State Rep. Peter Barca
Press Release

Stopping people from voting – not jobs – is the top Republican priority

Statement from Rep. Barca on Gov. Walker’s plans for voter ID special session

By - Mar 12th, 2014 10:40 am

Gov. Walker said yesterday that he intends to call a special session of the legislature to pass a new voter ID bill if the courts throw out the existing Republican law. In response, Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) released the following statement:

“Even with Wisconsin ranked 37th in the nation in job growth, the top priority of Gov. Walker and Republican legislators right now is to stop people from exercising their constitutional right to vote.

“If the governor is going to call a special session of the legislature, it must be focused on important issues like creating jobs, helping workers receive much-needed job training and preserving Wisconsin’s reputation for educational excellence. The idea of calling a special session solely to prevent legitimate voters from casting their ballots is an assault on our democracy.

“Wisconsin has a long, proud tradition of high voter participation and engagement. Yet in the closing weeks of the legislative session, Republicans are pushing several anti-voting bills, including severely limiting early voting and eliminating same-day voter registration.

“The problem in our state is not that too many people are voting – it’s that too few people are working. It’s time that Gov. Walker and Republican legislators put an end to their anti-democracy agenda and finally take the bold action our state needs to get back on the right economic track.”

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Rep. Peter Barca Statement on Assembly Organization Committee Secret Ballot

"It’s ironic that the Republicans are seemingly using the same lack of transparency that led to our state having one of the worst cases of gerrymandering in history"

Rep. Peter Barca Statement on the Department of Transportation Audit

“The GOP has let the taxpayers of Wisconsin down.”

Rep. Peter Barca Statement on Labor Committee Public Hearing

“This is another shameless attack by Republicans on Wisconsin workers.”

Rep. Peter Barca Response to the State of the State

The governor has bragged about his tax policies, while neglecting to mention that his cuts have largely benefitted the wealthy of our state.

Rep. Peter Barca Statement on Special Session

“The opioid epidemic in our state is a very serious issue that requires a very aggressive response.”

Rep. Barca Announces Democratic Committee Assignments for Upcoming Legislative Session

“I am excited about the wealth of experience, dedication and talent our Democratic members will bring to their respective committees”

Wisconsin Continues to Fail on Jobs

Assembly Democrats once again renew their call for a summit to grow Wisconsin jobs

Rep. Barca Statement on Redistricting Decision

“Voters should be able to choose their representatives, not the other way around.”

Rep. Barca Statement on Democratic Leader Reelection

“I am honored and humbled by my reelection.”

Statement from Rep. Barca on Election Results

"There will be many pundits analyzing these results for weeks, but what is crystal clear is that voters are dissatisfied with the status quo."

Rep. Barca Secures a Small Victory for Veterans

“It was shocking that the Walker Administration has not been participating in meetings with our hardworking County Veterans Services Officers all along, however I am glad they have committed to attend future meetings”

Rep. Barca Statement on “Right to Work” Ruling

“This ruling is a victory for workers’ rights and middle class families.”

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