Wisconsin Democratic Senators Return Home, Join Protests

The 14 Democratic state senators who fled Wisconsin nearly a month ago returned from Illinois today, reports the Wisconsin State Journal.

They were given a heroes' welcome by tens of thousands of pro-union protesters who again converged on the state Capitol in Madison. "It is so good to be here, Wisconsin!" Senate Minority Leader Mark Miller told the crowd. He was met by chants of "Welcome home!"

The 14 Democratic state senators who spent three weeks in Illinois to stave off a vote on Gov. Walker’s budget repair bill said the tens of thousands of protesters who flooded the Capitol on Saturday have inspired them.

“They have created a new political dynamic in Wisconsin that says: respect workers, respect citizens. We are here to join them,” said Sen. Mark Miller, D-Monona.

Reporting from Madison, Wis.—
The 14 Democratic state senators who fled Wisconsin last month in a failed attempt to block legislation stripping most public employees of nearly all collective-bargaining rights returned to the Capitol on Saturday, welcomed by the cheers of thousands of supporters and promising to continue their fight.