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Ala. lawmaker punches Senate colleague
Associated Press ^ | Fri Jun 8 | BOB JOHNSON

Posted on 06/08/2007 9:24:30 AM PDT by 300magnum

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - A Republican state senator who punched a Democratic lawmaker in the head expressed regret, saying "that's not the way grown men solve their problems," but he said he won't immediately apologize.

Republican Sen. Charles Bishop claimed that Democratic Sen. Lowell Barron called him a "son of a (expletive)" in the Senate chamber on Thursday.

"I responded to his comment with my right hand," Bishop said.

Alabama Public Television tape captured the punch.

"I was raised in the woods of Arkansas and people don't say that about your mom," Bishop said.

Barron denied saying that to Bishop. He said the Jasper senator used an expletive to him and he was trying to get away when he was hit by Bishop on the side of the head near an ear. He said he had not decided if he would file charges.

"I would like to finish today in a productive manner. I will evaluate the situation tomorrow on what I may do," Barron said Thursday.

After the punch, Barron went into a closed-door meeting with other Democrats. Sen. Vivian Figures went into the meeting carrying first aid supplies, but she said he was not hurt.

The fight came on the final day of the 2007 regular session of the Legislature. Republican senators were using delaying tactics to force Democratic leadership to bring up an election reform bill to ban transfers between political action committees.

Barron is chairman of the Senate Rules Committee, which sets the chamber's work agenda, and Republicans were angry that he had not put the election reform bill in a position to come up for debate.

The Senate had just taken a recess Thursday afternoon when Bishop approached the chair where Barron was sitting. Moments later security officers and others rushed to separate the two senators.

The Senate later considered censuring Bishop and expelling him from the chamber for the remainder of the day, but Bishop said that wasn't necessary and walked out of the Capitol, saying he was going home.

"I love every one of you. Most of all I love this chamber. I'm going home and you all have a good day," Bishop said.

Members of the Alabama House said the incident makes the entire Legislature look bad.

"It's certainly a black eye on the Legislature and the Senate in particular," Republican Rep. Jay Love said.


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1 posted on 06/08/2007 9:24:32 AM PDT by 300magnum
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To: 300magnum

Sweet


2 posted on 06/08/2007 9:29:36 AM PDT by wastedyears (Check my profile for links to anti-illegal immigration T-shirts.)
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To: 300magnum

“Son of a bitch” has grown to be such an empty epithet that one really has to strain to catch the inference that it’s a slur against one’s mother.


3 posted on 06/08/2007 9:33:32 AM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: wastedyears
MONTGOMERY, Ala. - A Republican state senator who punched a Democratic lawmaker in the head expressed regret, saying "that's not the way grown men solve their problems," but he said he won't immediately apologize.

But I bet it made you feel great. Some of those dems NEEDS a lop at the side of their heads. Reid, Kennedy....
4 posted on 06/08/2007 9:39:49 AM PDT by Tut
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To: 300magnum

The other day Texas congresscritters had an altercation on the floor as well. Lovely bunch of good upstanding citizens we’ve elected, huh.


5 posted on 06/08/2007 9:40:57 AM PDT by mtbopfuyn (I think the border is kind of an artificial barrier - San Antonio councilwoman Patti Radle)
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To: 300magnum

I’d like to see more of that, especially on the federal level. Instead of Cheney telling Leahy “F You!” he’d simply haul off and cold-cock him. This way you’ll REALLY know when they’re mad at each other (its too easy to fake with words), and their grudges will last longer (less compromise, as in this immigration bill). Besides, it’d be a heck of a lot more entertaining than watching these jerks drone on about some meaningless pork barrel project or declaration of the day on CSPAN.


6 posted on 06/08/2007 9:42:04 AM PDT by Ancesthntr
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To: Mr Ramsbotham
“Son of a bitch” has grown to be such an empty epithet that one really has to strain to catch the inference that it’s a slur against one’s mother.

I guess it depends on where you are and who you are cursing. Down south here in the "bible belt", you have to be a little more careful of your words.

8 posted on 06/08/2007 9:44:25 AM PDT by 300magnum (God grants liberty only to those who love it, and are always ready to guard and defend it. D.Webster)
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To: 300magnum

It’s a lesson more democrats need to learn; when you insult your betters, you get hurt. The pity is he didn’t learn it in grade school.


9 posted on 06/08/2007 9:44:53 AM PDT by D.P.Roberts (Doing my part to build Uh-merica)
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To: D.P.Roberts

He could not have said “Son of a Bitch”, because anyone from the south knows the proper way to say it is “sumbitch”. hehehe


10 posted on 06/08/2007 9:52:02 AM PDT by DonaldC
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To: 300magnum

It’s a start.


11 posted on 06/08/2007 9:53:24 AM PDT by ameribbean expat
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To: 300magnum

This sounds like it needs to be settled with pistols at dawn.


12 posted on 06/08/2007 10:00:09 AM PDT by fr_freak
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To: ameribbean expat

First, we need to bring in a anger management team to work with all of the Republican members of the Bama senate...outnumbered three to one anyway. They need to understand their feelings and become open to the feelings of others.

Second...there must have been alcohol involved...so we need the Baptists to come in and make this a dry county around the capital building. Alcohol is the work of the devil and you can feel the situation was triggered by booze.

Third....and final....if they are going to broadcast stuff like this live over TV....with fights each day...I know this fella from Jackson who can arrange pay-per-view and we can sell fights via the Internet.


13 posted on 06/08/2007 10:00:55 AM PDT by pepsionice
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To: 300magnum
The Senate had just taken a recess Thursday afternoon when Bishop approached the chair where Barron was sitting.

Looking for a fight, but needs a good excuse.

Lowell Barron called him a "son of a (expletive)"

Good enough..

