Last week at the Solidarity Singalong we were very fortunate indeed to be visited by the legendary Billy Bragg. He performed several of his timeless songs with us and was very patient with all the requests for autographs and photographs from all of his admirer's. I have a great picture of Billy and myself giving the solidarity salute, if only I can figure out how to transfer it from my phone to here I would be able to share it with you.
Yesterdays Solidarity Singalong was especially festive with the turning over of the state senate to the Democrats, and the inauguration of Mark Miller as the majority leader. I encountered the always dapper Sen Glen Grothman, as well as outgoing Speaker Fitzgerald and was able to share some ideas with them. They still don't like me but then again neither does Walker tool and faux journalist Clay Barbour who I also shamed at the Capitol yesterday.
Speaking of the turnover of the Senate, many people were in the Senate Gallery yesterday to witness the official ceremony. Included in that group was activist Jeremy Ryan, he like many other folks were videotaping and photographing the events from above, while below WisEye and multiple media outlets were doing the same. Jeremy Ryan and one other individual seem to have been selectively focused on for arrest for filming by the Capitol Police & Security force.
I will be meeting the Capitol Police, interim Chief Blackdeer this week and hopefully will walk away with some satisfactory answers about the events that transpired under his watch. Meanwhile Senator Fred Risser heard of the arrests after they occurred, and immediately contacted Jeremy and arranged a meeting for tomorrow morning as a prelude to changing the gallery rules to allow for constitutionally protected behaviour in the future. Take that GOTea and thank you very much Senator Risser for sticking up for your constituents instead of looking out for the extremist corporate interests.
Also newly appointed Speaker Mark Miller wasted no time in naming his fellow legislators to their new committee posts. He did a great job with Lena Taylor on the Joint Committee on Finance, which will also really tick off Robin Vos and Alberta Darling as well. Well played Senator, well played.
Meanwhile GOTea representative and ALEC darling Joel Kleefisch is still taking a lot of heat over his involvement and/or support of a business found guilty of dumping raw human waste in open areas of his district causing serious ground water issues and really angering his constituents.
It was also announced that GOTea Senator Rich Zipperer will be resigning his seat next month. He is stepping aside to fill a gap in the administration of Scott Walker. Apparently there has been another wave of his staffers fleeing for the hills as the John Doe investigation prepares to leap forward again with the near conclusion of the trials of Walker staffers Tim Russell and Darlene Wink.
And here is one last link for you today readers. The link takes you to the site of your good friend and mine, the Root River Siren, Wisconsin blogger extrordinaire. A little more to say about Lou D'abrraccio and the whole rotten Racine Country Gang.
On Wisconsin! FORWARD!!!!