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Mark Belling, national award-winning Wisconsin talk-show host (on News/Talk 1130 WISN), and frequent guest host on the Rush Limbaugh show, during the first hour of his February 25 program provided a powerful explanation of the danger to the rule of law posed by the flight of the Wisconsin “Badger 14” senators :

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On Friday, February 25, law professor/blogger Ann Althouse and her husband, Laurence Meade, had a much-publicized interaction with protesters in the Capitol Building who had set up an “information station” which involved trashing the Veterans Memorial which has stood in the West Gallery since 1933. (more…)

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While the fugitive “Badger 14” Wisconsin senators disrespect the rule of law by hiding out in Illinois, their fellow travelers protesting in Madison disrespect the Veterans Memorial in the West Gallery of the Capitol Building, erected in 1933, by trashing it: (more…)

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(H/t, Cal. Skinner’s McHenry County Blog)

Supporting website, complete with a photo array of the fugitive Wisconsin “Badger 14” senators — “MISSING SINCE FEBRUARY 17TH” — here.

Background from the Illinois Review.  A skeptical take from the (Illinois) Capitol Fax.

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In a marketing campaign unveiled this afternoon, John Groh, head of the Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, says (at 0:45 & 2:00):

People seem to be hiding away in Rockford lately.  We have visitors from Indiana and Wisconsin.  . . . Here in Rockford, our doors are wide open.  We want people to come here and hide away from whatever they’re trying to get away from.  See for yourself:  check out HideawayinRockford.com

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Yesterday prominent conservative talk-show host Vicki McKenna (born, ironically, in Rockford, Illinois, a favored hideout of the Wisconsin “Badger 14” senators) interviewed Wisconsin state Senator Leah Vukmir (R-Wauwatosa).

Senator Vukmir addressed the very real adverse consequences that will be suffered by Wisconsin citizens, and particularly by the public employees who will lose their jobs, if the senators do not soon return.  She has great respect for several of the absent senators and she holds out hope that at least one of them will muster the political courage necessary to return and head off these adverse consquences.  Audio clip below.  Partial transcript: (more…)

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Ads placed by Americans for Prosperity — audio here.

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Feb. 18:  Wisconsin law enforcement officials hunt for Wisconsin Senate Minority Leader Sen. Mark Miller: (more…)

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The fugitive Wisconsin “Badger 14” senators in song:

Band on the Run” (by Paul McCartney and Wings, 1971)

Update (Mar. 2):  Here’s a fantastic cover verson of the song by a very talented solo performer and producer, J.B. Dazen:

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Rats on the Run (by “dougfromupland,” 2/20/2011) (more…)

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After days of journalists meeting with the fugitive Wisconsin “Badger 14” senators and disclosing only that they’re in an “undisclosed location” in Illinois, it appears that one press outlet has broken the embargo on their precise location.

Early this evening, Wausau’s WAOW reported on its website:  “The 14 Democratic Senators who fled the state are assumed to be just over the border in Harvard, Illinois.” (more…)

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We now mark Day 5 of democracy in Wisconsin being held hostage by the “Badger 14” senators who, refusing to attend the current legislative session and carry out their duty to debate and vote on legislative proposals, fled the state on February 17. (more…)

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EXCLUSIVE (3:30 p.m.):  In e-mail exchange, Sen. Tim Carpenter bullies a polite Wisconsin citizen, brags about his popularity, and lashes out at “Great Dictator Walker.”

Senator Tim Carpenter

It appears the Wisconsin “Badger 14” senators who abandoned their seats in the Senate chamber and fled the state three days ago, and who are now encamped somewhere in Illinois, already have developed cabin fever. (more…)

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Yesterday the well-regarded Chicago Boyz blog (a group blog by Univ. of Chicago alumni) featured an important post by “Lexington Green” analyzing options for recalling the wayward Wisconsin “Badger 14” senators — and in particular, focusing on the plausibility of recalling Sen. Jim Holperin by late April.  The post discusses the mechanics and timing of a recall effort against any of the senators, and explains why Sen. Holperin is especially vulnerable to a recall effort (he won his last election in 2008 in a squeaker, with only 51% of the vote).  Here.

One additional factor not mentioned in the blog post:  Sen. Holperin was the subject of an embarrassing encounter with a Rockford, Illinois, Tea Party activist (David Hale) on the day he abandoned his senate seat and fled the state, an exchange which was caught on video.  See here.  Presumably excerpts from that video would add impact to radio or television ads run against Holpern in any recall effort. (more…)

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(H/t Kozak of FreeRepublic.com)

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At 8:12 p.m. yesterday this blog posted (see below) the following:

Important — The Janesville Gazette reports today that Sen. Timothy Cullen expects “the Democrats [will] be back in the Senate chamber around noon Saturday.”  Here. (more…)

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In video shot yesterday by a Rockford, Illinois, tea party activist, Sen. Jim Holperin said he’d fled Wisconsin because his job was “to delay a vote” and claimed, “I’m leaving right now to do my job in Wisconsin.”  Watch on YouTube here and on BigGovernment.com here (h/t Riehl World View).  (more…)

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H/t RandyMelchert.com (submitted by one of his readers; if anyone knows the original creator please e-mail info to thebadger14@gmail.com so proper credit can be given).

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Another way of removing the “Badger 14” senators is for constituents of each outlaw senator to petition and vote to recall the senator, pursuant to Article 13, Section 12 of the Wisconsin Constitution, and Section 9.10 of the Wisconsin Statutes Annotated. (more…)

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The first option for removing the “Badger 14” senators is for the Assembly to impeach them by a majority vote and, if impeached, for the Senate to convict them by a two-thirds vote.  (more…)

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By refusing to attend the legislative session and, worse, by leaving the state entirely so that Wisconsin law enforcement officials cannot compel their attendance (“Escape From Wisconsin” seems to be the idea), the “Badger 14” have committed a fundamental offense:  they have violated the constitutional oath they made when they took office. (more…)

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This is a remarkable day in Wisconsin politics.  In the midst of a debate in the Legislature over what steps are appropriate to help close a gaping budget deficit, 14 members of the 33-member Wisconsin Senate — all the Democrats — left the state in order to defeat the 60% quorum requirement for a vote on one of the main measures under consideration.   See early news coverage here, here, and here.

Late in the day it was reported (e.g., here and here) that all 14 senators had left on a bus and were safely ensconced in the Best Western Clock Tower Resort in Rockford, Illinois (here), outside the reach of Wisconsin law enforcement officials who had been searching for them under legal provisions authorizing legislators to be forcibly brought to the Legislature while in session, if they are unwilling voluntarily to attend (see summary by Marquette law professor Rick Esenberg, here).

[Update:  apparently at the resort the senators (at least the 11 men) are enjoying the services of Alex and other lovely staff members of the “Tilted Kilt,” a Hooters-style establishment with a Scottish theme.  See here — and see this photo of Alex!:]

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