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Sunday, September 27, 2015

Wingnut Breaks Protocol To Silence Latina Colleague Speaking Against ‘English-Only’ Bill

by Emily Atkin
A Pennsylvania wingnut who wants to make English the “official language” of the state silenced his Latina colleague on Monday when she attempted to speak out against his legislation, saying she was taking too long to make her point.
Daryl Metcalfe, the Republican chairman of the House State Government Committee, had convened a hearing on the “English-only” bill, which he co-sponsors. Under that bill, all state and local government records would have to be in English, something Metcalfe says would save money and “help immigrants to assimilate.”
Rep. Leslie Acosta — who is herself an immigrant and the state’s only Latina legislator — disagrees with Metcalfe’s justification for the bill. However, while she attempted to lay out her argument before asking a question at Monday’s hearing, Metcalfe interrupted her, and turned her microphone off.

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