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Ala. Lawmaker Punches Senate Colleague
MyWay News ^ | Jun 7, 6:43 PM (ET) | BOB JOHNSON

Posted on 06/07/2007 6:18:48 PM PDT by DesScorp

Simmering tensions in the Alabama Senate boiled over Thursday when a Republican lawmaker punched a Democratic colleague in the head before they were pulled apart.

Republican Sen. Charles Bishop claimed that Democratic Sen. Lowell Barron called him a "son of a (expletive)."

"I responded to his comment with my right hand," Bishop said. Alabama Public Television tape captured the punch.

Barron refused to comment and 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.

Bishop said he regretted throwing the punch because "that's not the way grown men solve their problems," but added that he would not immediately apologize to Barron.

The fight came on the final day of the 2007 regular session of the Legislature. Republicans and a few Democrats have protested all session the Democratic majority's Senate rules, saying they were unfair. They want to bring up an election reform bill.

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.

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at apnews.myway.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Alabama
KEYWORDS: assault; fight; punch; senate
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For those of you that don't know him, Lowell Baron is a typical Southern Democrat wheeler-dealer, in Bill Clinton's mold. He's the kind of guy that will do anything to get and keep power. I can't say I'm shedding any tears because someone decked him.


1 posted on 06/07/2007 6:18:50 PM PDT by DesScorp
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To: DesScorp

Still, the AL populace will rally behind the Democrat who is seen as the victim.


2 posted on 06/07/2007 6:22:12 PM PDT by Theodore R. (Cowardice is forever!)
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To: DesScorp
"It's certainly a black eye on the Legislature and the Senate in particular," Republican Rep. Jay Love said.

ROFLOL ... looks like Rep. Love has a good sense of humor!

3 posted on 06/07/2007 6:22:55 PM PDT by SittinYonder (Ic ■Št gehate, ■Št ic heonon nelle fleon fotes trym, ac wille fur­or gan)
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To: DesScorp

I saw that on the news, ..funny.


4 posted on 06/07/2007 6:23:23 PM PDT by AmericanMade1776
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To: DesScorp

This is unacceptable behavior. I hope the Alabama Senate gives him the boot and that he faces an assault charge as well.


5 posted on 06/07/2007 6:23:28 PM PDT by burzum (None shall see me, though my battlecry may give me away -Minsc)
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To: DesScorp

‘bout damn time!! I’d like to see a good ole’ B-western bar room brawl on C-Span.


6 posted on 06/07/2007 6:23:45 PM PDT by tbpiper
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To: DesScorp
Members of the Alabama House said the incident makes the entire Legislature look bad.

Haven't yet seen a legislature whose work product doesn't makes them look bad.

How about a little personal responsibility for the laws they pass...? Hmmm....?

7 posted on 06/07/2007 6:25:34 PM PDT by sionnsar (trad-anglican.faithweb.com |Iran Azadi| 5yst3m 0wn3d - it's N0t Y0ur5 (SONY) | UN: Useless Nations)
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To: SittinYonder
Somehow, I just can't see Trent Lott decking Teddy Kennedy.

I'd sure feel better about Trent if he did, though...

8 posted on 06/07/2007 6:25:45 PM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: DesScorp

Nice right cross!


9 posted on 06/07/2007 6:25:49 PM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham (Elections have consequences.)
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To: Theodore R.

“Still, the AL populace will rally behind the Democrat who is seen as the victim.”

Gee, wouldn’t that be bad. It’s not like he got physically assaulted or anything.


10 posted on 06/07/2007 6:29:24 PM PDT by Holdek
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To: DesScorp

Sen. Lowell Barron, D-Fyffe, shows the red mark on his neck where he was punched by fellow Sen. Charles Bishop, R-Jasper, on the Senate floor earlier in the day, while talking with the media Thursday, June 7, 2007, at the Statehouse in Montgomery, Ala. (AP Photo/Rob Carr)

11 posted on 06/07/2007 6:29:53 PM PDT by AmericanMade1776
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To: DesScorp

Charles Bishop BUMP!


12 posted on 06/07/2007 6:30:26 PM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Theodore R.
"Still, the AL populace will rally behind the Democrat who is seen as the victim."

Ummm, I don't think so. We know what Baron is like in this state. I think most voters will understand, and more will approve than they'd admit publicly.
13 posted on 06/07/2007 6:31:51 PM PDT by DesScorp
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To: DesScorp
Your Honor...as you can clearly see on the video tape, I was minding my own business when all of a sudden, he assaulted me by striking my fist with his face. I demand justice.
14 posted on 06/07/2007 6:32:35 PM PDT by txroadkill ( http://iraqstar.org)
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To: DesScorp

Republican wins.

