News in Brief: Indiana Official Wants “Live Ammunition” Used Against Wisconsin Protesters, and More

Indiana Official Wants “Live Ammunition” Used Against Wisconsin Protesters

A right-wing Indiana deputy attorney general called for the use of violence against protesters in Wisconsin on his personal Twitter account, Mother Jones reports. In reply to a Mother Jones staff tweet about “a report that riot police might soon sweep demonstrators out of the Wisconsin Cpitol Building – something that didn’t end up happening,” Jeff Cox tweeted Saturday night to Mother Jones’ official Twitter account that the police should use “live ammunition.” Given Cox’s history of violent language, Cox’s statements are under review by the attorney general’s office.

Republican Governors Back Away From Scott Walker-Style Plans

According to the AFL-CIO NOW blog, not all Republican governors agree with Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s plan to eliminate collective bargaining rights except in the case of wages for public-sector unions. Says Pennsylvania’s Republican Gov. Tom Corbitt: “We’ll begin negotiations with the public-sector unions and anticipate we’ll conduct those in good faith.” Also, notes Republican Florida Gov. Rick Scott: “My belief is as long as people know what they’re doing, collective bargaining is fine.”

Bahrain’s King Heads to Saudi Arabia to Discuss Unrest

The New York Times reports that Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa is in Saudi Arabia discussing his nation’s unrest “a day after one of the largest pro-democracy demonstrations this tiny Persian Gulf nation had ever seen.” Saudi Arabia is seen as a close ally to the tiny island kingdom of 500,000 that is seeing a flurry of protest activity led by its largely Shiite majority against the Sunni-ruled government.