Kerry Tobin wrote:Lets talk about how some Assembly members couldn't even get into the Capitol 30 minutes before the session was supposed to start yesterday morning.
From what I have found, the inability of legislature to prohibit the public from entry during meetings does not extend to the governor or the state courts. Let me know if you know of orders originating from the legilature regarding the closing of the capitol because I haven't seen anything in print yet.
Kerry Tobin wrote:Lets talk about how they wouldn't provide a summary of the changes to the bill so people knew what those changes were.
Although I agree that this was done in poor form, after watching the legislature, it sounds like the idea of voting on premise and assumption is not new and may be done by both sides. It seems that if the Dems had an explaination or description of what was removed, they would have been fine with that.
Kerry Tobin wrote:Lets talk about them not letting the press into the building while they dragged protesters outside (apparently including a woman in a wheelchair). Or how press was blocked from entering when a press conference was scheduled. Lets talk about handcuffs on the doors.
My guess is that the actions of the troopers in dragging people out is more reflective of the actions of the protesters. I don't think they will do anything that they don't have to as far as removal of protesters and media. Was all press restricted from entering or were they only allowing a certain amount of reporters and cameras? Regarding the handcuffs on the doors, it thought it was funny that the MFD fire cheif asked they be remove as it is a fire escape hazard, however, filling the capitol with protestors and sleeping gear posed no hazard.
Kerry Tobin wrote:Lets talk about the lies told about the protest such as its going to cost $7.5 million to remove the tape THEY told the protesters to use or that windows were shattered and locks broken so protesters could get in when now it comes out that the total bill will be under $400,000, the union that does the cleaning is volunteering their time so that's high too, and no windows or locks were broken.
From JSOnline - http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/news/1173 ... tml?page=7
"It was not immediately clear how the estimates were made, though the state is apparently relying on opinions by historical architects, one of whom works for the U.S. Park Service.
One concern is the residue from tape that the state says is causing damage to stone and other surfaces inside the Capitol.
Michele Curran, an architectural historian for the National Parks Service who coordinates national historic landmarks in Wisconsin, said she didn’t know how the state had arrived at its damage figures.
She said certain kinds of tape can leave lasting residues on surfaces such as marble or wood if they are improperly removed. But she said only a professional cleaning service experienced in such work and familiar with the situation in the state Capitol could estimate any possible costs.
'They need a quote from a company that specializes in cleaning historic surfaces,' Curran said."
Lying and getting incorrect quotes are two different things. It sounds to me like a worst case scenario was given and the media ran with it. Both sides of the media. If you can provide some sort of information showing intent to mislead for some sort of gain, link away. As far as people volunteering to clean up, it's possible, but I'll believe it when I see it.
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