Republican challenger denies Trump motivation

MADISON, Wis. (AP) --A state representative who challenged Jim Steineke for Assembly majority leadership says the move had nothing to do with Steineke's criticisms of Donald Trump early this year.

Steineke served as majority leader during the last legislative session. He spent the spring tweeting out anti-Trump messages. He said after last week's election however, that Trump helped down-ticket Republicans and he was excited about a Trump presidency.

Rep. Kevin Petersen of Waupaca challenged Steineke for the majority leader position Monday in Assembly Republicans' first postelection meeting. Steineke won on a vote whose tally was never announced.

Petersen denied in a brief interview that his decision to challenge Steineke had anything to do with Steineke's anti-Trump remarks. Petersen said he believes everything should be challenged.

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) --Assembly Republicans have picked Jim Steineke to serve another two years as majority leader.

The Kaukauna Republican served as assistant majority leader for the 2013-15 session and as majority leader for the past session. He was intensely critical of Donald Trump during Trump's campaign but after the election said he was excited to have Trump as president.

Rep. Kevin Peterson of Waupaca ran against Steineke for the position this session. The two Republicans who nominated him, Adam Jarchow and Jim Ott, made no mention of Trump during their nomination speeches during a caucus meeting Monday.

Republicans ultimately voted for Steineke. The tally wasn't announced.

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) --Assembly Republicans have chosen Robin Vos to serve again as speaker.

Republicans voted unanimously to give Vos the position during a meeting Monday afternoon in the state Capitol. The Rochester Republican has served as speaker since 2013.

Vos spearheaded Assembly Republicans' campaigns, leading them to a new 64-35 majority coming out of last week's elections. That's the largest GOP majority in the Assembly since 1957, cementing Vos' role as speaker again this session.

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin Assembly Republicans are set to choose their leaders for the upcoming legislative session following their resounding Election Day victories in the chamber.

Republicans went into the election with a 63-36 advantage in the Assembly. They held all their seats and took out Democratic incumbent Chris Danou of Trempealeau to go into the session with a 64-35 edge, their largest majority since 1957.

Assembly Republicans were scheduled to meet early Monday afternoon to vote on their leaders. Robin Vos is widely expected to remain speaker.

Things could be a little more interesting for Majority Leader Jim Steineke. He disavowed Donald Trump during the campaign but said last week that Trump helped Republicans down the ticket and he's excited about having Trump as president.

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