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Friday, June 06, 2014

 7:06 PM 

Barca proclaims 'winds of change' blowing

Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca proclaimed the “winds of change” are blowing in Dems’ favor as he addressed the state convention.

Barca noted two positive developments for Dems, one today’s federal court ruling overturning the state ban on gay marriage. The other is a recent Marquette University Law School poll that found Dem guv hopeful Mary Burke tied with Gov. Scott Walker among registered voters.

“The winds of change are blowing, and I like the way they’re blowing,” Barca said.

The Kenosha Dem described the Dem winds as “warm and positive and blowing in the right direction.” He then pointed to the GOP convention last month, where he said the “cold, bitter winds of extremism” dominated.

He said Walker has been in a fight with the Wall Street Journal, which has been critical of the guv over reports his attorney negotiated with prosecutors in an attempt to settle a John Doe probe.

Barca also noted GOP convention delegates floated no-confidence votes for Republican state lawmakers and pointed out Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, faces a primary challenge.

“You’ve got to watch this extremism. It goes in wild directions,” Barca said.

He also attributed the decisions of 15 GOP lawmakers -- one fourth of the Assembly Republican caucus -- to retire rather than seek re-election this fall to the party’s extremism. 

“It’s like rats leaving the ship just before it sinks,” Barca said, adding it “gives us great opportunities this fall.” Seven of the 39 Dem members are not seeking re-election with five running for another office.

-- By JR Ross

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