A story of one person’s experience at the Wisconsin State Capitol from Talking Points Memo:
The Wisconsin state constitution gives each and every citizen–male or female, young or old, Democrat or Republican, rich or poor– the right of free assembly within the capitol. We have every right to visit our representatives, to testify at hearings, and to protest bills within our capitol. That right does not depend on our political affiliation, nor does it depend on our governor’s whims. We are not a police state, even though that fact seems to have escaped the understanding of Department of Administration, who have chosen to ignore a restraining order from the judge that orders the capitol building to be opened to the public.
The Department of Administration is currently claiming that it has abided by the ruling and has made the building open “enough.” But what I was subjected to today when I tried to exercise my rights as a Wisconsin citizen is simply unacceptable.
Objecting to our governor’s policies does not make a citizen of Wisconsin a criminal.