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The 14 Wisconsin Senate Democrats have fled the state, and are digging in for a long-fight. The AP interviewed one of them:

CHICAGO (AP) - A leading Wisconsin senator who fled to Chicago with fellow Democrats says they could stay out of Wisconsin for days or even weeks.

Senate Democrats are boycotting a vote on a bill that would strip public sector workers of their collective bargaining rights.

State Sen. Jon Erpenbach of Middleton, Wis., is staying at a downtown hotel and expects to stay for days.

Walking out, evading police, digging in--man, it’s awesome to see Democrats fighting.

To help out, Daily Kos has temporarily added the Wisconsin State Senate Democratic Committee to the Orange to Blue 2012 page. Your $14 contribution--$1 for each of the heroic Dems--would do them a lot of good right now.

The Wisconsin Senate Dems need only three seats to retake the majority, and eight Republicans are up for re-election in 2012. In fact, all eight of those Republicans can be recalled, meaning there could be an election for one or more of those seats in just a few months. Also, don’t be surprised if the Tea Party and / or the Chamber of Commerce try to recall the eight Senate Democrats who are up for re-election in 2012. They are already gearing up for a counter-protest tomorrow.

This fight is just getting started, and we need to get involved. Join with over 500 others, and contribute to the Wisconsin Senate Dems on Act Blue.

When Democrats act like heroes, let’s be there to back them up.
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Update: Wow, we got to 100 donors really fast! Let's see if we can get to 250! Got $14?

Update 2: Ok, we can reach 250! How about 500? Keep chipping in!

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Fri Feb 18, 2011 at 02:15 PM PST.

Also republished by Badger State Progressive and Progressive Hippie.

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