Wisconsin GOP's Lame-Duck Play: 'A New Philosophy of Governing'
Dec 06 2018
At the same time, in a seeming acknowledgement that the protests are working, Fitzgerald saidthat he doesn't yet have the votes for all of the legislation. Nothing we're doing here is about helping the people of Wisconsin. Evers added that it would be more hard to get anything productive done. The panel rejected a proposal to move the 2020 presidential primary date from April to March amid almost unanimous opposition from the state's local election clerks. State elections workers would have to run three elections in three months.
The state Elections Commission unanimously adopted a motion Monday declaring that the shift would be "extraordinarily difficult" and costly without additional funding. Republicans will maintain their majorities in the Legislature next year when the Democratic Evers takes over.
Democratsin Wisconsin are carefully considering legal options after an extraordinary lame-duck session produced a flurry of GOP-led legislation Tuesday night aimed at diminishing the power of the state's incoming Democratic governor.
Protesters chanting "shame" swarmed the capitol building on Monday in Madison, where a legislative committee held a 10-hour hearing that was frequently disrupted by members of the public.
"You're here because you don't want to give up power", Democratic Assembly Minority Leader Gordon Hintz said as debate concluded in that chamber.
Despite the victories by Evers, Kaul and other Democrats, the party gained no ground in the Legislature and blamed partisan gerrymandering by Republicans for stacking the electoral map against them. That would make the bills available for both the senate and assembly on Tuesday.
Democrats said Republicans are acting like sore losers and will be judged harshly, unless Mr.
Mike Brown is deputy director of the organization, which successfully challenged previous attempts to limit early voting which they believed targeted African American voters. One would have moved the date of the 2020 presidential primary election, one would have let Republican legislative leaders intervene in lawsuits filed against the state and enlist their own lawyers rather than the attorney general, and the third would have provided a state-level guarantee of health coverage for people with pre-existing conditions. Roughly 565,000 people voted during the midterms, and Brown said Republican leadership should stop and listen.
The bill is one of several Republicans plan to take up during a lame-duck session starting Monday.
There is precedent for attempts to limit power like this, though not all successful.
Democratic Secretary of State Doug LaFollette beat Republican Jay Schroeder by a little more than 5 percentage points.
This control is normally given to the state attorney general and governor's office, both of which will be under Democratic control shortly. Supreme Court races are officially nonpartisan but Kelly leans conservative. The move directly pushes back against voter approval of a ballot initiative which sees the implementation of automatic and Election Day voter registration in overwhelming support for the expansion of voter rights. Clerks say it's logistically impossible and would cost at least $7 million.
The state Elections Commission has certified the results from the November 6 election. Commissioner Mark Thomsen, a Democratic appointee, called the idea the "biggest waste of money for a single person that I can think of".
Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin voted Wednesday to restrict the authority of incoming Democratic Gov.
Among the numerous provisions included in the legislation are ones that would give Republicans more control of the state agency overseeing job creation; curtail the governor's ability to write state rules and adjust public benefits programs; and allow lawmakers to replace the attorney general with private attorneys at taxpayer expense.
Both the state Senate and Assembly passed the bill, and current Republican Governor Scott Walker has indicated he will sign it.
With governor-elect Evers vowing to pursue legal action if the plan passes the legislature, Wisconsin Democrats continued to voice their outrage at the GOP's patently anti-democratic plan, which mirrors ongoing efforts by Republicans in MI to effectively overturn November's election results.