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Assembly to Pass Rights-Stripping Bill in Wisconsin Momentarily

In an example of absolutely terrible timing, I am unavoidably detained right now, as the Wisconsin State Assembly is about to go into session on a bill to strip collective bargaining rights from most public employee unions. I know what has happened up until now. Protesters tried to form a human barricade to the Assembly chamber. But law enforcement started dragging them from the antechamber. And many others left after that.

Inside and outside the Capitol the scene is chaos. Nobody has been allowed access to the chamber. Media has been denied access to the Assembly chamber. Legislators and staffers have been denied. It’s pandemonium. Nobody really knows who’s in charge; it’s not the Capitol Police. The security personnel is in riot gear. There are Madison East high school students rushing down East Washington Street, one of the main drags leading to the Capitol, with a police escort.

Clearly the fix is in to pass this bill quickly. They got it done in the Senate in minutes. The same will probably happen here. I need you to be my eyes and ears. Here’s WisEye, the C-SPAN of Wisconsin. Here’s the #wiunion Twitter hashtag. What are you seeing? What are you hearing? Let me know in the comments.

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