UPDATE: According to Demcratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate, he’s been assured all good Democrats are on board and are opposed to the Republican mining legislation.
I’m hearing from reliable sources that Democratic State Sen. Tim Carpenter will break from the Democratic State Senate caucus and vote IN FAVOR of the mining legislation that’s being pushed heavily by Gov. Scott Walker and his rubber-stamp Republican allies in the legislature. That legislation has been essentially dead in the State Senate thanks to Republican State Sen. Dale Schultz, who has been steadfast in his opposition to the legislation as it is currently written.
If this is true, Sen. Carpenter’s defection would be a huge victory for Gov. Walker and Republicans in the legislature, and from what I’ve heard Sen. Carpenter’s decision is based solely on some calculation on his part that breaking from his fellow Democrats in the State Senate will help his chances in the Milwaukee City Treasurer election, where he’s running against fellow Democratic State Sen. Spencer Coggs.
If you’d like to contact Sen. Carpenter to share your opinion on the Republican mining legislation, here’s his contact information: