Ryan protests con­tinue, with Bryce ar­rested

Wisconsin Gazette - - Front Page - By Louis Weis­berg Staff writer

De­mon­stra­tions near House Speaker Paul Ryan’s Racine of­fice are a fre­quent oc­cur­rence, and they’re ratch­et­ing up as the Novem­ber mid-term elec­tions ap­proach.

March 5 and March 6 fea­tured backto-back ac­tions tar­get­ing the 1st Dis­trict con­gress­man.

Ryan’s two Demo­cratic chal­lengers, Randy Bryce and Cathy My­ers, were among about two dozen peo­ple ar­rested at the March 5 de­mon­stra­tion for block­ing traf­fic on Main Street near Ryan’s of­fice.

Vo­ces de la Fron­tera or­ga­nized the event to call on Ryan to al­low a vote on per­ma­nent leg­is­la­tion for young im­mi­grants cov­ered by the De­ferred Ac­tion for Child­hood Ar­rivals pro­gram, or DACA. The pro­gram tech­ni­cally ex­pired on March 5, leav­ing an es­ti­mated 3.6 mil­lion DREAM­ers — peo­ple who were brought to U.S. as chil­dren — in an un­cer­tain sit­u­a­tion.

PA­TRI­OTIC MILLIONAIRES

On a slushy, blus­tery March 6, a hand­ful of peo­ple gath­ered at Racine’s Mon­u­ment Square to call out Con­gres­sional Repub­li­cans for be­ing too chicken to op­pose rais­ing taxes on mid­dle-class fam­i­lies in or­der to give bil­lions to their wealthy donors.

The event, which fea­tured a 30-foot in­flat­able “Tax March Chicken,” is part of the Pa­tri­otic Millionaires’ 100-day NOT ONE PENNY na­tional tour, which is pro­vid­ing a stage for lo­cal elected of­fi­cials and cit­i­zens to talk about the re­cently en­acted Repub­li­can tax plan.

Prior to the rally, Pa­tri­otic Millionaires sent out a state­ment say­ing that the In­sti­tute on Tax­a­tion and Eco­nomic Pol­icy re­searched the Tax Cuts and Jobs Plan and dis­cov­ered that richer Wis­con­sinites will re­ceive large tax cuts while taxes will in­crease for lower and mid­dle-in­come fam­i­lies.

Among those who spoke was Demo­cratic state Sen. Bob Wirch, who said that vot­ers will not be happy once they learn the de­tails of the new law. He warned of a back­lash when “there’s a thor­ough de­bate on the con­se­quences of this tax cut bill and deficit, and peo­ple find out about the cuts to So­cial Se­cu­rity and to Medi­care.”

Wirch also took the GOP to task for its hypocrisy on the fed­eral deficit. “The Repub­li­cans for eight years crit­i­cized Obama for the deficit,” he said. “As soon as they got in, they passed this tax bill that

PHOTO: RANDY BRYCE FOR CON­GRESS

Demo­cratic con­gres­sional can­di­date Randy Bryce was among 23 pro­test­ers ar­rested March 5 near House Speaker Paul Ryan’s Racine of­fice.

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