15 posted on 06/07/2007 6:34:14 PM PDT by AmericanMade1776
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To: burzum
This like how the Federal Legislature was in the 19th century. You would be amazed at how many House and Senate debates turned to fisticuffs and beatings with canes.
16 posted on 06/07/2007 6:35:18 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: AmericanMade1776

That’s it? That is the bruise? It is barely noticeable.


17 posted on 06/07/2007 6:37:49 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: AmericanMade1776; burzum

PW3ND !!!!

18 posted on 06/07/2007 6:38:57 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~~~Jihad Fever -- Catch It !~~~)
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To: DesScorp
I don't know what occurred beforehand but if the Democrat really did lip off to someone's face, he should have expected to get punched.

It's my opinion that there are certain things that a person can do or say to warrant receiving a punch in the face. I live by that standard, so why can't the rest of the world?

19 posted on 06/07/2007 6:40:53 PM PDT by The KG9 Kid
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To: AmericanMade1776

"Down goes Barron ! Down goes Barron !"

(With sincerest apologies to Mr. Cosell)

20 posted on 06/07/2007 6:40:58 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~~~Jihad Fever -- Catch It !~~~)
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To: Army Air Corps
Army Air Corps wrote: That’s it? That is the bruise? It is barely noticeable.

You know what drama queens democrats are, even John Kerry had to have three purple hearts for a couple of band aid woundsl.

21 posted on 06/07/2007 6:41:30 PM PDT by AmericanMade1776
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To: burzum

You are wrong. Should happen in the U.S. Senate and dueling should be legalized. Then we’ll see more decorum both in our gov’t and our cities.


22 posted on 06/07/2007 6:42:55 PM PDT by stumpy
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To: AmericanMade1776
Thats it? That is getting punched? I was visualizing a big knuckle-ball on the forehead, or mebbe a nice black eye!

Sen. Lowell Barron, D-Fyffe, needs to quit whining. Sen. Charles Bishop, R-Jasper needs some coaching. (Gotta give him points, tho)!

Standing tall and waiting for the "Oh, this is so uncivilized behavior" incoming!

23 posted on 06/07/2007 6:44:43 PM PDT by Don Carlos (No 8 Do)
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To: DesScorp
Can we run this guy for president?
24 posted on 06/07/2007 6:45:42 PM PDT by samm1148 (Pennsylvania-They haven't taxed air--yet)
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To: AmericanMade1776

bttt


25 posted on 06/07/2007 6:48:24 PM PDT by southland
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To: stumpy

This kind of stuff did happen, and often, in the federal legislature and in state legislatures. Throughout the 19th century, many a House and Senate debate included verbal insults and physical reprisals. The difference is that legislators of old were not pansies like Mr. Barron.


26 posted on 06/07/2007 6:48:57 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: DesScorp
Who do these guys think they are, Taiwan?


27 posted on 06/07/2007 6:50:07 PM PDT by Michael.SF. ("The military Mission has long since been accomplished" -- Harry Reid, April 23, 2007)
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To: Army Air Corps

Ain’t that the truth. Semper Fi


28 posted on 06/07/2007 6:51:45 PM PDT by stumpy
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To: burzum
This is unacceptable behavior.

So is directing profanity at the man. They both should be punished in some way.

29 posted on 06/07/2007 6:52:10 PM PDT by Michael.SF. ("The military Mission has long since been accomplished" -- Harry Reid, April 23, 2007)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Nice right cross. Too bad he wasn’t standing in front of him.


30 posted on 06/07/2007 6:54:07 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (Taz Struck By Lightning Faces Battery Charge)
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To: TASMANIANRED

Yeah, really ! Bishop is my hero. Barron is a rodent tyrant pig of the highest order and has had that coming for 25 years. We got one of those north of the border here in Tennessee. I’d love to see them kick the $hit out of our Speaker, Boss Hogg... I’m tired of us playing nice with these thugs while they laugh in our faces.


31 posted on 06/07/2007 7:00:39 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~~~Jihad Fever -- Catch It !~~~)
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To: samm1148

“Can we run this guy for president?”

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1846640/posts?page=27#27


32 posted on 06/07/2007 7:02:39 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~~~Jihad Fever -- Catch It !~~~)
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To: DesScorp

The Senator has good form.


