MADISON — Former longtime Republican lawmaker Mike Ellis, a legend in Wisconsin politics known for his tinted glasses, bad toupee and encyclopedic knowledge of the state budget, died Friday. Ellis’ brother Mark Ellis said he appears to have died in his sleep at home in Neenah. He was 77. Ellis was a true character, short in stature but oversized in personality. He served from 1970 until 2014 in the Legislature, a tenure that spanned eight governors and began when current Gov.