January 13, 2015

THERE'S A GREAT, THOUGH PROBABLY APOCHRYPHAL, STORY...:

Scalise voted against apology for slavery (Scott Wong,  01/13/15, The Hill)

Six years before he spoke to a white supremacist group, while he was a state legislator, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) voted against a resolution apologizing for slavery, according to a 1996 article from New Orleans's Times-Picayune.

Scalise later backed a watered-down version that expressed "regret" for slavery. But the article identifies him as one of two lawmakers on the Louisiana House and Governmental Affairs Committee who tried to kill the original resolution, which apologized to African-Americans for the state's role "in the establishment and maintenance of the institution of slavery." [...]

But two years after that speech, in 2004, as a state representative, Scalise also voted against making Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday a state holiday. He voted against a similar measure in 1999.

...about how whips got a federal holiday passed by selling it as a day off after the Super Bowl to Southern congressmen.

Posted by at January 13, 2015 2:07 PM
  

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