There's some irony here.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker was set to jet off to Las Vegas Thursday to bid for the favor of billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson. A top Republican donor, who gave tens of millions of dollars to aid the campaigns of Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney and other GOP contenders in 2012, Adelson has the kind of money that could allow Walker to get his 2016 presidential bid off the ground.
But before he flew to Vegas, Walker took time to sign into law Senate Bill 324, with its strict new limits on early voting, morning and evening voting and weekend voting. The governor tinkered with the bill to remove language about the number of hours when in-person absentee voting is allowed prior to election days and, amazingly, to eliminate a provision that would have reimbursed local governments for hiring people to assist Wisconsinites who seek to cast early ballots. But the bottom line is this: The governor has embraced a plan that will prevent farmers, small-business owners, shift workers and students from voting before 8 a.m. or after 7 p.m., and from casting ballots on Saturdays or Sundays.
“Gov. Walker put politics ahead of people by signing SB 324," Lisa Subeck, the executive director of United Wisconsin, well explained. "His actions amount to betrayal of trust of the hundreds of thousands of Wisconsin seniors, veterans, students, and working people who regularly exercise their right to vote via early absentee ballot.”
In a democracy, voting is supposed to matter most.
But Walker, by his action Thursday, has disregarded and disrespected the vote.
As the same time, he has confirmed his highest priority: the dollar — especially the dollar of the billionaire who might help him achieve his political ambition of abandoning Wisconsin for the national stage.
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