To try to close access to the Wisconsin State Capitol was not only offensive to our democratic ideals, but it demonstrated the anger and fear that is running through the East Wing over this matter concerning unions. When I heard that the protestors went to court Monday over this matter it was only a matter of time…..
Perhaps the head of Wisconsin’s Department of Administration should have completed his college studies…..even it they were at Oral Roberts Univeristy…..they must have had one civics course in the curriculum! It sure would have served him well.
According to court records, Judge Daniel Moeser has issued a temporary restraining order to reopen the Capitol until a trial court can schedule a hearing. The order says the building must be open to the public during business hours and when “governmental matters, such as hearings, listening sessions, or court arguments are being conducted.”
Attorney Peg Lautenschlager represents the Wisconsin state employees union. She filed a motion for an injunction on Monday to reopen the Capitol. She will submit an amended motion Tuesday.
Police limited access to the Capitol on Monday after protesters inside refused to comply with police directives. Department of Administration officials didn’t immediately return a message.
DOA officials said that Capitol police were preventing people from entering the building, saying they need more demonstrators who have stayed inside the Capitol during the past two weeks of protests to leave first.
Many protesters who arrived Monday morning were intent on packing the Capitol, as the protests there entered the third week, but they were upset to find the Capitol had been closed.
The only people allowed in Monday were those who had appointments with legislators, officials said.