The leader of the minority party in the Wisconsin Assembly for the last six and a half years is leaving that post.
Peter Barca confirmed Thursday he would leave the position September 30th but would stay in the Assembly and represent Kenosha. Reports say Barca resigned during a long private meeting with his fellow Democrats in the lower house amid longtime concerns that he could not add to the party's minority. Last November, voters increased the Republican majority to 64-35, the largest display of one party dominance since 1957. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says some Democrats were upset that Barca recently voted in favor of the G-O-P's three-billion dollar state incentive package for Foxconn to build a large high tech plant close to his district.