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Wisconsin Cheese Head Revolution Continues In Madison Capitol

Governor Scott Walker’s budget repair bill kept protesters overnight inside capitol building.

By H. Nelson Goodson
February 27, 2011

Madison – On Sunday, hundreds of pro-union supporters were allowed to stay overnight for the 13th day at the capitol building after a deadline to close it for cleaning came and went. The building was scheduled to close at 4 p.m. and police began to advise people to leave. Hundreds left, but about three hundred people decided to stay and were ready to engage in a peaceful disobedience, if forced to leave.
State Capitol Police Chief Charles Tubbs decided to let the protesters remain inside the capitol building after protesters were moving aside and letting cleaning crews do their job. Tubbs says, the people are peaceful and were very cooperative with the cleaning staff.
The Republican legislature had adopt a rule to close the capitol building by Sunday afternoon. Most of the cooking wares, food dispensing and other items were cleared on Saturday night. Protesters had to be moved out from offices where they had been staying overnight and will be allowed to sleep in the rotunda area.

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Obama Hasn’t Walked With Union Workers In Wisconsin As He Indicated In 2007

Wisconsin protests entered 13th day and tens of thousands of people protested on Saturday as 14 Senate Democrats remained out of state to stall Walker’s budget bill indefinately.

By H. Nelson Goodson
February 26, 2011

Madison – On Saturday, ten of thousands of pro-union supporters and workers converged at the Capitol for the 13th day, making it one of the largest manifestations of protests since the Vietnam War-era. More than 250,000 protesters have gathered at the Capitol since February 15. There were just a few pro-Walker supporters at the capitol grounds, but both sides remained peaceful. The Wisconsin legislators didn’t have a session for the weekend and will be back on Monday.
Governor Scott Walker (R) announced that if the Senate doesn’t pass his budget bill by next Tuesday, layoff notices for more than 1,500 state and public workers will be issued. Despite Walker’s threat, some school districts around the state have already issued preliminary layoff notices to employees. One of them is Lisa Fitzgerald, a Hustisford school counselor and the wife of Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R) who supports Walker’s budget. He won’t negotiate the bill and wants to also eliminate bargaining rights for workers.
Another 41 teachers and workers at Delevan-Darien High School where Governor Walker attended received preliminary layoff notices, as well. Reports by teachers at the high school indicate that Walker is losing support from Republicans being affected by the budget bill.
Governor Walker and the Republican controlled legislature turned Wisconsin into ground zero for union busting by pushing a budget repair bill to eliminate collective bargaining for most state workers. The Wisconsin State Assembly passed Walker’s Budget Repair Bill on early Friday defeating any effort by House Democrats to stop it or remove the provision to end collective bargaining for workers.
The House budget repair bill version is now in the state Senate. The lack of Senate quorum guarantees that the bill won’t be debated or voted on. It will be stalled indefinately until the Senate Republicans agree to negotiations according to Democrats. The Senate can pass non-fiscal bills.
Last week, they passed a Voter ID bill temperarily, but couldn’t pass it legally since it includes fiscal items on it. Both the budget and ID bills remain stalled.
The 14 Senate Democrats have vowed to remain out of state until Republicans and Walker agree to remove the provision eliminating collective bargaining. 
Taking note, President Barack H. Obama (D) has failed to put on a comfortable pair of shoes and walk among pro-union prostesters as he indicated while campaigning for President, if union workers bargaining rights were being denied.
“If American workers are being denied their right to organize and collectively bargain, when I’m in the White House. I’ll put on a comfortable pair of shoes myself – I’ll walk on that picket line with you as President of the United States of America,” President Obama said during his campaign for President in 2007.
A recall has been organized on Saturday against State Senator Alberta Darling (R), according to pro-union supporters. Other Republican legislators are also facing recalls.
Republican supporters have began a recall effort against State Senator Robert Wirch (D) also.

