Modal close

Dear Democracy Now! visitor,

You turn to Democracy Now! for ad-free news you can trust. Maybe you come for our daily headlines. Maybe you come for in-depth stories that expose corporate and government abuses of power. Democracy Now! brings you crucial reporting like our coverage from the front lines of the standoff at Standing Rock or news about the movements fighting for peace, racial and economic justice, immigrant rights and LGBTQ equality. We produce our daily news hour at a fraction of the budget of a commercial news operation—all without ads, government funding or corporate sponsorship. How is this possible? Only with your support. If every visitor to this site in December gave just $10 we could cover our basic operating costs for 2017. Pretty exciting, right? So, if you've been waiting to make your contribution to Democracy Now!, today is your day. It takes just a couple of minutes to make sure that Democracy Now! is there for you and everybody else in 2017.

Non-commercial news needs your support.

We rely on contributions from you, our viewers and listeners to do our work. If you visit us daily or weekly or even just once a month, now is a great time to make your monthly contribution.

Please do your part today.

Topics

Audio: Wisconsin Democratic Senator Questions Legality of Anti-Union Vote

NewsMarch 09, 2011All News ⟶

    Wisconsin Democratic Senator Chris Larson speaks to Democracy Now! as he races back to Madison to challenge tonight’s anti-union vote to end collective bargaining rights for most public employee workers. "I think a lot of what they’ve done is on the borderlines of what is legal," Larson says. "It’s definitely questionable democracy."

    Download MP3

    RUSH TRANSCRIPT

    SEN. CHRIS LARSON: I think a lot of what they’ve done is on the borderlines of what is legal. It’s definitely questionable democracy. What they’ve done is an embarrassment to our country and to our state. They’ve shut down — they’ve shut down the people, is what they’ve done.

    You know, I can’t tell you how heartbroken I am that they would deliver this death blow to the middle class at a time where we’re trying to band together to get through this.

    This is something where they — I’m actually in my car right now speeding as fast as I can to try and get to Madison to do something, anything. And it’s already passed. I’ve been driving for the last hour and since I heard news that this is what they were going to do. They didn’t give us a chance. They didn’t give the public a chance to actually do anything about it.

    So this is something where every single one of those Republicans, all 19, I mean, they just signed their political obituaries. This is it. You know, they thumbed their nose at the people by shutting down the public debate three weeks ago. They shut it down after 17.5 hours. They shut down the legislative hotline because they got sick of hearing from people talking about this. Then they shut down the Capitol and locked everybody out. They shut down the public — the debate on the Assembly floor and jammed this through in the middle of the night before people have finished speaking on it. And then they took over our offices.

    And then this, where, with no notice whatsoever, under the guise of the days before, where it looked like they were looking to compromise, they were looking at trying to negotiate, and instead they pull this. It’s an embarrassment to what our country is. And I think that they should — that these recalls just got a new wave of energy from everyone in our state.


    The original content of this program is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. Please attribute legal copies of this work to democracynow.org. Some of the work(s) that this program incorporates, however, may be separately licensed. For further information or additional permissions, contact us.

    Non-commercial news needs your support

    We rely on contributions from our viewers and listeners to do our work.
    Please do your part today.

    Make a donation