Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) just held another press conference at which he urged the 14 state Senate Democrats who have left the state to come back and no longer block the three-fifths budget quorum.
Interestingly, of the five questions that the state reporters asked Walker, none were about the issue that took up considerable time in his Wednesday and Thursday pressers: His phone call with blogger Ian Murphy, who was posing as Republican financier David Koch. Instead, all questions were about the issues of the budget process, possible layoffs of state and local employees, and the protests that have been going on in the Capitol.
Walker started by praising the State Assembly for all its work in its marathon, 60-plus hour debate on the budget --Â with its controversial anti-public employee union provisions --Â which ultimately passed late last night. "They're doing what we hope the Senate Democrats will do," Walker said, "and that is actually showing up and having a vote."
Walker said he'd also travelled around Wisconsin today, to Kenosha, Green Bay and Rhinelander -- that is, to the districts of Democratic state Senators Robert Wirch, Dave Hansen and Jim Holperin -- saying that he hoped "ultimately to make an appeal to the constituents in their districts, and the constituents of all those who are missing in action."