Police estimated that more than 100,000 people flooded the streets around the Wisconsin Capitol in Madison Saturday, making the turnout larger than any of the fledgling Tea Party’s rallies. The largest turnout for a Tea Party rally is the estimated crowd of 60,000 to 70,000 people who marked in Washington, D.C. during the group’s September 12, 2009 demonstration.
The so-called “Wisconsin 14″ — those 14 Democratic state senators who fled Wisconsin to try and invoke debate and avoid a vote that would ban collective bargaining — returned to the Capitol building in Madison Saturday afternoon. They held a news conference while tens of thousands protested in the streets, explicitly calling the Republicans’ actions to pass the anti-union bill illegal and compared the state’s political climate to that of a dictatorship.
“[The Republicans] did something very extraordinary last Wednesday and Thursday,” Sen. Tim Cullen said. “It’s clear that what we did was legal, and it’s certain that what they did was illegal. You can go to a dictatorship and get things done in 10 or 15 minutes. You can come to Wisconsin and get things done in 10 or 15 minutes. It’s not a good situation.”
It seems that Prop B is the issue that just won’t die. Voted in by a 60,000-vote margin a week and a half ago, there’s already talk of state legislature gutting the new regulations come January.
Here at Daily RFT we did a little electoral math of our own. Like, actual math. (Don’t worry, we used a calculator.) We were curious to see how the money broke down for both campaigns on a per-vote basis.
board of aldermen: public art bill passes, and a friendly reminder that police are here to ‘protect and serve’
In today’s St. Louis Board of Aldermen news, the long-debated, long-awaited Board Bill 2 has passed! 21st Ward Alderman Antonio French is behind the bill, which will establish a Public Art Trust Fund for the city.
Click behind the cut to hear more about the landmark public art bill, and more business from this week’s meeting at City Hall, or read about it at Daily RFT, where this piece originally appeared. (more…)
When all the votes were (finally!) counted early this morning, the results for Proposition B, the officially-titled “Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act,” looked like the above graphic from the Missouri Secretary of State’s website.
Though victory was eventually grasped, the Yes! on Prop B campaign and various hangers-on had a tense night at their election party at the Humane Society of Missouri in St. Louis.
Click behind the jump for a timeline of the night and some pictures of puppies, or read at Daily RFT, where this post originally appeared. (more…)
St. Charles County Council struck down a proposal Monday night that would have banned bicyclists from the narrow semi-rural roads in the county, reports the Post-Dispatch.
The County Council voted unanimously, 6-0, against the ban. (One council member was absent from the meeting.) Even Councilman Joe Brazil, who has been a fervent advocate for the bill (though supporting his arguments with questionable statistics and logic) and indeed sponsored the bill, voted against it last night.
Troupe, who represents St. Louis’ first ward, had the first reading of a bill he sponsored at meeting of the Board of Aldermen last Friday. Simply put, Board Bill No. 146 would like you to stop having fun, aka drinking in public. Unless you’re at work. Or, naturally, on a picnic.
Drinking in public, if the bill is passed, would be punished with a minimum $500 fine and at least 80 hours of community service.
Fundraising in support of Proposition B, the anti-puppy mill initiative that will be on Missouri’s ballot come November 2, is far outstripping the funds raised by those who oppose its passage, reports the St. Louis Beacon.
The Humane Society of the United States has contributed more than $1 million to push along passage of Prop B, and has sent targeted literature encouraging non-Missourians to donate to the cause as well. (Last spring, the Better Business Bureau labeled Missouri the “puppy mill capital of the U.S.”)
As for the anti-Prop B proponents, well, they’re not pulling in million-dollar donations.
At a St. Charles County Council meeting last night, Councilman Joe Brazil came prepared with statistics in hand. In his push to ban bikes from certain rural two-lane roads in the county, Brazil cited some alarming numbers: 14 fatalities in the last 16 months, as well as “over a hundred serious vehicle accidents,” owing to the lack of shoulder on the roads.
With those numbers, that would be nearly a death a month and a serious accident a week for nearly the last year and a half. Wouldn’t someone have noticed if bikers in the cyclist-heavy county were being picked off one-by-one?