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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

 2:49 PM 

Vos, Barca trade shots

The John Doe bill is "incredibly simple" and if Gov. Scott Walker had not been a subject of one of the probes, there would be more bipartisan support for the legislation, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said.

Surely, the Rochester Republican said, Dems should join the GOP in opposing a process that puts so much authority in the hands of a district attorney. Instead, Dems are suffering from "Walker derangement syndrome," he said.

Plus, Vos said, the law needs to change.

"It needs to be reformed because it allows for unconstitutional investigations," Vos said, adding that Dems are too hung up on exaggerated rhetoric.

Not true, Rep. Peter Barca said. The Kenosha Dem argued he truly believes the bill is pushing the state in the wrong direction and allowing for unguarded corruption in the Capitol. Lawmakers, he said, need to be subject to such probes to avoid instances such as the caucus scandals.

And the John Doe investigations must be doing something right, Barca said, considering they have been in the state since it was a territory.

"I'm sure the people are heartened to know you're coming here to save us," he said.


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