Move On’s Ben Wikler is in Madison, Wisconsin today covering Scott Walker and Wisconsin Republicans’ effort to seize every drop of power they can before the office of governor is turned over to a Democrat. They have the perfect cover to do this, because the cable networks are obsessed with endless hagiographies of former President George H.W. Bush. Hours of air time are expended on eulogies and ceremony, while Wisconsin languishes in the shadow.
At issue today: How to kneecap the incoming Governor and Attorney General, both of whom happen to be Democrats. Talking Points Memo has an excellent summary of all the ways in which they plan to do that, via one big power grab bundle of legislation:
Among the bill’s many provisions: preventing the state from dropping out of a lawsuit challenging the Affordable Care act; moving the date of the 2020 presidential primary to boost the electoral prospects of a Republican state Supreme Court justice; limiting early voting to two weeks; reducing the powers of incoming Democratic Attorney General Josh Kaul; and limiting Evers’ authority to implement state laws and make appointments to state agencies.
You may recall a similar effort in North Carolina in 2016, which was challenged in the courts and still has lasting repercussions, including some really awful activity in NC-09 and the possibility of the election board being forced to disband before that is resolved, because of the legislation that body passed to tie the governor in knots.
Ben Wikler is live-tweeting the proceedings, where protesters have packed the room, forcing people into overflow rooms.
Amazing. If you live in Wisconsin, make as much noise as you can. RIGHT NOW. They are trying to nullify the midterms by legislation since they couldn’t do it in the election.