“The Democrats failed to show up when the Senate started its business around midday Thursday, and the sergeant at arms began looking for them. If he’s unable to find them, he’s authorized to seek help, including potentially contacting police.”
This is outrageous. A strong (peaceful, lawful, orderly) response is really needed. This confrontation will set the tone for all further reform efforts in the country, in other states, and in Washington. The Wisconsin GOP has shown courage and taken the lead. They need to be backed up.
These tactics are being test-driven in Wisconsin. They will be repeated all over the country if they are not stopped here.
The Address, phone, fax and email info for all Wisconsin Senators can be found here, identified by party.
Visit, call, fax, or email the Democrat Senators and demand that they show up to vote.
This is not just a Wisconsin issue. People from anywhere in the country, or even the world, say, Egypt, who are interested in the survival and success of democracy, may want to make that contact.
If any of them fail to do so, Wisconsin law provides for the recall of elected officials. Senators who are refusing to show up to vote, to prevent a quorum on a matter of grave public importance, should be recalled. See: Wisconsin Const. Art. XIII, Sec. 12. Some helpful discussion of the mechanics of a recall in Wisconsin can be found here.
Is there anyone up there in a Wisconsin Tea Party to get the protest going?
Where is the Dane County Tea Party when you need it!