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Dec 5 - Wisconsin Republicans Approve Bills Stripping Power From Democratic Governor


 


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Dec 5 - Wisconsin Republicans Approve Bills Stripping Power From Democratic Governor
 

 

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MADISON, Wis. — After a rancorous, sleepless night of debate, Republican lawmakers early Wednesday pushed through a sweeping set of bills that will limit the power of Wisconsin’s newly elected Democrats, including the incoming governor and attorney general.

The legislation, which Democrats vehemently opposed and protesters chanted their anger over, passed through the Republican-held State Legislature after hours of closed-door meetings and some amendments. The votes fell largely along party lines; no Democrats supported the measures.

“That’s what this is about: power-hungry politicians using their grubby hands in their last-ditch effort to desperately cling to power,” said State Representative Katrina Shankland, a Democrat, before the vote Wednesday morning. “All we’ve seen demonstrated today and over the past few days is a contempt for the public.”

The f!ght over power in Madison came after Republicans, who have controlled the state for the last eight years, lost the offices of governor and attorney general during the midterm elections. Tony Evers, a Democrat, defeated Scott Walker, a two-term governor who drew national attention with a brief run for president.

Republicans explained the moves to limit the authority of the governor as part of a long-needed change in the balance of power, which they said had become tilted in favor of the executive branch. Robin Vos, the speaker of the a.ssembly, accused Democrats of fanning hysteria and overstating the effects of the bills.

“You are so grossly exaggerating the words of this bill it makes me sick,” Mr. Vos said.

Democrats scoffed at that explanation, noting that Republicans had seemed perfectly satisfied with the balance of power when Mr. Walker held the role. Hundreds of protesters streamed to the Capitol as the debate went on over several days. Some carried signs with messages like “G.O.P. Grinch Stealing Democracy” and chanted “Shame! Shame! Shame!” during one hearing.

Mr. Evers, the governor-elect, issued a statement on Wednesday expressing outrage, and accusing the Republicans of grabbing power against the wishes of the voters.

“Wisconsin has never seen anything like this,” Mr. Evers said, adding at another point, “Wisconsin values of decency, kindness, and finding common ground were pushed aside so a handful of people could desperately usurp and cling to power while hidden away from the very people they represent.”


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-Robin Vos, the Republican speaker of the a.ssembly, has accused Democrats of exaggerating the effects of the bills.

The package of bills, which now awaits Mr. Walker’s signature, would limit early voting and, for the coming months, give lawmakers, not the governor, the majority of appointments on an economic development board. They also prevent Mr. Evers from banning guns in the Wisconsin Capitol without permission from legislators.

The bills would also require Mr. Evers to get permission from lawmakers to seek adjustments on programs run jointly by federal and state governments, such as public benefit programs.

And they would bar Mr. Evers from installing any political appointee whose confirmation is rejected by the Senate. (Current law allows a governor to renominate such appointees or allow them to serve as a provisional appointment.) The measures also include a provision requiring the corrections department, at lawmakers’ request, to publish online the names of prisoners pardoned by the governor or released before finishing their sentences.

“It provides more opportunity for oversight for a coequal branch of government,” Romaine Quinn, a Republican state representative, said of the measures.

But Gordon Hintz, the Democratic leader in the a.ssembly, said the legislation undermined the power of democratically elected officials. “We’re here because you don’t trust Tony Evers and you don’t want to give up power,” he said. “You’re sore losers.”

On state legal matters, the package of bills shifts more authority to lawmakers that would ordinarily be held by the state attorney general. A Democrat, Josh Kaul, was elected attorney general in November to replace the outgoing Republican.

Under the newly passed measures, the attorney general would need lawmakers’ approval to settle certain suits. Also, the measures would allow legislative leaders to intervene and hire their own lawyers — in addition to the attorney general — if the constitutionality of a law were being challenged. Under the new bills, the attorney general could no longer appoint a solicitor general to represent the state in major lawsuits, and would be restricted in how he spent settlement money, which lawmakers would now oversee.

As the debate went on in recent days, some measures were softened or removed by amendments, such as a proposal that lawmakers be able to completely remove the attorney general from some lawsuits.

