Wisconsin Lawmakers Vote To Limit Powers Of New Democratic Governor

Wisconsin Lawmakers Vote To Limit Powers Of New Democratic Governor

The Scott Walker era in Wisconsin is ending much as it began: With a controversial effort to weaken his political opponents that attracted protests and a national spotlight to Madison.

"This is a coup", Randy Bryce - aka the "Iron Stache" - said before Wisconsin's Joint Committee on Finance, which deliberated and ultimately voted along party lines to advance the Republican plan, which seeks to transfer many of Evers' crucial executive powers to the GOP-dominated legislature. All of those bills had been considered for the extraordinary session.

Republicans planned to vote Tuesday on legislation that would limit Evers' powers as well as restrict incoming Democratic Attorney General Josh Kaul.

State election officials said holding an extra election would've cost taxpayers at least $6.8 million. Otherwise, he said, "we have several strategies in place, but everything's on the table, from litigation to other actions". "This is part and parcel of a new philosophy of governing".

State Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, a Republican, has been more open about the partisan machinations in play. Other changes include weakening the attorney general's office by allowing Republican legislative leaders to dive into some cases with their own attorneys. Backing out of a lawsuit challenging the 2010 federal health care law had been a major campaign issue for Evers and Kaul.

- Require the governor to get permission from the Legislature before he could ban guns in the state Capitol.

"I see this as essentially a Republican majority trying to repudiate and turn back the clock", he told CNN's Don Lemon, condemning the maneuver as "an embarrassment for the state of Wisconsin". It came as Republican lawmakers prepared to vote on lame-duck session measures to weaken powers of the incoming Democratic governor.

Ensure Evers appointees can't control the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, the state's private-public hybrid agency in charge of job creation.

Democrats in the statehouse were apoplectic over the session's agenda, saying it contradicted the will of the voters. Put simply: the Republicans are sore losers. "It's exactly what people hate about politics and it's exactly why people have no confidence in government to address the public's best interests".

Another measure passed by the Legislature early Wednesday morning would limit Evers' ability to change state laws that require able-bodied, childless adults to work in order to receive public benefits like food stamps and Medicaid.

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Walker has not explicitly endorsed the bills, but indicated to reporters he'd support it.

"This legislation will work to nullify a lot of what this last election was about", Evers said Sunday. It is clear we are going to have to fight for our democracy. "It's passed and signed by the governor and it needs to be enforced", Meekhof said.

As the ceremony ended, protesters chanted and yelled, "Hey Walker, go home!"

Wisconsin Democrats railed against the proposals at Monday's hearing.

"The manufactured outrage by the Democrats right now is hilarious", Fitzgerald said. But hope survives. Because although Wisconsin's Republican leaders may be afraid of democracy, democracy is not afraid of them.

He says former Republican Gov. Scott McCallum was "nothing but gracious and open and accepting" when Doyle defeated him in 2002.

"You rig the system when you win and you rig the system when you lose", Wisconsin Democratic state Rep. Chris Taylor said of the Republican legislation. They lost all statewide races amid strong Democratic turnout.

Republicans have said they're pushing the measures to help create a more balanced government. "The Republican base may like that but it's not the thing that gets them going". The measures had been set to go to voters in a referendum in November until the legislature preemptively approved them in September.

Despite the furious response, Republicans pressed ahead Tuesday evening - passing their package of bills in the state senate in the early morning hours Wednesday and later in the morning in the state assembly. However, they said they are shaken by the urgency of Republicans legislating environmental policy during the lame-duck after Democrats won in MI campaigning largely on environmental issues like clean water.

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