These Republicans never stop cheating, do they?
Courtesy of Journal Sentinel:
Republican lawmakers are seeking to limit voter turnout and want to take away key powers from the incoming Democratic governor and attorney general before GOP Gov. Scott Walker leaves office in January.
The sweeping plan — to be taken up Tuesday — would remove Gov.-elect Tony Evers’ power to approve major actions by Attorney General-elect Josh Kaul and give that authority to Republican lawmakers.
That could mean the campaign promise made by Evers and Kaul to immediately withdraw Wisconsin from a federal lawsuit to overturn the Affordable Care Act would likely be blocked.
A hearing that could stretch into the night is slated for 12:30 p.m. Monday before the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee. The two houses are expected to meet Tuesday to pass at least parts of their plan.
The 141-page plan goes further than what Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos suggested lawmakers would take up during the so-called lame-duck legislative session before Evers takes office.
“It’s real kind of inside baseball, kind of legislative stuff that it’s hard for me to believe people will get too excited about,” Fitzgerald said three days before the plan was released.
But among the proposals are ones to limit the governor’s powers, weaken the attorney general and restrict early voting to two weeks before an election. Currently, some communities provide as many as six weeks of early voting.
So it’s “inside baseball” stuff, and not worthy of public attention, when one party moves to render the incoming governor from the opposing party politically impotent?
Because that really sounds as if they are undermining the will of the Wisconsin voters who put that governor in office.
If I were a voter in Wisconsin I would be marking these political saboteurs and making sure that their next reelection bid was unsuccessful.
For his part, the new incoming governor, Tony Evers, says he will fight this tooth and nail:
“I view this as a repudiation of the last election. I will take any steps possible to assure the people of Wisconsin that I will not invalidate those votes,” Evers told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in an interview Saturday. “And frankly, I’m encouraging citizens across the state of Wisconsin to help me in that effort.”
“The last election changed the state in a way that apparently the Legislature has decided to not accept,” Evers said. “They are putting their interests in front of the people of the state of Wisconsin.”
Apparently, dirty tricks are the only tricks that the Wisconsin Republicans know.