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Walker shouted down over GOP attempt to weaken his successor

Walker shouted down over GOP attempt to weaken his successor

David Axelrod, former president Barack Obama's chief campaign strategist, said Republicans had done "a huge favor" to the state's Democrats "as this eleventh hour, last gasp power grab invites a tremendous voter backlash".

State Sen. Tim Carpenter, left, a Democrat, speaks at the Capitol in Madison on Tuesday as legislators pressed ahead with legislation to curtail the incoming Democratic governor's powers.

This control is normally given to the state attorney general and governor's office, both of which will be under Democratic control shortly.

Evers released a statement Wednesday morning saying Wisconsin values were "pushed aside so a handful of people could desperately usurp and cling to power while hidden away from the very people they represent".

Republican bills that critics say would strip power from Democratic Gov. -elect Tony Evers and Democratic Attorney General-elect Josh Kaul were the subject of a lengthy and heated public hearing Monday. That measure is meant to prevent Evers and the incoming Democratic attorney general, Josh Kaul, from following through on their campaign promise to end Wisconsin's challenge to the federal Affordable Care Act.

The legislation would allow legislators to replace the attorney general with outside attorneys in cases, require lawmakers to sign off on settlements, send settlement dollars to the state general fund and prohibit the governor from authorizing the attorney general to withdraw from lawsuits. Republicans hold a 12-4 majority on that committee.

Vos last month cited the desire to protect key Republican achievements from being undone by Evers.

"I don't have any problem highlighting that right now", Fitzgerald said on Monday. The legislation would prevent Evers from seeking to withdraw the waiver request.

"Legislative Republicans are now trying to thwart the will of the voters with bills that ignore their voices, [defy] history and will make MI a national punchline by effectively ending enforcement of the campaign finance laws they are required to abide by", Liz Boyd, incoming Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson's (D) transition team director told The Detroit News.

WHITE: Many of the measures are aimed at keeping Governor-elect Evers from rolling back GOP-backed laws passed under Governor Scott Walker.

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos countered the bills would ensure a balance of power between the Legislature and the executive branch.

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"We'll have to see what they pass and we're hopeful that cooler heads will prevail", Lynch said when asked what Evers' next step would be.

The measure also attacks voting rights by restricting early voting to no more than two weeks before an election. A number of communities, including the Democratic strongholds of Madison and Milwaukee, have offered several weeks for early voting in recent years, following a federal judge's 2016 ruling that struck down previous limits. The votes fell largely along party lines; no Democrats supported the measures.

Add it all up and you get this: There is zero love lost between Republicans and Democrats in Wisconsin.

The Legislature passed another measure to enact Medicaid work requirement rules that Walker recently won a federal waiver to establish.

Republicans passed the legislation in an all-night session marked by stops and starts.

Democrats argued the plan puts undue constraints on Evers and his incoming administration. The legislation, he said, ensures that Evers will have to negotiate with lawmakers and can not unilaterally erase Republican ideas.

"This is like the middle school child asking permission to go to the bathroom", Vinehout said.

Wisconsin Republicans are pulling from a playbook popularized in North Carolina two years ago, when Republicans in the Legislature responded to GOP Gov.

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A proposal to move the 2020 presidential primary election from April to March appears to be dead after the committee did not vote to advance it. All of those bills had been considered for the extraordinary session.

Democratic lawmakers who sit on the committee holding the hearing Monday said the scope of the lame-duck session was unprecedented and a reaction to Democrats winning all statewide races in November.