Wisconsin Republicans to vote on weakening governor's power

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker delivers his budget address to a joint session of the legislature at the capitol

Wisconsin Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald says there aren't enough votes in the Senate to approve every proposal being offered in the lame-duck legislative session, but he wouldn't say that any of them are dead.

After being defeated at the ballot box last month, Republicans in Wisconsin and MI are seeking to deny Democrats full control of state government, prompting a public outcry against the attempted power grab by national figures who include potential 2020 candidates Tom Steyer and Sen. Republicans will maintain their majorities in the Legislature next year when the Democratic Evers takes over.

The lame-duck maneuvering in Wisconsin is similar to what Republicans did in North Carolina two years ago and is being discussed in MI before a Democratic governor takes over there.

Hundreds of people protested both inside and outside the hearing room, banging on the doors and chanting "Respect our votes!"

The protests, coming at the end of Walker's eight years in office, were reminiscent of tumult that came shortly after he took office in 2011, when he moved to end collective bargaining powers for public sector unions.

Another proposal would restrict Evers' control over the state's job creation agency. And he suggested that GOP legislative leaders "don't trust" the Governor-elect.

Switch who can approve withdrawing from lawsuits from the governor to the budget committee, a move that would stop Evers ordering Kaul to remove Wisconsin from a lawsuit challenging the federal Affordable Care Act.

State Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald told conservative talk radio station WISN's "Jay Weber Show" on Monday that the agenda for the lame duck session is created to corral Evers before he takes office. "When you give voters the opportunity to vote, they will vote", he said.

More news: Battlefield V Update to Boost Ray Tracing Performance up to 50 Percent

"Unfortunately I think this extraordinary session says that the Republicans don't believe that people of this state have the right or the intelligence to elect their leaders", said Sen.

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. But Fitzgerald said Walker and his chief of staff had been deeply involved in crafting the measures. Sixty of the state's 72 county election clerks have come out against adding a March election, saying it's logistically impossible to administer so many contests in such a short period of time and it would cost about $7 million.

Evers, incoming Democratic Attorney General Josh Kaul and other opponents urged Republicans to reject the measures.

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

Other bills would move the 2020 presidential primary date to benefit a conservative state Supreme Court justice, limit early voting and reduce the power of the incoming Democratic attorney general.

A similar limit was found unconstitutional by a federal judge in 2016 and Democrats have threatened to take legal action again should the plan be signed by Walker. Until 2012, they were held separately, said Assembly Speaker Robin Vos. He called on the people of Wisconsin to contact their legislators even as the bills were speeding through. "Unless they want to volunteer their time and their money to help us do it, it's just an enormous burden".

Evers spoke to reporters Sunday at a Milwaukee law firm. "I think it's the wrong message, I think it is an embarrassment for the state and I think we can stop it". He says Republicans are trying to undo results of the November 6 election but he thinks voters can stop it by lobbying their representatives. They did not make the bills public until late on Friday, after scheduling a Monday hearing before the joint finance committee.

Republican state Rep. John Nygren fired back that it was "not true" that the hearing was unprecedented or represented an attack on democracy, prompting boos from members of the crowd.

Related News:



Most liked

Heisman 3: Tua Tagovailoa, Kyler Murray, Dwayne Haskins
Tagovailoa has been the favorite for most of the season, but Murray may have passed on him championship weekend. Meanwhile, Tagovailoa had the worst game of his career during Alabama's SEC Championship win against Georgia.

'Worst moment of my life': Couple reveal twist in 'devastating' proposal
PREVIOUS STORY: Police have an important message for the couple who lost their engagement ring in Times Square: We have the ring. The video has since gone viral, garnering more than 2.6 million views at the time of writing, as well as over 16,000 retweets.

Maduro Defends Venezuela's Right to Export Gold Amid Looming US Sanctions
Ties between Turkey and the United States, two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, have also been strained. Washington imposed tariffs on Turkish imports earlier this year, prompting retaliatory measures from Ankara.

Qualcomm-NXP deal: Xi says China open to approving
Chinese regulators declined to clear the deal, though the country later expressed regret over the transaction's collapse. A successful acquisition of Mellanox could prove an important test of China's appetite to approve such deals.

South Florida girl in need of rare blood to fight cancer
Florida-based OneBlood , a nonprofit blood center, has now been conducting an global search to find compatible blood donors. But OneBlood says Zainab is going to need a lot more blood than three donors can provide to beat the cancer.

CIA Director Haspel to Brief Senate Leaders on Khashoggi's Death
"It is outrageous that the White House is still hiding what they know about the Khashoggi murder from Congress", he tweeted. Senators have moved to punish Saudi Arabia by advancing legislation to curtail USA backing for the Saudi-led war in Yemen.

Ashley wants to sell Newcastle before January
They play Everton on Wednesday as pressure grows on manager Rafa Benitez to steer the Magpies clear of the relegation zone. Yet, according to the Newcastle owner, this time around he is more confident of striking a deal to sell the club.

National Hockey League votes to give expansion franchise to Seattle
For context, the Golden Knights ran a season-ticket drive in 2015 and received 5,000 deposits in the first two days. That will trigger a realignment that will send the Arizona Coyotes to the Central Division.

Rockstar Games announce updates for in-game economy balancing
Your feedback in these early days will be instrumental in helping formulate updates in every aspect of the experience. There is no word on how long the game will remain in beta form, but keep checking back with GameSpot for the latest.

European Union advocate general: United Kingdom can revoke Article 50 unilaterally
The opinion comes after the UK's failure to kill the case and prevent it reaching the European Union court. But May could also use it to her advantage as the country heads into uncharted Brexit territory.

Violence in Bulandshahr over cow slaughter, cop killed
BJP district president Himanshu Mittal said he had heard that two activists of the party had been shot in the incident . It is alleged that local right-wing groups and BJP members instigated the locals to gather at the police outpost.

Delhi Daredevils set to get a new name today
Kaif, who will join the season as the assistant coach admitted that this side a promising core and they are looking forward to it. Delhi Daredevils (DD) have brought a makeover in their outlook for the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL ).

Urban Meyer retiring as coach of Ohio State
Washington on January 1, the school confirmed for The Dispatch on Tuesday, and the Ryan Day era will begin in earnest. OSU has won outright or shared seven division titles, three Big Ten championships and one national championship.

First Muslim country that wins title of 'Most powerful passport'
The US passport moved up three places from a year ago while the United Kingdom remains joint fourth for the second time running. Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Luxembourg, France, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Norway and South Korea made it into bronze position.

Quora breach leaks data on over 100 million users
To combat this breach, Quora logged all users out, and forced all accounts using a password as authentication to reset it. The company insists that only a low percentage of Quora users have sent or received such messages.