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1907, 10 Jan 19

Assembly Republicans Extend Olive Branch

Good for them. There is room for compromise and cooperation on a lot of things.

Assembly Republicans in a letter to Gov. Tony Evers Thursday said they would work with him on a host of issues, including income tax reductions and funding two-thirds of K-12 public education, as the Democrat prepares to assemble his first budget.


Vos acknowledged the heightened chance of a recession affecting the U.S. economy in coming years, arguing the possibility should prompt lawmakers to reduce the size of government and grow the state’s rainy-day fund.

Assembly Republicans wrote they would be willing to compromise on several issues they said Evers mentioned on the campaign trail, such as enhancing internet access, evaluating ways to save money on state-owned buildings, reducing debt payments in the transportation budget, ensuring clean drinking water and preventing homelessness.


Vos in an interview Thursday with a conservative talk show on 1130 WISN said he and Republicans would not approve more controversial Democratic proposals such as a $15 minimum wage, driver’s licenses for immigrants living in the country illegally, legalizing marijuana, rolling back school voucher programs or expanding abortion rights.


1907, 10 January 2019


  1. Kevin Scheunemann

    Conservatives are generally cooperative.

    Liberals, not so much.

  2. jjf

    Go ahead, Kevin, give an example.

  3. Kevin Scheunemann

    The article Owen posted above.

  4. jjf

    Did you read it?  Would you describe the first quote from Vos as “cooperative”?

  5. Kevin Scheunemann


    Certainly a darn side better than certain Liberal Democrat Muslims from MN have to say about working with Trump!

    So against the sewer of liberal “cooperation”, yes, Vos is a saint!

  6. jjf

    Weird system of sainthood in your religion… find someone worse than them, and now your guy is a saint!

    And in this case, one Senator doesn’t really need to “work with” Trump, do they?

    Again, can you find any examples of Vos’s behavior that would not be considered “cooperative”?  You are the one claiming that Vos is cooperative with, well, presumably his opposition, as opposed to his followers within the WisGOP.  Is demanding obedience and punishing non-conformity considered “cooperative” behavior?

  7. steveegg

    Of course, Robin Vos (Road Builders-Rochester) also signaled he’s good with a $1/gallon gas tax increase.

    On a related note, it’s always Republicans that have to “work” and “compromise” with Democrats, never Democrats that have to “work” and “compromise” with Republicans.

  8. dad29

    In light of the Tucker Carlson essay, that “pre-existing conditions” thing should fly through, no matter the ultra-libertarian noises made by certain Senators.

  9. Merlin

    I’ll be surprised if the Democrats have much interest in a political common ground agenda. That’s not likely to satisfy the base at all. Evers won’t necessarily need to accomplish anything as long as they can maintain a media campaign demonizing the legislature and push a perpetual legal challenge to anything and everything Republican. Feeding the feels will be paramount.

  10. jjf

    So you think you have this common-ground plan down pat, Merlin?  What’s your recommendation?

  11. Pat

    Does extending an olive branch include stripping powers from the Governor and Attorney General that previous persons have had?

  12. dad29

    That’s not likely to satisfy the base at all.

    Depends on what you call ‘the base.’  The Madistan/Milwaukee axis ‘base’ is now virtually Marxist; however, the out-State (D) bunch is left-ish, but not crazy.  Same applies to Congress, where Nancy and Occasional Cortex are currently at war.

    I agree that Evers cannot possibly make both those elements happy and that demonizing the Pubbies will be most of the game.  But the budget MUST be passed…..somehow or other–assuming that Evers doesn’t want to live with Walker’s current budget for the next 4 years.

  13. jjf

    Oh, we could try to beat the two-year record set by Illinois for a budget stalemate.

    Unless of course we have common-ground negotiators Fitz and Vos at the table!  I’m sure they’ll find a way to get everyone on the same page in a matter of days!

  14. Merlin

    A tale of two bases here, but I was referring to the Milwaukee/Madison power base that will call the shots and receive the benefits due their newfound nobility, but I’m sure the out-State base of commoners will still gladly pay the bills without benefit or complaint in true Marxist fashion… at least for awhile.

  15. jjf

    Those honest rural folk felt the same way about Walker’s Foxconn, right?

  16. Le Roi du Nord

    The honest rural folk up here think foxconn is a scam of major proportions.

    If Milwaukee is so bad, why did walker move there after getting evicted from the mansion??

  17. dad29

    at least for awhile.

    Less “while” than the Milwaukee-Madison Axis thinks.  Remember that the Assy and Senate are still about 2/3 (R), meaning that those outstate (D) center-lefties are not far from being center-righties.

