Daily Bread for 1.10.23: What Price for a Wisconsin Legacy?

Good morning.

Tuesday in Whitewater will be mostly sunny with a high of 42. Sunrise is 7:24 AM and sunset 4:41 PM for 9h 16m 50s of daytime. The moon is a waning gibbous with 89% of its visible disk illuminated.

Whitewater’s Public Works Committee meets at 6 PM

 On this day in 49 BC, Caesar crosses the Rubicon, signaling the start of civil war.

Steven Walters writes Evers, Vos Seek Legacy-Defining Wins

The Capitol’s two top elected officials, Democratic Gov. Tony Evers and Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, fought over dozens of major policy issues over the last four years. But they share one thing — worry about their legacies — in the 2023-24 legislative session that began last week.

The 71-year-old Evers is unlikely to seek a third four-year term in 2026. So, he wants both this session and the one that follows to write his eight years in office into Wisconsin’s history books.

Vos will turn 55 on July 5, just past the deadline for approval of the 2023-25 state budget. Vos took his 10th oath of office last week; he will have spent more than one-third of his life in the Assembly by mid-2023. The longest-serving Assembly speaker in state history, Vos has passed on all runs for statewide office and is not expected to run against Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin in 2024.

But Vos had a political near-death experience last August, when he won his party’s nomination for re-election by only 300 votes over a challenger backed by former President Donald Trump.

All this may have Vos, who runs several small businesses, asking how much longer he wants to be a Capitol power broker.


Evers and Vos may find one definition of a “legacy” helpful: “Learning from the past, living in the present, and building for the future.”

What deals are truly worth making with a gerrymandered — illegitimate — leader? 

There may be a few (e.g., medical marijuana), but only few. 

A better definition of legacy would be holding to principle

Ozone layer on track to recover within decades, UN reports:

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