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Northeast Wisconsin's local news coverage.

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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - It was a disappointing outcome for Beau Liegeois in his attempt to unseat Mike Gallagher for 8th District Representative.

    Liegeois was gathered at the Titletown Taproom in downtown Green Bay with other Northeast Wisconsin Democrats as they hoped to turn a red seat blue in Congress.

    Unfortunately for Liegeois, the race was called for the incumbent Gallagher and he took an opportunity to thank supporters late Tuesday night.

    "We came together because this is our home," says Liegeois. "And we love Northeast Wisconsin."

    Liegeois went on to say that he called Mike Gallagher to congratulate him on winning his second term as the district representative.

    Speaking in front of friends, family, and supporters, it was an opportunity for Liegeois to reflect on the start of their journey.

    "We began this campaign with an open and honest dialogue about the issues that are important to each and every one of us here in Northeast Wisconsin," he says.

    Even while falling short, he remained proud of the progress his campaign made.

    "Our campaign raised over $340,000 from over 35-thousand people," he says. "That's an average donation of $8.58."

    For Liegeois, it was important that his campaign stuck to their principles throughout the entire process.

    "We were a people-powered campaign that didn't take any corporate PAC money," he says.

    Liegeois believes the future remains bright even after a disappointing outcome.

    "We might not have been successful tonight, but I will always be optimistic that the country can bridge the partisan divides that currently strangle our political system," says Liegeois.

    And maybe most importantly, he doesn't plan on skipping a beat following Tuesday's election.

    "This is not the end for me, it should not be the end for you. I will keep fighting," Liegeois says. "And I'm going to be going back to prosecuting criminal cases right here in Brown County starting next week."


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    FOND DU LAC, WI (WTAQ) - It will be a third-term in Congress for Republican Representative Glenn Grothman as he was re-elected in the 6th congressional district.

    That district has long been in the hands of the GOP since the 1960s.

    The victory celebration for Grothman and supporters were at the Knights of Colombus in Fond du Lac.

    Speaking after his win, Grothman highlighted some goals for his next term.

    "Demanding law-abiding on immigration," says Grothman. "Hopefully solving the health care problem, there are so many people out there 59, 61, 62-years-old just paying a huge amount for health insurance."

    He also mentioned what else will be a major focus for him in the next two years.

    "Dealing with the welfare problem," he says. "I think [it] is part of the problem with the economy and leading to the breakdown of the family."

    Going back to stints in the state assembly and state senate, Grothman has never lost an election in his 24 years affiliated with Wisconsin politics.

    Grothman was challenged by Democrat Dan Kohl, who is the nephew of former Senator Herb Kohl.

    Kohl released a statement congratulating him on the victory Tuesday night.

    "I congratulate Glenn Grothman on his reelection. While this is not the outcome we hoped for, I am optimistic because of the energy, enthusiasm, and compassion I have seen from people across the 6th District over the last year and a half. I know the people of this district will continue to speak out for their neighbors, their families, and their friends, and I am confident that we will all continue to fight for the kind of country we want our children to grow up in – a country where every American can get quality, affordable health care and where our representatives put people before politics and country before party.

    I am grateful to the incredible volunteers who have been on the front lines of this campaign for more than a year. From knocking on doors to making phone calls to organizing, you showed what it means to stand up for your community and fight for what you believe in. Thank you."


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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - The Green Bay Packers continue working on bringing a “non-football” event to Lambeau Field for next spring.

    The Green Bay-Brown County Professional Football Stadium District met in closed session for 43 minutes Tuesday afternoon to discuss the event.

    Through its special events and economic development fund, as well as its ticket tax revenue, the stadium district board can offer financial incentives for events, such as a rebate on the ticket tax to the promoter.

    During part of the closed session of the meeting, the district board met with Packers Director of Public Affairs Aaron Popkey about the terms of the contract.

    The board gave its director the authority to continue negotiating with the Packers and approved the deal within certain parameters, which were not disclosed.

    The board, which meets next in December, does not need to vote again if the deal is within those guidelines.

