Republican Midwest Power Grab

Nov 2010
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Surprise, surprise. Republicans in Wisconsin and Michigan are attempting to go against the will of the people who voted them out of power and chose Democrats instead. Don’t ever believe these extremists when they say they respect election results. This is shameful. I hope the citizens of Wisconsin and Michigan are paying attention to how much state Republicans respect their vote.

How Republicans are trying to strip power from Democratic governors-elect

Republicans are about to lose their grip on power in a number of states, and they’re trying their hardest to sour Democrats’ election wins.

In Wisconsin, Republican Gov. Scott Walker will have to pass the baton to Democrat Tony Evers come January, but before he does, the state’s GOP-controlled legislature has called for an “extraordinary session” to curb Evers’s power in office and potentially make it harder for Democrats to get elected in the future.

A similar tale is playing out in Michigan, where Democrats Gretchen Whitmer, Dana Nessel and Jocelyn Benson, handily won the governor, attorney general, and secretary of state races, respectively. Michigan Republicans are trying to make sure the Democratic trifecta has less power to undermine Republicans’ legislative accomplishments.

The state governments have proposed a slate of bills that would touch everything from voting access to the judicial system. In Wisconsin, the proposals, some of which are expected to pass Tuesday, could limit Evers’s power to change policies around welfare, health care, and economic development, cut down early voting, and even allow the Republican-led legislature to hire their own lawyers to undermine the Attorney General. In Michigan, a Republican proposal would guarantee the GOP-controlled legislature the right to intervene in any legal battles involving state laws that the attorney general may be reluctant to defend.

If Republicans are successful, it’s a power grab that would seriously undermine the platform Evers campaigned, and won, on.

Two years ago, North Carolina set the precedent for this kind of move, when the Republican-controlled legislature stripped then-incoming Democrat Roy Cooper’s power over Cabinet appointments, made the state’s judicial system more partisan and ensured that the state’s board of elections would be controlled by Republicans in election years. Cooper has been in legal fights over the changes since.

It’s not hard to see something similar happening in Wisconsin and Michigan.
 
Nov 2010
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Well, Wisconsin Republicans did it. They voted in a midnight session to limit the power of the incoming Democrat governor and AG that Wisconsin voters put into office.

Any so-called conservatives here want to explain to me how it’s ok for Wisconsin Republicans to go against the will of the people of their state?
 
Jun 2007
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What do you feel is the sentiment of the average Wisconsinite on this matter? Is it divided along party lines, or is it being viewed negatively by people in general?
I don’t know yet. I always felt things were done on party lines. However, last night at the gym I go to, I heard a guy say he was a friend of Robin Vos(house leader), and that he emailed Vos and told him he never would vote for him or speak to him again. I know it’s anecdotal, but maybe it’s a sentiment held by other Republicans. I can only hope.
 
Dec 2014
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The will of the people put these people in power, including the current Governor's, and in fact the Legislatures in both WI and MI will remain Republican in the new year. They have the power, they are acting legally (unless there is a particular state constitutional prohibition against). If the respective Governor's sign the bill(s) it becomes law.
 
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Dec 2015
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In Your Heart!
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So much for Republicans saying that they believe in a Two-Party System. No they don't. They have proved that well enough in those states where they are pulling that crap of undermining the voter's will by stripping Democrats of their power. What they are, in effect, doing is thumbing their nose at the voters and laughing at them in those states and telling them to go take a hike because they have now found a way to continue ruling as Republicans even though they were voted OUT. That's Shameful! Despicable! Outrageous! Not one more Republican should be voted back into office after pulling that crap. Not one. Clean Sweep Of ALL Of Them!
 

Rasselas

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Feb 2010
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The will of the people put these people in power, including the current Governor's, and in fact the Legislatures in both WI and MI will remain Republican in the new year. They have the power, they are acting legally (unless there is a particular state constitutional prohibition against). If the respective Governor's sign the bill(s) it becomes law.
Okay, it's not illegal. But it is spitting on the votes of the people for those offices the Dems won. It's more manipulation of the system of law to maintain their own power rather than depending on an electoral majority.
 

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