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Democrat Evers Opposes UW Free Speech Resolution

Evers 'Can't Imagine' Supporting Resolution Up For Regents Vote Friday

Tony Evers
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State superintendent and Democratic candidate for governor Tony Evers says he opposes a resolution before the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents that could lead to students being expelled for obstructing speakers.

Evers said Tuesday at a luncheon hosted by Wispolitics.com that he “can’t imagine” supporting the resolution that’s up for a regents vote Friday. Evers is a member of the Board of Regents.

He calls the resolution “a little bit about a solution seeking a problem.” Evers said the shouting down of a conservative speaker on UW campus was wrong, but it’s not the regents’ job to say what kind of speech should be allowed.

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“I am fearful we will become speech police in reverse,” Evers said. He said freedom of speech could be sacrificed in the name of protecting it.

The Assembly passed the bill in June. It hasn’t gotten a hearing in the Senate.

Editor’s Note: This story will be updated.

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