Wisconsin Republicans, like their brethren here across the river, swept into power on promises to restore jobs and shore up the economy.
Rep. Steve Nass seems to have tuned out that message.
His first move in the upcoming Assembly session will be to try and make the world safe again for folks who want to reduce Indians to cartoon stereotypes.[jump]
The Whitewater Republican wants to repeal a new law giving the state school superintendent the power to stop school districts from using Indian mascots if they promote discrimination, harassment or stereotyping.
Let's go back to the old way of doing things, Nass says: Indians complain, a local school board does nothing, and the Indians have no further recourse.
Nass says the old system wasn't discriminatory and worked fine for everyone. But the folks facing the belittling environment felt differently. Indian groups pressured lawmakers for a decade to pass the law, despite his best efforts in the last session.
You want to know who really faces discrimination in Wisconsin? Nass will tell you: Car drivers at the mercy of "liberal extremists in Madison who hate cars and think everyone should bike to work."
He proposed legislation last session to ban "bike box" lanes because they discriminate in favor of bike riders.