In his almost quarter century of representing Ripon in the Legislature, Luther Olsen doesn’t recall the level of incivility the state capital is now experiencing.

   “Unfortunately respect is not that plentiful in Madison any more,” Ripon’s state senator told Ripon Rotarians last week.

   Olsen noted with a split government — a Democrat governor and Republican assembly and senate — government is “totally different,” and not necessarily for the better.

   The state’s two legislative houses and the governor’s office had been run by Republicans from 2011 to 2017.

   “It’s a learning experience for everyone in how you work in a bipartisan situation,” he said. “It hasn’t worked out very well, as you can read in the paper.”

   Olsen seemed to suggest that both parties share the blame for a situation he described as “sort of sad.”

Read the full story in the Nov. 28, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.