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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

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Shilling calls win repudiation of GOP majority, talks of working with GOP Sen. Schultz

Dem Rep. Jen Shilling says GOP Sen. Dan Kapanke used to enjoy support from across the political spectrum because of his moderate image. But the GOP agenda this year changed that.

“This was a resounding rejection of the hard-right turn that his state has taken and the overreach over Governor Walker and his extreme agenda that he pushed through with very little citizen input and transparency and openness in Wisconsin,” Shilling said.

With 97 percent of the vote in, Shilling had 31,868 votes, or 55 percent, to 25,902 votes, or 45 percent, according to unofficial returns.

With Republicans holding a 17-16 majority after today’s results, Shilling called the GOP majority “tenuous” and talked of working with GOP Sen. Dale Schultz of Richland Center to find compromise in the split chamber. Schultz voted against the collective bargaining changes, and Shilling predicted he will become an important factor in the chamber.

Two Dem lawmakers face recall elections next week that could impact the size of the GOP majority.

“I think he has tried to distance himself from the Republicans and Governor Walker and that there may be some areas of common ground, common interest that the Democrats would work with him,” Shilling said.

-- By JR Ross

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