Let slip the dogs of Law!

As pleasant as it may be to contemplate His Majesty’s cold steel solution in About Wisconsin’s Teachers; below [and may I second Jaybear, Colonel of Imperial Ancient Artillery’s recommendation of pipes, add the possibility of a whiff of grape at the remnants, and note that I would be carrying my 1842 Dragoon Saber with 36 inches of steel] that is only part of the solution. We have the matter of the fugitive Democrat state senators who are trying to overturn the results of the election by fleeing the state to deny a quorum on Wisconsin’s Budget Repair Bill.

The media, as usual, are not telling the full story. Yes, absent the Democrats who ran away to the Rockford, Illinois Best Western Rockford Resort [Golf, Tennis, pools, and the on-site restaurant is a place called the “Tilted Kilt” which is the Best Western version of a Hooters. Picture of a waitress here. When old Democrat males visit Hooters, it is not misogynistic. It says so on the label.] they do not have a quorum for the Budget Repair Bill. But that is not quite everything.

If they can get 1 [one] Democrat into the chamber, they have a quorum for the BRB, and it can be voted on. And the Senate has issued a Call of the House mandating every senator attend. The Governor has reinforced that call by having the State Police searching for the fugitives. All well and good, but still not complete. The fugitives fled the TEA Party in Rockford and were last seen in Chicago. At least one has stated that they will not return for weeks. The crooks in Chicago will protect the crooks from Wisconsin, so that may be a roadblock.

But there is more than one path.

The quorum requirement that covers this bill is from Article VIII, Section 8 [Finance] of the Wisconsin State Constitution. Short form, for all bills having to do with money, the quorum is set at 3/5 of the Chamber. Fair enough. But …budget bills are the only bills that require a 3/5 quorum. All other business is governed by Article IV Section 7, which specifies a quorum for each House of the Legislature to be 50%+1.

Hold the Budget Repair Bill in abeyance until they have an Article VIII quorum. In parallel, start passing a simple one page bill that a) ends all collective bargaining for all government employees in Wisconsin, b) decertifies all public employee unions, and c) creates a joint House-Senate STUDY commission to determine how pay and benefits will be set for state employees. With no Democrats in the Senate, committee hearings should be somewhat quicker than usual. If they stay out of the Capitol, the bill can be passed handily. If any one of them shows up; they get grabbed, cuffed, and stuffed in their chair in chambers [perhaps not literally, but it is a wonderful thought], and the Budget Repair Bill is brought up for a vote.

Indeed, there are a number of bills that are not budgetary in nature that can be started and run through the Senate if they do not show up; bills that Patriots will love and which will make Democrat heads explode. How about proof of citizenship and residence to register to vote? State issued picture ID to cast a ballot? Requiring all candidates for Federal office to file notarized copies of original documents in advance to prove that they meet Constitutional requirements of the office to get on the ballot? How about closing party primaries, if they allow crossover voting now? How about the proposed Federal Constitutional Amendment that would allow 2/3 of the states to void any Federal statute or regulation? This could be fun, and it could be never-ending.

They either come back to the Capitol, or get their asses handed to them.

Further, Wisconsin does not have a Wisconsin Bureau of Investigation. Instead, they have a Criminal Investigation Division of the Department of Justice. Turn them loose on the fugitives, and see if any part of the cross-border hegira violated any fiscal statutes. Criminal charges would be lovely down the line.

And while we are talking about charges, I offer this, from Wisconsin’s Revised Statutes’ Criminal Code, with the bold being my emphasis.

946.12 Misconduct in public office. Any public officer or public employee who does any of the following is guilty of a Class I felony:

946.12(1)
(1) Intentionally fails or refuses to perform a known mandatory, nondiscretionary, ministerial duty of the officer’s or employee’s office or employment within the time or in the manner required by law; or

946.12(2)
(2) In the officer’s or employee’s capacity as such officer or employee, does an act which the officer or employee knows is in excess of the officer’s or employee’s lawful authority or which the officer or employee knows the officer or employee is forbidden by law to do in the officer’s or employee’s official capacity; or

946.12(3)
(3) Whether by act of commission or omission, in the officer’s or employee’s capacity as such officer or employee exercises a discretionary power in a manner inconsistent with the duties of the officer’s or employee’s office or employment or the rights of others and with intent to obtain a dishonest advantage for the officer or employee or another; or

946.12(4)
(4) In the officer’s or employee’s capacity as such officer or employee, makes an entry in an account or record book or return, certificate, report or statement which in a material respect the officer or employee intentionally falsifies; or

946.12(5)
(5) Under color of the officer’s or employee’s office or employment, intentionally solicits or accepts for the performance of any service or duty anything of value which the officer or employee knows is greater or less than is fixed by law.

