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2013, 07 Mar 20

Evers Doesn’t Know Why He Vetoed Bill

What the heck? Who is running the show over there?

WAUSAU – Gov. Tony Evers vetoed legislation allowing paddle wheel raffles this week but couldn’t say why when a reporter asked him about his decision.

Evers signed more than 60 bills on Tuesday and vetoed two related to games, including one that would have allowed any business with a Class B gambling license to hold raffles using a paddle wheel.

Evers told lawmakers in a veto message Tuesday that the bill could threaten revenue the state receives from casinos owned by the state’s tribal nations in exchange for exclusive gaming rights.

When a reporter asked him Thursday why he vetoed the legislation, Evers said he would follow up with an answer.

“Could you take us through your thought process on that?” Michael Leischner, a reporter for talk radio station WSAU, asked at a news conference in Wausau following a bill signing ceremony.

“We’ll get you the information on that,” Evers responded. “I signed over 100 bills two days ago and vetoed a handful of other ones — but you caught me.”


2013, 07 March 2020


  1. Kevin Scheunemann

    Great… we have a Joe Biden as governor.

  2. steveegg

    Am I going to have to append HoChunk or Potawatomi to Evers’ (WEAC-WEAC) party ID like we had to with Jim “Craps” Doyle (WEAC/HoChunk-For Sale)?

  3. Merlin

    Evers seems okay with being a figurehead, and a part time figurehead at that. He’ll say what he’s told to say, sign what he’s told to sign. A governor without convictions is unlikely to do much lasting damage. I can live with him simply taking up space until the next election.

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