Showdowns

Wisconsin Democrats Cool on Walker Compromise

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker tried to show the world that he’s capable of compromise by releasing emails Tuesday that he had exchanged with state Senate Democrats over his union-busting bill. His effort may have backfired, however, by ticking off the Dems. "I've never seen negotiations be done successfully in public," said state Senator Tim Cullen, who was recipient of some of Walker’s emails. "I thought they were bargaining in good faith." Cullen said the talks were “discussions” not “negotiations.” In the emails, Walker agreed to restore collective-bargaining rights regarding workplace safety, classroom size, and mandatory overtime and to allow salaries to rise at the rate of inflation.