Posted Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011, at 4:14 PM
Gov. Scott Walker, R-Wisc., both confirms that 14 Senate Democrats have fled the state and beseeches them to return to work.
Out of respect for the institution of the Legislature and the democratic process, I am calling on Senate Democrats to show up to work today, debate legislation and cast their vote. Their actions by leaving the state and hiding from voting are disrespectful to the hundreds of thousands of public employees who showed up to work today and the millions of taxpayers they represent.
David Dayen has more on the stakes and background of this; Wisconsin is just the flashpoint for legislation that's been introduced in multiple states.
UPDATE: The Democrats are
in Rockford, Ill.