Citizens Want Wisc. State Senators Recalled

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Angry citizens across Wisconsin have taken steps to recall some of their state senators in response to the battle over the state's budget deficit.

Citizens on both sides of the issue are using Facebook to organize and communicate their feelings about the situation.

Some want to replace Republicans who are trying to drop union rights so the state can balance its budget. Others are upset with the Democrat senators who fled the state to prevent a vote on the issue.

Washington Times reporter Kerry Picket talked more about the impact the Facebook campaigns are having on the Wisconsin budget debate on the CBN News Channel's Midday News. Click play to watch.

They're holding meetings and launching petition drives to recall those senators.

"The goal is 20,000 signatures and to replace Senator Holperin," Kim Simac, the person leading recall effort, told CBN News.

"I mean we need someone to represent us with dignity and simply getting up and running out of the state when the going gets tough is very embarrassing for us people up here in the district," she said. 

Fourteen Wisconsin Democratic senators have been hiding in an undisclosed location across the state line in Illinois.

Meanwhile, their Republican colleagues have pressed forward with the debate on the anti-union bill, stretching through its third day of debate in the state Assembly.

Republicans maintain the measures would limit spending by handing government entities more flexibility in dealing with workers. But Democrats and their union allies see the bills as a full-out attack designed to cripple union fundraising for Democrats.

The battle over labor rights has been heating up across the country as new Republican majorities tackle budget woes in several states.

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