What do the Wisconsin Senate Democrats hope to accomplish by being absent from the Senate and out of the state? Publicly they claim they fled the state in mid-February in order to prevent the Senate Republicans from passing a bill that would reduce the collective bargaining rights of public employees. In order for the Republicans to pass the bill, three-fifths of the Senators need to be present to constitute a quorum for a vote for passage. There are 19 Republicans and 14 Democrats, meaning that at least one Democrat must be present in the Senate to meet the quorum requirements. A Continue reading Can Wisconsin Republicans Credibly Commit to Compromise?