Resident just spoke. Says, "We've patiently endured horn blowing, drumming. It seems incomprehensable to allow ppl to camp outside my home"So Alderwoman Lisa Subick wants the government to exercise its discretion for the purpose of agreeing with this particular group of protesters?! If Robertson's tweet is accurate, Subick is advocating the violation of core free speech principles. Government discretion over permits should be viewpoint neutral, not a way for the government to express itself.
Speaker in favor of permit. Says its a great opportunity for Madison to help us express voices since they can't be in Capitol.
Another in support says the protests are going to happen with or without permit, but tents give more structure.
Alderwoman Lisa Subick speaking in support of permit. Asks committee to show Walker Administration you stand behind ppl of Madison.
Member from board asks why is a tent with a sign more powerful than people holding signs? Organizers want constant present of ppl at CapitolUPDATE: Robertson tweets:
Commission approves motion. Tents will be allowed between 9 pm-7 am Sat-Thurs. 9 pm-4:30 am Friday overnights...Oh, okay. Wouldn't want to interfere with businesses or buses!
Mayor Soglin isn't here but spokesperson just came in and said he was under the impression SOME tents would be allowed to stay up during day....
So three designated areas (not determined yet) will allow tents up 24 hours. Areas will not interfere with businesses or buses
Stay tuned! I have exclusive video from the meeting.
UPDATE 2: Here's the edited video with commentary.