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Scott Walker and the Native American Mascot Bill

by Jerry Bader

Governor Walker has been evasive, to say the least, when it comes to what he's going to do with this bill. Given that he either has to sign it, veto it, or let it simply "lapse into law," he has plenty to do with it, contrary to what the Daily Beast reported. My guess is Walker will try to let it quietly become law. As Right Wisconsin reported:

According to staff with Speaker Vos' office, the Assembly has not yet messaged the bill to the Governor - and the Governor hasn't asked for the bill yet.

Vos' office says unless the Governor asks for the bill sooner, the mascot legislation will be sent to the Governor's office on December 12. The Governor will then have until December 19th to sign the bill into law or issue a veto. 

If he does neither by the 19th, the bill will simply become law. My opinion here is Walker is afraid of this bill for nothing and I say that for two reasons:

1) It's not wildly unpopular, not even with Native Americans.

2) Walker can argue that this is about fairness, not mascots, per se. The law passed by democrats was a sham; it was an outright ban on these mascots masquerading as a fair process by which schools can make an argument to keep the mascots. It is no such thing. Once a mascot is targeted, it's gone. This bill doesn't take away the mechanism to challenge a mascot; it simply creates a fair process. Walker should sign this; I'm guessing he won't. A veto would be a stunning surprise and, in my opinion, a mistake.