"It sets a disgusting precedent for the next session", said Wisconsin state Rep. Chris Taylor, a Democrat who represents Madison. In our partisan era, "if there's no political repercussion, there's really no incentive not to do this".
The package of legislation Wisconsin lawmakers plowed through in an overnight session this week would make it easier for the legislature to block rule changes proposed by the governor.
The bill was sent to the GOP-led House on Thursday for consideration as early as next week, following a similar move to restrict the powers of incoming Democrats in neighboring Wisconsin.
But Gordon Hintz, the Wisconsin State Assembly's Democratic leader, said it was motivated by "power and self-interest", adding, "this is exactly what people hate about politics". To strip powers from positions such as governor and attorney general, offices that come January will be filled by Democrats chosen by the people. The president originally said Mexico would pay for the wall, but now has turned to USA taxpayers. Republican Scott Walker lost to Democrat Tony Evers.
The Green New Deal - an audacious proposal to rapidly cut carbon emissions and move the U.S.to 100 percent reliance on clean energy in 10 years and guarantee every American a job building a sustainable food and energy infrastructure - is equally unlikely to win passage in anything resembling its current (still embryonic) form.
Democrats said the legislation would lead to increased legislative spending on lawyers. "But I think we are going to get this thing done before the end of the year". There could also be changes made to Wisconsin's voter ID law.
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Nationwide, Republicans have gained control of a majority of state legislatures since 2010, allowing them to approve Republican-backed priorities ranging from abortion restrictions to voter ID requirements. Jim Bolin, speaking at the state legislatures conference in Washington, recalled an example from Wisconsin. Because these types of anti-democratic hijinks could be coming soon to a state near you. Walker has not signified his action but he has worked in concerts for many years with Republican legislative heads there. "The Democrats are absolutely hypocritical to criticize what the Republicans are doing".
Large corporations also find democracy a trifling topic.
The legislation to execute the voting-related ballot measure also drew objections from proponents of the initiative. Republican leaders there are also trying to gut popular citizen-initiated laws that mandated paid sick leave and an increase in the minimum wage from $9.25 to $12 by 2022.
The conversation first took a turn for the worst when David Urban, a former aide to Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, argued that Democrats want to "overturn" the election simply because of leaked tapes showing him greenlighting payments to adult models who alleged they had affairs with him. He said he's not sure where Republicans are getting their ideas for shifting the balance of power, but he doubts it's from an American history textbook.
Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin and MI are attempting to usurp the will of voters, who sent Democratic candidates to their respective state gubernatorial offices last November, by removing powers they were totally comfortable seeing previous Republican governors wield.
Wisconsin State Assembly Speaker Robin Vos has defended the GOP's actions by warning, "We are going to have a very liberal governor who is going to enact policies that are in direct contrast to what many of us believe in".