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Will Dem legislators in Colo. find their inner Wisconsin?

Posted by Michael Sandoval on February 21st, 2011
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Wisconsin’s Gov. Scott Walker is holding the line against the throngs of protestors who have camped out at the state’s Capitol in Madison for nearly a week, and he called for the state Senate Democrats who fled the state to engage in democracy by coming to the table, not running away:

Walker: “Well, no. First off, those Senate Democrats should realize, if you want to participate in democracy, you’ve got to be in the arena. And the arena is right here in Madison, Wisconsin. It’s not hiding out in Rockford, Illinois, or Chicago or anywhere else out there. Democracy means you show up and participate, and they failed to do that. They’re walking out on their job which contrasts to the many, many thousands, almost 40,000 state and local workers across Wisconsin who, despite those protestors, most of them showed up and did their jobs like they’re paid to do.”

The Service Employees International Union is assisting with the organization of many “solidarity” protests across the nation this next week, including a rally on the west steps of the state Capitol on Tuesday:

Events on Tuesday February 22, 2011 (All times local)

Time: 12:00 P.M.
Location: Colorado State Capitol
Address: 200 East Colfax Avenue (West Steps) - Denver, CO. 80203

Will Colorado’s Democratic delegation in the House and Senate participate? It is unclear to what extent state legislators will be involved at this time, but we can’t help but recall House Minority Leader Sal Pace (D-Pueblo) and the comments he made in January about his support for unions:

“I’m willing to put my fist where I need to put it. I’m willing to fight. I’m willing to get in and rumble to make sure that we’re fighting for good jobs.”

Given the current climate, and the evidence abounding from the rallies being held in Madison, Pace’s willingness to “rumble” may not be the best way of earning sympathy for the opponents of Colorado’s own budget cuts.

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  • Post by Michael Sandoval on February 21st, 2011

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