Wisconsin Senate Republicans on Wednesday adopted a resolution that would fine missing Democrats $100 every day they remain away from the state capital, Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald told reporters.
Three weeks after igniting a firestorm of protest from unions, Gov. Scott Walker introduced a budget Tuesday that would slash more than $1.25 billion from aid to schools and local governments. Walker stressed that the aid won't be missed if the legislature votes to severely curtail public employees' collective bargaining power. That's because school districts and local governments will be able to raise workers' contributions to their health care and pensions, saving a total of $1.5 billion.
A coalition spearheaded by liberal advocacy group Moveon.org held rallies across the country Saturday in support of public employees and others outraged at the Wisconsin budget-cutting bill they consider an attack on unions.
Hundreds of union activists demonstrated in front of the Washington offices of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on Wednesday, in solidarity with workers in Walker's state who may lose their collective bargaining rights as part of his budget-cutting strategy.
Even before Gov. Scott Walker began headlining the national news and teachers walked off their jobs and joined protests en masse over Wisconsin's budgetary reform measures, the country had been engaging in a serious dialogue on meaningful education reform.
A few days ago, I wrote an opinion piece for CNN.com explaining why teachers in Wisconsin -- and throughout the nation -- are angry, and it isn't just because Gov. Scott Walker asked them to pay more for their pensions and health-care benefits. They are angry because of the unwarranted public vilification that has been heaped on them for the past two years.
As the standoff continues in Madison over a budget bill that would increase the costs of benefits to public employees and curb their collective bargaining rights, Republican Gov, Scott Walker blamed unions for squandering state coffers and impeding fiscal reform.
Thousands of teachers, nurses, firefighters and other public sector workers have camped out at the Wisconsin Capitol, protesting Republican Gov. Scott Walker's efforts to reduce their take-home pay -- by increasing their contribution to their pension plans and health care benefits -- and restrict their collective bargaining rights.
After six days of protests that packed the state capitol, Wisconsin's major teachers' union called on members to start returning to work Monday but keep fighting a proposed rollback of union protections for public employees.
The feud between Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and that state's employees has all of a sudden become ground zero in the battle between efforts by the GOP to shut down unions as they exist, and those same union workers desperate to hold on to long-fought-for wages and benefits.
Embattled Republican Gov. Scott Walker defended a budget bill that would slash public workers' benefits and most collective bargaining rights in an effort to address Wisconsin's impending $3.6 billion dollar deficit.
1. Scott Walker, Hurricanes. Walker spent most of the night flying by the net, but with just over a minute left in overtime he changed back and drove directly to the front. When Tim Thomas failed to corral a Ray Whitney shot from the boards, Walker was in perfect position to bury the rebound for the first playoff goal of his career. The OT tally gave the Cardiac 'Canes a 3-2 win (RECAP | BOX) and a 4-3 series victory over the Bruins. Walker's thoughts after the game? "It's surreal, man..."
When sports media types don't have a clue as to which team is going to win the seventh game of a series, we go to the books. We look up how many Game 7s a team has won in its history, as if some triumph or failure 40 years ago could possibly have a bearing on the outcome. We trot out the importance of home-ice advantage knowing full well that the pressure to perform on home ice can be terrifying and overwhelming to the home team.
Discipline. It's one of the keys to victory in playoff hockey. Initiate, don't retaliate; right, Bruce? So while everyone expected a rough and perhaps even mean-spirited game from Boston on Tuesday night after the Scott Walker mess from Game 5, the Bruins instead answered by punching pucks to the back of the net. Two quick goals within the first 5:04 of the game sent an early message, and the Bruins forced a do-or-die Game 7 with a 4-2 win (RECAP | BOX) in Raleigh.
There are countless things in the NHL that defy logic and in this case I'm not even talking about why the league is on Versus or in a bankruptcy courtroom in Phoenix or trying to stay out of a courtroom in the case of Steve Moore vs. Todd Bertuzzi.
On the morning of Game 4 last Friday, Boston Bruins defenseman Aaron Ward said it was difficult to raise the level of "emotional involvement" against the Carolina Hurricanes because "they're a difficult team to hate. Small. Not real physical. Don't stir it after the whistle."
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Carolina Hurricanes forward Scott Walker will not be suspended but was fined $2,500 by the NHL on Monday for throwing a punch that may have broken a bone in Boston defenseman Aaron Ward's face.