Either emphasized section could be the basis for charges against the Fugitive 14. A Class I [Capital letter not Roman numeral] Felony under Wisconsin state law is subject to up to 18 months in the penitentiary. And it does apply to members of the legislature, as 946.18 of the Criminal Code is “946.10-946.17 apply to all public officers”. No wiggle room.

File charges against the 14 legislators who are trying to void the results of the election under 946.12, and request their extradition from Illinois. May not work, but at the very least it will make it clear that this is a Democrat party-wide conspiracy.

Then there is the matter of whether they have abandoned their offices. There is no specific statute that covers the current circumstances, but there is one that covers declaring offices vacant. [17.03] And it has a clause [17.03(13)] that includes any other reason that statutes may declare. One can see a statute saying that legislators can be considered as having abandoned their offices if they absent themselves for more than a week during the regular session without permission of the presiding officer of their House. See the “never-ending fun” above. The remaining legislators can add a statute to that effect. If the 14 fugitives stay away a week after it is signed into law, then their seats are vacant. If a legislative seat is vacated during a term, under Article IV, Section 14 of the Constitution the Governor issues a special writ of election to fill the term.

There are probably other legal and legislative options. But there is also the immediate problem that Misha discussed; on steroids.

The Democratic National Committee, Organizing for America [Obama’s personal political movement], and his SEIU thugs are converging on Madison. The AFL-CIO’s Richard Trumpka is bringing his own calls for violent action, and I have heard that Jesse Jackson has crawled out from under a rock to add his particular touch of hatred. Union thugs are threatening the Governor, the Republicans in the Legislature, and their families; making appearances at their homes.

Patriots are gathering in Madison too. On Saturday, there will be a Support Governor Walker Rally.

Speakers will include Andrew Breitbart, Herman Cain, Ned Ryun – President of American Majority, Vicki McKenna, and Jim Hoft.

TWANLOC will be out in force. I expect them to physically attack any Patriots that they feel that they can get away with. The MFM will be working to cover it up. If you are a Patriot who is going, make sure that you have a video camera/phone to document the enemy so that charges can be filed. And remember the words of Captain John Parker on Lexington Green. For the fate of a Constitutional Republic is inextricably linked to what happens in Wisconsin.

LC Subotai Bahadur, Lord Pao An

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Guest
February 18, 2011 21:58

Have you sent this to the governor of Wisconsin, Subotai?

Nate
Nate
February 18, 2011 22:05

My Lord, my apologies, but according to my sources, violation of 946-12 is a Class E Felony: ‘Possible penalties increased from fifty dollars fine to 1999 fine of $10,000.00. Possible Imprisonment increased from one to two years. This goes to five years on 31 December 1999.’

Unless, of course, it was changed since that update.

Slightly to the right of Gingis Khan
Slightly to the right of Gingis Khan
February 18, 2011 22:26

Personally I think the last thing that should be done is try to bring them back. Imagine how much could be done without them…… start passing all our dream bills, this is an opportunity like no other. When the media and socialist puppet groups start screaming all you have to say is…… “Your guys were not here when we hashed… Read more »

Guest
February 18, 2011 22:32

Good, because I sent it too. With some names edited out. I did indicate I did not compose it, credit belongs to another. Tthat was a masterpiece, Subotai, as per your usual form. govgeneral@wisconsin.gov

Guest
February 18, 2011 22:44

Let it begin…http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/33496, for this is my fight too…..

