Thursday, February 17, 2011
Wisconsin Protests: State Police Pursue Democratic Lawmakers Boycotting Vote
Wisconsin Democrats on Thursday fled the statehouse in an effort to prevent legislators from reaching a quorum and passing a bill put forth by Gov. Scott Walker (R), which would cripple the collective bargaining rights of public unions.
Their flight further heightened the drama that has surrounded the Wisconsin statehouse this week. On Wednesday there were an estimated 30,000 peacefully rallying in front of the state capitol building, and on Thursday that number is expected to be even higher.
Madison public schools are closed for the second day running, as teachers call in sick and students walk out.