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DBA set to work with both parties on success for dairy farmers, state

Friday, November 9, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: John Holevoet, director of government affairs
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By John Holevoet, director of government affairs

Political pundits largely predicted the outcomes we saw at the federal level on Election Day: Republicans kept control of the U.S. Senate and Democrats took control of the House of Representatives. Our statewide elections were far harder to call with polls showing tight races right up to the end.

State Schools Supt. Tony Evers, a Democrat, ousted Gov. Scott Walker by a narrow thin margin. In the race for attorney general, Democratic challenger Josh Kaul declared victory over Republican Atty. Gen. Brad Schimel although that vote margin was also very tight. DBA endorsed the Republican incumbents in those races.

The state Legislature will see some new faces because of incumbents not seeking re-election, but control of the Assembly and Senate will remain in Republican hands. It looks like one of the seats in the Assembly will change party affiliation, from Republican to Democrat. In the Senate, the only race that will see a change in party is in the first district, which was briefly held by a Democrat since a special election last summer. Republican state Rep. Andre Jacque has won that seat in a rematch against Democrat Caleb Frostman.

DBA is prepared for the changes. We will work with our elected leaders of both parties to do the best thing for our dairy farmers and our state. We are looking forward to a very productive year in 2019.

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