Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Milwaukee Assembly Dems hiding in a cocoon of silence.

The Democrats in the Wisconsin Assembly tried to play identity politics on April 14th introducing Resolution 7 which is based on Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act and that's already covered by the Wisconsin Constitution.

What I found interesting watching the Assembly floor session concerning this item was who spoke during the debate. Though the Resolution was Introduced by the following Representatives: Jorgensen, Zamarripa, Spreitzer, Barca, Shankland, Hebl, Goyke, Hintz, Hesselbein, Genrich, Berceau, Subeck, Meyers, Wachs, Mason, Milroy, Sinicki, Johnson, Young, Ohnstad, Bowen, Considine, Billings, Barnes, Stuck, Sargent, Riemer, Pope, Kahl, Kolste, C. Taylor, Brostoff and Danou, only Zamarripa, Sinicki, Reimer and Brostoff from the Milwaukee area participated in the floor debate.

Conspicuously absent from sharing their wisdom were Reps. Evan Goyke, LaTonya Johnson, Leon Young, David Bowen, Mandela Barnes and Fred Kessler who is not even listed as a sponsor.

What separates the two groups?

The silent ones represent areas which are black minority majority districts.

Rep. Joel Kitchens (R-1) chose this time to make his maiden floor speech admonishing the Democrats that they aren't the only ones who care about discrimination and that he takes offense by the stance that the Dems are more concerned with the rights of homosexuals than the Republicans. He further stated that he will vote against the Resolution because he will not be part of the political game the Democrats are playing.  The fun part of his speech was that it being his first time speaking on the floor he received an ovation.

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