- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 13, 2015

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Reactions to Gov. Scott Walker’s State of the State speech are breaking down predictably along party lines, with Democrats saying he’s distracted from dealing with Wisconsin’s problems and Republicans saying he’s offering bold leadership.

Walker delivered a 25-minute State of the State speech to a joint meeting of the Legislature on Tuesday.

He is calling for merging state agencies, passing a school accountability bill and ensuring that Common Core academic standards are not mandatory.

Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says Walker is offering a bold vision for the state and he looks forward to working with him.

But Democratic Senate Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling says Walker is becoming distracted by Washington politics and he needs to focus on problems facing middle class Wisconsin families.

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