Walker meets with Assembly Dems; no word on limiting all-nighters

2013-01-09T20:30:00Z 2013-01-10T19:33:51Z Walker meets with Assembly Dems; no word on limiting all-nightersMARY SPICUZZA | Wisconsin State Journal | mspicuzza@madison.com | 608-252-6122 madison.com

Gov. Scott Walker met with Assembly Democrats on Wednesday evening as they prepared to head into what is expected to be heated debate over Republican leaders' attempts to limit late night debates.

The issue didn't come up during Walker's 15-minute discussion at the Democratic Assembly caucus at the state Capitol, where he gave a short speech welcoming the 14 newly elected Democratic freshmen and encouraged Democrats to meet with him throughout the new legislative session. He also took a few questions.

But Walker spokesman Cullen Werwie said Wednesday, "As a former legislator, Governor Walker understands the importance of allowing each house of the Legislature to create and maintain their rules. With that said he appreciates the fact that legislators are working together to find a solution."

But a solution on Assembly rules may be hard to come by.

Republican and Democratic lawmakers still were trying to work out a deal Wednesday before Thursday's floor debate. Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, and other Republican leaders spent hours in meetings on Tuesday and Wednesday with Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca, D-Kenosha, and other Democratic leaders trying to negotiate how to avoid late-night or all-night sessions, which have become common in the 99-member body. They did not release details of those negotiations.

Kit Beyer, a spokeswoman for Vos, said they were not planning to release the drafted resolution about Assembly rules until Thursday morning.

Assembly members are expected to begin their floor session at 10 a.m. Thursday.

During Walker's caucus visit, Democratic lawmakers didn't bring up the issue and instead asked questions about everything from making state buildings more energy efficient with LED lighting to education funding and gun violence.

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  1. WI_Retiree
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    WI_Retiree - January 10, 2013 10:20 am
    Very well put Skippie.
  2. skippie
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    skippie - January 10, 2013 9:53 am
    Oscar, what you say will happen is exactly what happened under Doyle. When this happened under Doyle conservatives did not occupy the capital, issue death threats, destroy property, or assault people. We knew that "this is what democracy looks like". We worked within the law (unlike dems) to get those wrongs righted. Dems tried the recall and found the people of Wisconsin wanted Walker and the republicans in charge.

    In the protests Libs chanted "this is what democracy looks like". You got your re-do elections and lost badly. Quit acting like spoiled brats and union thugs. Grow up.
  3. Oscar
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    Oscar - January 09, 2013 11:44 pm
    "Heated debate"? All it will be is repubs waiting until what they consider is enough time and then ending the hearing. They will fully use their majority, ram through biased, illegal legislation and shove whatever crap up our hinders that they want. I hope that wisconsinites fully appreciate what they have done.
  4. ButSiriuslyFolks
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    ButSiriuslyFolks - January 09, 2013 8:57 pm
    All of this is just treating symptoms of the problem. And, the subsequent partisan name-calling and bickering in the comment section will not only serve as symptoms of the symptoms, it'll make sure no one will ever talk about what the problem actually is.

    These elected politicians fillibuster and push votes into the night because they are all partisan hacks, forced into their votes by their caucus, which are in term beholden to the money that comes pouring in from lobbyists and other deep-pocketed special interests. You really think Vos or Barca are really going to listen to the other side and change their vote because the other side made a logical and impassioned case?

    Get rid of the present politicians. Secondly, get the money out of politics. If possible, remove parties (which are NEVER once mentioned in the Constitution and were decried by many of the Founding Fathers) and elect people who get paid their $48,000 a year and get the same amount of public campaign funds.

    Then, let's let those people who are in it for the right reasons sit and debate the bills being presented. I can guarantee there will be a completely different breed of politician sitting there who stands nothing to gain financially from his/her votes.

    And I can guarantee we won't have to squabble in any "secret talks" about placing "restrictions" on late-night fillibustering. Symptom, meet problem.

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