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Friday, June 06, 2014

 7:26 PM 

Larson touts Senate minority fight in Legislature, ballot box

Senate Minority Leader Chris Larson noted that Democrats are only two votes away from swinging momentum toward progressive policies and asked delegates to help oust "extreme" Republicans.

Larson began discussing the contrast between Republicans and Democrats in the Senate by referencing the infamous incident where Senate President Mike Ellis broke his gavel during a controversial vote on legislation requiring an ultrasound before an abortion.

"You all remember that last June when Sen. Mike Ellis broke his gavel trying to silence us and silence you from being heard on a bill that would force medically unnecessary ultrasounds on the women of our state," Larson said.

"But did you sit down?" he asked, as the audience responded with a solid "No."

He also highlighted the slow job growth under Gov. Scott Walker and the new law that will limit absentee voting hours and eliminate Saturday absentee voting. He contrasted those policies with Dems' attempts to restore funding for public schools and to establish accountability standards for publicly funded schools, including voucher schools.

"Democrats in the Senate are fighting for everyone's freedom to achieve the American Dream, not just the richest," Larson said.

Larson then moved on to talk about their top races across the state, saying Penny Bernard Schaber's momentum in the 19th SD led to the GOP pushing Ellis out of the race. Ellis decided not to run after he appeared on a hidden video discussing a possibly illegal campaign finance scheme.

He also cited the need to oust "the divisive" Sen. Frank Lasee. He also joked about the allegation Dems have made that he lives in Racine and not in his district, saying that Lasee is someone residents "have been sick and tired of not seeing in their neighborhoods."

"Remember, we're only two votes down," Larson ended. "They wouldn't hear you at the Capitol, but they'll hear you in their districts."

-- By Jason Smathers


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