Flap’s Links for February 19th from 17:02 to 20:55

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Flap’s Links for February 19th from 17:28 to 17:28

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  • Rep. David Wu’s staff confronted him over concerns about his mental health – Three days before the Nov. 2 election, U.S. Rep. David Wu’s most loyal and senior staffers were so alarmed by his erratic behavior that they demanded he enter a hospital for psychiatric treatment.

    Their concern had been spiking for weeks in tandem with the Oregon Democrat's increasingly unpredictable performance on the campaign trail and in private. He was loud and sometimes angry, some of them told The Oregonian. He said kooky things to staff and — more worrisome with a tough election fast approaching — around potential voters and donors.

    Most of all, they were worried for Wu, a 55-year-old single father of two children.

    Earlier and gentler efforts had failed, so the tight-knit group of high-level staff took other steps, including quiet inquiries about the availability of beds in hospitals in Portland and Washington, D.C., multiple sources familiar with the effort told The Oregonian.

    Several staff members confronted Wu for the final time on Oct. 30. Wu’s psychiatrist was brought into that meeting as well, joining the group at the Portland campaign headquarters by speaker phone. The meeting was held after four consecutive days of troubling behavior that led the staff to agree that Wu needed a higher level of medical care, according to people intimately familiar with the events of that period.

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    Read it all.

    Oregon voters deserve better representation and should either recall Wu while he seeks treatment or ask for his resignation.

    Wu clearly should NOT be serving in the Congress.

Flap’s Links for February 19th from 16:13 to 16:13

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  • Rep. Nancy Pelosi backs Wisconsin protesters – House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi came out strongly in support of Wisconsin teachers and students who are protesting Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal to public employees of collective bargaining rights.

    Pelosi told reporters Friday that the protests are “an extraordinary show of democracy in action.”

    “Wisconsin's workers, teachers and public servants must have a seat at the table to fight for a safe workplace,” she said. “I stand in solidarity with the Wisconsin workers fighting for their rights, especially for all the students and young people leading the charge.”

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    Wonder if former Democrat House Speaker Pelosi supports the fraudulent "Wildcat Strike" of the teachers who have been protesting on the Wisconsin taxpayer's dime?

    I bet she does.

Flap’s Links for February 19th from 14:56 to 14:56

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  • Wisconsin Union Leaders Offer Financial Concessions? – Top leaders of two of Wisconsin's largest public employee unions announced they are willing to accept the financial concessions called for in Walker's plan, but will not accept the loss of collective bargaining rights.

    Mary Bell, president of the Wisconsin Education Association Council, and Marty Beil, executive director of AFSCME Council 24, said in a conference call with reporters that workers will do their fair share to narrow Wisconsin's budget gap.

    Walker's plan calls for nearly all state, local and school employees to pay half the costs of their pensions and at least 12.6 percent of their health care premiums. That would save $30 million by June 30 and $300 million over the next two years, the governor has said.

    The measure also would prohibit most unionized public employees, except local police and fire fighters and the State Patrol, from bargaining on issues besides wages. Wage hikes could be negotiated only if they don't exceed the consumer price index.

    "We want to say loud and clear — it is not about those concessions," Bell said. "For my members, it's about retaining a voice in their professions."

    The two insisted their positions have not changed and Friday's call was intended to clarify their opposition to Walker's proposal. Bell, who represents 98,000 educators, and Beil, whose council includes 60,000 members, repeated calls for Walker to sit down with them.

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    You see with the public employee unions it is all about power.

Flap’s Links for February 16th through February 19th

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