Tallulah
Tallulah
February 18, 2011 23:46

Speaking of the dogs of law — I hope you guys will consider this for a front-page item. The Jawa Report is under attack by a jihadist lawyer who wants to reveal the identity of “Barbarossa.” Doing this will put the lives of the Jawa Report people in danger, as well as threaten to shut them down. They do yeoman’s… Read more »

Tallulah
Tallulah
February 18, 2011 23:49

Says Aaron Worthing at Patterico: The short version is that they [Jawa Report] have been the victim of “Lawfare” where “Ohio jihadist attorney Omar Tarazi” has been seeking to learn the real life name of Barbarossa: “Because of our many and very public tangles with jihadists and actual terrorists here at the Jawa Report, revealing any one of our identities… Read more »

Odahi
Odahi
February 19, 2011 07:16

Is it not true that aiding and abetting a felon is itself a felony, conspiracy? Just wondering if the DOJ could be called upon to aid in service of warrants and apprehension of conspirators? Of COURSE Holder would balk, what a great story to see on Beck. Show us all where your loyalties and “ethics” lie. Aren’t these the same… Read more »

Odahi
Odahi
February 19, 2011 07:31

How delicious would it be to “Ted Kennedy” their asses and change the statute/add a referendum to the ballot to allow the Governor to appoint replacements to fill vacated seats rather than wait for an election “in such a time of emergency?” Not that it would pass in time to help the current situation, but to use their own tactics… Read more »

LC MuscleDaddy
LC MuscleDaddy
February 19, 2011 10:52

If they can get 1 [one] Democrat into the chamber, they have a quorum for the BRB, and it can be voted on.

So, if one of the Rs were to suddenly have a fit-of-conscience and “switch parties”…?

– MD

LC Gladiator
LC Gladiator
February 19, 2011 11:04

“Yeah Johnny I understand your dad has been out of work for over a year and lost his house, but they want me to pay 5% of my pension! I’m willing to sacrifice as long as it doesn’t inconvenience me.” The second Revolutionary War has been declared by King George Obama using his Organizing Against America turncoats. This time it’s… Read more »

The Old Man
The Old Man
February 19, 2011 11:23

Lord Pao An, grant that I may link to your words at my humble blog.

Way to stir the Wisconsin cesspool!

LC PrimEviL
LC PrimEviL
February 19, 2011 11:25

Oh, but <a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704900004576152320132834818.html?mod=rss_Politics_And_Policy&quot; things are getting cute:

With no end to the standoff in sight, Gov. Walker said that if the Democratic senators do not return, he’d consider cutting the funding that pays for their staff.

“If they’re not here, it begs the question whether or not they need to have staff,” he said. “They’re not performing their functions.”

LC PrimEviL
LC PrimEviL
February 19, 2011 11:32

Crap, the imbed didn’t work. But wait! There’s more! Wisconsin Law might have a bearing: 2010 Wisconsin Code Chapter 946. Crimes against government and its administration. 946.12 946.12 Misconduct in public office. Any public officer or public employee who does any of the following is guilty of a Class I felony: 946.12(1) (1) Intentionally fails or refuses to perform a… Read more »

Guest
February 19, 2011 11:49

I had a patient who was in a nursing home on Medicare and Medicaid. We were paying for his stay, $5000 a month just for room and board. His son was retired from IBEW, age 48. He was receiving $17,000 monthly in retirement plus full medical and dental benefits.

LC Sir Clambake, Imperial Black Ops Technician, K.o.E.
LC Sir Clambake, Imperial Black Ops Technician, K.o.E.
February 19, 2011 12:35

I have just done so myself.

irish19
irish19
February 19, 2011 12:39

Milord, I like the way you think. What fun if arrest warrants were issued. And if they stay out, might the Gov. be able to add unlawful flight across state lines to avoid prosecution? I believe that’s a federal rap.

LC PrimEviL
LC PrimEviL
February 19, 2011 15:10

Response to irish19 @ #20:
I think that Wisconsin 946.12(1), and 946.12(3), as above, are applicable here, and are Class I Felonies.

