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Dems in legislature to introduce bill to restore collective bargaining for public employees

From my email inbox: MADISON – State Representatives Chris Taylor (D-Madison), Dianne Hesselbein (D-Middleton) and Senator Fred Risser (D-Madison) announced today they will introduce a bill to reinstate the collective bargaining rights Governor Walker and legislative Republicans stripped from public workers last legislative session.

“I helped implement collective bargaining in the 1959 legislative session and […]

What’s the Deal with Progressives and Agism?

Just about a year ago, a candidate for local office visited Drinking Liberally to present a case for being elected over the long term incumbent. One of the knocks on the incumbent was the officeholder’s age put him out of touch with the district. Looking around the room at all of the gray hair and […]

From the files of, “It’s the thought that counts…”

Yesterday State Representative Mark Pocan (D-Madison) and Senator Fred Risser (D-Madison) submitted legislation that would reinstate collective bargaining rights that were stripped from public employees as a result of the passage of Republican Governor Scott Walker’s “budget repair” bill earlier this year.

The legislation submitted by Rep. Pocan and Sen. Risser would repeal the anti-union […]

Mike Ellis may not wear sunglasses at night, but he does wear them indoors!

Somethings Speak for themselves, I will just say that I can not confirm the rumor that Senate President Republican Mike Ellis was out too late at the Avenue Bar the night before and was nursing his hangover. Which would explain the inside sunglasses, attacking of the gum and incredible rudeness. Of course that could just […]

Shocking Revelation….

Yet another republican talking “Gotcha” talking point proves false. Last week the right wing blogosphere was giddy over the story that Senators Cullen and Risser were the authors of the Special session notice rule that “supposedly” allowed the republicans to offer no notice before passing their “non fiscal” ambush on collective bargaining rights. Some examples […]