MADISON (WSAU) Wisconsin Republicans say they’ll do what they can to keep the photo I-D requirement for voting from being abolished. It was passed last year, but two judges later struck it down as being unconstitutional – and the state is now challenging those rulings.
Racine County Republican Robin Vos, who’s in line to become the next Assembly speaker, says his party will wait to see what the courts do. And if they have to make it changes, Vos says they’ll do so.
Republicans regained control of both houses of the Legislature in Tuesday’s elections. And with Republican Scott Walker in the governor’s office, Democrats again have no semblance of power.
South Milwaukee Senator Chris Larson said the G-O-P treated its Democratic colleagues like “pieces of furniture” in the last session. Republican leader Scott Fitzgerald sounded a bit conciliatory when he said he hopes the next session brings quote, “some resemblance of the way we used to function in the building,” when the minority had at least some input. Fitzgerald sees this week as a fresh start.
Middleton Democrat Jon Erpenbach, who like Larson is running for the Senate’s minority leader post, says he hopes Republicans realize quote, “They’re not the only ones who live in Wisconsin.”
Meanwhile, the G-O-P promises to push some of the issues they pursued last session – like mining incentives, tax cuts, and expanding private school voucher programs.