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Political parties wage power battle in Wisconsin

by Harvest Prude
Posted 12/06/18, 11:59 am

After suffering a sharp defeat in the 2018 midterm elections, Republican state lawmakers in Wisconsin are working to limit the powers of incoming Democrats. Legislators passed a package of bills to limit gubernatorial authority Tuesday, and outgoing Republican Gov. Scott Walker is expected to sign off on the move Thursday.

The midterm elections ended eight years of one-party control of all branches of state government when voters elected Democrat Tony Evers as governor. Republicans maintain control of the state legislature. The bills take aim at the governor and Democratic Attorney General-elect Josh Kaul. The measures would limit early voting, give lawmakers control of most of the appointments to an economic development board, and require the governor to work with lawmakers before adjusting public benefit programs run by both federal and state governments. The attorney general would have to seek lawmakers’ approval before settling some lawsuits. The public turned out to protest the move with chants of “respect our vote.”

Republican House Speaker Robin Vos accused Democrats of exaggerating the effect of the legislation. “What it does is make sure we have an equal amount of power at the table,” he said.

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Harvest Prude

Harvest is a graduate of the World Journalism Institute and a reporter for WORLD.

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  • JerryM
    Posted: Thu, 12/06/2018 04:30 pm

    What I would like to know is how significant is this news relative to what has happened in other elections and the authority being granted. How much, if any, is this media spin?

    Posted: Fri, 12/07/2018 08:53 am

    This is being falsely characterized as a lame duck maneuver.  The Republicans actually gained seats in the state legislature, so this is merely a continuation of the work they would normally be doing.  A lame duck maneuver would be something more like what the WI Democrats did in 2010 when the Republicans took over both houses and the governor.  Before Walker took office, the outgoing Democrat governor and outgoing Democrat legislature attempted to push through state contracts with government employee unions in an effort to subvert Walkers proposed budget reforms.  They even had a judge release from jail one of their own to be available for the vote.  Remarkably, their attempts failed to gain enough votes.  The voters have indeed spoken.  They said back in 2014 that they want Gov. Walker to serve his full term and to sign bills he consider to be worthy.