Wisconsin Democrats face another tough legislative session
Republicans in the state are getting ready to take control of state government once again. Political experts say the next legislative session will be very challenging for Wisconsin Democrats.
"In the end, they really have very little power," UW-Marathon County Professor Eric Giordano said of Wisconsin Democratic lawmakers after Tuesday's election results were announced.
Come January, Republicans will control the Senate and Assembly. That combined with a Republican Governor means the GOP will have complete control of Wisconsin government.
Giordano said Democrats will have to work hard to make their voices heard. "The most they can really do is just share their views and hope that people are listening and paying attention."
Republican State Senator-elect Tom Tiffany helped the GOP gain majority in the Senate when he won the state's 12th district seat.
"We're ready to go to work," he told Newsline 9 in a phone interview.
Tiffany said he's proud of what lawmakers accomplished in the last legislative session when he served in the Assembly.
"We really set a new foundation for the state of Wisconsin of fiscal responsibility," he said.
Democratic State Senator Julie Lassa will be in the minority. She said it's time to put differences aside.
"Our goals are the same and that is to be able to move the state forward," she said.
She acknowledged the state's political climate has been a roadblock. "It has been really divided over the last few years."
Both lawmakers said, though, it's time to work together.
"If it's good policy, I don't care if it's Republican or Democrat," Tiffany said.
"We really need this state to be as unified as we can in order to convince people that Wisconsin is open for business and that this is a good place to invest," Giordano said, adding that cooperation is the right approach.