Former Assembly Speaker Tom Loftus, who held the Wisconsin Legislatures top spot from 1985 to 1991, reflected on the bodys Jekyll and Hyde characteristics in his book, The Art of Legislative Politics.
A legislature can be an institution where individuals act collectively for the common good. A legislature can also be a cesspool of individualism, Loftus wrote.
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t leaders in both houses, and in both parties, are veterans who have earned a chance to lead. Even the relative newcomers were elected on a promise to restore faith in the process. There will be disagreements, some long and loud, but there is no reason for there to be gridlock.
There is one caveat for that optimism: Can the Legislature and Gov. Jim Doyle find common ground?
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process must not only include Democrats and Republicans, but Assembly members and Senate members, lawmakers from rural districts and representatives from big cities, and a belief that the branches of government must share power.