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Republicans Popularity Pummeled In Wisconsin

March 8, 2011

Here is the latest in what’s happening in my home state.

WASHINGTON — Protesters unhappy with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s budget proposals forced a GOP congressman to shut down a town hall meeting on Monday in the governor’s hometown, demonstrating that state-level labor battles could become a liability even for Republicans at the federal level.

“This state is so (angry) at Republicans right now because they’re trying to shut down debate,” yelled one protester at the meeting in Wauwatosa, which was being held in a town library. Other protesters responded with loud cheers.

While veteran U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R), who was at the meeting with GOP state Sen. Leah Vukmir, insisted that the meeting was open to everyone, a protester said, “You’re trying to shut down any response from these people who live in a free society.” When Vukmir insisted that no one was trying to take away collective bargaining rights, the crowd shouted, “That’s not true!” and booed and hissed at her.

Notice the Senator’s comment: collective bargaining is not being taken away…. actually it is on EVERYTHING EXCEPT WAGES.

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