Absolutely incredible. I walk up the Capitol last night, at best expecting some buffoonery from Glenn Grothman, and instead I get an abrupt betrayal and a coup. Twas the stuff of Shakespeare. Yes, Majority Leader Russ Decker, after voting in committee to approve the state worker contracts, read off a statement on the floor of the Senate, saying he could not support them, out of deference to the newly-elected governor and legislature. The contracts failed.
The WisPolitics Quorum call has a bunch of updates on Decker's move, including speculation that he would run for Congress. After last night? No way.
"Decker's a whore," AFSCME leader Marty Beilresponded to the vote.
The House approves repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, with Wisconsin delegation splitting on party lines.
State Rep. Jeff Stone to run for Milwaukee County Executive. The Republican will essentially recycle Walker's message.
Marks Pocan and Miller ask Walker to explain how the state will pay for the $100 million of train costs it is now on the hook for.
Dentistry wars. Marquette v. Marshfield.
Ald. Jed Sanborn announces he will not be running for re-election. Along with Thuy, Sanborn's anti-spending stances have made him a Council outlier.
Property taxes could be a problem with private ownership of Overture.
Very good point: Why talk radio hates rail.
Memorial Union to get $52 million upgrade.
Two very divergent views on the roles of public sector unions.
Bruce Murphy: Why the division over high-speed rail?