December 10, 2018

Wisconsin Legislature approves bills limiting powers of incoming Democratic governor

05 December 2018, 10:26 | Darnell Patrick


Wisconsin Bill Hurts DEmocrats

Democracy dies in darkness because Republicans wait until after dark to kill it.

Despite the furious response, Republicans pressed ahead Tuesday evening - passing their package of bills in the state senate in the early morning hours Wednesday and later in the morning in the state assembly.

The plan would also take away from the governor the power to withdraw the state from a lawsuit, allowing lawmakers to make the decision instead.

Democrats in the state Assembly pumped themselves up for a fight Tuesday morning, telling reporters Republicans were denying the will of the voters.

But gerrymandering can't stop Democrats from winning statewide races. Republican lawmakers claimed that this rankled their (often rural) constituents.

Allow Republican leaders to intervene in court cases and hire their own attorneys when state laws are challenged, replacing the attorney general.

"I'm concerned. I think that Gov. -elect Evers is going to bring a liberal agenda to Wisconsin", he said. ABC News notes that it also weakens Kaul's position by requiring a legislative committee to sign off on withdrawing from federal lawsuits. Meanwhile, the governor would be stripped of his normal powers as the state's negotiating partner with the federal government.

It's nothing short of a legislative coup. The bill also would require new legislative oversight of waiver requests related to health care made by the governor.

Defending the rushed process and content of the bill package, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said that Democrats unfairly "whipped up people" and that he was sickened that they "so grossly" exaggerated its objective, according to the New York Times.

"Much of what we did over the last eight years is work with the Legislature", he told reporters, "not at odds with the Legislature". "I don't know of any state that has that kind of requirement", she said. They might not trust him.

The measure was approved on a 17-16 vote with all Democrats and one Republican voting against it. Ross says Republicans believe they lost last month "because too many people voted".

The Republicans do not have the moral high ground here, and they know it. Republicans will maintain their majorities in the Legislature next year when the Democratic Evers takes over.

The bills were kept secret until the afternoon of Friday, November 30.

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Both approved bills will now go to Republican Gov. Scott Walker for his consideration, Cudaback said. They repeated this pattern the following night on the Senate and Assembly floor.

Evers is the first Democratic Governor in eight years, and he urged the GOP to halt the lame-duck bills.

It was a shocking result.

In the hallways, protesters chanted, "No mas Vos!" and "No more Walker", referring to Republican State Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and the outgoing governor. The goal: keep the Court's 5-4 Republican majority by saving the seat of hard-right Supreme Court Justice David Kelly.

Other proposals passed. But the power grab is temporary.

- Prohibit judges from giving greater weight to state agencies' interpretations of laws in court challenges. Even if they survive, they will one day be repealed. Michigan Republicans also are discussing taking action before a Democratic governor takes over there.

The Wisconsin Legislature is preparing to vote on limiting the powers of the incoming Democratic governor and attorney general.

The package of bills now awaits Walker's signature. The budget will still come from the administration.

Amid protests and accusations of a power grab, the Republican-led Wisconsin legislature approved a package of measures Wednesday meant to curb the authority of the U.S. state's newly-elected, incoming Democratic governor.

Democrats and Democrat-aligned groups cried foul, and embarked on a furious last-minute campaign to influence enough state lawmakers to doom the proposals in what were expected to be close votes.

Psssttt! While you're here we need your help. If that's the reason, why not take it up before the election - or earlier, when it would have limited Scott Walker's authority? "You did not run on this". Roughly 565,000 people voted during the midterms, and Brown said Republican leadership should stop and listen.

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