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You have to admire the chutzpa of Wisconsin Sen. Chris Kapenga. As the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports, in order to get his vote on the recent state budget bill, his GOP colleagues had to insert an amendment to allow carmaker Tesla to sell their vehicles directly to consumers, something the powerful auto dealer lobby opposes the way dogs generally oppose cats. And why would an otherwise good Republican lawmaker like Kapenga demand such a thing? Could it be that he operates a business that sells salvaged Tesla cars and Tesla parts? Of course not, he says. The bill wouldn’t do anything to help his bottom line at all. Uh huh. No matter, as Gov. Tony Evers vetoed the amendment. Which we’re pretty sure was the Senate GOP leadership’s plan all along.