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#1 LFC

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Posted 08 November 2018 - 05:27 PM

This is a page right out of the North Carolina Republican playbook. The NC GOPers have turned gubernatorial power on and off multiple times based upon who was in office. It looks like it's been published to other state Republicans as well.

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Wisconsin’s Democratic governor-elect on Tuesday accused the Republicans who control the Legislature of making a “desperate attempt to cling to power” by considering placing new limits on the governor’s office before he takes over in January.

Tony Evers, who narrowly defeated Republican Gov. Scott Walker, said GOP legislative leaders should “stop any and all attempts to play politics and weaken the powers of the governor’s office.” Evers said in a statement that such a move would be a “complete violation of the separation of powers in our system.”

Senate Republicans were meeting privately Thursday to discuss ways to reduce Evers’ powers, a day after Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said he, too, would be open to doing that.

GOP Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said in an interview on WISN-AM that Republicans were discussing limiting the governor’s authority over a process of enacting rules that have the power of law. The Legislature increased Walker’s authority over that process shortly after he took office in 2011. Republicans have been in complete control of the Legislature and governor’s since that year.

Walker hasn’t said whether he would sign any such bills into law before he leaves office on Jan. 7. His spokeswoman, Amy Hasenberg, didn’t immediately reply to a message seeking comment. Such a move has precedent: Republicans in North Carolina two years ago limited the number of appointments that the Democratic governor-elect, Roy Cooper, could make once he took office.

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Posted 21 November 2018 - 10:39 AM

Wisconsin's democracy hating Republicans are going all out to limit the power of the new non-Republican governor. There is no shame left in the party at any level. It's all raw power grabbing. Democrats had damn well better accept that fact and respond with this always in mind.

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It only took one day.

By the afternoon of Nov. 7, less than 24 hours after projections showed Tony Evers defeating Scott Walker in the Wisconsin governor’s race, Republican leaders were surfacing plans to curb the authority of the incoming Democratic governor.

A steady stream of plots, plans and power grabs has been emanating from the Capitol building in Madison ever since. Republican lawmakers have proposed using a lame duck session to limit Evers’ ability to name appointees to state boards and further enshrine the state’s voter photo ID requirement, among other suggestions. They’re also mulling changing the date of Wisconsin’s 2020 presidential primary in a rather bald attempt to hold onto a state Supreme Court seat.

The election of Evers—a moderate who built a career outside of the partisan party system and has made overtures to Republican lawmakers—offered the prospect of the end to a decade of brute-force GOP control. But these early maneuvers have some Wisconsin Democrats predicting that the battle is just beginning.

“These actions have gone so far in poisoning the water,” Thomas Nelson, a former Democratic assembly member and candidate for lieutenant governor, told TPM. “I fear they set the table for a very contentious and unproductive legislative session.”

“I don’t see any difference between the current Republican legislature in Madison and what [Sen.] Mitch McConnell said when [President] Obama was elected,” Eric Couto, executive director of advocacy group Wisconsin Progress, told TPM. “Basically ‘We’re going to do everything we can to stop him and hamper his agenda at every turn.’”

“These are folks who’ve been in power for eight years,” Couto continued. “They’re watching their power slip away. There’s no basement.”

GOP lawmakers have been fairly candid about their motivations in post-election interviews with the media. House Speaker Robin Vos has said that the assembly may have “granted too much power to the executive” during Walker’s tenure, and asserted that Republicans “are not going to roll over and play dead like they assume we probably should.”

Similar comments were made by state Sen. Alberta Darling, while outgoing Rep. Adam Jarchow urged Walker to pass “big, bold reforms” in his final weeks in office. Walker himself has given his blessing to these proposals.

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Posted 21 March 2019 - 12:35 PM

A Wisconsin judge temporarily blocked the raw Republican power grab saying it violated the state constitution.

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A Wisconsin judge has blocked a set of laws that Republican lawmakers pushed through in a December lame duck session to curb the power of newly elected Democratic Gov. Tony Evers and Attorney General Josh Kaul, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported Thursday.

Dane County Judge Richard Neiss issued a temporary injunction, ruling that Republican leaders violated the state constitution by calling an extraordinary session to force the legislation through before Democratic leaders could assume their posts.

The sweeping legislation, signed by outgoing Republican Gov. Scott Walker shortly before he left office, eliminated Evers’ ability to withdraw the state from lawsuits without legislative approval, among other restrictions. The legislature, not Kaul, would have full discretion over how to spend money obtained from lawsuit settlements under the new laws.

A coalition of liberal-leaning groups, including the League of Women Voters and Black Leaders Organizing for Communities, filed a lawsuit in January over the lame-duck session. They argued that the Wisconsin constitution only permits the legislature to meet during regularly-scheduled sessions or if “convened by the governor” in a special session.

Judge Neiss agreed that legislative leaders cannot simply call their body into session as they please.

Republicans have countered that Wisconsin had passed many state laws under similar circumstances over the past several decades, and they are planning to appeal.

“Today’s ruling only creates chaos and will surely raise questions about items passed during previous extraordinary sessions, including stronger laws against child sexual predators and drunk drivers,” Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald and House Speaker Robin Vos said in a joint statement, according to the Journel-Sentinel’s Molly Beck. “We will appeal this ruling.”

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Posted 21 March 2019 - 01:53 PM

View PostLFC, on 21 March 2019 - 12:35 PM, said:


Didn't Wisconsin just put a (very) solid majority of dreliable Republicans on their highest court?
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