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Saturday, November 7, 2015

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Vukmir: Dems will offer up intentionally misleading rhetoric on GAB bill

Sen. Leah Vukmir kicked off debate on the GAB bill by warning her colleagues Dems would offer up intentionally misleading rhetoric, including the suggestion the legislation was payback for the agency's involvement in the John Doe probe of coordination between conservative groups and Gov. Scott Walker's campaign during the recalls.

She also suggested Dems would have a different view of the legislation if they were the ones who had been on the receiving end of politically motivated decisions by an agency she described as a failure.

"I don’t know how anyone can fathom that these decisions have been or are acceptable," she said.

The Wauwatosa Republican later added: "We will create a system that will protect the integrity of our election process."

Sen. Julie Lassa, D-Stevens Point, countered it was hard not to laugh during Vukmir's speech because it would have been more appropriate if it were about the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. rather than the GAB.

"If you want to talk about a failed agency, that is the poster child for one," Lassa said.

She also mocked the suggestion Republicans don't have a "political ax to grind," saying that is exactly what is driving the bill.





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