On Tuesday, senators confirmed dozens of Mr. Walker’s political appointees despite protests by Mr. Evers, who called the last-minute installations an “example of putting politics before people.”


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Bills were to:

Oppose easing Voter ID
Shorten timeframe for early voting
Change schedule of local state elections (a lot more elections within a short timeframe)
Prevent AG from withdrawing from ACA suit by State


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12 comments for "Dec 5 - Wisconsin Republicans Approve Bills Stripping Power From Democratic Governor"

 2 weeks ago '14        #2
TheRiverStyx 14 heat pts14
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This is a scary slippery slope. This is a move towards reducing the power of the average citizen's vote.

Hearing the Republican sponsor of the bill explain the reasoning for this move was cringe worthy at best.
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 2 weeks ago '17        #3
Ymmot 9 heat pts
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@, you good with this? Blatant unconstitutional move.
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 1 week ago '17        #4
Ifeellikekobe 90 heat pts90 OP
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 TheRiverStyx said
This is a scary slippery slope. This is a move towards reducing the power of the average citizen's vote.

Hearing the Republican sponsor of the bill explain the reasoning for this move was cringe worthy at best.
Yeah this sh*t is a problem and it aint both sides do it too. The republicans in several different states had their chance to govern and they fu*k it up. Now they are trying to grab as much power as possible to please their donors. And only the donors.
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 1 week ago '18        #5
StillSFamilyRep 1 heat pts
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 Ifeellikekobe said
Yeah this sh*t is a problem and it aint both sides do it too. The republicans in several different states had their chance to govern and they fu*k it up. Now they are trying to grab as much power as possible to please their donors. And only the donors.
It provides more opportunity for oversight for a coequal branch of government,Ē Romaine Quinn, a Republican state representative, said of the measures.
These ingrates not even hiding their hypocrisy.They weren't interested in a coequal branch of government. Exactly why I can't even fu*k with Republicans. Can't wait till all them old f*ggots croak.

 1 week ago '04        #6
EGO 55 heat pts55
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Glad I moved the fu*k out of that sh*tty state.

 1 week ago '12        #7
acefresh 21 heat pts21
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i'll drain the swamp he said.

 1 week ago '18        #8
niruggg 24 heat pts24
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why the fu*k is all the real news buried on this fu*king site but on page 1 news about mother fu*kers getting crushed by a fat bi*ch is top of the list

@ @ @ @ legit story with source real question whats the deal? @ @


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 1 week ago '17        #9
Ifeellikekobe 90 heat pts90 OP
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 niruggg said
why the fu*k is all the real news buried on this fu*king site but on page 1 news about mother fu*kers getting crushed by a fat bi*ch is top of the list

@ @ @ @ legit story with source real question whats the deal? @ @
Well the fat bi*ch thread is mine too.

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 1 week ago '18        #10
niruggg 24 heat pts24
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 Ifeellikekobe said
Well the fat bi*ch thread is mine too.


 1 week ago '08        #11
flav 2 heat pts
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 Ymmot said
@, you good with this? Blatant unconstitutional move.
How many times do i have to tell you and your weird a.ss crew that iím not 1000% this or 100% that?

Funny how you only remember WHAT you want to remember


Anyway, nah, iím not cool with that. Itís an overly aggressive move that will backfire on the long run. Cause once/if the democratic party takes over down the road, it will be nearly impossible for any future republican to take over. I think in this case, they pulled that move because they are losing grip and are aware of that, so the use of a nefarious approach was their course of action

 1 week ago '12        #12
acefresh 21 heat pts21
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 niruggg said
why the fu*k is all the real news buried on this fu*king site but on page 1 news about mother fu*kers getting crushed by a fat bi*ch is top of the list

@ @ @ @ legit story with source real question whats the deal? @ @
The site is losing quality as it gets more popular. Theyíre choosing fancy graphics and features over quality content. Trolls are out of control. Racism is out of control. Repeat threads out of control. This site is getting gross. There doesnít seem to be much moderation at all, if any. Bans are temporary so as*holes donít really face any repercussions. But as they say, nothing lasts forever
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 1 week ago '13        #13
JeezusPrice 6 heat pts
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Voting was pointless. Democrats keep letting Republicans game the system...
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