"I responded to his comment with my right hand," Bishop said.

Well I'm sure the people of Alabama would appreciate a little less emotional antics and a lot more professionalism on the Senate floor. If you want to fight do it on your own time out of public view.

14 posted on 06/08/2007 10:03:39 AM PDT by Realism (Some believe that the facts-of-life are open to debate.....)
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To: Realism

Thank you, Realism, for your meddle into the affairs of the State of Alabama. If someone called your mother a “bitch” what would you do...pout?


15 posted on 06/08/2007 10:13:21 AM PDT by the final gentleman
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To: the final gentleman
If someone called your mother a “bitch” what would you do...pout?

I ask if he wanted to (discuss) the comment more in depth later on.

16 posted on 06/08/2007 10:19:35 AM PDT by Realism (Some believe that the facts-of-life are open to debate.....)
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To: 300magnum

all politicians should be allowed to arm themselves while at work, then maybe they would kill each other and give this country a chance to start over


17 posted on 06/08/2007 10:19:54 AM PDT by sfvgto (is Marion Barry a democrat?)
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To: Realism
Well I'm sure the people of Alabama would appreciate a little less emotional antics and a lot more professionalism on the Senate floor. If you want to fight do it on your own time out of public view.

Actually folks here in Alabama (at least some of them) think punching out Lowell Barron is just fine. I can't think of a more deserving legislator.

18 posted on 06/08/2007 10:20:26 AM PDT by 6ppc (Call Photo Reuters, that's the name, and away goes truth right down the drain. Photo Reuters!)
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To: 6ppc
I can't think of a more deserving legislator.

The point is that its unacceptable behavior on both sides. People fight, but those with commonsense know there is a time and a place for certain things.

19 posted on 06/08/2007 10:32:34 AM PDT by Realism (Some believe that the facts-of-life are open to debate.....)
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To: Realism

So you support the lame idea in schools that if someone starts a fight, throws the first punch that DEFENDING yourself should be punished as badly as the instigator.

I’m all for free speech but you should be able and prepared to defend yourself with fists, guns or wits on your words.

There is a time and place for that, the flagpole was on top of the building and the body was dismissed.

Any questions?


20 posted on 06/08/2007 11:07:34 AM PDT by Otaku6
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To: pepsionice

First...Yer kidding right???

Second...Thats actually a very neat idea, I can see that getting done...Not! (but its still funny!!!)

Third...I knew there was a money angle coming! hehehe

And Steve’s favorite...

Forth...If I was an elected official, collness would prevail on the floor of whatever house I was in...but outside, away from the press (as well as I could get from them) Somebody’s going to get their arse whipped...Because even witrh this assault, nobody’s going to charge or indict an elected official...Not that that is an excuse...

Look at what didn’t happen with Cynthia McKinney from Georgia...


21 posted on 06/08/2007 11:19:05 AM PDT by stevie_d_64 (Houston Area Texans (I've always been hated))
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To: Otaku6
So you support the lame idea in schools that if someone starts a fight, throws the first punch that DEFENDING yourself should be punished as badly as the instigator.

Your comparing the Alabama Senate to a school playground? Maybe your right on track.

22 posted on 06/08/2007 11:21:22 AM PDT by Realism (Some believe that the facts-of-life are open to debate.....)
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To: 300magnum
A Republican state senator who punched a Democratic lawmaker in the head

First words out of APs mouth: "A Republican".

23 posted on 06/08/2007 11:28:28 AM PDT by lowbridge ("The mainstream media IS the Democratic Party." - Rush Limbaugh)
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To: 300magnum

“There but for the grace of God, go I.”


24 posted on 06/08/2007 11:31:39 AM PDT by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (Liberals are blind. They are the dupes of Leftists who know exactly what they're doing.)
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To: Realism

Sadly the modern liberals mind has not evolved past kindergarten.

If you disagree with them they call you bigot facist and racist.

Then when you tell them that if Bush really was Hitler he would have gassed you long ago they call me a nazi.

The only way to solve this problem is to start beating them until they get mugged by reality. That the world really is black and white. If you don’t defend yourself people will walk all over you. No one has to listen. When your dead no one will remember you because you didn’t do anything except take it like a sack of meat.

Then when they start responding with fist on fist they with will find REAL confidence and REAL values.


25 posted on 06/08/2007 11:41:29 AM PDT by Otaku6
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To: mtbopfuyn

I’d rather they pummel each other than find new ways to spend our money.


26 posted on 06/08/2007 11:45:34 AM PDT by BJClinton (Jimmy Carter: the Renaissance Man of incompetence)
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To: Ghost of Philip Marlowe
“There but for the grace of God, go I.”

Good one. Yep been there done that, and I know what Bishop is thinking right about now.

27 posted on 06/08/2007 11:48:54 AM PDT by Realism (Some believe that the facts-of-life are open to debate.....)
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To: DonaldC

the proper way to say it is “sumbitch”. hehehe

Or, in West-By-God, “sun-da-bitch”....:D


28 posted on 06/08/2007 11:53:45 AM PDT by gimme1ibertee (Fred is here.....and now it'll be all right.)
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To: lowbridge

I’m surprised they didn’t say “fellow” lawmaker instead of Democrat.


29 posted on 06/08/2007 11:56:24 AM PDT by gimme1ibertee (Fred is here.....and now it'll be all right.)
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To: 300magnum
Watch the VIDEO here:
www.wkrg.com

30 posted on 06/08/2007 11:58:26 AM PDT by RonDog
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To: pepsionice

You forgot the grief counselors needed by all other members of the Senate, having had their tender senses exposed to right wing violence.


31 posted on 06/08/2007 2:43:53 PM PDT by kenth (I got tired of my last tagline...)
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