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UPDATE: Competing singalongs go off peacefully, with no citations


MADISON (WKOW) -- Despite two competing singalongs, Capitol Police issued no citations during the noon hour for the first time in nearly a week.

That's because the Solidarity Singers moved outside to make room for a conservative group that got a permit to sing inside.

With a list of traditional patriotic songs and some parodies, more than 40 conservatives used a permit to express their views through song inside the Capitol during the Monday noon hour.

"I think that we need to set an example and let kids know this is the proper way to behave, this is the proper way to act.  Its proper to get a permit," said Kristi LaCroix, a conservative singer from Kenosha.

The Solidarity Singers had no plans to challenge the group's permitted event, instead bringing their act outside.  It drew a large crowd of more than 100 people.

"I think if another group wants to have their singalong, then why not?," said Michael Kissick, a Solidarity Singer.  "If they want to do it a lot, that's fine too.  We're happy out here.  We've come out here in all types of weather.  In there we're a little closer to our representatives, you know.  My personal goal, I can't speak for everybody, I'm not giving up."

Capitol Police issued no citations Monday, but almost arrested liberal radio personality John "Sly" Sylvester.  Sly taunted conservative singalong organizer Dave Blaska, a former staffer under Gov. Tommy Thompson (R-Wisconsin) who receives a state pension.

"All those Tommy Thompson employees got a comfortable lifestyle because AFSCME was fighting for people's retirements and pensions and sick days and paid holidays.  And I made that point to him," said Sylvester.

Blaska said that point is irrelevant.

"I've never paid union dues, I've never paid that portion and I want to point out...by the way, that state employees, school employees, municipal employees still have a tremendous, tremendous pension," said Blaska.

The Solidarity Singers expect to move back inside to the rotunda on Tuesday, where Capitol Police issued over 60 citations to them last Wednesday through Friday.


MADISON (WKOW) -- A group of conservatives is gathering for a sing-along in the State Capitol Rotunda at noon Monday and they do have a permit for the event.

Dave Blaska, a former Dane County Supervisor and conservative blogger, says more than 50 singers will be there to sing patriotic, religious and "fun" songs.

The group got a permit from the Wisconsin Department of Administration in response to the liberal Solidarity Singers who refuse to get a permit to sing in the rotunda at noon on weekdays.

Last week, Capitol Police made over 60 arrests of Solidarity Singers and issued them $200 citations for holding an event of more than 20 people without a permit.

Earlier this month, Madison Federal Judge William Conley ruled in a preliminary injunction that DOA could require permits for groups of more than 20 people that hold events at the Capitol.

The Solidarity Singers normally hold their event in the rotunda on Mondays at noon.

Capitol Bureau Chief Greg Neumann will be at today's sing-alongs and will have more on 27 News at 5 and 6.



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