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Candidate can't use controversial description


MADISON (AP) -- An independent candidate running for the state Assembly in Milwaukee won't be able to describe herself on the ballot using the statement "NOT the 'whiteman's bitch."'

State law allows independent candidates to have five words describing them placed after their name on the ballot.

Ieshuh Griffin argued that the phrase was protected free speech.

But the state Government Accountability Board said Wednesday that the statement was pejorative and not allowed.

The board is composed of white, retired judges. Three of them voted to allow the description but two did not. She needed four votes.

Griffin says she will seek an injunction in federal court.

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