    And if the (R) brain-trust (such as it is) understands that and plays it right, Evers/Mandela is 1-term.

  18. MjM

    Nort squirts: “The honest rural folk up here think foxconn is a scam of major proportions.”

    I’m sure your pod of leftist organic-farmette monkeys would see it as such, but I doubt that the honest folks – rural and urban alike – who run, manage, supply, or simply work for the following would agree…

    Aerial Specialists Inc., Racine, lift and equipment rentals.
    Airflow Inc., Milwaukee, HVAC equipment.
    Arrow Marine Transport Inc., Kenosha, trucking.
    ASC Pumping Equipment, Richfield, fire protection pumping equipment.
    Builders Hardware, Menomonee Falls, hollow metal doors, frames and hardware supplier.
    Carlson-SRS Langer joint venture, Racine, roofing.
    Dickow Cyzak Tile Co., Kenosha, ceramic tile.
    DK Contractors, Pleasant Prairie, excavation.
    E3 Group, Milwaukee, commissioning and design services.
    Halquist Stone, Sussex, decorative stone.
    Hiram Power, Racine, lighting supplier.
    HVA Products Inc., Mequon, gas unit heaters and air curtains.
    Ideal Crane, Madison, crane rental.
    Jasperson Sod Farms, Franksville, landscape supplier.
    Johnson Controls International, Glendale, temperature control systems and equipment.
    Johnson’s Nursery, Menomonee Falls, plant material supplier.
    Kevco Inc., New Berlin, caulking.
    KMI Construction LLC, Brookfield, masonry.
    Lange Brothers Woodwork Co. Inc., Milwaukee, millwork supplier.
    Mariana Plants, Kenosha, pant material supplier.
    Midwest Construction Materials Inc., Stoughton, rebar supplier.
    Milwaukee Plate Glass, Milwaukee, aluminum windows and entrances.
    Mortl Restoration Inc., Wauwatosa, caulking, patching and washing.
    Ozinga, Kenosha, concrete supplier.
    Paul Reilly Co., Mequon, overhead sectional doors.
    Postorino Decorating Inc., Racine, painting and staining.
    Precise Contractors Inc., Brookfield, excavation.
    Professional System Analysis Inc., Germantown, test and balance.
    Red Cedar Steel Erection Inc., Menomonie, steel erection.
    Scott’s Pressure Washing Services, Muskego, final panel washing.
    SiteOne Landscape Supply, Mequon, irrigation material supplier.
    Systems LLC, Germantown, loading dock equipment.
    Vyron Corp., Waukesha, make up air units.
    Werner Electric, Appleton, electrical switchgear supplier.
    Witte Supply Co. LLC, Burlington, landscape supplier.
    Wolter Power Systems (division of Wisconsin Lift Truck Corp.), Brookfield, generator supplier.
    YUTKA Fencing, Kenosha, fencing.

  19. Kevin Scheunemann


    So you admit Vos is more cooperative with Evers than Hateful Muslim Democrat Congress member(s) from MN are with Trump?

    Olive Branch.

    I rest my case.

    If you are ripping Vos here, you should really be ripping, 100 times as hard the hate monger liberal Muslim from MN for her attitude the first week in office!

    Crickets, because you embrace your inner hypocrite.

  20. dad29

    pod of leftist organic-farmette monkeys

    Pretty well describes the now-superannuated bunch of UW-Madison hippies who populate the area around Hy. 51 (I-39) north of Madistan to beyond Stevens Point.


  21. jjf

    Kevin, this post is about Wisconsin’s legislature.  Evers & Co. is barely in office.  We have plenty to talk about if we just focus on Fitz and Vos and their ever-so-cooperative natures.

    Ripping doesn’t get me hard, but whatevs.  Who and what are you upset about?  Someone in Minnesota who said something nasty about Trump that caused you to grasp your pearls, or that someone on the radio or Fox News told you to be mad about?  Or does just chanting some magic words do it for you?

    Dad29, you must hate the freedom.  Why can’t those people live their life that way?  Against the Natural Order?

  22. Pat

    The Daily Wire? Really Kevin, The Daily Wire? The site that IS the definition of FAKE news. You lose any bit of credibility you may have had when you have to go to The Daily Wire for your source of so called factual news.

  23. Kevin Scheunemann


    Daily wire is much better than CNN, pmsnbc, ny times, in terms of accuracy and facts.

    Ben Shapiro has the total evil and disgust of leftist intersectionality totally nailed.

    I defy you to dispute any fact In story I posted.

    Only fake news is you denying the hate of this liberal Democrat Muslim.

