Wisconsin Republicans Pass Legislation to Reduce Powers of Governor, Attorney General

Wisconsin Republicans Pass Legislation to Reduce Powers of Governor, Attorney General

Meanwhile, in MI, the legislature will also remain in control of Republicans, but the governor, attorney general, and secretary of state will all be Democrats for the first time in almost three decades. Jon Erpenbach. "It's time to set aside your political beliefs and do what's best for your state".

"Republicans who control Michigan's Legislature voted Wednesday to advance a measure that strips campaign-finance oversight power from the Democratic secretary of state-elect, and they moved to give lawmakers authority to stand up for GOP-backed laws if they think the incoming Democratic governor and attorney general are not adequately defending the state's interests", writes the AP.

"We've not been able to find Republicans having a lot of success anywhere related to ballot harvesting, " Brulte explained, adding that it will take the GOP at least six years before they can be a political force again in California.

"Obviously litigation is one, but we're hopeful that we can convince Governor Walker to make some adjustments and then we'll talk about what options are available after that", Evers said.

Evers, now Wisconsin's education superintendent, defeated Walker in the November 6 election and will take office on January 7. Because these types of anti-democratic hijinks could be coming soon to a state near you. "No prominent Republican I'm aware of has spoken out against the Wisconsin/Michigan governor gambit". That is what is happening in Wisconsin and-so far-it's been working. -That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.

"Republicans are making our state a national disgrace by this blatant attempt to override the will of the voters", Hintz said. The new law, if signed by Gov. Rick Snyder, would allow the legislature to intervene and potentially protect their actions in the attorney general's stead. In that state, Republican supermajorities two years ago placed new restrictions on the power of the governor after Democrat Roy Cooper beat a GOP incumbent for the seat.

Republicans in the Legislature said during floor debate that the changes would restore a balance of power between the legislative and executive branches. Drafting notes show they originated with Vos' office. It's yet another sign of the Republican Party losing its way - and of a nation put at risk by a political party willing to undermine democracy for its own gain.

The rally ended with the announced goal to register more than 1 million new voters in Wisconsin before the 2020 elections. The bills also could make it harder for Evers to renegotiate a $3 billion subsidy spearheaded by Walker for a Foxconn Technology Group manufacturing facility in southeastern Wisconsin. That includes protecting a work requirement for some people receiving state health care and blocking Evers from withdrawing Wisconsin from a multistate lawsuit seeking repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

The governor's long history of clashing with Democrats doesn't give his opponents much hope he will change course and issue substantial vetoes.

The incoming Democratic governor has already threatened a lawsuit over this move. We are a democracy because we believe the people not only have the right, but the wisdom to govern ourselves.

But Democrats said it shows disrespect to the institution.

Walker hasn't said whether he'll sign the wide-ranging bills.

As unions tend to support Democrats, and the union-gutting bill, Act 10, exempted the two unions that more often support Republicans (police and firefighters), the bill was clearly a partisan power grab by Republicans.

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