Here's how Wisconsin Republicans want to strip power from incoming Democrats

Nikhilesh Haval

Nikhilesh Haval

The GOP lame duck power grab continued Thursday evening as Republicans in the state House passed legislation created to strip power from incoming Democrats on the Michigan State Board of Education.

Evers says the state "should be embarrassed" by the Republicans' actions and that they have ignored the will of voters.

"Now, whether or not Governor Walker and the state legislature believe that the incoming Democratic governor and attorney general are detrimental to the forward advancement of the state of Wisconsin, that may be so, but the people of Wisconsin - according to their votes - have determined that they no longer wanted to retain Governor Walker, and they wanted to transfer leadership of their state to a Democratic governor and a Democratic attorney general", Hamilton explained. The measure could ensure the GOP's ability to support laws if Democratic Gov. -elect Gretchen Whitmer and Democratic Attorney General-elect Nessel drop appeals in cases the state loses.

Republican Gov. Scott Walker has indicated he'll sign the bills.

Sen. Steve Bieda, a Warren Democrat, said Republicans "refuse to accept the consequences of the election", criticizing what he said would be a "bogus" panel. The State Assembly also approved the bill along party lines later on Wednesday. Jocelyn Benson is poised to become the first Democratic secretary of state in 24 years when she takes office in January. Eric Doster, a former long-time lawyer for the state GOP, testified that the commission would operate similarly to those in other states and said "now the time is right". It would also limit early voting to no more than two weeks before an election, a restriction similar to what a federal judge ruled was unconstitutional. A bill that won Senate approval on a 25-12 vote over Democrats' objections would influence how Benson implements a new voter-approved constitutional amendment that establishes an independent redistricting commission to draw congressional and legislative maps instead of the partisan Legislature. Were the districts not rigged in Republicans' favor, then the party wouldn't be able to pass legislation and strip power from incoming Democrats during lame duck. The measures would shift power to the Republican-controlled Legislature and weaken the authority of the governor and the attorney general.

The bills give the Republican legislature control of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation board, which for eight years has been the duty of Walker.

"We're going to work with the governor-elect, but we're going to do it in a way that's balanced between the legislative and administrative level", Rep. John Nygren said during the debate, reported Wisconsin Public Radio (WPR). "This in an institutional bill created to ensure that the legislative branch has a voice". The bill also would require new legislative oversight of waiver requests related to health care made by the governor.

In a statement, Evers said: "Wisconsin has never seen anything like this". One Republican notably broke ranks and also voted against it. That measure is awaiting a final legislative vote in the state Assembly.

"The incoming secretary of state was elected to preside over election matters", said Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich of Flint.

Republicans who control the Wisconsin Assembly have passed a lame-duck bill enacting a Medicaid work requirement. The legislation approved Wednesday would prescribe criteria for determining applicants' political affiliation.

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