    Popkey would not name the event but did say it would be held next spring.

    The team has a window from mid-May to mid-June during which it is willing to host events on the field but still allow recovery and repair time before football season starts.

    Speculation of a Paul McCartney tour stop in Green Bay has circulated since September when McCartney’s official Facebook page posted a sponsored advertisement teasing to the possibility.

    The ad reads, “Green Bay! Tour dates could be announced really soon! Tour laminates now available for a limited time. Each laminate comes with a code that could allow access to presales for yet to be announced dates.”

    McCartney's “Freshen Up” tour is scheduled to stop in Madison June 6. That show is already sold out.

    Tuesday’s meeting was the special session at the request of the Packers, because of the timing needed by the event to finalize details, Popkey said.

    Popkey would not speculate, however, as to when an announcement could be made.

    Kenny Chesney, Billy Joel, Jason Aldean, and the Zac Brown Band have performed at Lambeau Field in recent years. The stadium also hosted a college football game between Wisconsin and LSU in 2016.

    The next publicly announced special event is the game between Wisconsin and Notre Dame on Oct. 2, 2020.


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  • 11/07/18--02:14: Baldwin In A Convincing Win
  • MADISON, WI (WRN) - Senator Tammy Baldwin has retained her seat and will serve another six years in the Senate, after handily defeating Leah Vukmir Tuesday.

    Baldwin says voters soundly rebuked the big money that was spent on the campaign by Vukmir's supporters.

    "Democrats, Republicans, and independents sent a loud, clear message. They wanted a senator who works not for the special interests, but someone that works for you."

    Baldwin says she kept her head above water, despite large amounts of outside spending by groups looking to oust her from her seat.

    "The Koch brothers named me their number one target, and special interests were ready to spend big to try and kick me out for standing up for you."

    Baldwin says that despite efforts to drag the Tomah VA scandal back into the election, veterans in Wisconsin were not buying it.

    "They sent a clear message in this election that they don't want politicians to play politics with their service and their sacrifice."

    Some networks had called the race for Baldwin immediately after the polls closed.

    Baldwin had been leading Vukmir by double digits in multiple polls heading into Tuesday's election.


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  • 11/07/18--02:17: Shawano Sheriff Re-Elected
  • SHAWANO, WI (WTAQ) - Shawano County Sheriff Adam Bieber is re-elected after a contentious campaign.

    Attacks, Accusations and Strong Criticism has surrounded the Shawano County Sheriff Campaign since August.

    "It was a long race. It started back in April. This was a convincing win and we are happy about it."

    Bieber defeated Officer Keith Sorlie by just under 3000 votes despite facing a strong group voicing opposition who backed both Sorlie and the candidate that Bieber defeated in the primary.

    "We trusted our supporters and they came out big time for us."

    For Bieber says he continues to stand behind the changes and promises he made in 2014. 

    "We know that there is going to be a lot of challenges ahead for the County. We have a good team that I work with and we are looking forward to those challenges."

    Despite all the drama within the election, Bieber says he never let it get him down.

    "We stayed positive the whole time."

    He says he expects many challenges ahead but looks back on some of the good.

    "We made a lot of changes in Shawano County these last four years.

    We brought nine new services."

    Bieber defeated former Sheriff Randy Wright in that election primary and even had to beat him again in November as a write-in Wright campaign was started.

    Fast Forward in 2018, those that did not support Bieber put their support behind two different candidates, one in the primary, former Chief Deputy John Gutho, and Independent Officer Keith Sorlie.

     

    In his time since being elected, Sheriff has fixed the problem of having money missing from the jail, increased social media presence and transparency with the community and was instrumental in the getting a new evidence storage building which was just finished.

     Bieber won with 58 percent of the vote by a total of 10,193 to 7,531 


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  • 11/07/18--02:20: Gallagher Rolls To Easy Win
  • GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin 8th District Congressman Mike Gallagher easily wins re-election to another term in D-C, beating back a challenge by Democrat Beau Liegeois.

