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WI State Assemblyman: Republicans Ran Out of Capitol Last Night After Voting

Just did a brief interview in the Capitol Rotunda, where the noontime rally has begun, with Assemblyman Chris Danou, a Democrat who represents the western part of the state. He confirmed to me that the Assembly Republicans, after calling for and casting a quick vote on the budget repair bill at 1:00 in the morning, then immediately ran out of the Rotunda, escaping the protesters as they were waking up to the news.

Danou was one of the Democrats waiting to speak on the bill when the Republicans called the vote. “I see it as taking away my right to speak,” he said. He wouldn’t go so far as to call it illegal, but called it highly unethical. “This has poisoned things,” he said, “I don’t see how we can work together now.”

There were a few other Democratic members of the State Assembly milling about at the rally, which featured members of the Plumbers and Steamfitters Unions from Madison and Milwaukee. The crowds for today’s rally are definitely bigger than yesterday, perhaps a precursor to tomorrow’s expected large crowds. Needless to say, no Republican politicians were about.

UPDATE: Video of the key moment, via Blue Cheddar Blog:

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