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  •  Assembly Democrats offered no amendments (4+ / 0-)

    on purpose. This article explains the move: Wisconsin Assembly Democrats retreat to advance

    And here's a subtle reason that Republican leaders were so upset that they didn't get more of a fight. Offering up these amendments would have actually given Republicans in marginal seats the chance to vote WITH the Democrats while not changing the final outcome. With a vast 60-39 vote margin, the GOP has the luxury of giving some of its members the option to vote against some items that might not go over well in their districts. So, for example, a Republican from a district where vouchers were unpopular could say that he voted against their expansion without mentioning that he eventually voted for the final budget that did just that.

    "We are slow to realize that democracy is a life; and involves continual struggle." ~ "Fighting Bob" - Robert M. LaFollette Sr.

    by Sand Hill Crane on Sun Jun 23, 2013 at 12:42:27 AM PDT

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    •  Not sure that's right (0+ / 0-)

      I read a in couple of sources that Republicans prohibited amendments and Dems decided not to push back during the floor session.   I think they should have.

      There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

      by Puddytat on Sun Jun 23, 2013 at 01:07:40 AM PDT

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      •  Republicans didn't prohibit amendments (0+ / 0-)

        They (Vos and Suder in particular) just made it very clear in meetings with the Democrats that no amendments would pass. Republicans were prepared for Democrats to offer amendments through the afternoon until 5:30, when they planned to take a vote regardless of how many amendments had been tabled.

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