Major League Baseball has decided to pull its summertime All-Star Game out of Atlanta, Georgia, to protest the divisive and racist voting law that was recently implemented in the state. Because of this, Milwaukee is being promoted as a potential site to host the event instead.
Doing that would be amazing for the city, which missed out on hosting the DNC last year due to coronavirus. There may be a problem, however.
Republicans in Wisconsin, too, are pushing some new restrictive voting laws that could be more harmful to communities of color than to predominantly white areas. Heck, one far-out idea would give individual congressional districts the means to vote differently for the president than the overall state does — a move that will benefit Republicans considerably, as the gerrymandered districts are highly more favorable to that party (and misrepresentative of the will of state's voters over the years).
If MLB is serious about coming to Milwaukee, Republicans in the state have to realize their actions could affect that decision.
Unfortunately, this proves that state and local revenues are bigger motivational drivers for the state GOP than is the idea of democracy and fair/equal representation in our government. Contempt for Milwaukee by Republicans, however, may demonstrate that even the power of the all-mighty dollar may not hold sway in incentivizing WISGOP to play nice.