Gov. Tony Evers and Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes urged Dem activists to ensure GOP lawmakers don’t reach two-thirds majorities in both houses of the Legislature after the fall elections.
Both addressed the Dem state convention through virtual speeches, and the guv said Republicans have often put up roadblocks. Still, Evers said he’s been able to make a significant investment in infrastructure, deliver a historic investment in education and pull Wisconsin out of a lawsuit seeking to overturn the Affordable Care Act.
He also touted signing income tax cuts and issuing the first gubernatorial pardons in eight years.
Still, he said Dems need to make sure Republicans aren’t able to negate his veto pen.
“This year, we have to fight for our legislative candidates,” Evers said.
Barnes told activists that veto authority was the only thing standing in the way of Republicans paring back reproductive rights and protections for the environment.
He also slammed Republicans, saying they have made “modernization of government services nearly impossible.”
“When we go vote this year, let’s remember all the times that Republicans pointed fingers rather than helping people,” Barnes said.
Evers, who was caught up in controversy over his staff taping a phone call with GOP legislative leaders, also told Dems it was time to “end protracted partisan bickering in this country” and called for “no more huffing or puffing in Madison and Washington.”