Ever visit our state Capitol in Olympia? Ever see crowds like this? No, of course not. But the only Wisconsinites who don't appear to be packing into their state Capitol today is the Wisconsin State Senate Democratic Caucus, who all became fugitives after walking out of session, thus denying their Republican colleagues the three-fifths quorum necessary to revoke the right of public employees to bargain collectively. Republicans outnumber Democrats 19 to 14 in the chamber, but the state constitution requires 20 members to be present to pass a budget bill.
Law enforcement officers are searching for Democratic senators boycotting a Senate vote on Gov. Scott Walker's budget-repair plan Thursday in an attempt to bring the lawmakers to the floor to allow Republicans to act on the bill.
One Democratic senator said that he believed most of the members of his caucus have gone to another state to prevent enough lawmakers from being present in the Senate to take a final vote on the controversial measure.
That's right, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has threatened to call out the National Guard to help impose his usurpation of basic worker rights, while Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald has instructed the state patrol to track down his Democratic colleagues and bring them to the chamber floor by force.
You know... Democracy in action.