On Saturday, more than 70,000 pro-union supporters, teachers, public and state workers participated during protests in Madison. Video by Alejandro Riano, link at:

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Driver Involved In Milwaukee’s S. Cesar Chavez Drive Hit and Run Death Charged

Vehicle used in fatal hit and run was repainted to avoid detection.

By H. Nelson Goodson
February 25, 2011

Milwaukee – On Friday, Nathaniel Walden, 19, was charged with Hit and Run-Involving Death in last Sunday’s traffic death of Rufino Dominguez-Rosa, 34, in Milwaukee’s South side. Walden is facing 25 years in prison and $100,000 in fines, if convicted. He remains in custody on a $7,500 cash bond. Walden is expected back in court on March 7, according to court records.
Police arrested Walden after his vehicle was spotted in the 1800 block of W. National Ave. Several officers recognized a parked vehicle matching the description taken by a surveillance video where Rosa was killed.
Police noticed the fresh paint and primer on the vehicle. When they checked the license plate number, it turned out be Walden’s. He was later arrested where he worked without incident.
Walden confessed to police that he was driving northbound in his vehicle when he hit Rosa in the crosswalk at the 1000 block of S. Cesar Chavez Dr. about 1:50 a.m. and kept on going. Rosa later died at Froedtart Hospital around 3 a.m. on Sunday, according to police. Walden never stopped to help the victim.

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House Republicans Passed Governor Walker’s Budget Repair Bill In Wisconsin

Wisconsin has an alternative to fix the State’s projected $3.6 billion deficit by establishing a non-profit State Bank with generated profits going to deficit, according to radio talk shows discussing the prospect. Walker’s budget repair bill moves to Senate.

