GOP Hijacks Slavery Resolution

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Remember when the GOP delayed action on a few dozen bills to delay action on Civil Unions? And remember when games like that got them kicked out of the majority office by the voters? And remember when a few of them said they'd learned their lesson?

Well, if you were paying attention yesterday morning, you would wonder if they even remember 2012. 

As Joe Hanel of the Durango Herald reports: Slavery resolution a tool in gun debate

In a sign of how much resistance Democrats can expect to their gun-control bills, House Republicans tried to derail a Democratic news conference by stalling on a resolution about the Emancipation Proclamation. 

Former Speaker of the House Frank McNulty, R-Highlands Ranch, wanted to amend the resolution by adding the full text of the document that led to the end of slavery. That led to a skirmish over parliamentary rules, with Speaker of the House Mark Ferrandino accusing Republicans of trying to stall and delay the news conference.

Republicans denied that they were purposely delaying the news conference, but a GOP member later admitted that was the strategy.

On the House floor, Rep. Jovan Melton, D-Aurora, confronted House Minority Leader Mark Waller, R-Colorado Springs.

“It’s the Emancipation Proclamation. This directly affected my family in North Carolina. It’s extremely insulting,” Melton said.

Stay classy, GOP.

Word is that both the Denver Post and the Colorado Statesman are going to have more detailed stories out in the next day or two. I, for one, can't wait to hear what they turned up. 

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6 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. JeffcoBlue says:

    Jesus. Could they have picked a worse resolution to turn into a political gamepiece? #FAIL

  2. Craig says:

    Frankly, this is all part of their plan to make more angry white males and to get them to vote for Republicans. You know, "Those Brown People are going to take away your guns."   It won't work.  But they think it will.  It was deliberate of them to tie these two issues together.

  3. BlueCat says:

    Ah, McNutty. If he didn't exist Colorado Dems would have to invent him.

  4. Albert J. Nock says:

    Slaves had to work for free, correct?

    So what would you call it if slave owner were to have given slave pay of 10% of his labor and made him work the other 90% for free?  What if slave owner gave slave pay for 20% of his labor?  What is slave owner gave slave pay for 30% of his labor?  What if slave owner gave slave pay for 40% of his labor? What is slave owner gave slave pay for 50% of his labor?  What if slave owner gave slave pay for 61% of his labor?

  5. Diogenesdemar says:

    OK, the GOP is admittedly and collectively a barrel full of punch bowl turds . . . 

    But, come on, do we really need a resolution on the Emancipation Proclamation . . . I mean, really???

    Maybe the Democratic leadership could benefit from a little less naivete regarding those floaties across the aisle.  If you want to accomplish the people's business, it might be best to keep your focus on the people's business.


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