Wisconsin Legislature OKs weakening governor, AG

Wisconsin Legislature OKs weakening governor, AG

But Fitzgerald says he's not willing to say whether there are enough votes to do it.

The Wisconsin Elections Commission is warning state lawmakers that moving the state's 2020 presidential primary would be "extraordinarily hard". They approved three bills on party-line 12-4 votes, but did not take up one measure that would have moved the 2020 presidential primary from April to March at a cost of almost $7 million to taxpayers. The move is created to protect state Supreme Court Justice Dan Kelly, who's up for re-election that April, from a Democratic wave.

"The last election changed the state in a way that apparently the legislature has chose to not accept", he said.

The state Elections Commission unanimously adopted a motion Monday morning declaring that the shift would be "extraordinarily difficult" and costly without additional funding.

The second bill includes a measure that would eliminate the state's Department of Transportation's authority to transfer state and federal funding between highway programs.

The Wisconsin legislature's lame duck session has been making national headlines.

Protesters chanting "shame" swarmed the capitol building on Monday in Madison, where a legislative committee held a 10-hour hearing that was frequently disrupted by members of the public.

In Wisconsin, the far-reaching proposal by Republican lawmakers would weaken the authority of Gov. -elect Tony Evers and state Attorney General-elect Josh Kaul, who unseated their Republican opponents last month. There hasn't been one since 2010, when Democrats in power then tried unsuccessfully to approve union contracts before Walker took office. Jon Erpenbach. "They lost and they're throwing a fit".

The move mirrored an effort underway in MI, where the Republican-controlled legislature is also weighing new laws that would hamstring incoming Democratic leaders who prevailed in last month's elections. It is particularly disturbing that legislative Republicans would chose to poison the well of bipartisanship before duly elected officials are allowed to take office.

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The measure was approved on a 17-16 vote with all Democrats and one Republican voting against it.

They made opposition to that lawsuit a central part of both of their campaigns and handcuffing their ability to get Wisconsin out of the case has fueled Democratic arguments that Republicans are trying to invalidate the will of voters.

"This morning, fresh of an election defeat, the Republican-controlled legislature voted to subvert the will of the people".

Stung by their election loss in the governor's race last month, Republicans treated the lame-duck session as a final opportunity to use their political clout to weaken the next governor before time runs out. They clearly communicated to my office their preference that the separation of powers between branches of government be retained. Former Democratic attorney general and Gov. Jim Doyle said the moves were unconstitutional.

Republicans had proposed moving the date of the 2020 presidential primary to improve the chances of a conservative Supreme Court justice, who was appointed by Walker and is on the ballot that year. Clerks say it's logistically impossible and would cost at least $7 million. Commissioner Mark Thomsen, a Democratic appointee, called the idea the "biggest waste of money for a single person that I can think of".

Walker, who was booed and heckled during an afternoon Christmas tree lighting ceremony in the Capitol rotunda, has signaled support for the measures that he would have to sign before they take effect.

Other changes would limit early voting to two weeks and allow the Legislature to replace the attorney general when defending state laws.

Republican-led legislatures in Wisconsin and also MI are using lame-duck sessions to try and limit the powers of incoming Democratic governors in their states, prompting sore loser allegations from opponents who say lawmakers are undermining voters.

He is vowing to fight it, saying lawsuits are being explored, and called on the people of Wisconsin to contact their legislators even as the bills were speeding through.

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