It would appear that Republican legislators get a good deal of their legislative inspiration from the internet.
Not only do they cite Ann Coulter as an authority on the wage gap, they point to “the information that’s floating around the internet” as reason to refuse to allow a resolution honoring the Girl Scouts out of committee. The shocking bit of information that would lead a Republican lawmaker to stand up in opposition to the Girl Scouts? Claims the group is linked to Planned Parenthood, naturally.
Rep. Wess Keller of Wasilla (yes, that Wasilla) blocked a routine resolution in the Alaska legislature honoring the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts. And according to reports, it was quite a spectacle. The Anchorage Daily news reported Keller was downright combative in refusing to let the measure out of committee.
“I’m sure you are aware of the information that’s floating around the internet, and I’d like to give you the opportunity to respond to your connection, the Girl Scout connection, with Planned Parenthood and the activist role in that — is there a connection? Is there not? Frankly, I haven’t looked into it but I see it’s out there,” Keller told Katya Wassillie, an intern who was given the chance to introduce the resolution by Democratic state Sen. Bettye Davis.
If this sounds familiar that’s because a similar incident happened in Indiana just over a month ago. That Republican representative later apologized.
The Girl Scouts of Alaska issued a statement in response to Keller, calling his charges groundless. “We take no position on the subjects of birth control or abortion and we believe these topics are best discussed between girls and their families. Neither Girl Scouts of USA, nor Girl Scouts of Alaska has a relationship or partnership with Planned Parenthood,” the group wrote on Friday.
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