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Wisconsin Dems Follow Frank Principi’s Lead

By Greg L | 20 February 2011 | Humor & Satire, Prince William County | 12 Comments

I guess democracy is only democracy when Democrats approve of the outcome of the democratic process, otherwise democracy is effected by democrats running away and not doing their jobs.  Think this is unique?  It’s not.

This silly drama unfolding in Wisconsin involving Democrat Senators fleeing to Illinois reminds me of when Frank Principi didn’t want a vote to happen on the Board of County Supervisors and stormed off the dais trying to prevent a quorum from being present.  Mental giant that he is, Principi couldn’t resist the urge to watch the aftermath of him tucking his tail between his legs and running away, and since he was still in the room a quorum was present and the vote was held.  What a putz.

If you’re interested in reliving that precious bit of County Government Humor, you can see the video here, starting at the 1:18 mark.

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  1. Runaway as strategy said on 20 Feb 2011 at 4:09 pm:
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    See back in 1979 (known as the “killer bees,” state senators elude the Texas Rngers and sting a bill):


  2. copied from republicans said on 20 Feb 2011 at 7:03 pm:
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    From wikipedia

    …in 1862 the Republicans suffered a major defeat in the mid-term elections, and he lost the support of the strong Democrat majority in the legislature. Before the new legislature had met, Morton began circulating reports that they intended to secede from the Union, instigate riots, and were harboring southern spies. The atmosphere created by the accusations only worsened tensions between the two parties and guaranteed a confrontation, which was probably already inevitable.[13]
    Morton had already made several unconstitutional moves, including the establishment of the state arsenal and the Democrats decided to attempt to reign him in. When the legislature sought to remove the state militia from his command and transfer it to a state board of Democratic commissioners, Morton immediately broke up the General Assembly. He feared that once in control of militia, the Democrats may attempt to overthrow him and secede from the Union. He issued secret instructions to Republican legislators, asking them to stay away from the capitol to prevent the General Assembly from attaining the quorum needed for the body to pass any legislation. With Morton’s aid, the Republicans fled to Madison where they could quickly flee into Kentucky should the Democrats attempt to forcibly return them to the capitol.[14][15][16]

  3. Disgusted said on 20 Feb 2011 at 7:13 pm:
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    Principi is a putz, but it kinda looks like a tried and true minority maneuver.

  4. Riley said on 20 Feb 2011 at 8:19 pm:
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    That’s pretty sad if you have to reach back to 1862 for an example of when the GOP did this.

  5. Greg L said on 20 Feb 2011 at 8:22 pm:
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    …especially when the instance he cites involved Democrats trying to perpetuate slavery.

  6. Jack said on 20 Feb 2011 at 9:36 pm:
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    The Governor should declare the Democrats of abandoning their jobs, and hold special elections for their seats next Tuesday. Meanwhile, fire all the teachers who call in sick this week.

  7. Poetic Justice said on 20 Feb 2011 at 9:47 pm:
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    So if one finds the cause to be sensible,
    The tactic is less reprehensible,
    You can mark it as shirking, or a statesman’s plan working,
    But to do both seems quite indefensible.

  8. anon said on 20 Feb 2011 at 11:01 pm:
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    Well, if they’ve got the sick leave it’s theirs to use. Maybe taking away the perk of sick leave in the future could save some $$.

  9. The People's Democratic Dictator said on 21 Feb 2011 at 10:27 am:
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    This on the heels of their behavior during the Health Care Reform debate, I think it’s time for the “Democrat” party to change their name to something like “The Know Everything Party” - something *other* than a reference to “democracy.”

    Because they continually demonstrate that “representative democracy” will always take a back seat to their party’s dogma.

    Hey, “copied for republicans”, need a rhetorical band-aid? ’cause you sure shot yourself in your metaphorical foot with that one …

  10. Citizen12 said on 21 Feb 2011 at 12:00 pm:
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    One could make the assumption that those “missing” representatives are just following orders.

    The Wisconsin teacher’s union associations.

    68% of their political contributions went to…………..democrats

    1% of their political contributions went to ……………republicans


    Interesting to note in the teachers contract -

    3.6.2 No strikes / Work - Stoppages

  11. Anonymous said on 21 Feb 2011 at 3:29 pm:
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    Protesting Teachers Could Reap $9 Million from Taxpayers to Attend Rallies
    Absent educators may be paid to abandon students and march on the Capitol
    Madison, Wisc…] As Milwaukee Public School teachers left their classrooms to march in Madison Friday, they likely earned more than $3 million to not teach students in Wisconsin’s largest school district.

    In Madison, the school district was closed for three days after hundreds of teachers engaged in a mass sick-out so they could attend protest rallies at the State Capitol. That could cost the district $2.7 million.

    Late Sunday night Madison Metropolitan School District administration announced their schools would be shut down yet one more day, at a possible cost of more than $900,000.

    Many of absent teachers converged on the Capitol to protest a bill which would alter their compensation packages and make changes in government employee unions’ ability to collectively bargain on issues other than wages.
    While some have speculated that the absent teachers will see their pay docked, that may not be the case if they provide a doctor’s note. Due to collective bargaining rules currently in place, the absences could be considered excused and the teachers would be paid for their protesting.

    That possibility took on added significance as the MacIver News Service broke the story Saturday that several doctors in lab coats were handing out medical excuse notes to passers by, without examining the ‘patients.’

    “I asked if they were handing out doctors’ excuses and a guy said yes and asked me if I needed one,” one woman told MNS Saturday. “When I told them I needed one for February 16 and 17th, he wondered if I wanted to come back here for the protests next week.”

    What happened next surprised her.

    “I said, ‘sure,’ and I received a doctor’s note for the 16th through the 25th of February, without a medical exam.”

    If all the teachers in Milwaukee and Madison are paid for the days missed, the protest related salaries for just the state’s two largest districts would exceed $6.6 million dollars.

    Using a figure of $100,005 for average teacher compensation in MPS and an average yearly workload of 195 days, these teachers cost approximately $513 per day in salary and benefits to employ. Spread over 5,960.3 full-time licensed teachers in the district, this adds up to $3,057,634 in daily expenses.

    The average teacher’s total compensation in Madison is $74,912, according to the Department of Public Instruction. Each day costs $384.16 per teacher. The district has 2,370 teachers.

    These figures don’t include administrators and support staff, many of which got an unexpected paid days off thanks to the week’s protests.

    The issue extends far beyond Milwaukee and Madison, however. More than two dozen school districts were closed for at least one day last week as teachers called in sick to attend protests over the Budget Repair bill in Madison.

    MNS is examining the total costs associated with those teachers’ salaries and will update this story when those figures are available.

    We’re analyzing costs at other districts whose schools were also closed due to mass sick-outs by teachers. The chart below reflects about one third of the number of districts that closed. We will be updating the chart throughout the week.


  12. Patty said on 21 Feb 2011 at 7:20 pm:
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    Okay, so does Principi and the Wisconsin Democrats qualify for Mr. T’s “I pity the fool?”

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