Gov. Walker Tv Address Tonight; Lawmakers Like Peaceful Protests
WISCONSINREPORT.COM (02/22/2011) - The demonstrations of peaceful protesters in the state capital at Madison, Wisconsin have been a welcome change from some of the violent pictures of recent foreign demonstrations of people seeking regime changes in the mid-east. The two sides are still far apart in the controversy over what new Governor Scott Walker wants to do to get the budget in line with available funds. Gov. Walker will address the issues tonight via WisEye TV at 6 pm CST. WisEye is also making the feed available to interested stations or networks.
WisEye TV is available in Wisconsin on Charter Cable channel 995 and can also be seen on the internet at WisEye.org. WisEye will also be the lead feed source to broadcast or cable television stations or channels and networks that may be interested in carrying the Governor's address tonight at 6 pm CST.
State Assembly Representative Chris Danou (D-Trempealeau) is one of several lawmakers that have been pleased, and in some cases, thrilled, to see historic numbers of people arrive at the Capitol this past week to rally against Governor Walker’s budget repair bill, which, in some cases, many have interpreted as assaults on unions.
"I would like to commend the demonstrators and organizers as well as the law enforcement who have kept the events here peaceful and respectful," Danou continued.
"As a former police officer, I know the stress that can build on both sides of demonstrations and it is a true testament to the people of Wisconsin that the demonstrations have been safe and peaceful examples of people exercising their rights to be seen and heard," Representative Danou said.
"I had the opportunity to talk with a number of law enforcement officers working at the Capitol and they said they were very impressed with the behavior and demeanor of the protestors. I also recognize the reason our state, county and municipal police officers have high standards of professional conduct because they are professionals and are treated as such under Wisconsin law," Danou said.
As tens of thousands of Wisconsin taxpayers continue to demonstrate in support of worker rights, the protests continue to be peaceful after more than a week.
State Representative Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) concerning the peaceful protestors that have gone to Madison to express their frustration with Governor Walker and the Republican legislative leadership.
"The hard work and dedication of the law enforcement officers has made this astonishing display of democracy possible," State Representative Jennifer Shilling said.
"These men and women have worked day and night to ensure that everyone at the Capitol remains safe and secure," Shilling pointed out.
"I especially want to thank Capitol Police Chief Tubbs and his department who have shown amazing dedication and coordination throughout these rallies. Even as some of these police officers face cuts and the loss of their collective bargaining rights under this bill, they remain as committed as ever to doing their job with the utmost professionalism and thoroughness," Representative Shilling said.
"Our Wisconsin values are evident in the peaceful interactions between demonstrators and law enforcement officers from around the state. The Capitol continues to offer a welcoming atmosphere of democracy and an open dialogue for citizens to express their thoughts on Governor Walker’s bill," Shilling continued.
"Wisconsin is in the national spotlight and we have shown the rest of the world what democracy looks like," Assembly Representative Shilling stated proudly.
State Representative Andy Jorgensen (D-Fort Atkinson) is also appreciative of the visual reminder of what democracy looks like.
"Thousands upon thousands of ordinary citizens – teachers, highway maintenance crew members, librarians, firefighters, students, custodians and a whole host of others from many different walks of life – have joined together in protest of Governor Scott Walker’s budget proposal", Assemly Representative Jorgensen said.
"It’s a testament to our shared Wisconsin values that protestors and counter-protestors alike have made their voices heard peacefully and respectfully," Jorgensen explained.
"I also want to sincerely thank our outstanding Capitol Police force, led by Chief Charles Tubbs, for their around-the-clock service to the crowds here in Madison, to legislators like myself and to our staff," Jorgensen said.
"It’s no surprise that these officers – and their many colleagues from law enforcement agencies across the state – would do a great job. They protect and serve with remarkable dedication and diligence each day. But, for going above and beyond the call of duty, I proudly and gratefully commend them,” Assembly Representative Andy Jorgensen said.
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