Wisconsin update

The Wall Street Journal has the byline of two reporters over the Wisconsin-related story “Democrats to end union standoff.” The story relies to a substantial extent on the word of Wisconsin senate minority leader Mark Miller of the fleebag 14:

Sen. Mark Miller said he and his fellow Democrats intend to let the full Senate vote on Gov. Scott Walker’s “budget-repair” bill, which includes the proposed limits on public unions’ collective-bargaining rights. The bill, which had been blocked because the missing Democrats were needed for the Senate to have enough members present to vote on it, is expected to pass the Republican-controlled chamber.
He said he thinks recent polls showing voter discontent with Mr. Walker over limits on bargaining rights have been “disastrous” for the governor and Republicans and give Democrats more leverage to seek changes in a broader two-year budget bill Mr. Walker proposed Tuesday.

The Journal story has more background supporting the thesis of the story, and this reservation regarding Miller:

Mr. Miller declined to say how soon the Democratic senators, who left for Illinois on Feb. 17, would return. He said the group needed to address several issues first–including the resolution Senate Republicans passed last week that holds the Democrats in contempt and orders police to detain them when they return to Wisconsin.

On Facebook, Miller’s fellow fleebagger Chris Larson — sighted most recently at Rainbow PUSH Coalition headquarters in Chicago on Saturday urging Governor Walker to cave — takes issue with the Journal story:

Sen. Miller’s comments are taken out of context in the Wall Street Journal article just released. Dems will return when collective bargaining is off the table. That could be soon based on the growing public opposition to the bill and the recall efforts against Republicans. Unfortunately, the WSJ fished for the quote they wanted, skipping this key step in logic: we won’t come back until worker’s rights are preserved.

Badger 14 collects comments on the Journal story here, to which I would add only New Zeal’s backgrounder on Miller.

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