US Republicans seek to curb power of newly-elected Democrat governor

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US Republicans seek to curb power of newly-elected Democrat governor

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.

Democrats in Wisconsin girded for a fight and encouraged voters to speak out as Republicans prepared to move ahead quickly this week with a highly unusual and sweeping lame-duck session to pass a series of proposals that would weaken both Democratic Gov. -elect Tony Evers and Attorney General-elect Josh Kaul.

What didn't flip was Republican control of the state Senate and Assembly, thanks in large part to the gerrymandered nature of the legislative districts.

"We will actively be looking at either to litigate or do whatever else in our power to make sure the people of Wisconsin are represented at the table", Evers told reporters on Tuesday, according to The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

Wisconsin Democratic lawmakers say a Republican lame-duck session is an unprecedented attempt to take away powers of the incoming governor and attorney general.

Feyen says "I think we need to come together, work on compromise".

Democratic state Sen. Jon Erpenbach calls the lame-duck session a "power grab".

That maneuver allows Republicans to scale back the laws with a simple majority, instead of the three-quarters vote required to change any voter-approved ballot measure.

The Republican-led Wisconsin legislature approved two bills that would diminish the powers of the state's governor and executive branch after a Democrat was elected to that office in November, Britt Cudaback, spokesman for Democratic Gov. -elect Tony Evers, told CNN Wednesday morning. One Senate Republican defected, while all Democrats voted against it.

The efforts are reminiscent of the lame-duck maneuvers that North Carolina Republicans took in 2016 to strip the incoming Democratic governor, Roy Cooper, of power.

The legislation would also require legislative approval to withdraw from lawsuits, taking that away from the attorney general.

Make it harder for Evers to enact administrative rules that implement state laws.

The power to withdraw Wisconsin from a lawsuit challenging the federal health care law would rest with a legislative committee, rather than the attorney general.

- Ensure appointees by Democratic Gov. -elect Tony Evers can't control the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, the quasi-private job-creation agency that Evers wants to reorganize.

The proposal would also restrict early voting to no more than two weeks before an election. The last lame-duck session in Wisconsin was in 2010, when Democrats tried unsuccessfully to enact labor agreements.

GOP lawmakers are trying to pass the bills before Walker leaves office in early January. The Senate passed the proposal earlier in the evening.

Other measures would weaken the attorney general's office by allowing Republican legislative leaders to intervene in cases and hire their own attorneys. "Go home!" He left without taking questions from reporters about the bills being considered in the rare lame-duck legislative session.

Demonstrators booed outgoing Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on Tuesday at a Christmas tree-lighting ceremony, drowning out a high school choir with their own songs in protest of a Republican effort to gut the powers of Walker's Democratic successor.

Republicans pushed on Tuesday night into Wednesday through protests, internal disagreement and Democratic opposition. Both Evers and Kaul urged Republicans not to do it, warning that lawsuits would bring more gridlock to Wisconsin when the new administration, and the first divided government in 10 years, takes over. The measures are created to weaken both incoming Democratic Gov. -elect Tony Evers and Democratic Attorney General-elect Josh Kaul.

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