Special Report: Wisconsin Year in Politics Review

Special Report: Wisconsin Year in Politics Review

WISCONSIN (CBS 58) -- 2018 was a year of big accomplishments and big changes.

It was all smiles from Wisconsin leaders and Vice President Mike Pence when Foxconn inked a deal to invest $10 billion in Wisconsin.

House Speaker Paul Ryan achieved one of his lifelong goals a month later, passing the most dramatic overhaul of the tax code in 30 years.

Things quickly shifted for Republicans, Democrats flipped a State Senate Seat in a special election.

Governor Scott Walker tweeted that it was a wake up call. He then gave a State of the State speech Democrats criticized as shifting his priorities in an election year. 

In March, the state passed $100 million in school safety funding and shut down Lincoln Hills.

In April, Paul Ryan shocked the world, saying he would carry on as speaker until January.

The stage was then set for one of the biggest wins for Wisconsin Democrats in a decade.

After edging out a field of seven Democrats in a primary, Tony Evers defeated Scott Walker, ending his run of governor at eight years.

Evers and new lawmakers will be sworn in in January. 

Both the Senate and Assembly kept their Republican majorities so Wisconsin will begin its first era of divided Government since 2011.

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