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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

 6:39 PM 

Cullen withdraws tongue-in-cheek amendment

Sen. Tim Cullen, D-Beloit, offered a joke amendment to highlight what he feels are the severe restrictions to voting rights in the voter ID bill.

"I am astounded that I am part of a state Senate that's about to do this," Cullen said of the GOP-backed bill. "I oppose this bill as strongly as I can."

Cullen's amendment, offered with tongue firmly in cheek, would have required voters to reside at their current address for at least 528 days, to be between 40 and 60 years old, and to own property and have a household income of $60,000 or more.

The amendment would have allowed individuals who are at least 23 years of age to vote if they are college graduates and employed in a full-time position for at least two years prior to the election. Also eligible to vote under Cullen's amendment would have been individuals who are at least 65 years old and spend at least two months each winter in the southern half of the United States.

Before pulling back the amendment, Cullen said supporters of the bill would like individuals like those described in his amendment to vote "because they are more like them."

Cullen asked that the amendment be pulled back "to avoid the possibility it might be adopted."

Comments: 3

At May 17, 2011 at 11:13 PM, Blogger Louis said...

I'm simply appalled at this childish behavior. We send these people to Madison to represent us and to debate serious matters in an adult-like manner. Instead Mr. Cullen sees the legislature as a joke. Maybe they're right that there's something wrong with Walker, too, since he said that Tim Cullen is a "reasonable guy."

At May 18, 2011 at 9:15 AM, Blogger steve said...

The real problem isn't that he did it as a joke. The real problem is that he was worried that the rest of the senate would actually adopt it. Let's face it, all of these ass-hats need to go. I don't mean one party over the other, I mean both sides of the fence. Flush the whole group of them and start over. After all, none of the Republicans will respect the Democrats for leaving the state, and none of the Democrats will respect the Republicans for pushing through the collective bargaining bill. I say flush them all and start over.

At May 19, 2011 at 1:38 PM, Blogger Sherry said...

I'm simply appalled that Walker & Co. are spending 7 million dollars on such a stupid bill in the first place. 7 million of tax payer money wasted on something like this is ludicrous when the state has more pressing problems then this. What are they afraid of that they have to make it harder for people to vote? You know the answer to that as well as I do. It's because they are messing things up so bad that they don't want free thinking people to go vote. I tell you what...anyone who needs a ride or the price of an ID that there will be a lot of people helping those get one who needs it.


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