    Gallagher is now in the minority as the D's took control of the House.

    But he doesn't think that will hurt his effectiveness.

    "it's important we think about the ways Congress is broken and how we restore order."

    There wasn't a lot of dirt-slinging in his campaign against Liegeois. Gallagher says that was not an accident.

    "Seems like every year it gets more negative and more money floods into all these races and at the end of the day as voters, I don't think we're getting a better choice."

    Gallagher says his style was one of hard work and speaking out against anyone, regardless of party, if their message was one of division.


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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - Andre Jacque is moving from the State Assembly to the State Senate.

    Having just a short window to campaign in, Andre Jacque defeated Caleb Frostman, taking the District 1 Senate seat that Frostman just won months ago.

    "We always knew that this was the race that really mattered. This is the four-year term and people turned out when it counted."

    Frostman won the special election over Jacque, but that seat was only good for a few months.

     

    In that time, the Senate was not in session, so Frostman never took part in any legislation after being elected.

    Jacque says he ran an aggressive campaign after falling short the first time.

    "We had more time to get out and talk individually to folks and it helped that it was a regularly scheduled fall election.

    He says constituents in his district can expect the same type of intensity that he had in the Assembly.

    "Somebody that is really going to do what is best for his constituents and fight for them, so that is going to continue."

    Jacque won with 54 percent of the vote.


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  • 11/07/18--02:44: Police Warn Of Bogus Caller
  • GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - Green Bay police say several people have called to report a man who falsely claims he is with the Green Bay Police Department.

    The man refers to himself as "Sergeant Adams," calling from this number 920-456-0845.

    It comes after the Winnebago County Sheriff's Office warned of similar fraudulent calls.

    In that announcement, the caller referred to himself as "Deputy Marshall Adams."

    Green Bay officers say the calls can be ignored as they look further into it.


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    KIMBERLY, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - Investigators have ruled the death of a Kimberly couple a murder-suicide.

    42 year old Gregory Colon, and his 38 year old wife, Laurie, were found shot to death inside their home on North John Street, July 13.

    Officials say the two were separated and had filed for divorce.

    The results of the autopsies list Laurie's cause of death a homicide and Gregory's a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

    Toxicology results show Gregory was not impaired by any drugs or alcohol at the time of the incident.


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  • 11/07/18--02:52: Cop Hurt Chasing Suspect
  • TWO RIVERS, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - A Two Rivers police was injured during the pursuit of two fleeing suspects.

    Around 12:30 Tuesday afternoon police received information of two people with warrants, walking in the downtown area.

    An officer suffered a leg injury while chasing one of the suspects into a home.

    After a search of the area, one of the suspects, a 34-year-old woman, was taken into custody.

    The second suspect, a 29-year-old man, was arrested inside the home.


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  • 11/07/18--11:38: Fake Ticket Alert
  • APPLETON, WI (WTAQ) - Local officials are warning families to know who they are buying tickets from, otherwise, they could be fake.

    Don't miss out on seeing Simba and the gang, because of fraudulent tickets. 

    The Fox Cities Performing Arts Center in Appleton says they've been alerted about a number of tickets purchased for Disney's Lion King that aren't the real thing.

    "When there's a high-demand show, such as the Lion King, it's also high-demand for those third-party brokers," says Trisha Witt, with the Performing Arts Center. "Who could have fraudulent tickets out in the market."

    If you already purchased a ticket from somewhere other than the Fox Cities P.A.C. ticket office or Ticketmaster, then it's a good idea to give them a call.

    "If you have any question about it, please call us, call our ticket office," says Witt. "They will be able to answer any questions and help you verify that you indeed do have a legitimate ticket."

    The Fox Cities P.A.C. ticket office number is (920) 730-3760. 

    If it turns out that your tickets aren't the real thing, then you should start the process of trying to get a refund.

    "Go back to wherever you purchased them from and request a refund," she says. "If that's not working for you, then go to your credit card company."

