Over shouts of protest from Democrats, the Republican-controlled Wisconsin State Assembly passed a bill in the early morning hours Friday that would strip state employees of most of their collective bargaining rights. But there was no sign that a stalemate over the proposal would end, as Democrats in the Senate remained out of the state after fleeing to prevent their own vote on the proposal.
The 51-to-17 vote just after at 1 a.m. in the Assembly drew boos and shouts of “Shame! Shame!” from Democrats who said that leaders had abruptly cut off debate and prevented more than a quarter of the legislators from casting votes. It came during the second week of sustained demonstrations inside and around the Capitol. Union workers and others from Wisconsin and nearby states continued to protest the proposals backed by the new governor, Scott Walker, a Republican elected in November. Read More…
When I was in elementary school, there was Negro History Week. By 1976 Negro History Week was expanded to Black History Month.
Today I ran across a picture that says it all for the Black Community, whether one is far left, moderate or politically left of center, the above photo is for you!
In my opinion, its time to get Qaddafi out of Libya and into the hands of the World Court…
From the Guardian:
The two Libyan Air Force fighter pilots who apparently defected earlier with their jets to Malta have told Maltese government officials that they had been ordered to bomb protesters, Reuters reports.
And the New York Times:
The faltering government of the Libyan strongman Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi struck back at mounting protests against his 40-year rule, as helicopters and warplanes besieged parts of the capital Monday, according to witnesses and news reports from Tripoli….Over the last three days Libyan security forces have killed at least 223 people, according to a tally by the group Human Rights Watch.
Qaddafi is carpet bombing his own people? Jesus Christ. His own diplomats are now disowning him, and not a moment too soon. More here, including an explainer and continuous updates.
Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that’s happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. This week, President Obama held events in Oregon and Ohio focused on promoting growth and winning the future through investments, concentrating on innovation and small business growth. Also, the President convened his Council on Jobs and Competitiveness at the White House.
The week’s top 10 quotes in politics:
”He’s making Jimmy Carter look like a Rambo tough-guy.” – Rep. Michele Bachmann, knocking President Barack Obama’s international diplomacy.
“I hate this damn job.” – Then-Gov. Sarah Palin, lamenting her profession to a staffer before she resigned (e-mails from the time were recently made public).
“Wrap your fat ass in the flag.” – MSNBC’s Ed Schultz, bossing Rush Limbaugh around as Schultz knocked the radio show host’s stance on the Wisconsin budget debate.
“Whatever happens, happens.” – Sen. Scott Brown, being blasé about any reelection worries.
“I’m not one of those politicians who thinks that because I’m in public office I’ve got to be nice all the time.” – Gov. Chris Christie, explaining his unique approach to public politics.
“This is getting more and more like ‘Meet the Press’ every minute.” – CBS’s David Letterman, joking about how his interview with Donald Rumsfeld ended up on the topic of donkeys and mules.
“Who is David Wu he sounds nuts” – Onetime Senate nominee Alvin Greene, tweeting about the troubles of Rep. David Wu.
“One of the coolest things I’ve ever said out loud.” – President Obama, admiring how “vanadum redox fuel cells” rolled off his tongue during a small-business forum in Cleveland.
“He’s got the best smile in politics.” – Rep. Carolyn Maloney, praising Vice President Joe Biden.
“That’s gonna be my campaign slogan: ‘I drank the bong water’?” – Actor George Clooney, explaining, in part, why he’ll never run for office.