This is an update from Jim. He’s on the ground and in the thick of things. He will be phoning in updates throughout the day.
There were thousands of tea party patriots at the Wisconsin capitol today. The protesters filled the yard from the street all the way up to the capitol.
Thousands of people are at the capitol today. Impossible to tell who the friendlies are right now.
The unions are out in force! The Barack Obama organizers are waiting for us. I can hear the crowd from blocks away.
Kerry Pickett called- “Leftist Organizers are begging union supporters not to confront opponents.”
Stay tuned for updates.
UPDATE: Thousands of Walker’s supporters. Massive crowd. Chanting “Go Scott Go!” and “Pass The Bill!”
The pro-union protest ended at noon but thousands of union backers are still hanging around.
UPDATE: Inside the Capitol Building the pro-union groups are chanting. It’s deafening. I had to go to a back room to phone in this update.
The Wisconsin Republicans are standing firm. Wisconsin Senate GOP Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald: The Bill limiting collective bargaining is not negotiable; it will pass as is.
UPDATE: THOUSANDS of Tea Partiers are rallying on the Capitol grounds. The union supporters are marching around the Capitol grounds in a circle on the street. The union supporters do not have a permit to be on the Capitol grounds. They haven’t had one all week! The police are keeping the two groups apart.
UPDATE: Jim is down on street, banging on drums, circling the Capitol building. He’s marching amid the union members.
UPDATE: Doctors have set up a booth to sign scripts for work absences.