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Evers goes back to calling Capitol evergreen 'holiday tree'Submitted: 11/08/2019
Evers goes back to calling Capitol evergreen 'holiday tree'
Story By Associated Press

Photos By Corey Coyle, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=60097081

MADISON - Gov. Tony Evers has gone back to calling the state Capitol Christmas tree a holiday tree, reigniting an old fight over what to call the evergreen.

Wisconsin politicians began referring to the tree as a holiday tree in 1985. Former Republican Gov. Scott Walker declared the tree a Christmas tree in 2011, drawing the ire of the Madison-based Freedom from Religion Foundation.

Evers called the tree a holiday tree Friday. He announced that the tree's theme will be "Celebrate Science" and asked schoolchildren to submit science-related ornaments for the tree.

Evers spokeswoman Melissa Baldauff didn't immediately respond to an email asking why the governor has gone back to calling the tree a holiday tree.

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