    You guys bitch about Vos being insincere, but say nothing of open, seething, liberal hate against Trump.

  24. Le Roi du Nord


    What criteria do you use to make that claim, “Daily wire is much better than CNN, pmsnbc, ny times, in terms of accuracy and facts” ?

  25. Jason


    What criteria for you use to make that claim, “The Daily Wire? Really Kevin, The Daily Wire? The site that IS the definition of FAKE news”?

  26. Kevin Scheunemann


    Common sense.

    Find anything untrue on daily wire.

    I can find a ton untrue on CNN, NY Times and sexual predator ridden NBC.

    Accousta at border wall was hilarious. Report on nothing happening at wall, trying to debunk walls, but showing walls do work…that is news?

    What scares me is weak fools thinking CNN is news.

  27. Pat

    “Daily wire is much better than CNN, pmsnbc, ny times, in terms of accuracy and facts.”

    No it isn’t! It feeds you with what you want to hear. It’s been proven to be just another rightest propaganda mouth piece for Comrade Trump, and anti Americans.

  28. Kevin Scheunemann


    Can’t find anything untrue on site, can you?

    I can’t help it if it’s news you DON’T want to hear.

    I don’t ignore news simply because it gets your worldview in a bunch.

  29. Kevin Scheunemann


    BTW, Shapiro harshly criticized Trump at least 6 times by my count just this week!

    Get your facts straight before you say daily wire is a “mouthpiece for Trump”.

    Just awful seeing your misinformation on this.

  30. Pat

    Comrade Kevin,

    There’s plenty fake news on The Daily Wire which has been documented. You just don’t want to believe the truth. SAD!

  31. Kevin Scheunemann


    Point to just 1. That is a liberal fever swamp talking point.

    You already lied about it “being a mouthpiece for Trump”!

    On Thursday alone, Shapiro ripped Trump on 2 different things Trump said.

  32. jjf

    I have no doubt there is plenty of anti-Trump sentiment in the world.  Who would be shocked by this?  The only people not brave enough to say anything against Trump are apparently in Congress or maybe Kewaskum or West Bend.

    OK, so you point to a Daily Wire article claiming there’s a post-it note on a map, and this is relevant to Wisconsin how?  And also this member of Congress used a naughty word.

    Don’t worry, it’s just locker-room talk!  And it’s probably totally incorrect because Trump has never publicly stated that he found his mother attractive – he only says stuff like that about his daughter!

    What does this have to do with the ever-so-cooperative nature of Vos and Fitz and the rest of the WisGOP?

  33. Le Roi du Nord


    You claim to have used “common sense” as your criteria?   What an amazing claim from a guy the believes the earth is 6000 years old.  I didn’t know it was comedy hour here.

    BTW, there is a pretty obvious error in the article you posted.  I’ll let you find it on your own, but most HS geography students would pick it up.  At least those in the public school I attended.


  34. Kevin Scheunemann


    Of course there is: the Democrat, liberal, Muslim hate monger, obliterating Israel on her map!

    I find it interesting you blame rampant Democrat anti-semitism on the organization doing the reporting.

    You libs should all be thankful Vos is nothing like the liberal hate against in that story.

    I did enjoy obliterating your false witness notions of Daily Wire.

    Glad you guys got your heads out of liberal fever swamp for a few seconds to admit that.


    I find it interesting, not only do you refuse an Olive Branch to Trump, you justify your seething hatred. You make Vis look even more like a peacemaker when you liberals foam like that.

    Personally, I think Vos is nuts to even work with you libs, but his optimism is refreshing.

  35. jjf

    Shh!  Don’t tell Kevin the post-it doesn’t even point to Palestine!  The Daily Wire is always right!

    I defy you to dispute any fact In story I posted.

  36. dad29

    K–as a matter of interest, Shapiro is not a particularly Conservative guy.

  37. Kevin Scheunemann


    He’s fairly Conservative.   His take down of the victim heirarchy of leftist intersectionality is top notch.    He does rip on Trump more than I think Trump deserves, but I can get over that.  I listen to diverse views, even if he does rip on Trump once in a while.

    I just find it interesting these crazy local libs think this site is a “mouthpiece for Trump”.   Talk about super ignorance on display.


  38. Kevin Scheunemann


    That map is a picture of the map in the hateful, Muslim, Democrats office!

    Don’t blame the reporter for reproting liberal idiocy.

    You guys are too much with your liberal fever swamp!

    Still can’t find anything untrue on Daily Wire, can you?

    I am so disappointed.    I guess you would just rather scream “fake news” in your liberal fever swamp.

