Michigan House votes to extend legislative power

Dec 10, 2018, 00:50
Michigan House votes to extend legislative power

Evers, who will be sworn in January 7 after narrowly defeating the two-term Republican last month, said Wisconsin voters did not elect him to fight over administrative powers with the GOP legislative majority.

Walker is in his final five weeks as governor. Think of your recently deceased father, they pleaded. If those two institutions suddenly gave Democrats an advantage they'd turn around and be against them faster than you can say all of George H.W. Bush's middle names.

"What they are planning for the Republican Party of Wisconsin will malign its integrity and lead to its downfall", Lubar wrote in an email to Walker last week. "Don't stain it by this personal, poor-loser action".

Why should the majority of Americans who live outside Wisconsin care?

Other critics of the bill, however, contended that the commission would be ineffectual, saying its members would deadlock and be accountable to political parties that would submit a list of possible appointees to the governor. He's been generally supportive of the measures in the past, without promising to sign or veto them. Jon Erpenbach. "It's time to set aside your political beliefs and do what's best for your state".

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The situation is especially galling for Democrats because the state House Dems won the popular vote in the state House in 2014 and 2018, and only lost by 3,000 votes in 2016.

"The will of the people has officially been ignored by the Legislature", Evers said at a press conference, "Wisconsin should be embarrassed by this", Evers said.

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. Our system has rules that I think most of us believe are fair: The politicians (and party) that can convince more citizens to vote for them get to rule.

But Evers said Wednesday afternoon he will talk to Walker as soon as the bills reach his desk and that if he can not persuade him to veto the proposals, he will consider lawsuits and any other option "to make sure that this legislation does not get into practice". If the bills are signed, Evers says, he will explore litigation or other ideas to ensure the legislation "does not get into practice".

Lubar, who first shared his email with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, urged Walker to consider his future.

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The GOP has controlled the legislatures and the governor's offices in Wisconsin and MI since 2011. But before they are sworn, GOP legislators are hoping to enact laws limiting or affecting the Democrats' powers. Walker won three elections pursuing a strongly conservative agenda, and he almost won re-election last month despite heavy Democratic turnout. North Carolina will probably have a new election since the Republicans paid people to pick up absentee ballots that were never turned in to the election commissions. He may also be able to line-item veto portions of them, depending on how they are drafted and whether they spend money.

In Wisconsin, Republicans pushed through bills Wednesday in a lame-duck session to limit the power of the incoming governor and attorney general, both Democrats.

Speaker of the Wisconsin Assembly Robin Vos talks on the floor of that legislative body. Drafting notes show they originated with Vos' office. Republicans typically attempt to close down schools in low-income and "underperforming" districts, then open the door for more charter schools. The incoming governor said the GOP moves are "directly related" to a Democrat's win. It was Walker who cleared the way for guns to be brought into state buildings soon after he took office in 2011.

"Wisdom is knowing the right path to take".

Even today, it is often said that the strength of a new democracy can not be judged by what happens in its first election, but rather in its second.

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