33 posted on 06/07/2007 7:11:36 PM PDT by lowbridge ("The mainstream media IS the Democratic Party." - Rush Limbaugh)
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To: DesScorp
a Republican lawmaker punched a Democratic colleague in the head before they were pulled apart. Republican Sen. Charles Bishop claimed that Democratic Sen. Lowell Barron called him a "son of a (expletive). I responded to his comment with my right hand," Bishop said.

This man should be running for the Republican nomination. At least he has stones...
34 posted on 06/07/2007 7:24:45 PM PDT by WorkingClassFilth (Current tagline banned under hate speech laws.)
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To: fieldmarshaldj
Half of Sand Mountain has Barron’s name on it. He is a crook and a political thug. As you probably know the Alabama Dems have tossed out the Legislative rules much like the National Dems have. Something like this was bound to happen.
35 posted on 06/07/2007 7:27:14 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter ( Who is the Democrat's George Galloway?)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

LOL and bravo, Sen. Bishop.


36 posted on 06/07/2007 7:45:11 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Fred Thompson in 2008 - there is no doubt about it! [GWB has jumped the duck, right into lameness])
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To: WorkingClassFilth
Now if he had hit him with his left hand, I don't think we could stand the embarrassment. ;-)
37 posted on 06/07/2007 7:47:43 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~~~Jihad Fever -- Catch It !~~~)
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To: DesScorp

Fistfights are an improvement over duels, I suppose.


38 posted on 06/07/2007 7:49:35 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck
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To: gov_bean_ counter

Last dying gasp of the AL rodents before we get our rightful majority control. They’re pathetic. Hey, and where is the former coup plotter, Tiny Jim Folsom ? Bishop missed knocking him on his donkey.


39 posted on 06/07/2007 7:49:54 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~~~Jihad Fever -- Catch It !~~~)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Duels are for between men of honor. Sen. Bishop knows Barron is no gentleman, and delivered him a thwap reserved for drunkards and scoundrels. :-)


40 posted on 06/07/2007 7:51:07 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~~~Jihad Fever -- Catch It !~~~)
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To: AmericanMade1776
Republican wins.

hooray!

41 posted on 06/07/2007 8:03:00 PM PDT by OldCorps
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"Duels are for between men of honor. Sen. Bishop knows Barron is no gentleman, and delivered him a thwap reserved for drunkards and scoundrels. :-)"

HA HA HA HA! That is such a Southern answer :P
42 posted on 06/07/2007 8:31:49 PM PDT by DesScorp
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To: Theodore R.
"Still, the AL populace will rally behind the Democrat who is seen as the victim."

You don't know Alabama at all.

43 posted on 06/07/2007 9:27:04 PM PDT by blam
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To: DesScorp; Inge_CAV

‘Bama celebrates Boxing Day? ... I didn’t even know you had a state senate.


44 posted on 06/08/2007 3:19:26 AM PDT by Daffynition (All I really need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt!)
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To: lowbridge
....somebody aught to belt you in the mouth... but I won't... I won't... the hell I won't!" --John Wayne.


45 posted on 06/08/2007 7:14:16 AM PDT by Vaquero (" an armed society is a polite society" Heinlein "MOLON LABE!" Leonidas of Sparta)
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To: burzum

This is unacceptable behavior. I hope the Alabama Senate gives him the boot and that he faces an assault charge as well.

It is unacceptable behavior for sure, but I hope that they settle this amongst themselves to be honest with you.


46 posted on 06/08/2007 7:22:55 AM PDT by napscoordinator (.)
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To: napscoordinator

A man should always be ready to defend his family and his nations honor.

This is clean fighting as opposed to how the Dims fight.


47 posted on 06/08/2007 7:31:43 AM PDT by Vaquero (" an armed society is a polite society" Heinlein "MOLON LABE!" Leonidas of Sparta)
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To: Michael.SF.
Best Taiwanese Parliament Fights of All Time
48 posted on 06/08/2007 7:35:59 AM PDT by dfwgator (The University of Florida - Still Championship U)
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To: DesScorp

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vx8BkWhBwD0&mode=related&search=


49 posted on 06/08/2007 7:36:26 AM PDT by AmericanMade1776
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To: DesScorp

It’s about time someone started punching commie libs.


50 posted on 06/08/2007 7:37:34 AM PDT by exile ("Is Barney Frank gay or retarded?" - IMAO)
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