  39. Pat

    “Still can’t find anything untrue on Daily Wire, can you?”

    I found plenty. Don’t be lazy and look it up for yourself.

  40. Kevin Scheunemann


    Then name 1.


  41. Pat


    I’m not going to spoon feed you like a baby. You believe yourself to be an intelligent person, look them up. It would probably be believable for you if you found the facts on your own.

  42. dad29

    Which means, K, that “Pat” can’t really find anything that is un-true.



  43. Kevin Scheunemann

    Not surprised at all.

  44. Pat

    Too lazy to research falsehoods for yourselves? I’m not surprised at all.

  45. Kevin Scheunemann


    I find Daily Wire both informative and truthful.

    You are making false witness allegation. Burden is on you to prove your falsehood is correct. I even threw you a softball of just naming 1 instead of proving over 50% is “falsehood”.

    You couldn’t even name 1.

    Makes you look foolish.

    Also those that said “mouthpiece for Trump” still have not apologized when I pointed out all the Trump criticism just last week.

    This is problem, disconnection from reality.

  46. Pat

    “I find Daily Wire both informative and truthful.”
    A FAKE news enthusiast, such as yourself, would.

    “Makes you look foolish.”
    No it doesn’t. It makes you look like a rube for not being able to perform a simple web search.

    “This is problem, disconnection from reality.”
    The disconnection from reality lies specifically with Trump apologists.

  47. MjM

    Pastsy pukes: “No it doesn’t.

    My, such an imaginative retort;  Nanner! Nanner!

    Actually, it just another display of hypocrisy that we’ve all grown accustomed to seeing from you.

    To coin a a phrase, “Too lazy to cite a single falsehood?”  We are certainly not surprise at all.


  48. Kevin Scheunemann


    If Daily Wire is as much fake news as you say, why do you have such a hard time citing just 1 example?

    Are you the biggest Gump in WI?

  49. Pat

    Major Jagoff Moron peeps: “My, such an imaginative retort; Nanner! Nanner!”

    Another rube chimes in with another swing and a miss.

    Thanks for playing.

  50. Kevin Scheunemann

    Oh Pat,

    Speaking of “swing and a miss”….

  51. Pat

    Ok, I will……..

  52. Pat


    Do you recall the Daily Wire’s reporting on Democratic congresspeople refusing to stand for a fallen Navy SEAL’s widow?

  53. Kevin Scheunemann



    (Sounds like you are digging back quite a ways. I only have to go to last week to give you “fake news” on CNN. Jim A. Reporting nothing happening at border wall—-inadvertently proving border walks work——while ripping on Trump saying “no crisis. That is FAKE NEWS! You are hilarious!)

  54. Pat


    You asked, I answered. No false witness. Ready to apologize?

  55. Kevin Scheunemann


    When you post the link of what you are talking about, because I did not see it.

    Also, for sake of argument, let’s say you come up with a link, and, if by some miracle it is a story with a mistaken fact, are you saying that a news reporting entity loses all credibility for having an error on 1 story?

    Wow, the total seething disdain you must have for CNN, NBC, NY TIMES, BBC, Public radio, etc.

    Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, post a link of the very weak tea you are hanging your hat on to not look totally embarrassing in your false witness statements about Daily Wire.

  56. Pat


    Your response is exactly what I expected. It’s your typical MO.
    Again, you asked, I answered. Look it up for yourself. No false witness. I await your apology.

  57. Kevin Scheunemann


    I could not find it.

    How hard is it to post a link?

    I think you made it up.


  58. Pat


    How did you perform your search?
    I don’t think you really tried.

  59. Kevin Scheunemann


    I am a subscriber to the site and nothing came up typing in those generic terms.

  60. Pat


    Try searching differently.

  61. Kevin Scheunemann


    Just post the link.

    I don’t have any desire to expend effort searching for your unicorn.

    You behavior has been awful on this topic.

    You made the claim.

    I asked for proof.

    You failed to “put up or shut up”.

    “Disdain” is the kindest word I can attach to your awful behavior.

  62. Pat

    Gee, you sure are getting your panties in a bunch. First you begged and pleaded that give you one single little lie. I gave one to you, though I could give more. Now you can’t even do a simple search.
    Try Googling: daily wire lies about Democratic congresspeople refusing to stand for a fallen Navy SEAL’s widow.

  63. Kevin Scheunemann

    Post the link.

    My google may come up different on the analytics.   I want to be sure we are talking about the same fictional unicorn.

    You got nothing as far as I am concerned.

  64. Pat

    “My google may come up different on the analytics.”

    Don’t worry, you see the results. Unless you’re just being stupid. There’s plenty there.

