Friday, 14 December, 2018

Lone Wisconsin Republican Who Opposed Stealing Democrats’ Power Explains Why

SHUTTERSTOCK GOP Wisconsin State Legislature Passes Bill Limiting Incoming Democratic Governor's Powers. Here's What That Means
Kenny Thornton | 07 December, 2018, 18:01

The measure up for a vote Thursday is among several that opponents say ignore voters after they swept Democrats into the governor, attorney general and secretary of state offices.

The measure would prevent incoming Democratic Gov. -elect Tony Evers from withdrawing a federal waiver request to implement the work requirement for able-bodied adults younger than 50.

"The big takeaway from the Wisconsin legislature's sabotage of its voters' mandate, and the similar action in North Carolina in 2016, closely following Republicans' federal proceduralist approach to matters like the Supreme Court and Obamacare, is that this is the new normal", Magarian said. That decision - whether to join or withdraw from this kind of litigation - has been one for the attorney general and governor.

In Michigan, a similar drama is playing out as the Republican-controlled House and Senate are seeking to limit the power of incoming Democratic state officials, including Gov. -elect Gretchen Whitmer.

Democrats countered that the legislation is an unconstitutional overreach.

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

Early Wednesday, the Wisconsin Senate approved legislation that will weaken the governing abilities of incoming Democrats Gov. -elect Tony Evers and Attorney General Josh Kaul.

In Arizona's Maricopa County - with 4.3 million residents, the nation's fourth most populous - the Republican-dominated board of supervisors said last month that it was studying a takeover of some Election Day logistics now handled by the county recorder, a newly elected Democrat. Republicans have rushed to pass that bill before January, when they will lose the legislative supermajority allowing them to overturn Democratic Governor Roy Cooper's veto. Republicans in both MI and Wisconsin will see eight years of total control of state government end in January, when Democrats take over the governor's mansions and other top executive posts.

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"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. The Assembly approved it on a 56-27 vote about two hours later, with a single Republican defecting.

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.

As part of the package passed early Wednesday morning, Republicans codified work requirements for some Medicaid recipients.

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.

The changes would also weaken the governor's ability to put in place rules that enact laws.

The bill is part of a package of Republican lame-duck legislation created to weaken Evers and incoming Democratic Attorney General-elect Josh Kaul.

Both Evers and Kaul urged Republicans not to do it and warned of lawsuits that would bring more gridlock to Wisconsin when the new administration, and the first divided government in 10 years, takes over.

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