GOP tries to hamstring incoming Democratic attorneys general


The vote by the Republican-controlled Wisconsin Legislature to strip power away from the incoming governor and attorney general split for the most part along predictable partisan lines.

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Democrats won the governor, attorney general and secretary of state's offices last month. But Democrats say it is a power grab and would ensure deadlock by letting political parties sway who sits on the commission.

The voters elected them based on what they promised to do.

The incoming Democratic governor of Wisconsin says he will make a personal appeal to outgoing Republican Gov. Scott Walker to veto legislation that weakens the new administration's powers.

Republican Governor Scott Walker has indicated he will sign the bills before leaving office at the end of December, though his office said on Thursday he was reviewing the legislation. If that doesn't work Evers said he might sue. Tammy Baldwin, the Democrat incumbent. That would stop Evers and Kaul from fulfilling their campaign promises to withdraw Wisconsin from a multi-state lawsuit seeking repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

Robin Vos, the apeaker of the Wisconsin State Assembly, told reporters the day after the election that the plan is meant to "re-balance" power following the Walker administration.

"We're seeing more and more public policy issues being addressed in the courts, rather than exclusively in the legislative branch", he said.

After his re-election as speaker, Vos added, "We are going to stand like bedrock to guarantee that Wisconsin does not go back", Vos added.

The Republican-controlled Wisconsin Senate has passed a sweeping measure taking power away from the incoming Democratic governor and attorney general, and reducing how long early voting can take place. "We don't trust Tony Evers right now in a lot of these areas".

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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.

A public policy analyst contends that Republicans would be very upset if Democrats did what the lame duck Republican leadership is doing in Wisconsin.

The minimum wage and paid-sick-leave legislation, which passed Tuesday, are reversals from September when they were approved in Lansing.

The changes would also have a big impact on how the state's schools are managed.

Democratic Gov. -elect Gretchen Whitmer takes office on January 1. All of this has been pushed through in only the last few days.

The campaign finance commission would assume a number of responsibilities now under the purview of the state secretary of state.

Democrats countered that the legislation is an unconstitutional overreach.

One bill up for consideration Wednesday would create a commission to enforce campaign-finance requirements rather than incoming Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson.

Republicans dispute criticism that the legislation would undermine the role of the attorney general. Scott Walker is expected to sign the legislation into law.

This move has scared moral watchdogs who have vociferated it power seize and has encouraged complaint amongst Democrats.