Published: Fri, December 07, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Lone Wisconsin Republican Who Opposed Stealing Democrats’ Power Explains Why

Lone Wisconsin Republican Who Opposed Stealing Democrats’ Power Explains Why

It's the democrat's first stop in Northeast Wisconsin since the Republican-controlled legislature approved during a "lame-duck session" a package of bills that would curb the power of Evers and incoming Attorney General Josh Kaul. "No prominent Republican I'm aware of has spoken out against the Wisconsin/Michigan governor gambit".

Republicans said it is a coincidence. A bill that won Senate approval on a 25-12 vote over Democrats' objections would influence how Benson implements a new voter-approved constitutional amendment that establishes an independent redistricting commission to draw congressional and legislative maps instead of the partisan Legislature.

"The will of the people has officially been ignored by the Legislature", Evers said Wednesday.

"Republicans have declared all-out partisan war rather than make it a legal battle", he said. While I am confident that some of the proposed changes in this legislation will help to strike a good balance and protect the process for issuing a valid voter ID, the final bill limited early voting, made certain changes to the administrative rule process, and automatically rescinded guidance documents which allow field staff to properly manage our state programs. That move is created to block Democratic Gov. -elect Tony Evers from allowing the incoming attorney general, Democrat Josh Kaul, to withdraw Wisconsin from a multistate lawsuit challenging the Affordable Care Act.

Republicans in MI are considering a similar tactic to push legislation that would allow the state legislature to intervene in legal battles before the Democratic governor, attorney general, and secretary of state take office in January.

The votes early Wednesday were the height of a rare lame-duck legislative session.

The legislature passed the bill as an election fraud investigation is under way into a absentee ballot scheme in a US congressional race in the state.

Also Wednesday, the House voted 58-50 for legislation that would empower the Legislature, House or Senate to intervene in any suit at any stage, a right already granted to the attorney general.

"The incoming secretary of state was elected to preside over election matters", said Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich of Flint.

The bill would limit the governor's ability to put in place administrative rules that enact laws and give the Legislature the power to control appointees to the board that runs the state economic development agency until September 1. Multiple people have come forward to say they were hired to go to people's homes and collect ballots (which is illegal), all of whom were hired by a campaign operative with a known history of criminal behavior. They made opposition to that lawsuit a central part of both of their campaigns.

Republicans in MI and Wisconsin have defended the laws as good-faith efforts to improve state government.

A public policy analyst contends that Republicans would be very upset if Democrats did what the lame duck Republican leadership is doing in Wisconsin. That bill would also give the Legislature oversight over the governor seeking future waivers for health care, a change Democrats said would handcuff the new administration.

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