    Authorized tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster or the Fox Cities P.A.C. ticket office, but sometimes scammers can make it difficult to determine if you're on the correct site or not.

    "If you even Google performing arts center in Appleton, for example, we don't always show up first," explains Witt. "Sometimes these folks get really smart, the technology gets really smart."

    To make sure that you get a legitimate ticket, it's a good idea to just wait a little longer.

    "The good news that we have here is that tickets go on sale to the general public next week Friday, November 16," says Witt. "So you can come in person at 8 AM or you can go on Ticketmaster.com at 10 AM and then you know that you're buying complete legit tickets."

    The show is February 7, 2019, at 7:30 PM. 


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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - An event at NWTC is aimed at spreading awareness about keeping eyes and ears open around the state's highways.

    The event on Wednesday to stop human trafficking is sponsored by Schneider and assisted by Truckers Against Trafficking and the Brown County Sheriff's Office.

    Sgt. Matthew Wilson, one of the event speakers, says, unfortunately, this is a widespread issue.

    "There has been human trafficking in all 72 counties of Wisconsin," says Sgt. Wilson. "It's not just a big city problem anymore."

    Actually, it's just as big of a threat outside of urban areas.

    "Frankly, it's a little bit scarier in the rural areas, because there's not a lot of police agencies that have the time to put into this," explains Sgt. Wilson "So the state has to come in to assist them."

    According to him, the problem has long existed.

    "It's sort of been here all along, we're just now starting to pick up on it more because we have more training on it, we're starting to train more officers on it, and we're starting to train the general public on what to look for," explains Sgt. Wilson.

    He says there are a number of signs that people should look out for.

    "If all of a sudden a younger female or male have an older boyfriend or [girlfriend] that's not in school," he explains.

    Other signs would be if a young person has expensive accessories or clothing that they normally wouldn't be able to afford. An individual carrying around multiple cell phones should be regarded as suspicious, in most contexts.

    Often times the most glaring signs are the simplest ones.

    "We can give you all the tools in the world and all the tips and things to look for, but if a situation just doesn't seem right," he says.

    The event is being held at the NWTC Conference Center and is open to the public. It runs from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM.

    Also speaking will be Laura Cyrus from Truckers Against Trafficking, an organization that provides training to drivers.


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    APPLETON, WI (WTAQ) - With midterm elections behind us, the State lawmakers are scheduled to take up discussions on the future of a Kimberly Clark facility.

    Some changes are on the way in Madison, but State Senator Roger Roth says the outcome of Tuesday's election in Wisconsin should not have an immediate impact on plans to look into an incentive package to keep the Cold Springs facility open, ultimately saving hundreds of jobs. 

    "That would happen on the current makeup of the legislature and governor."

    Still, even with that current makeup, the incentive package is not a done deal.    

    He says the current members will be the ones meeting on November 12, but Democrats still need to step up and offer support.  

    "We are going to have to have Democrats join Republicans to make this happen," Roth says he feels like a deal should be reached because Democrats will either support family-supporting jobs or take the blame for losing the company and losing the jobs.  

    "What future the Democrat party wants to chart here in Wisconsin.

    If they want to be for pro-growth, pro-job creating measures.  

    He says this will be the first indication.

     

     


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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - With Republicans and Democrats both having success in Wisconsin Tuesday, history shows that is not uncommon.

    A democrat US Senator, but many Republican State Senators and State Representatives all found themselves on the winning end of the vote totals.

    Wendy Scattergood, Political Science Professor at St. Norbert College says Wisconsin has seen this before.

    "People in Wisconsin are pretty good at saying, okay this is what is going on in the state and this is what we want here, versus saying this is what is going on nationally and separating that in terms of their vote choice."

    She says two big factors tend to lead to a split in state vs national elections.  

    "A lot of that has to do with turnout, but a lot of it has to do with this idea of backlash."

      She says it is the idea of wanting to have the parties check each other and by voting that way, it allows for that to happen.    

    While many of the seats in the State Legislature went to Republican's, Wisconsin did elect at Democrat Governor Tuesday.

