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WI State Rep says it is time to end affirmative action


Affirmative action in America appears to be dying by degrees.

State Sen. Glenn Grothman would like to hasten the death of race-based preferences in Wisconsin.

The West Bend Republican is dusting off his old proposal to ban affirmative action policies and, at the same time, staking his claim, perhaps, as the core conservative’s conservative in a crowded race for the 6th Congressional District seat.

“First of all, I think the fact that Barack Obama was elected president and then reelected puts to death the idea that America is some sort of horrible, racist country,” Grothman told Wisconsin Reporter.

The senator laid out his ideas within hours of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling Tuesday upholding Michigan’s ban on the use of race as a driving force in admissions to state universities. That decision followed the high court’s ruling last June in which it ordered tighter restrictions on race-conscious admissions.

Grothman said the momentum is there to make a change in Wisconsin.

Putting his campaign cap on, Grothman said affirmative action is “even worse” at the national level. The long-entrenched system demands that businesses that do $10,000 or more business with the federal government are bound by mandatory affirmative action requirements.

Grothman is one of three Republican candidates running for the 6th Congressional District seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Tom Petri, R-Fond du Lac, who is retiring after 35 years in Congress.