By H. Nelson Goodson
February 25, 2011

Madison – On early Friday just after 1:15 a.m., the majority of the House Republicans passed Governor Scott Walker’s Budget Repair Bill after debating for more than 62 hours in session. Immediately after the vote, House Democrats became outraged because the Republican Speaker Pro-Tem Bill Kramer called to stop debate and abruptly allowed the Republicans to vote for it. The vote was opened and closed within seconds with 51-17 votes. Only 13 Democrtas were able to vote quickly by pushing the “no” vote button. But, 25 Democrats didn’t have a chance to vote on the bill. Two Republicans are saying, that they voted for the budget, but the push button didn’t record their vote. An Independent representative did not vote. Four Republicans voted “no” on Walker’s budget bill. The Republicans voting against the bill were Richard Spenbauer from Oshkosh, Lee Nerison from Westby, Travis Tranel from Cuba City and Dean Kuafert from Neenah.
Republicans violated rules and laws by stopping debate to pass Walker’s budget repair bill, according to Democrats. Republicans wouldn’t let 20 House legislators from speaking on the bill and Democrats accused the Republicans of abusing power and illegally closing debate.
Democrat legislators chanted “shame, shame, shame” after Republicans began to walk out of the session. They will seek legal action to overturn vote.
The bandage repair bill makes major cuts in funding for schools, eliminates collective bargaining for state and public workers, cuts worker pensions and medical benefits, allows the sale of power plants without bids, cuts funding to K-12 schools and allows for medical funding programs and benefit changes without legislative hearings by the State.
On Thursday, some Wisconsin school workers have received preliminary layoff notices. One of them is Lisa Fitzgerald, a Hustisford school counselor and the wife of Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R) who supports Walker’s budget, won’t negotiate the bill and wants to also eliminate bargaining rights for workers.
Even 41 teachers and workers at Delevan-Darien High School where Governor Walker attended received preliminary layoff notices, as well. Reports by teachers at the high school indicate that Walker is losing support from Republicans being affected by the budget bill. 
The budget bill now heads to the senate for debate and approval, but 14 Senate Democrats have left the state to block the bill by preventing quorum. Democrats won’t budge and say they will not return until Walker and the Senate Republicans remove the provision or section ending collective bargaining rights.
The Senate session needs 20 senators for quorum to approve fiscal bills. Today, it lacks one senator to complete quorum and to pass Walker’s budget. Democrats say, the state workers and unions have agreed to Walker’s concessions, but won’t give up collective bargaining.
Walker wants to bust the unions by ending collective bargaining, except for wages, according to recorded prank caller posing himself as billionaire David Koch. Walker revealed how he and other Republicans conspired to deceit Senate Democrats into coming back to Wisconsin in order to reach quorum. How Walker and others thought of using trouble makers to disrupt the crowds of protesters and wanting ads by a third party to promote his budget bill.
Senate Republicans worked with Walker to pass a rule and revoking direct bank deposit for the 14 Democrats, to try and force quorum. The rule likely violates state workers right to direct deposit.
Peg Lautenschlager (D) former Attorney General in Wisconsin told the Madison dot com that Governor Walker most likely violated labor, ethics and election laws as exposed in the prank call by Buffalo Beast dot com from New York. The pranked call became a national embarrassment for Walker.
An inquiry by the State Government Accountability Board is underway to see if Governor Walker broke any ethics laws after hundreds of e-mails complaining and requesting an investigation were registered.
More than 200,000 pro-union protesters have gathered in Madison, since February 15 and have protested every day against Walker’s push to end union bargaining rights. Some of the protesters have stayed overnight inside the capitol building in protest. Republican legislators passed a rule to close the capitol building on Saturday at 6:00 p.m. when the legislative sessions and public hearings end.
The Senate Republicans called another session on Thursday and sent senate staff and state police to the residences of the Democrats that have left Wisconsin, to check if they have returned. State police can’t only try to convince a senator to return to Madison. Senators can’t be taken into custody for breaking quorum.
Walker reaffirmed the State is broke and he has nothing to give. But allowing collective bargaining by state workers won’t cost or make the state any money.
Walker threaten to layoff 1,500 state workers by next week and the State will lose $165 million dollars in refinancing the budget repair bill by Friday. Democrats agreed, that Walker doesn’t have to layoff workers and he would be responsible for the layoffs and losing millions. Wisconsin has an alternative to fix the State’s projected $3.6 billion deficit by establishing a non-profit State Bank with generated profits going to deficit, according to radio talk shows discussing the prospect. With at least 15% of people seeking loans and other business that generates income for a bank would actually create a millions for the State.
Walker and the State could face lawsuits for layoffs affecting school teachers and workers, according to school districts that would be affected by major cuts.
Numerous protests were reported throughout the state and are expected to pick up steam as people become affected by the major cuts.
More than 200 public officals and school board presidents from 20 cities, 41 towns and 22 counties announced their opposition to Walker’s budget repair bill and the governor’s intent to eliminate collective bargaining for state workers.
Non-partisan Wisconsinites have call on Governor Walker to remove the provision eliminating state workers bargaining rights and move forward.
Indiana House Republican Speaker Brian Bosma says, provision to end collective bargaining rights for workers is dead.Democrats fled state.
Ohio Senate Republicans plan to change bill to keep collective bargaining rights for state workers and avoid a Wisconsin bill block repeat.

House video session after Walker’s budget repair bill vote:

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Espinoza, Zeta Leader Arrested For U.S. ICE Agent Death In Mexico

Los Zetas involved in the death of U.S. ICE agent in Mexico.

By H. Nelson Goodson
February 23, 2011

Mexico City, Mexico – On Wednesday, the Secratary of National Defense (Sedena) announce the arrest of Julián Zapata Espinoza, aka, “El Piolin” and other members of Los Zetas involved in the death of Jaime Zapata, 32, Special Agent for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Espinoza was arrested at a safe house used by Los Zetas in San Luis Potosí.
Along with Espinoza, the military police arrested, Armando Álvarez Saldaña, Mario Domínguez Realeo, aka, Domingo Díaz Rosas, Jesús Iván Quezada Peña, aka, “El Loco,” Martin Bárcenas Tapia, Rubén Darío Venegas, aka, “El Catracho,”  originally from Honudras, Diana Margarita Guerreo Morales, Roxana Mireya Ríos Velázquez and Magali Chaín Castillo López, the presumed wife of Espinoza. A minor was arrested too, according to Sedena.
Espinoza confessed that he is the known leader of the Zeta group operating in the San Luis Potosí area and that U.S. ICE Agents Zapata and Víctor Ávila were mistaken as rival drug cartel gang members by driving an armored black SUV. Ávila survived the shooting.
Espinoza told Mexian authorities that Quesado Peña and Darío Venegas including himself had participated in the February 15, shooting death of ICE Special Agent Zapata near San Luis Potosí.
Military police confiscated five high power weapons, amunition and five vehicles.
The suspects will be processed by the Mexico Attorney General’s Office. The arrests were made in connection of prior arrests of Los Zetas in December who identified Espinoza as the Zeta leader in San Luis Potosí and intelligence reports.
Espinoza was previously arrest in December 2009 by the military on charges for organized crime.