  65. dad29

    Well, there it is. ONE error, almost a year old.

    OK, then, ONE error from CNN infobabe who accused a black (David Webb) of having “white privilege.”  That was just yesterday’s error.  There are plenty more.

    Tit.  Tat.

  66. Pat

    Dud, I never said CNN didn’t error in reporting. I don’t need examples. Kevin was the one in a tizzy over me stating that The Daily Wire gave fake news, begging and pleading for just one example. I provided it and he still whined.

  67. MjM

    Patsy Chirps: “I provided it…”

    What you provided was a source citing other sources (just like Daily Wire did) while providing a doctored video that shows all of 0:03 of a 2:12 standing ovation. There are photos of of Waserman-Shultz and Ellison sitting out this ovation while the entire body is standing in applause.

  68. jjf

    Can we talk about flag pins and mustard and the color of suits?  That was slightly more interesting.

  69. Kevin Scheunemann


    Did you read the footnote at the bottom of article?   Ben Shapiro stands by the article an clarified the pictures.

    This is not Fake News.   It may be open to some interpretation, but if Ben Shapiro stands behind the reporting, it is still good.   If he makes a mistake he owns up to it and corrects or withdraws.    He has not withdrawn this.

    I do not believe fever swamp left wing AOL reporting on this.  you swung and missed.   try again?

    You will note, your liberals fever swamp comentary was on AOL not Daily Wire, I do not read mindless drivel, so I would have never found it.    I never expected you  to read mindless drivel on AOL, but I learn something new everyday.

    Even if we take your AOL liberal fever swamp commentary at face value, that merited your hyperbolic reaction.

    Pretty weak tea all the way around.


  70. Pat


    So, if it’s not what you want to hear it’s not true.

    That’s exactly the reaction I expected from you. So sad.

  71. Kevin Scheunemann

    I’m saying Ben Shapiro is a stand-up, credible guy. If he is wrong about something he owns up to it.

    Even if your undocumented AOL article is correct, this is a very weak tea to match the hyperbolic statements you made about the Daily Wire as a news source.

    Quite pathetic really. That you claim “fake news” and your only issue is with someone being reported as standing or sitting at an event.

    You must really foam when Fake News lying Jim Accosta gets on CNN everyday. He is wrong almost daily about big things….but yet you absorb crap from these outlets with far bigger false story sins…and sexual predators on staff.

    Why is that?

  72. Le Roi du Nord


    We mere mortals have to keep in mind that k is the ultimate authority on everything, anywhere, and all the time. He shamelessly wields his version of the absolute truth to defend himself from the onslaught of fact, truth, and knowledge.

    Keep up the good fight.

  73. Pat

    “.but yet you absorb crap from these outlets with far bigger false story sins”

    How so? I’ve never resorted to quoting anything from CNN, or MSNBC, with exception of quoting Joe Scarborough many years ago when he was still a Republican. I’ve never defended any news agency/source for errors/mid-statements made in reporting. I’ve referenced Fox News journalist, Shepard Smith though. I find journalists are more reliable sources of truthful information than political commentators like Shapiro.

    I mentioned that The Daily Wire has shared Fake News. You begged for just one example. I provided one example, no matter how pathetic you may find it. I could provide more. I bore no false witness. You, on the other hand, have.

  74. Kevin Scheunemann


    In other words, I am just like you….and everyone else.


    That was not an example of “fake news”.

    So if any news organization is wrong about anything, anywhere, now matter how minor, they are worthy of your hyperbolic comments?

    Is there any news outlet left that you can listen to?

    If so, name them, so I can be as wise as you.

  75. Pat

    That was not an example of “fake news”.

    It was on The Daily Wire, it wasn’t true, which makes it fake.

  76. Kevin Scheunemann


    So how can you listen to anything else?

    Every news outlet is at least guilty of a minor issue, or worse than the weak tea you cited?

    Who is left as credible based on your hyperbolic standard?

    I dare you to name them.


  77. Pat


    For the last time. You asked for one example, I answered factually. It’s too bad you’re too much of a narcissist to accept it.

    End of discussion on my part. You may continue to bellyache on your own.

  78. Kevin Scheunemann


    I want same opportunity to rip your news sources with nano-sized comb of insignificance and hyper-stupidity.

  79. Pat

    Go for it!!!

  80. Le Roi du Nord


    “I am just like you”.   No k, you missed again.  But you will never, ever admit you are wrong, so there is no need to pursue that any further.

  81. Kevin Scheunemann


    Leave me list of your news sources, so I can apply your same absurd hyperbolic standard—-for everyone’s amusement—-especially mine.

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