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Americans for Prosperity's Pro-Walker Bus Tour Stops in Hudson Amid Pro-Union Protests

More than 100 Walker supporters attended a rally at the Best Western Hudson House Inn while more than 300 protesters demonstrated outside.

The Americans for Prosperity "Stand Against Spending, Stand With Walker" bus tour across Wisconsin stopped at the  in Hudson on Saturday, March 5, 2011. The group held an event inside the hotel in support of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and his budget repair bill while protesters gathered outside.

Inside the hotel, Americans for Prosperity put on its event in the St. Croix Room as the standing-room crowd spilled out of the 100-person capacity space into the hallway.

Outside the hotel, at least 300 protesters waved signs, recited chants and signed forms to start the recall procedure for local and statewide Republican lawmakers.

Matt Seaholm, the Wisconsin state director for Americans for Prosperity, said he expected the large pro-union turnout. 

"I don't think it's a surprise to anybody that the unions organize well. That's what they do," Seaholm said. "One thing about everybody in this room is nobody was told to be here; they were asked to be here."

Protesters outside the hotel waved signs that said "Tax the Rich," "Recall Walker" and many pro-union and pro-teacher messages. Many who oppose Walker's bill say they are willing to contribute more to their health and retirement benefits, but strongly oppose how the bill proposes to limit collective bargaining.

"I don't blame them for fighting for additional benefits and against some sort of cuts that they might take," Seaholm said. "The fact of the matter is that the private sector has been dealing with this for years. We just think it's time that the public-sector unions pay their fair share." 

Hudson was just one of 10 stops for the tour. The bus was scheduled to stop in LaCrosse later on Saturday and finish the tour on Sunday in Madison. Those interested in supporting Walker can go to StandWithWalker.com to read and sign the Americans for Prosperity petition.

Those on the other side of the issue may be interested in helping the Wisconsin Democratic Party organize a recall of state Sen. Sheila Harsdorf. The Democrats are asking supporters to meet at 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 6, at to get instructions, forms and maps to canvass the community for signatures. Keep up with the effort at RecallTheRepublican8.com.

Thurston Howell III March 21, 2011 at 04:48 PM
Hey Swen, JPN doesn't ask "stupid" questions. He asks probing questions. Maybe you and Dirk don't like being on the wrong end of his probe.
Swen Beck March 21, 2011 at 05:03 PM
Buckle up your seatbelt patriotic Americans! Prepare for a crash landing because the tax-the-rich liberals trying to take control of the bus are attempting to stifle all dissent so that they can turn the U.S. into a province of San Fransisco. These are sushi-eating socialists who are coming after all of us and won't stop until they tattoo a hammer and sickle on your buttocks. These granola-munching Maoist among us who are hatching shcemes to make you work as a bureaucratic union slave to government.
Rich Petersen March 21, 2011 at 05:05 PM
"Just 400 Americans -- 400 -- have more wealth than half of all Americans combined." That's 155 million people. - http://www.politifact.com/wisconsin/statements/2011/mar/10/michael-moore/michael-moore-says-400-americans-have-more-wealth-/
Rich Petersen March 21, 2011 at 05:22 PM
Hey Swen, your sarcasm is sometimes a bit too close to the true beliefs that are out there, but then again maybe that's what you are shooting for in order to stir the pot ;) Thanks for the entertainment.
Thurston Howell III March 22, 2011 at 09:54 PM
I'm still trying to figure out if there were any people on that bus? ( And I was there in person) Talk about bridges to nowhere, where's that bus headed with no people on it?

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