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VIDEO: Wisconsin Sen. Luther Olsen vs. Wisconsin families, who ask, "How is this gonna affect my kids?"

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Luther Olsen supported Gov. Scott Walker's war on working families, who can't get a word out over the protesters chanting, heckling, and "serenading" him.

For all our posts on the Wisconsin recall elections, go here, and on Luther Olsen specifically, here, including this tidbit:

At least three of the Wisconsin state Senate Republicans currently demanding that public workers sacrifice benefits, wages and even collective bargaining rights for the sake of the budget have applied for and received hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal farm subsidies, a Huffington Post review of state and federal records shows.

From 1995 through 2009, state Sens. Luther Olsen, Dale Schultz and Sheila Harsdorf all had stakes in farms that received between them more than $300,000 in taxpayer funds.

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Wisconsin residents give State Senator Olsen an "F" grade for failing to listen to his district

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Photos posted with permission.

Sen. Luther Olsen is a fan of fraudulent Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's radical agenda, and is one of several senators that voters would love to see recalled and replaced by someone who respects education, working families, and democracy.

That said, I just received this press release; this a pivotal race in the recalls:

Wisconsin Residents Take a Stand Against Sen. Olsen’s

Radical Education Budget Cuts

Constituents gather on Saturday in Olsen’s hometown to demands answers over his support for a budget that cuts $61 million from District 14 schools

RIPON – Just before noon today nearly 100 citizens gathered in Ripon, Sen. Olsen’s hometown, to express their disgust in his lockstep support of Governor Walker’s extreme cuts to education.  Statewide education supporters fear cuts could result in a $1.7 billion loss of revenue for public schools and nearly $61 million in funding cuts for Senate District 14.

“Senator Olsen just doesn’t get it.  In these tough times the last thing we need to do is shortchange our children so Walker and Olsen can give millions in tax breaks to their corporate donors,” said Mark Resch a local high school teacher.   Ann Schmidt, a speaker at the rally called on Olsen to stand up to Walker, “Olsen claims to care about education but follows Governor Walker in lockstep while he cuts school programs our children need most.  If he’s really an advocate for education, he’ll stand up to Walker’s shameful cuts.”

Senator Olsen chairs the Senate Education Committee and is also member of the Joint Finance Committee, the principal body deliberating Governor Walker’s budget. The Committee has proposed over $1 billion in education cuts while Olsen has personally sponsored $250 million in corporate tax breaks for out-of-state corporations.

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WI State Senate GOP Took Hundreds Of Thousands In Government Farm Subsidies

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Once again, the hypocrisy is jaw-dropping. Let 'em eat beef, right GOP? Especially while taking advantage of the very government conservatives claim to despise.

Via Sam Stein over at HuffPo:

At least three of the Wisconsin state Senate Republicans currently demanding that public workers sacrifice benefits, wages and even collective bargaining rights for the sake of the budget have applied for and received hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal farm subsidies, a Huffington Post review of state and federal records shows.

From 1995 through 2009, state Sens. Luther Olsen, Dale Schultz and Sheila Harsdorf all had stakes in farms that received between them more than $300,000 in taxpayer funds.

Those federal appropriations had no direct impact on the state’s current budget woes, but the cash spent on those subsidies, which went to support a range of functions -- from soybean production to small hog operations -- could have been used elsewhere, perhaps even in Wisconsin. More than that, critics say, it muddles the notion, pushed by these lawmakers and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R), that only they are serious about reining in an overextended, overspent government.

Whatever dubious leg they might have had to stand on has been long removed.

But let's give Dale Schultz a little credit for calling union busting “classic overreach.”

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Report: Two more Wisconsin GOPers wavering in support for Walker

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Glimmers of hope in the Wisconsin stand-off...

Greg Sargent has the scoop:

Two Wisconsin newspapers, the Milwalkee Journal Sentinel and Green Bay Press Gazette, are now reporting that two more Wisconsin GOP Senators are wavering in their support for Governor Scott Walker.

Sen. Rob Cowles and Sen. Luther Olsen see the value of negotiating with the Democrats about, you know, the financial aspects of the budget, to, you know, balance the budget. Bargaining rights have nothing to do with that, but you'd never know it listening to people like Sen. Glenn Grothman or Gov. Scott Walker.

...GOP Senator Cowles is endorsing the three core union arguments: that unions have already made the fiscal concessions Walker has asked for; that the rollback of bargaining rights won't have any meaningful fiscal impact; and that Republicans should compromise with labor and Dems.

I'm having trouble processing reasonable rejoinders from Wisconsin Republicans. Someone hand me my feather fan and smelling salts and aim me toward my fainting couch.

TPM adds this:

From the Journal Sentinel last month:

"The concept is pretty radical," said Sen. Luther Olsen (R-Ripon). "It affects a lot of good working people."

Olsen said he could support the changes on pensions and health care but had reservations about taking away other bargaining rights.

And remember this from a previous post? GOP Senator Dale Schultz called union busting "classic overreach." That would make three Republicans that could push Walker to compromise.

I wonder if Walker or "Fitz" will write any nasty letters to those three...

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