Michigan GOP Commences Restricting Power Of Approaching Democratic Leaders

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"Now, whether or not Governor Walker and the state legislature believe that the incoming Democratic governor and attorney general are detrimental to the forward advancement of the state of Wisconsin, that may be so, but the people of Wisconsin - according to their votes - have determined that they no longer wanted to retain Governor Walker, and they wanted to transfer leadership of their state to a Democratic governor and a Democratic attorney general", Hamilton explained.

The move comes almost a month after Gov. -elect Tony Evers, a Democrat, narrowly beat Republican Gov. Scott Walker. Republicans lost both seats in the November election.

But the new legislation would also require that Evers obtain permission from the GOP legislature before seeking to tweak the conditions of federal waivers or making changes to public assistance programs. And they would limit early voting to no more than two weeks before an election, a restriction similar to what a federal judge ruled was unconstitutional.

The bill would restrict early voting ― which is generally known to increase voter turnout and thus help Democrats ― prevent Evers from banning guns in the state capitol without the Legislature's approval and give lawmakers increased control over a beleaguered state economic development agency. Republicans argue that the new body, which would be made up of three Democratic and three Republican legislators appointed by the governor, would promote bipartisan cooperation.

The full Senate could vote later Wednesday. But Democrats and proponents of the redistricting law say the incoming Democratic secretary of state is perfectly capable of implementing it without intrusion from the GOP-controlled Legislature.

The attorney general-elect, Josh Kaul, is also a Democrat.

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The bill failed by one vote Wednesday during a lame-duck legislative session where Republicans are focused on measures created to limit the powers of the incoming Democratic governor and attorney general. The Assembly approved it on a 56-27 vote about two hours later, with a single Republican defecting.

A Senate bill looks to remove campaign finance oversight from the jurisdiction of the secretary of state who will be Jocelyn Benson. That measure is awaiting a final legislative vote in the state Assembly. That chamber ultimately approved the package 17-16, with one Republican, state Sen. He says a handful of people desperately want to "cling to power". The Trump administration in October granted Walker's request for a waiver that would allow the state to enact the controversial policy, which Evers opposes and recently told reporters he might seek to unwind using his executive power.

The bill would limit the governor's ability to put in place administrative rules that enact laws and give the Legislature the power to control appointees to the board that runs the state economic development agency until September 1.

Among the bills that have advanced so far during the lame-duck session are ones which create a campaign finance commission, give the legislature the ability to intervene in lawsuits, and rollback a previously-approved increase in the minimum wage and paid-sick-leave mandate. Attorneys general frequently decline to defend challenges involving legislation that conflicts with the views of the executive branch.

Democrats also criticized the bill that would prescribe how Benson randomly selects the four Democrats, four Republicans and five independents to sit on the redistricting panel.

When both take office in January Wisconsin will experience the first divided government in 10 years.

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