A shocking video of Wisconsin State Rep. Peter Barca’s heroic stand against legislative dirty tricks has revealed what really went down at yesterday’s controversial committee hearing in Madison, where Republicans voted in favor of an amended version of Governor Scott Walker’s budget repair bill.
At the start of the hearing, Barca attempted to raise a number of objections. He pointed out that Republican’s failure to provide notification at least 24 hours before the hearing could be a violation of Wisconsin law.
Barca then asked to be provided with a summary of the amended bill. Republicans refused to provide it. They also refused to provide details about the contents of the amended version of the legislation. “They just removed items from it, there is nothing new,” was the response from a GOP lawmaker. Not satisfied, he demanded to know what specifically had been removed from the legislation. No answer was given.
Eventually, the atmosphere in the room turned to chaos as Barca shouted in protest over the sound of Republican committee members casting “Aye” votes in favor of their top secret bill.
Peter Barca has moved to the top of my bad-ass politician list, right next to Anthony Weiner.