GOP Legislatures in 2 States Play Dirty After Dem Governors Are Elected

The whole point of elections is to give the people the opportunity to decide who leads the government. Sometimes the voters choose to stay the course by selecting the incumbents and sometimes they choose to change the status quo by putting in people office from a different party. Unfortunately, the outgoing legislators in Wisconsin and Michigan are doing their darnedest not give their constituents what they actually voted for in what is partisan and ethical nightmare.

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Here’s the situation: While Republicans have traditionally held the roles of governor and attorney general in both of these states, Democrats will be taking the top spots come January. Before that switchover happens, however, the GOP legislatures are aiming to sap the power from these critical state roles so that the voters don’t actually get the kind of change they selected.

In Wisconsin, legislators are aiming to prevent the governor from enacting policy on health care, the economy and social services. Furthermore, legislators will have the ability to choose a legal team that can supersede the attorney general if they don’t like the position he’s taking in court. Oh, and they want to reschedule a 2020 election for a state Supreme Court seat, since aligning it with the presidential primaries would ensure better Democratic voter turnout and they’re not trying to make that mistake again!

Meanwhile, in Michigan, legislators are also trying to grant themselves the authority to intervene in court cases where they disagree with the attorney general. They further want to remove the governor’s usual power to appoint certain positions and instead put that power into the hands of an “independent” board run by the political parties. On top of that, they want to remove campaign finance decisions from the secretary of state, who, surprise, will also now be a Democrat.

If it all sounds familiar, that’s because we’ve seen this situation play out before. After North Carolina’s 2016 election in which a Democrat defeated the Republican incumbent, the legislature passed laws to stifle the new governor’s powers and the courts ultimately ruled these attempts unconstitutional. Republicans in these new states are basically begging for further judicial smack-downs.

Nevertheless, Republicans in these states are straight-up gas-lighting their constituents, insisting that what they’re doing is totally normal.

“Maybe we made some mistakes giving too much power to Gov. Walker and I’d be open to looking at that to see if there are areas we should change that,” said Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos. Michigan Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof insisted the legislation is about giving accountability to a “bipartisan entity rather than a political officeholder.”

Then there’s Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald who’s taking the position that voters shouldn’t pay attention to these legislative moves at all. “It’s real kind of inside baseball, kind of legislative stuff that it’s hard for me to believe people will get too excited about,” he said. Yeah, pay no attention, these power-stripping moves are boring and inconsequential, which is why they’re rushing to do it before they don’t have the power anymore!

Look, perhaps it’s possible that the balance of powers between the legislative and executive branches in these states needs some tweaking. The timing of these pushes is extremely suspect and inappropriate, however. If the Republicans were not motivated to make these changes while they held the majority power for the last several years, why are they suddenly trying to rewrite the rules during a lame-duck session before Democrats take office?

The only fair way to address this situation is to hold off on the legislation until the Democratic governors take office. Give this issue bipartisan consideration – if the incoming governors agree that these changes are fair and necessary, they’ll sign the bills rather than veto them.

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Accordingly, we’re hoping to prevail to the outgoing governors to veto this legislation. Power grabs like this are undemocratic, unconstitutional and not the kind of legacy governors Scott Walker and Rick Snyder should want to leave. Sign this petition encouraging them to not allow the rules to be changed just because Democrats won elections.

 

56 comments

Leo C
Leo Cyesterday

Thank you for sharing!

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Dan Blossfeld
Dan Blossfeld4 days ago

Annabel B.,
That is often my case also. Sometimes, I go into the booth excited to vote for a particular candidate. I felt that excitement in 2008 and my state election in 2010. Not much since.

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heather g
heather g4 days ago

The entire system seems undemocratic....

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Annabel Bedini
Annabel Bedini4 days ago

Dan B
I usually find myself voting not so much FOR the lesser evil but to try and keep the greater evil out.

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Dan Blossfeld
Dan Blossfeld4 days ago

Annabel B.,
I agree that it is not an excuse. We could argue endlessly as to who was the bigger transgressor. In the end, is it really comforting to think that ones party is less unscrupulous than the other. I really detest voting for the lesser evil. Hence, I voted for neither in 2016.

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Annabel B
Annabel Bedini5 days ago

Susanne R
On our side of the Atlantic the quote is usually attributed to Edmund Burke or G.B.Shaw as well as Churchill. We all want to claim it for our own so quite funny that it turns out it was a Frenchman.

As for Republican electoral shenanigans I see there's a new article on the latest Care2 post about their cunning plot in North Carolina. Whatever Dan B likes to believe.....

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Susanne R
Susanne R5 days ago

Annabel B. - Kudos to you! I couldn't find the source of that quote. A search attributed it to Winston Churchill, Mark Twain, Andrew Jackson and a variety of other prominent individuals, so I just let it go because I didn't know what to believe. Thank you for bringing that information to our attention, and I agree wholeheartedly with your assessment. I was using Microsoft Edge last night, which uses "Bing" as its search engine. I used "Google" to do another search this morning after reading your comment, and your source came up immediately. What a difference!

Our previous comments to Dan must have crossed paths. I submitted mine sometime between 4:00 and 5:00 a.m. I often have difficulty falling and/or staying asleep, and the political events of the day had me high on adrenaline.

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Annabel Bedini
Annabel Bedini5 days ago

Susanne R
I hope by now you will have seen that the 'clever little quote' has NOTHING to do with American Democrat and Republican parties. I find it irritating when words written in the past and addressed to a different audience and with a different purpose get hijacked and put to the service of something they were never intended to have anything to do with.

Dan B
If by the 'transgressions of his allies' you mean the Attorney General saying she will not legislate against the Consitution, that surely is not an excuse to curb her rights. I sincerely hope she would NOT judge cases in ways that went against the Consititution. The Republican administration using this to curtail her powers is way out proportion as far as I can see. I'm sorry, Dan, but seen from the outside the Republicans really do seem more unscrupulous than the Democrats.

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Dan Blossfeld
Dan Blossfeld5 days ago

Annabel B.,
Thank you you that quite history. I had not realized that it went so back and applied to other countries. Perhaps the current parties no longer adhere to their original ideologies. I can see that.

The certain power the legislature wants, stems from the AGs previous quote. She opened the door, and the legislatures are using it as an excuse to overdo it. That was my point about focusing on the faults of his opponent, while ignoring the transgressions of his allies. Part of my disgust towards both parties.

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Susanne R
Susanne R5 days ago

Dan - (continued)

Perhaps you should just get an "unbiased" update on the latest evidence revealed by two ongoing investigations. Here's a start:

https://amp.cnn.com/cnn/2018/12/07/politics/michael-cohen-robert-mueller-donald-trump/index.html

You might want to reconsider changing your political affiliation.

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