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Prank Call To WI Governor Walker By Buffalo Beast Reveals Deceit And Conspiracy To Bust Unions

Wisconsin Republican Governor Scott Walker gets punked.

By H. Nelson Goodson
February 23, 2011

Buffalo, New York – The following is the actual telephone conversation transcript between Wisconsin Republican Governor Scott Walker and Ian Murphy from Buffalo Beast dot com who actually fooled Walker that he was actually David Koch on Tuesday.
Buffalo Beast dot com had posted several Youtube videos with audio, but the prankster could be heard talking to Walker. The conversation transcript between the prankster and Walker was posted in Buffalo Beast dot com and the websit went down afterwards due to an over load.
Walker believing he is talking to billionaire Koch, one of his major campaign contributors opens up and exposes an attempt to deceit 14 Senate Democrats to return to Madison. Walker explains that he would make the democrats believe that he would actually try to negotiate with them, but has no intention to do. How he supported for Senators to pick up their payroll checks in person at the Senate floor, to get quorom.
Walker and his conspirators even thought about having trouble makers go into the crowds of protesters to start trouble. He even boosted his media coverage and expected the media to get tired of reporting about the Madison union protests.
Koodos for Murphy from Buffalo Beast dot com for exposing Walker’s true motives and conspiracies, if in fact the conversation actually happened.
Governor Walker’s Office confirmed a call was answered by the governor. Buffalo Beast dot com Publisher Paul Fullon confirmed the call was made.
Governor Walker in an afternoon press conference confirmed the call and drew numeorus questions by the media. He abruptly made general statements about the prankster and wouldn’t elaborate further.

In the following two Youtube videos posted by Buffalo Beast, only the prankster could be heard.

Conversation audio part 1 at:

Conversation audio part 2 at:

Here is the conversation transcript between the prankster and Governor Walker that was posted in Buffalo Beast dot com.

Walker: Hi; this is Scott Walker

Koch: Scott!

David Koch. How are you?

Walker: Hey, David! I’m good. And yourself?

Koch: I’m very well. I’m a little disheartened by the situation there, but, uh, what’s the latest?

Walker: Well, we’re actually hanging pretty tough. I mean— you know, amazingly there’s a much smaller group of protesters—almost all of whom are in from other states today. The State Assembly is taking the bill up—getting it all the way to the last point it can be at where it’s unamendable. But they’re waiting to pass it until the Senate’s—the Senate Democrats, excuse me, the assembly Democrats have about a hundred amendments they’re going through. The state Senate still has the 14 members missing but what they’re doing today is bringing up all sorts of other non-fiscal items, many of which are things members in the Democratic side care about. And each day we’re going to ratchet it up a little bit…. The Senate majority leader had a great plan he told about this morning—he told the Senate Democrats about and he’s going to announce it later today and that is: The Senate organization committee is going to meet and pass a rule that says if you don’t show up for two consecutive days on a session day—in the state Senate, the Senate chief clerk—it’s a little procedural thing here, but— can actually have your payroll stopped from being automatically deducted—

Koch: Beautiful.

Walker: —into your checking account and instead—you stil get a check, but the check has to be personally picked up and he’s instructing them—which we just loved—to lock them in their desk on the floor of the state Senate.

