Kudos to Governor Scott Walker and Republican in the state Senate for standing up to the obstructionist Democratic legislators who have decided that the best way to serve Wisconsin is to flee to Illinois. Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald is playing hardball, saying that
. . . his chamber would meet Tuesday to act on non-spending bills and confirm some of the governor’s appointees even if the Democrats don’t show up — a scenario that should outrage their constituents.
Senate Democrats acknowledged that the 19 Republicans could pass any item that doesn’t spend state money in their absence. The budget-repair bill they have been blocking requires a quorum of 20 senators to pass, while other measures require only a simple majority of the chamber’s 33 members.
Of those 33 members, 17 were elected last November to a 4-year term, 11 of them, Republican and 6, Democrat. The remaining 16, 8 Democrats and 8 Republicans, will be up in 2012. Republican challengers are going to have an easy time crafting campaign ads against those 8 Democrats. They’ll just remind voters that when the chamber to which they were elected voted on important matters facing the state, the Democrats were hiding outside the state.
Come 2013, look for an even more Republican Senate in the Badger State.