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Debate on Capitol arrests, Congressman Pocan featured on Capitol City Sunday


MADISON (WKOW) -- Rep. Melissa Sargent (D-Madison) and conservative blogger Dave Blaska have very different views on the rights of the Solidarity Singers at the State Capitol.

They will be featured in a debate on this weekend's edition of Capitol City Sunday.

"Its used for many purposes and all they're trying to do with the permits is saying everyone has a chance at their rotunda, its not the property of the Solidarity Singers," said Blaska, a blogger for InBusiness and Right Wisconsin.

But Rep. Sargent says no such permits should be required.

"The constitution trumps any administrative code that's written by a bureaucrat that's appointed by a partisan Governor," said Rep. Sargent.

Since the arrests started on Wednesday, more people have come out to the singalong, which Rep. Sargent believes will only continue.

"The tactics that have been used are just causing more and more people to come out and make sure that their voices are heard and that we are protecting our first amendment," said Rep. Sargent.

But Blaska says the rest of Wisconsin sees things differently than Madison.

"The public tantrum that they're displaying - I don't think they realize the extent to which they're turning off the people of Wisconsin.  These are reasonable regulations," said Blaska.

Congressman Mark Pocan (D-WI 2nd District) is also featured on the show this weekend.  He will soon be voting on a bill passed by the Senate, which ties student loan interest rates to the financial markets.

"Government shouldn't be profiting off of student loans.  And the fact that that's still in this bill that we're taking money away from what people need for education, that's a real big problem," said Rep. Pocan.  "So if we could amend that out I think its a much more positive bill."

Capitol City Sunday airs at 9:00 a.m. on WKOW.

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