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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

 4:34 PM 

Senate Dems rail against voter ID

The Dems have spent the last hour blasting the voter ID bill.

Senate Minority Leader Mark Miller said the substitute amendment offered by the Dems "strips away provisions (in the GOP bill) that would rob legal voters of their right to vote by putting impediments in their way."

"Where did we when we were sworn into office gain the ability to take away someone's right to vote?" Sen. Jon Erpenbach asked.

Sen. Bob Jauch said the authors of the bill "have no regard for democracy and no respect for citizenship."

"Jim Crow move over, the Wisconsin Republicans have taken your place," Jauch said.

To this point, Republicans have not responded.

The Dems have 18 simple amendments on the calendar in addition to their sub amendment.

UPDATE: 4:42 p.m. -- Noting that only five GOP members were in their seat to hear Jauch's "impassioned remarks," Erpenbach does a call of the house, which compels senators in the Capitol building to come back to the chamber.

Republicans seemed to smirk at the irony of Dems using the tactic, when it was the Dems who failed to answer calls of the house when they fled to Illinois to avoid a vote on the budget repair bill.


Comments: 1

At May 17, 2011 at 4:55 PM, Blogger JB said...

Republicans cannot even sit through one speech, and ask for permission to lift the call part way through Lena Taylor's words. They have no respect for their fellow legislators.

 

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