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Wisconsin Republicans Pass Legislation to Reduce Powers of Governor, Attorney General

Wisconsin Republicans Pass Legislation to Reduce Powers of Governor, Attorney General

In this October 19 photo, Democratic challenger Tony Evers, left, and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican, shake hands during gubernatorial debate in Madison, Wis. Republicans pushing to hang on to power in Wisconsin and MI aren't stopping at curbing the authority of incoming Democratic governors.

The attorney general's office, meanwhile, wouldn't be allowed to withdraw from federal lawsuits.

Criticism mounted on Thursday, including from former US Secretary of State and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

This gives the appearance of a concerted national strategy by the Republican Party to assert partisan politics as a matter of rule of law, Magarian said.

What's happening in statehouses ahead of a transfer of power? "I hope it's not the new normal".

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.

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At other times, Vos has argued that the last second changes are a reflection of Wisconsin Republicans' commitment to the separation of powers. They're also trying to hamstring Democrats who are about to take over as attorneys general.

Wisconsin's attorney general-elect, Josh Kaul, campaigned on promises to pull the state out of a lawsuit challenging the Affordable Care Act and to get tougher on polluters.

MI lawmakers also are trying to weaken marijuana legalization and voter registration ballot initiatives that voters approved this year. Democrats generally understand that many schools in low-income areas are underfunded and attempt to provide more money and resources. Within weeks, anxious Republican lawmakers started meeting to seek ways to weaken all four offices in lame-duck legislative sessions.

Those actions echoed the moves by politicians in North Carolina after the election of Democrat Roy Cooper in 2016, which led to legal battles.

The move by Republican legislators in Wisconsin and MI to strip power from incoming executive branch Democrats - akin to steps taken by the North Carolina GOP to undermine the incoming governor two years ago - sets an unsettling, even anti-democratic trend across state legislatures, experts say. Republicans lost the governor's race and attorney general race but held on to both chambers of the legislature as a result of a heavily pro-Republican gerrymander.

If Democrats sue to prevent Republicans from diluting the powers of Wisconsin's new governor and attorney general, the lawsuits will probably center on one question: Are lawmakers usurping authority that belongs to the executive branch? The move ensures Kaul can not use the office to attack Republican laws. Walker has signaled his support for the bills; on Thursday, a spokesman said Walker was still reviewing the legislation and gave no timetable for action.

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Outgoing Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wis.) intends on signing the measure.

In a statement, Evers said: "Wisconsin has never seen anything like this". "And this is fundamentally not how the process should be working in any functional democracy". Jim Bolin, speaking at the state legislatures conference in Washington, recalled an example from Wisconsin.

Republicans disputed criticism that the legislation would undermine the role of the attorney general.

In Michigan, Republicans are advancing their own measure that would also allow GOP lawmakers to intervene in lawsuits, ensuring they could step in if Nessel will not defend laws. Evers can not withdraw the federal waiver that is part of the requirement because he would first have to go through the GOP-controlled Legislature.

Scott Walker is weighing whether to sign a sweeping package of bills that would weaken the powers of his Democratic successor.

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

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Eggert reported from Lansing, Michigan.


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