Last week I highlighted statements made by Democratic State Senate Minority Leader Chris Larson, who stated his belief that Solidarity Sing Along participants should get a permit if they want to sing in the State Capitol rotunda.
At the time, myself and Doug from Friends Don’t Let Friends Vote Republican decided to email each and every Democratic State Senator to find out where they stand on the issue of whether the participants of the Solidarity Sing Along should be required to obtain a permit before exercising their first amendment rights.
A day later, I received my first response from State Senator Kathleen Vinehout, who made it clear she believes the participants of the Solidarity Sing Along should not need to obtain a permit to exercise their rights.
The majority of people in my district just last month learned about the arrests of people who come to the Solidarity Sing-a-long. When they ask me about this situation, I tell them that I understand why the folks who come to sing are not seeking a permit. They come to exercise the rights granted them in a democracy.
The freedom of speech, freedom to assemble, including spontaneous assemblies, and the freedom to petition our democratically elected representative are all fundamental rights in our democracy. It is important for all of us to exercise those rights or we risk losing them.
While Sen. Vinehout’s response was encouraging, nearly a week went by before another Democratic State Senator responded to my inquiry. Yesterday Jim Stoa from Sen. Tim Cullen’s office responded to my inquiry thusly:
Good morning. Sen. Cullen actually discussed this on the radio yesterday afternoon:
The issue is discussed at 24:45. Short answer: no, he doesn’t think they should be required to get a permit.
I hope this helps.
As I write this, Democratic Sens. Lena Taylor, Julie Lassa, Jim Lehman, Tim Carpenter, Mark Miller, Fred Risser, John Erpenbach, Nikiya Harris, Bob Jauch, Bob Wirch, and Jennifer Schilling have yet to respond to requests made by Doug and myself, and I’m not holding my breath that we’ll receive any response.