Koch: Now you’re not talking to any of these Democrat bastards, are you?

Walker: Ah, I—there’s one guy that’s actually voted with me on a bunch of things I called on Saturday for about 45 minutes, mainly to tell him that while I appreciate his friendship and he’s worked with us on other things, to tell him I wasn’t going to budge.

Koch: Goddamn right!

Walker: …his name is Tim Cullen—

Koch: All right, I’ll have to give that man a call.

Walker: Well, actually, in his case I wouldn’t call him and I’l tell you why: he’s pretty reasonable but he’s not one of us…

Koch: Now who can we get to budge on this collective bargaining?

Walker: …I think the paycheck will have an impact… secondly, one of the things we’re looking at next…we’re still waiting on an opinion to see if the unions have been paying to put these guys up out of state. We think there’s at minimum an ethics violation if not an outright felony.

Koch: Well, they’re probably putting hobos in suits.

Walker: Yeah.

Koch: That’s what we do. Sometimes.

Walker: I mean paying for the senators to be put up. I know they’re paying for these guy—I mean, people can pay for protesters to come in and that’s not an ethics code, but, I mean, literally if the unions are paying the 14 senators— their food, their lodging, anything like that…[*** Important regarding his later acceptance of a Koch offer to “show him a good time.” ***]

Walker: …I’ve got layoff notices ready…

Walker: [bragging about how he doesn’t budge]…I would be willing to sit down and talk to him, the assembly Democrat leader, plus the other two Republican leaders—talk, not negotiate and listen to what they have to say if they will in turn—but I’ll only do it if all 14 of them will come back and sit down in the state assembly….legally, we believe, once they’ve gone into session, they don’t physically have to be there. If they’re actually in session for that day, and they take a recess, the 19 Senate Republicans could then go into action and they’d have quorum…so we’re double checking that. If you heard I was going to talk to them that’s the only reason why. We’d only do it if they came back to the capital with all 14 of them…

Koch: Bring a baseball bat. That’s what I’d do.

Walker: I have one in my office; you’d be happy with that. I have a slugger with my name on it.

Koch: Beautiful.

Walker: [union-bashing…]

Koch: Beautiful.

Walker: So this is ground zero, there’s no doubt about it. [Talks about a “great” NYT piece of “objective journalism.” Talks about how most private blue-collar workers have turned against public, unionized workers.]…So I went through and called a handful, a dozen or so lawmakers I worry about each day and said, “Everyone, we should get that story printed out and send it to anyone giving you grief.”

Koch: Goddamn right! We, uh, we sent, uh, Andrew Breitbart down there.

Walker: Yeah.

Koch: Yeah.

Walker: Good stuff.

Koch: He’s our man, you know.

Walker: [blah about his press conferences, attacking Obama and all the great press he’s getting.] Brian [Sandoval], the new Governor of Nevada, called me last night he said—he was out in the Lincoln Day Circuit in the last two weekends and he was kidding me, he said, “Scott, don’t come to Nevada because I’d be afraid you beat me running for governor.” That’s all they want to talk about is what are you doing to help the governor of Wisconsin. . I talk to Kasich every day—John’s gotta stand firm in Ohio. I think we could do the same thing with Vic Scott in Florida. I think, uh Snyder—if he got a little more support—probably could do that in Michigan. You start going down the list there’s a lot of us new governors that got elected to do something big.

Koch: You’re the first domino.

Walker: Yep. This is our moment.

Koch: Now what else could we do for you down there?

Walker: Well the biggest thing would be—and your guy on the ground [Americans For Prosperity president Tim Phillips] is probably seeing this [stuff about all the people protesting, and some of them flip him off]

[Abrupt end of first recording, and start of second.]

Walker: [Bullshit about doing the right thing and getting flipped off by “union bulls,” and the decreasing number of protesters. Or some such.]

Koch: We’ll back you any way we can. What we were thinking about the crowd was, uh, was planting some troublemakers.

