Mayor: To Ban GOP From Labor Day Parade, Pay Up

Mayor of Wausau, Wisconsin, tells labor council to reimburse city $2K
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 31, 2011 7:28 AM CDT
Mayor: To Ban GOP From Labor Day Parade, Pay Up
Jill Stockwell of Madison, Wisconsin parades around the grounds of the Wisconsin State Capitol Building with her miniature donkey during a series of rallies and protests, March 12, 2011.   (AP Photo/Wisconsin State Journal, John Hart)

(Newser) – The mayor of Wausau, Wis., has told the local labor council that it’ll have to reimburse the city as much as $2,000 if it sticks by its decision to ban Republicans from its Labor Day parade. "This is not a political rally, it’s a parade, for God’s sake," Mayor Jim Tipple told Reuters. Though the parade is sponsored by the labor council, the city spends $1,500 to $2,000 each year on things like insurance, setting up the stage, and paying for security. Tipple doesn’t belong to either party, but says excluding either side from the festivities "flies in the face of public policy." (Read more Wisconsin stories.)

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