Tuesday, January 23, 2018

WI Sen. Leader Fitzgerald having fresh authoritarian moment

The Washington Post has a strong new slogan on its website: "Democracy Dies in Darkness."

But Wisconsin's power-hungry GOP Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald is purging public watchdog agency employees and civil servants, for partisan reasons, without a hearing, openly and in broad daylight.
Republican state senators Tuesday denied the confirmations of the directors of Wisconsin's ethics and elections commissions — and the leader of the state Senate said he hoped to remove two civil servants at those agencies next.
Wisc Sen. Scott Fitzgerald.jpg 
Reminds me of one of his earlier due process flushes
Senate Republicans Thursday ordered the forcible detention of their 14 Democratic colleagues, who fled the state two weeks ago to avoid a vote on Gov. Scott Walker's controversial budget repair bill.
"They have pushed us to the edge of a constitutional crisis," Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, said of the boycotting senators.
But it remained unclear Thursday whether the resolution and warrants seeking to force the senators back to the Capitol are legal. The state constitution prohibits the arrest of legislators while in session unless they're suspected of committing felonies, treason or breach of the peace.
This, however, is happening in broad daylight, like much of what's happening in the Trump era.


Betsey said...

The last days of the Roman empire.

Anonymous said...

That the WAPO touts it's democracy slogan is much like heeding MSNBC's "resistance" or the next McDonald's ad.

Fitzgerald really is acting in authoritarian way, it's just that now he can do it openly with the full support of mainstream media. Why should we as citizens let him get away with it?

If you don't like McDonalds fries, you are somehow unAmerican, hate democracy, and want the GOP/Trump agenda. While all worried and focused about this stupidity, Walker and Fitzgerald meanwhile are given a free ride to continue to peddle their anti-envoronmental, anti-normal tax-paying schemes against Wisconsinite wishes.

Let's stop being complicit in this bad charade, and get these bad actors out of public office.