UPDATED Friday, May 3, 2014 --- 4:15 p.m.
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Wisconsin Republicans have defeated a tea party-backed resolution demanding legislators pass bills affirming the state's right to secede from the union and nullifying federal laws.
Delegates gathered the party's state convention in Milwaukee on Saturday voted on a voice vote to strip the secession language from the resolution and then voted on another voice vote the entire measure down.
The GOP's ultra-conservative wing in southeastern Wisconsin's 6th congressional district drew up the resolution. Republican leaders tried to downplay it, including Gov. Scott Walker. He has said most GOP officials in Wisconsin don't agree with it. Wisconsin Republican Party Executive Director Joe Fadness predicted the resolution would fail and 50 Assembly Republicans sent a letter to all delegates urging them to reject the resolution.
Posted Friday, May 2, 2014 --- 10:18 a.m.
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Assembly Republicans are urging delegates at the GOP state convention to reject a tea party-backed resolution calling on lawmakers to affirm Wisconsin's right to secede.
Fifty of the Assembly's 69 Republicans, including Speaker Robin Vos and Rep. John Nygren, co-chairman of the powerful Joint Finance Committee, sent a letter Friday to delegates calling the resolution a worthless distraction. The letter goes on to call the secessionist movement giving up on the American idea and asks how different the world would be today if Republican President Abraham Lincoln had allowed the southern states to leave the union. The letter adds that Republicans can't win elections on a platform that includes secession.
Delegates are expected to vote on whether to adopt the resolution during the convention in Milwaukee on Saturday.
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