Politics

Wisconsin GOP to Vote on Seceding From U.S.

| by Michael Allen

The Wisconsin Republican Resolutions Committee voted on April 5 for a proposal that says they support "legislation that upholds Wisconsin's right, under extreme circumstances, to secede" from the U.S.

Citing 10th Amendment rights, the Wisconsin GOP proposal would end all powers "beyond the scope of the constitutionally delegated powers of the federal government."

According to MSNBC, the 10th Amendment says in part, "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."

The proposal will go before a final vote at the Wisconsin Republican Party convention in Milwaukee on May 2-4.

"I don't think that one aligns with where most Republican officials are in the state of Wisconsin, certainly not with me," Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, a Republican, told the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel.

Another Wisconsin GOP proposal originally condemned a bipartisan budget agreement negotiated by Wisconsin Republican Rep. Paul Ryan, but that proposal now says the party opposes federal tax increases and any federal budget without cutting spending.

Three of the eight regional Republican caucuses passed proposals slamming Common Core State Standards and any efforts to revise those standards.

Another proposal wants to repeal a new Wisconsin law that allows police to collect DNA from people arrested for felonies.

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"I don't think they speak for the majority of the party with these resolutions," said State Rep. Joe Sanfelippo (R). "It certainly isn't anything that, as an elected official, I'm spending a lot of time on."

Sources: Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel and MSNBC