This is a huge development. Governor Walker, who vowed that there would be no compromise, has blinked. But, with his poll numbers plunging precariously, with recall efforts against 7 Republican state senators already underway, and a vow by Democrats to recall the Governor himself, when legally able to do so next year, Walker has found himself over a barrel.Madison — Gov. Scott Walker's office released documents Tuesday showing he's willing to give on some points of his union bargaining bill to break the Capitol standoff and bring Senate Democrats back from Illinois.
The e-mails showed ideas and counteroffers - panned Tuesday by state labor leaders and some Democrats - that were made by the Republican governor's aides and two Democrats as they sought some resolution that would allow Democrats to come back to Wisconsin. Senate Democrats have been holed up in Illinois since Feb. 17, when they left the state to block a vote on Walker's budget-repair bill.
The e-mails were first released to the Journal Sentinel through an open-records request and then to other news outlets. The Journal Sentinel also first reported Friday on some of the ideas, which would rewrite some of the provisions most criticized by unions but still sharply restrict their bargaining.
Whatever Walker does at this point is too little too late to stop the bleeding of his political future, which is toast. In office only a short time, Governor Walker is already on his way towards becoming a lame duck. There is a lesson to be learned here. Walker and his cohorts do not own Wisconsin. The residents of Wisconsin do, and the governor only serves at their pleasure. He will find that out very soon, when the people of Wisconsin fire him for poor work performance. But don't worry about the governor. He still has a bright future as a used car salesman.
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