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Friday, June 03, 2016

 7:40 PM 

Barca says Ryan, elected Republicans backing Trump has a moral

Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca told Dem activists Friday night there’s a moral in the endorsement of Donald Trump by House Speaker Paul Ryan and other elected Republicans.

“It just goes to show they’ve never met a wealthy special interest they couldn’t support,” Barca said.

Barca, D-Kenosha, ticked off a series of GOP policies approved in recent years, saying what Republicans have done to the state is unimaginable.

He said even Republicans he talks to can’t believe GOP lawmakers changed the state’s John Doe law to shield political crimes from the secret investigations. 

Barca also said the fallout over Gov. Scott Walker’s attempts to change the Wisconsin Idea underscores why Republicans wanted to gut the open records law in the 2015-17 budget. The philosophy, embraced by the UW System, calls for university research to be applied to solve issues facing the state. Walker’s budget called for it to be replaced with a philosophy that included meeting the state’s workforce needs.

Walker originally insisted language in his budget proposal pulling out the Wisconsin Idea was a drafting error. But records a judge ordered released last week showed his administration actively sought the changes, which did not make the final cut in the budget.

“Republicans in power simply cannot be trusted to do the right thing,” Barca said, adding Republicans have “trampled on our heritage and violated our values.”

-- By JR Ross


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