Republican state lawmakers are now trying to run government by word of mouth. Yes, on their own verbal orders.
WSJ: The heads of the Legislature’s budget committee told the state elections agency late Friday to go ahead with a public information campaign to tell voters they need a photo ID, such as a driver’s license, to vote on Nov. 4 …
Oh sure, go ahead, who needs the formality of law to provide GAB funding. This incredibly irresponsible action has only caused confusion. Republicans are intentionally dragging their feet, with just a month before the election.
GAB spokesman Reid Magney said the letter from Sen. Alberta Darling and Rep. John Nygren does not release the requested funds. He didn’t know Friday if the agency can conduct a campaign without committee action.
Their real intentions were made clear by the same arrogant big mouth that declared Walker’s union busting the best way to defund Democratic campaigns; Sen. Scott Fitzgerald:
Some Republicans have raised objections to spending $460,800 on the campaign, Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, said in an interview late Friday. Fitzgerald said he’s talked to Republican senators who worry “that’s a lot of money to spend on trying to inform people” about something that has been well-publicized in news media, such as television, radio and newspapers.
Another words, Republicans are making the case it's too expensive to inform voters . With 4 weeks to go…
“We don’t have consensus on whether or not it’s needed,” Fitzgerald said.
I know, let's discuss this for a week or two. Unfortunately Fitzgerald never read the law:
In their letter to the agency, Sen. Alberta Darling, R-River Hills, and Rep. John Nygren, R-Marinette, noted the public information campaign is required as part of the voter ID law.
Need proof these guys not only didn't write the voter ID bill, but never read it before it before passing it? And yet they will get away with this without a whimper from the press.