     


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    MARINETTE, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - Regulations will soon be developed in Michigan allowing the use of recreational marijuana after voters approved the legalization of pot for adults on Tuesday.

    With the change, law enforcement in Marinette County are preparing for what they believe will be an uptick in drug-related offenses.

    "We're definitely going to see more issues with that, more travel with 41 going right through the city," said Lt. Scott Ries from the Marinette Police Department.

    "You're going to see an increased amount of trafficking because the diversion on the marijuana is so high."

    With 'medical' marijuana already legal in Michigan, Lt. Ries tells FOX 11 keeping this drug from crossing state lines has already been an ongoing issue.

    "Possession of it is the main difference. You can be on that side of the bridge and possess it, but if you come to this side and come to Wisconsin it would be illegal."

    Possession of pot can land you in jail and result in fines of no less than $1,000 and prosecutors from the county said they will also be working with law enforcement to crack down on impaired drivers.

    "We are going to do our job to enforce the law. It's illegal in the state of Wisconsin and illegal in the federal law as well, so our office will uphold our mandate to uphold the law," said Marinette District Attorney DeShea Morrow.

    Going forward county officials say they will continue to educate the public on the state laws regarding marijuana, which will not be affected by Michigan's new legislation.

    Ries says they'll try to do as much publication of information on radio stations, word of mouth, and break down this issue with the community to understand the laws better.

    According to state law, ballot initiatives must go into effect 10 days after it was approved by voters and results are certified.

    But it's likely the legalization won't take place until December 2018.


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  • 11/08/18--10:49: Staying Safe in the Snow
  • GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - With the first snowfall of the season on the horizon it's important to remember a few things before hitting the road.

    Randy Schultz is the former Brown County Sheriffs Patrol Captain and he says prior to retirement, the first snowfall of the season was always a busy day for his division. 

    "It's like everybody loses their mind and has to re-learn," he says.

    According to him, it's often not the snow, but actually, other drivers that pose the biggest threat.

    "You can drive 90 [miles per hour] on ice in a straight line, but as soon as you have to turn or brake it's all over," says Schultz.

    Any distractions in the car become even more dangerous since snow or ice eliminates the time a driver has to react. Schultz says it's never a good idea to be messing with a phone while driving, especially in winter conditions.

    "I have to remind myself leave the phone where it is," he says. "It's not that important."

    It's also a good idea to leave increased distance between your vehicle and others on the road because there's no way to know if others are remaining aware and alert.

    Other reminders include the importance of leaving early.

    It's going to take longer to reach any destination if there's snow on the ground.

    "You can't leave at the last minute and expect to fly across the 172 bridge like you do every morning," explains Schultz.

    Most areas in Northeast Wisconsin are expected to see 1 to 3 inches of snow accumulate throughout the morning and afternoon on Friday.

    More than anything, remember two things when you're about to leave the house Friday morning or any other day.

    "Please pay attention and leave your phone where it belongs while you're driving," says Schultz.


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    GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - A string of thefts from washing machines has Green Bay Police looking for a lot of coins.

    Six different apartment complexes have reported missing laundry change.  

    Green Bay Police Captain Kevin Warych says the trend is alarming because it takes a lot of work to do it.  

    "They have to locate the washer, pull the washing machine away from the wall and disconnect the waterlines to access the coin drop."  

    He says they then either have a key for the compartment or are damaging the machines to get in.  

    He says the other concern is that there is a lot of money missing.  

    "We believe that the total is around $1,500, so that is a lot of quarters."  

    Reports have come from apartments in the 1500, 1600 and 1700 blocks of  Western Avenue and the 300 block of Locust Street.  

    Captain Warych says to loot his difficult to hide and hold on to.  

    "People are walking away with large amounts of coins, so people at banks and businesses will know at banks and businesses if they try to turn in the currency." 

    He says with that many coins, there are things that the public can look for to help the police.

    "When people steal coins, they have to carry them in a bag, you can't just put them in your pocket and flee the area. It is another for us to be on the lookout for when people see suspicious people. Do they have bags? Do they have backpacks?"