Walker: You know, well, the only problem with that — because we thought about that. The problem—the, my only gut reaction to that is right now the lawmakers I’ve talked to have just completely had it with them, the public is not really fond of this…[explains that planting troublemakers may not work.] My only fear would be if there’s a ruckus caused is that maybe the governor has to settle to solve all these problems…[something about ’60s liberals.]…Let ‘em protest all they want…Sooner or later the media stops finding it interesting.

Koch: Well, not the liberal bastards on MSNBC.

Walker: Oh yeah, but who watches that? I went on “Morning Joe” this morning. I like it because I just like being combative with those guys, but, uh. You know they’re off the deep end.

Koch: Joe—Joe’s a good guy. He’s one of us.

Walker: Yeah, he’s all right. He was fair to me…[bashes NY Senator Chuck Schumer, who was also on the program.]

Koch: Beautiful; beautiful. You gotta love that Mika Brzezinski; she’s a real piece of ass.

Walker: Oh yeah. [story about when he hung out with human pig Jim Sensenbrenner at some D.C. function and he was sitting next to Brzezinski and her father, and their guest was David Axelrod. He introduced himself.]

Koch: That son of a bitch!

Walker: Yeah no kidding huh?…

Koch: Well, good; good. Good catching up with ya’.

Walker: This is an exciting time [blah, blah, blah, Super Bow reference followed by an odd story of pulling out a picture of Ronald Reagan and explaining to his staff the plan to crush the union the same way Reagan fired the air traffic controllers]…that was the first crack in the Berlin Wall because the Communists then knew Reagan wasn’t a pushover. [Blah, blah, blah. He’s exactly like Reagan. Won’t shut up about how awesome he is.]

Koch: [Laughs] Well, I tell you what, Scott: once you crush these bastards I’ll fly you out to Cali and really show you a good time.

Walker: All right, that would be outstanding. [*** Ethical violation much? ***] Thanks for all the support…it’s all about getting our freedoms back…

Koch: Absolutely. And, you know, we have a little bit of a vested interest as well. [Laughs]

Walker: [Blah] Thanks a million!

Koch: Bye-bye.

Walker: Bye.

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Arizona Senate Committee Passed Bills Targeting Illegal Immigrants By Revoking Citizenship, Education And Housing

Anti-immigrant bills now headed for full senate debate.

By H. Nelson Goodson
February 23, 2011

Phoenix, Arizona – On Tuesday, the state Senate Judiciary Committee passed several bills targeting undocumented immigrants living in public housing, collecting public benefits, undocumented students attending public schools and illegals working in the state. The first bill dealing with housing, education and public benefits passed with a vote of 7-6. The second bill that was passed earlier on a vote of 8-5 and targets automatic citizenship for children born to undocumented parents living in Arizona. The state citizenship bill challenges the interpretation of the 14th Amendment to automatically become a citizen, if born in the jurisdiction of the U.S. The citizenship bill is expected to be challenged and will probably end up in U.S. Supreme Court. The case will most likely cost the state millions to defend. The bills were sponsored by Senator Russell Pearce (R) who believes it would save millions of taxpayer dollars for Arizona.
Pearce previously sponsored the stalled SB 1070 law known as an immigration enforcement bill that allowed law enforcement officials to inspect the legal status of people suspected of being in Arizona illegally. The law has been challenged by the U.S. Department of Justice and has been stalled in federal court. A federal judge block major provisions from being enforced making it useless.
The recent bills approved by the senate committee will require school officials to confirm the legal status of students and report illegals to authorities, make it a crime for illegals to drive in the state including 30 days in jail and confiscation of vehicle, public agencies would be required to verify the legal satus of residents at public housing and evict illegals, businesses forced to use the federal E-Vertify or get their license suspended, illegals caught using false documents to work face a mandatory 6 months in jail.
The bills now go before the full Arizona state senate for debate.
Earlier in the week, Senate Bill 1405 or hospital bill that would require hospital officials and doctors to report undocumented immigrants seeking treatment to law enforcement and Immigration and Customs Enforcement was killed due to major protests by members of the medical profession that spoke against it.

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