Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca, a Democrat from Kenosha, has a great post up on DailyKos outlining how Republicans in Wisconsin are using their radical redistricting plan to cover up their continuing assault on Wisconsin families.
Here’s a snippet:
Gov. Walker has talked a big game on national television and in the local media recently about Republicans’ desire to work in a bipartisan fashion, but actions speak much louder than words.
Despite calls from citizens, nonpartisan good-government groups, and 14 editorials from newspapers all across Wisconsin urging the Republicans to end their self-serving ideological war on our democracy, they decided to ram their divisive, partisan redistricting plan through after only one public hearing.
This plan is designed solely to insulate Gov. Walker and Republicans from accountability for their actions over the past several months – by redrawing districts with the goal of ensuring their party stays in power for the next decade.
In their relentless effort to maintain their grip on power, Gov. Walker and legislative Republicans are dividing Wisconsinites for their own political gain. They are shunning local control by passing their plan before local governments have finished drawing their own boundaries. They are disregarding the constitution by ignoring the rights of minority citizens, breaking apart communities of interesting, and disenfranchising 300,000 voters across Wisconsin.
Democratic control of the State Assembly, State Senate (coming soon!), and the governorship can’t come fast enough.