Maybe Nass didn't get the memo
Rep. Steve Nass (R-Whitewater) must have had his head in the ground on November 7th this year. He doesn't seem to realize that his world has changed a little bit. From WISCTV:
State Rep. Stephen Nass, of Whitewater, sent the regents a letter asking for the delay. He threatened to propose a constitutional amendment banning race-based admissions, as was approved in November in Michigan, if his concerns aren't addressed.Times have changed Mr. Nass. You and your colleagues cannot go running to the constitution like a spoiled child every time something isn't going you way. Not only does another party control both the state senate and the governor's office, it's fair to assume that your own caucus in the assembly is going to be a little gun shy on the whole constitutional amendment thing.
When the Assembly Republican Caucus gets to Madison on January 3rd and takes a good look around, they will see a lot of their friends missing. Missing after the Republican leaders promised they had the ticket to keeping their majorities and getting the governor's mansion. All the Republicans had to do was play with the emotions of voters by using controversial issues for constitutional amendment votes and they could have all their little hearts desired.
Didn't quite work out that way. And for good reason.
Voters may have voted for things like the death penalty referendum, but it was done in a vacuum of options. If you gave voters here the choice between life in prison without parole and the death penalty, they would choose the life in prison option. Why? The Christian values the Republicans like to play on of course. There is no asterisk on that commandment. It just says you shouldn't kill people. So the voters made their own option and voted for the referendum and to oust the people that gave them such poor choices.
So this session Mr. Nass and his colleagues might actually have to have some real policy debates and take responsibility for their policy choices instead of forcing the voters to do the work. And we can finally put the constitution in a safe play before the children do any more damage.