    Police say apartment complexes should install a camera in their laundry area and make sure any doors are secure.  

    Warych says it is possible that more than one suspect is involved.  

    If you have any information regarding these crimes, please contact Lt. Rick Belanger with the Green Bay Police Department at (920) 448-3208. You can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward by contacting Green Bay Area Crime Stoppers at (920) 432-7867, or online at 432stop.com, or by downloading the P3 app.

     


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    ASHWAUBENON, WI (WTAQ) - One person has been sent to the hospital following a crash between a dump truck and a car in Ashwaubenon.

    The crash happened Thursday morning around 9 AM on Lombardi Avenue.

    The dump truck was attempting to deliver dirt to the Resch Center in anticipation of this weekends Monster Jam event when it went to take a right turn into a driveway and the car attempted to pass on the right.

    The driver of the car suffered minor injuries after the vehicle was pushed up against the curb by the dump truck.

    All safety lights were turned on when the turn was being made, according to the driver of the dump truck.


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  • 11/08/18--14:10: Packer Wives Promote Reading
  • GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ-WLUK) - The 30th annual Brown County Give-A-Kid-A-Book campaign kicked off Thursday, and once again, the wives of Packers participated. 

    Molly Crosby, Aiyda Cobb, Natalie Montgomery, Diane Philbin, Meagan Quevas and Jessica McCarthy are leading the cause.

    The campaign asks for the donation of new books that are given as holiday gifts for local children in low-income families.

    Molly Crosby, the wife of Packers kicker, Mason Crosby, says this program helps teach literacy to the community.

    "If you cannot own a book, your chances of learning how to read or getting that discount ticket go down. But there's good news because, with the Give-a-Kid-a-Book Campaign, there's a very well planned campaign to get these kids books and to change the ends of their stories," Crosby said.

    Crosby read a book to those in attendance.

    Book collection sites are located at Nicolet National Banks in the greater Green Bay area, all Brown County Libraries and various other locations throughout the community.


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  • 11/08/18--15:56: Post-Election Tension
  • MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Just days after the midterm election there already seems to be political tension between Republican and Democratic leadership within the state.

    Wisconsin State Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, a Republican, is saying he'll try to get the legislature to limit the powers of Governor-elect Tony Evers.

    Evers took to Twitter yesterday warning Republicans and Vos that they should stop any attempts to limit the powers of his office.

    "Let me be clear: the Republicans and Speaker Vos should stop any and all attempts to play politics and weaken the powers of the governor’s office in Wisconsin before I take the oath."

    Democratic State Senator Dave Hansen says everyone loses in a situation like this.

    "Quite playing partisan politics, bring both sides together, and things are going to make a difference," says Hansen.

    According to him, Democrats have long struggled to have their voice heard within the state.

    "Since 2011, being in the minority, they [Republicans] haven't really listened to us a lot," explains Hansen. "We've had good ideas and used to work together very well, but the eight years under Governor Walker it's been the opposite of that."

    It hasn't been specified by Vos or Republican leaders what sort of limits are being considered.

    Any sort of limitations, according to Hansen, would be counterproductive.

    "It would behoove them to work with him [Evers]," says Hansen. "Governor Walker is gone, Governor Evers will be writing a budget and to get something passed they'll have to work with us."

    More than anything, he doesn't believe this level of divisiveness is healthy for government.

     "It's not us against them," explains Hansen. "Democrats represent 170,000 to 180,000 people, they have a right to be heard too."

    Any sort of change would have to be signed and passed by Governor Walker prior to January 7th, before Tony Evers is sworn-in.

    Evers will be able to veto any legislation, according to Republican representatives.

    A two-thirds majority would be needed by Republicans to override any vetoes.

    In a statement, Democratic representative Gordon Hintz said, "Instead of accepting the results of the election and thinking of ways to work with the executive branch, Speaker Vos appears to be putting all of his efforts toward consolidating power into a Republican Party brand whose base is rapidly eroding."


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