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Evers brings carava…school bus to UW-L rally

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More Democratic candidates flooded the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse on Wednesday.

Governor candidate Tony Evers and lieutenant governor nominee Mandela Barnes headlined the rally at Veterans Memorial Field, half making fun of the ride they showed up in.

While, Gov. Scott Walker is campaigning around the state aboard a big blue bus, Evers and Barnes have their own ride — a yellow school bus.

Evers and others high on the party ticket brought the bus Wednesday to the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

Barnes joked about their ride with the campus audience.

Tony Evers speaks during a rally at UW-La Crosse on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018.

“When they said we’re getting on a school bus, I said, ‘What, getting on a school bus? Can we get a plane, like Gov. Scott Walker?’” Barnes half joked, noting the school bus is symbolic for Evers, the state school superintendent:

“Tony has dedicated his entire life to our state’s children, in the classroom, as a principal, as our current superintendent of public education,” Barnes said. “And, that’s why we’re committed to restoring full funding back to our public schools in the state of Wisconsin.”

Evers told the crowd that budget cuts made by Walker have hurt the UW System.

“Fewer professors. Fewer classes. It takes longer to graduate. Debt goes up,” Evers said. “It’s a downward cycle.

“We’re going to return that money to the University of Wisconsin System.”

Barnes also told the crowd they want to bring a few things ‘back’ to the state.

“We are working to bring decency back to Wisconsin,” Barnes told the cheering crowd. “We are working to bring science back to Wisconsin. We are working to bring reason back to Wisconsin and education back to the state of Wisconsin.

“But we cannot do this without your help.”

Evers also brought up Wisconsin’s situation with health care and how state residents are apparently moving across the Mississippi River to Minnesota for cheaper coverage.

“Think about that for a minute,” Evers said. “You gotta move, in order to get it? That’s crap. We are going to take that Medicaid money.”

Also at the rally were state treasurer candidate Sarah Godlewski, Jennifer Shilling, Ron Kind, Steve Doyle and Jill Billings, who asked voters to support her party all the way down the ticket.

“Democrats are notorious for dropping your vote,” she said. “Don’t drop your vote after you hit Tammy and Tony and Madnella.

“We need you to keep voting all the way down the ballot.”

The candidates also met with young voters inside the UW-L student union.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.