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Lone Wisconsin Republican Who Opposed Stealing Democrats’ Power Explains Why

Lone Wisconsin Republican Who Opposed Stealing Democrats’ Power Explains Why

That measure is meant to stop Governor-elect Tony Evers and Attorney General-elect Josh Kaul, both Democrats, from following through on campaign promises to end Wisconsin's challenge to the federal healthcare law known as Obamacare.

Walker is getting bipartisan pressure to veto the measures, including from Democratic Gov. -elect Tony Evers (EE'-vers).

Following a midterm election that saw them lose all statewide offices, Wisconsin Republicans began drafting a plan to hamstring their newly-elected Democratic rivals. If he can not persuade the governor to veto the proposals, Evers said he will consider lawsuits and any other option "to make sure that this legislation does not get into practice".

The Wisconsin Senate has narrowly rejected a bill that would have created a state guarantee that people with pre-existing conditions can have access to health insurance.

The vote came after the state House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a bill that would allow lawmakers to sidestep the attorney general in litigation involving the state.

The main bill was sent to the GOP-led House to be considered as early as next week, following a similar move to restrict the powers of incoming Democrats in neighboring Wisconsin.

The votes early Wednesday were the height of a rare lame-duck legislative session. 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. For example, Kaul could be prevented from withdrawing the state from a federal lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act, which was a central part of both his and Evers' campaigns.

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"Our job, fighting for what we believe for our constituents, who all voted for us, want us to have the ability to win a hand on occasion", Vos said.

Among the political flashpoints in this lame-duck session in Lansing are pieces of legislation that would limit the power of the attorney general and the secretary of state.

The GOP headed State Senate in MI, electing mainly along party lines passed the bill that clears the incoming secretary of state of the authority to superintend crusade funding matters and transfers it to contemporary bipartisan enterprise.

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. They said the anti-gerrymandering ballot initiative approved last month is self-executing, and the legislation is unconstitutional and is not supported by organizers of the ballot drive nor people who voted for it. The State Assembly also approved the bill along party lines later on Wednesday. That chamber ultimately approved the package 17-16, with just one Republican voting against it, around sunrise. Currently, each county has the power to decide their early voting terms, and many Democrat-dominated counties have a six-week period to vote early. 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.

She was responding to Democratic Assembly Minority Leader Gordon Hintz, who claimed Republicans were "sore losers".

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

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


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