LC Xystus
LC Xystus
February 19, 2011 15:57

and may I second Jaybear, Colonel of Imperial Ancient Artillery’s recommendation of pipes, add the possibility of a whiff of grape at the remnants, and note that I would be carrying my 1842 Dragoon Saber with 36 inches of steel I’ll provide the pipes if asked–& plenty of shock weapons to pass around. This seems similar to my proposed Rottweiler… Read more »

sleeper
sleeper
February 19, 2011 17:17

Response to Library Czar @:
$17,000 a month? You sure about that? $200,000 a year is a hell of a pension for a profession that averages less than $100,000 a year while you’re working.

VonZorch Imperial Researcher
VonZorch Imperial Researcher
February 19, 2011 17:24

Best get word out to have armed Peacekeepers in attendance at any rally.

LC Spare Parts
LC Spare Parts
February 19, 2011 17:45

Response to LC PrimEviL @:
Then Governor Walker should dock their salaries also.

LC Gladiator
LC Gladiator
February 19, 2011 18:17

DEATH TO ALL UNIONS>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>A CANCER ON THE STATE

LC Gunsniper
LC Gunsniper
February 19, 2011 19:38

Response to Gladiator @: Slow down Conan. The unions most deserving of extinction will do that to themselves in short order as they have been doing a couple of decades now (Right to Work laws will be the best weapon to hasten that process.) Unions were a good and necessary part of this country’s development, especially in the 19th century… Read more »

LC Gunsniper
LC Gunsniper
February 19, 2011 19:39

Why do you hate democracy so much?

“Democracy” is just a polite word for “mob rule”.

Lizard, G.L.O.R.
Lizard, G.L.O.R.
February 19, 2011 19:39

LC PrimEviL says: Oh, but <a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704900004576152320132834818.html?mod=rss_Politics_And_Policy&quot; things are getting cute: With no end to the standoff in sight, Gov. Walker said that if the Democratic senators do not return, he’d consider cutting the funding that pays for their staff. “If they’re not here, it begs the question whether or not they need to have staff,” he said. “They’re not… Read more »

Darth Venomous
Darth Venomous
February 19, 2011 19:45

Why do you hate democracy so much?

Why do you hate our representative republic so much?

Imperial Grammar Nazi, G.L.O.R
Imperial Grammar Nazi, G.L.O.R
February 19, 2011 20:48

Response to Lizard, G.L.O.R. @:
He should stop not just the staff’s pay, but theirs as well. How many of us would continue to be paid if WE decided not to show up for work? Shoot, how many of US would still have jobs?

LC Gladiator
LC Gladiator
February 20, 2011 09:37

The actions of the unions are more than disrespect, they are criminal. Scott needs to invoke some intimidation of his own, like bring in the Guard to put these goons in their place. The unions are desperate and MUST win this confrontation. There will be more serious violence before it’s over. Never forget that the Community Agitator-in-Chief supports the mob… Read more »

LC Gladiator
LC Gladiator
February 20, 2011 09:49

Here is a sampling of the some of the signs that the Wisconsin GOP says it has found among the protesters: Scott Walker = Adolf Hitler Midwest Mussolini Hosni Walker, WI Dictator Why Do Republicans Hate People? Walker Terrorizes Families RAPE Is Never “a Good Choice”! (Raping public employees is not the way to balance the budget) 1933 Hitler abolishes… Read more »

LC Ogrrre - Imperial Heartless Bastard
LC Ogrrre - Imperial Heartless Bastard
February 20, 2011 09:51

Why do you hate democracy so much? Because democracy has been accurately described as “two wolves and a lamb deciding what to have for dinner.” Now that the wolves are outnumbered, it is THEY who hate democracy. As for unions other than the Indoctrinator’s Union in Wisconsin, if their members think that the working conditions at their employment are inhumane… Read more »

LC Gladiator
LC Gladiator
February 20, 2011 09:55

LC Ogrrre says:

. The only thing unions have contributed to the economy in the last 70 years is cost-push inflation.

AMEN

VonZorch Imperial Researcher
VonZorch Imperial Researcher
February 20, 2011 18:45

LC Ogrrre says:

Because democracy has been accurately described as “two wolves and a lamb deciding what to have for dinner.”

“Freedom is a well armed lamb contesting the vote.” :em96:

PromptCritical
PromptCritical
February 20, 2011 19:35

Another fun bill to pass while the Dems are out of town: Legalize Concealed Carry. That oughta scare them back into town…