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Capitol Notes: State GOP Leaders Keep Quiet About Rally Protesting Safer-At-Home Order

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Maayan Silver
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WUWM
People demonstrating against Gov. Tony Evers' safer-at-home order.

Police estimate that 1,500 people rallied at the State Capitol on Friday, demanding that Gov. Tony Evers lift his safer-at-home order, so non-essential businesses can reopen. Evers recently extended the order about a month to May 26 because of the continued spread of the coronavirus.

Many people at the event carried signs — some of them read "End The Tyranny" and "All Jobs Are Essential." Most of the protesters stood next to each other, not wearing masks or practicing social distancing.

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State Republican leaders also want to reopen the economy and have asked the Wisconsin Supreme Court to overturn Evers' order.  We haven't heard much from GOP leaders since the rally.

In this week's Capitol Notes conversation, WUWM's Marti Mikkelson asked JR Ross of wispolitics.com what he thinks is their take on it.

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Marti, a Waukesha native, joined the WUWM news team in February of 1999. She is also host of WUWM's weekly political podcast, Capitol Notes.