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Those spreading disinformation about the election should not have power over elections

Scott Robert Shaw



One of the hallmarks of our democracy is a peaceful transition of power following each election. Seeking to prevent a peaceful transition is harmful to our democracy, casting doubt on the integrity of our elections. Of course, President Donald Trump has spent months claiming the election was somehow unfair, and we saw what happened next, when armed supporters of the President stormed the U.S. Capitol in an unimaginable and sad scene. But it wasn’t just conspiracy theorists who led the charge. So did some elected officials in Wisconsin, who contributed to a campaign of disinformation. Fifteen Republican members of the Wisconsin Assembly signed their names to a letter sent to Vice President Mike Pence asking him to stall the certification of the outcome of the election. Particularly troubling is that among those who signed the letter seeking to interfere in the democratic process are four  members of Wisconsin’s Committee on Campaigns and Elections, including the chairman. Their role is to oversee the Wisconsin elections process, so it is disturbing they are spreading conspiracy theories and false information. Now some in the Assembly are calling for those who signed the letter be removed from the Committee on Campaigns and Elections. Those who seek to undermine the results of our democratic elections should no longer have a say in Wisconsin election laws.

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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    Clyde Fromona

    January 18, 2021 at 8:37 am

    You say armed people entered the Capitol last week. No they didn’t. There are only 2 stories can be found about armed citizens in DC. Neither entered the Capitol armed. There was a private security guard who had ammunition and firearms in the trunk of his car on Wednesday was detained and he was realeased. Yesterday a person open carry a side arm was walking in an area a 1/4 mile from the current Capitol perimeter.
    Yesterday wasn’t last Wednesday.
    Making up stories about citizens, is that libel, slander, defamation or do you call it free speech?

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