Rally In Superior: Welcome Home Party For Sen. Jauch

By KBJR News 1

March 13, 2011 Updated Mar 13, 2011 at 11:10 PM CDT

Superior, WI (Northlands NewsCenter) -- The demonstrations against Governor Scott Walker's budget repair bill continued across the state of Wisconsin this weekend.

Madison saw between 85,000 100,000 people surround the capitol yesterday...Washburn and Superior also held rallies.

And although the bill is signed...those who oppose the bill aren't stepping down.

LeAnn Wallace reports.

It was like a welcome home party for Senator Bob Jauch...

"We've been friends for 3 decades and I wanted to make sure that he saw his friends in the crowd. I'm very proud to call him my friend and my Senator," said Rick Lange, a former Superior teacher and current South Range resident.

Jauch was one of the 14 Democratic Senators who fled to neighboring Illinois to avoid a vote on Governor Scott Walker's bill...that's now set to strip most state employees of their collective bargaining rights.

"It was an unprecedented assault...scheduling a vote even though members didn't have a chance to vote. It looked more like a banana republic than a democracy." said Sen. Bob Jauch D - Poplar.

Senator Jauch says the bill isn't about balancing the budget, it's about busting unions.

"It has become completely clear."

"It's good to know that we're all in this together and I think our voice is stronger than the few people that are trying to take away our rights," said Philip McGrath, teacher at the Maple School District.

"Human rights and public employee rights are one in the same," said Lange.

Now although Governor Walker's budget repair bill is signed, there are no signs that protesters are going to be backing down.

"The voice is not going to be silenced," said Jauch.

"Do you guys plan on backing down at all?"

"No... never, this has energized people more than ever. We have Bob Jauch, and Nick Milroy who are in it till the end. Till one day after."

There are some Wisconsin residents however who just want the ordeal to be over with...whatever the final outcome.

And others...like Mark Goodrich...who stand–back in support of Governor Walker.

"I understand there's issues with people's livelihoods at stake, their pensions and everything but, eventually the bill comes due."

Democrats say they'll now focus on recalling the republican lawmakers who voted for the new law.

Some democrats are also facing recall efforts.