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Assembly speaker looks to retain GOP majorities in '14, '16

MADISON, Wis (WSAU-Wheeler News)  With a 21-vote majority, not many people expect the Wisconsin Assembly to fall out of Republican control after this fall's elections. And G-O-P Speaker Robin Vos is looking to preserve the status quo in 2016 as well.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says Speaker Robin Vos has asked his fellow Assembly Republicans who are thinking about leaving to do it now, and not two years from now. That's because Democrats generally don't as well in mid-term elections when the presidency is not up.

Both houses will have a lot of turnover this fall. As of last week, 22 of the 99 Assembly members from both parties have said they won't seek re-election -- the most in 32 years. Seven of the 33 senators are also leaving their present posts, the most in about 60 years.

One of those who plan to stick around is Assembly Republican Scott Krug of Nekoosa -- even though he told a League of Women Voters forum in 2010 that he would only serve for four years. Those four years are up after this fall, and Krug now tells the Journal Sentinel that he's learned how much experience counts in Madison -- so he wants to stay on.