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23 governors attending national meeting in Milwaukee

National Governors Association (NGA) Executive Committee member Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker speaks after meeting with U.S. President Bar
National Governors Association (NGA) Executive Committee member Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker speaks after meeting with U.S. President Bar

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Just under half of the nation’s governors are at the annual meeting of the National Governors Association in Milwaukee this weekend.

Organizers released a final roll call Friday morning.

Twenty-three governors showed up, as well as leaders from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo stayed home, as did Jerry Brown of California and Rick Perry of Texas.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie made the trip, as did Pat Quinn of Illinois and Jan Brewer of Arizona. Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin will take over on Sunday as the association’s new president.

The Washington Post says people should watch for several things from this weekend’s conference. First, governors of both parties will try to seize the high ground on Obamacare and start shaping the issue for next year’s elections.

Also, the report said Walker and others considering higher offices will try to use the Milwaukee conference to, “leave their mark on the national landscape.”

The Post adds Democratic governors will accuse Republicans taking their eyes off the economy to focus on abortion and other social issues. 

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