A look ahead at Wisconsin politics in 2019
When Tony Evers takes office, he will have to work fast to come to terms on a budget with Republican lawmakers who just took some of his power.
"Quite honestly i think it will be the most liberal budget the state has ever seen," State Sen. Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, said at a press conference in December. Fitzgerald has said multiple times that he believes the budget Governor-elect Tony Evers will propose will be so far from what lawmakers want, that they will make their own, and then try to compromise.
But Evers says he was voted into office to make changes.
"The will of the people has officially been ignored," Evers said after lawmakers passed a series of lame-duck bills to limit early voting, and increase the power of the legislature.
In January, Milwaukee is expected find out if the city will host the Democratic Party Convention for the next president of the United States.
"If you look at the political landscape, the Democrats have not been in the Midwest, other than Chicago, since 1916 when they were in St. Louis," Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett said. "It's time for them to come back."
The presidential campaign for the 2020 election will start kicking into high gear in 2019.
Former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Senator Bernie sanders have lead the polls for democrats.
But Senator Elizabeth Warren became the first major candidate to formally announce a bid to unseat president Donald Trump.
"I never thought i would run for anything, ever in my life, but america's middle class is getting hallowed out," Warren said after announcing the run.
The Milwaukee mayor's race will also heat up in 2019.
So far, it's Aldermen Tony Zielinski and Ashanti Hamilton trying to unseat incumbent Tom Barrett.
"They've been on the same page in terms of cutting police officers," Zielinski said of Barrett and Hamilton. "They've been on the same page in terms of the street car."
"We need to have a very specific plan about how to deal with poverty in the city of Milwaukee," Hamilton said.
2019 also marks the end of an era for one Wisconsin politician.
House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-WI. will return home once democrats take control of the house on January 3rd.