Since Saturday, at least four Wisconsin newspapers -- including those in some of the biggest cities in the state -- have published editorials calling for their state’s 14 Democratic state senators to return to work.
On February 19, the Oshkosh Northwestern concluded, “It shouldn’t be too much to ask political leaders from both parties to learn from the lessons of the past. Get back to the Capitol and debate the bill under a more reasonable timeframe than a freight train barreling down the tracks.”
A February 21 editorial in the Wisconsin State Journal stated, “The Senate Democrats who fled Wisconsin for Illinois last week need to do the jobs they were elected to do at the state Capitol in Madison. Running away from their problems won’t solve them.”
The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel wrote on February 23, “The Democrats should end their strike and get back to work. They’ve made their point.”
And today, the Greenbay Press-Gazette called for the “political gamesmanship to stop,” which would require “the state Democratic senators to come home and face the music…”
The senators fled the state last week to prevent the likely passage of a bill that would limit collective bargaining rights for state employees. Governor Scott Walker dispatched police in an unsuccessful attempt to have them return to work.
Matt Katzenberger is an intern at THE WEEKLY STANDARD.