. However, Thompson stopped short of making an official campaign announcement. A campaign spokesman told Raw Story that an announcement…

Wisconsin GOP senator boasts: We have broken the power of unions

Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald bragged that Republicans had busted government employee unions “once and for all” in a fundraising letter sent to his supporters. In contrast to his earlier rhetoric, which focused on the need to curb public employees union rights to balance the state budget, Fitzgerald said…

Judge temporarily blocks Wisconsin anti-union law

A Wisconsin judge on Friday issued a temporary order blocking the state’s highly controversial new law stripping the collective bargaining rights of public employee unions. Judge Maryann Sumi of Dane County issued the order in response to a request by District Attorney Ismael Ozanne (D). As The Associated Press summarized,…

Missing WI Dem: Republicans may strip union rights without us

All 14 Democrats in the Wisconsin Senate staged an exodus from their state Thursday to protest Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s budget bill, which strips the collective bargaining rights of public employees. Part of the purpose was to ensure that Republicans fail to garner the requisite support for the proposal. There…

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