Highlights of bills passed by Wisconsin Republicans

Tony Evers speaks at an election eve rally in Madison Wisconsin

Tony Evers speaks at an election eve rally in Madison Wisconsin

The bill is now being sent to Walker for his consideration.

The move mirrored an effort underway in MI, where the Republican-controlled legislature is also weighing new laws that would hamstring incoming Democratic leaders who prevailed in last month's elections.

"We're protecting taxpayers of this state", said Rep. Joe Sanfelippo, R-New Berlin.

Senate President Roger Roth, R-Appleton, took the unusual step after warning the crowd twice that Senate rules prohibited them from reacting to debate. "This is part and parcel of a new philosophy of governing".

This legislation evolved over the last couple of days, when it became apparent that Wisconsin Republicans were serious about this project. Currently, the Attorney General has that power.

Evers said in an interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel over the weekend that "everything's on the table" in terms of attempting to block the GOP lawmakers' lame-duck agenda, including legal action.

It would also weaken the governor's oversight of a controversial state economic development corporation by giving the Legislature the power to appoint some members.

"Gov. Walker fought a hard campaign", Evers said.

"We will actively be looking at either to litigate or do whatever else in our power to make sure the people of Wisconsin are represented at the table", Evers told reporters. One Senate Republican defected, while all Democrats voted against it. They also prevent Evers from banning guns in the Wisconsin Capitol without permission from legislators. Put simply: the Republicans are sore losers. "They will apparently do anything to keep power - including ignoring the people".

The legislation passed Wednesday would shield the state jobs agency from his control and allow the board to choose its leader until September, likely at least delaying Evers' ability to maneuver on the Foxconn subsidy. The Legislature wasn't expected to complete its work until early Wednesday morning.

Republicans disputed criticism that the legislation would undermine the role of the attorney general.

"They have to speak up now", Evers said.

As the ceremony ended, protesters chanted and yelled, "Hey Walker, go home!" A public hearing on Monday lasted almost nine hours, with the testimony from the public overwhelmingly against the GOP agenda. The move led to a recall effort, but the outrage among Democrats didn't translate into electoral success, as Walker survived, won re-election and the GOP maintained majorities in both chambers that still exist.

"Never before in Wisconsin's 170 year history has an extraordinary session been used in such a cold, calculated way in order to usurp the power of duly elected constitutional officers".

He says former Republican Gov. Scott McCallum was "nothing but gracious and open and accepting" when Doyle defeated him in 2002.

Much of the current controversy amounts to "inside baseball", in the words of Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, that hasn't broken through with much of the voting public.

The measures drew sharp reaction from Democratic lawmakers who called the move a power grab in advance of a Democrat gaining power over the executive branch after eight years of GOP control in Madison.

But gerrymandering can't stop Democrats from winning statewide races.

Republican lawmakers defended the measures, saying they were meant to codify into law a more active role in the state for the GOP-led legislature. "The Republican base may like that but it's not the thing that gets them going".

Republicans about to lose seats in the state legislatures of four key swing states are making moves to curb the power of the Democrats who will replace them with a rush of new legislation aimed at state voting laws and voting rights.

Republicans argued the plan will help the state preserve measures that provide safeguards for taxpayers and direct people toward employment.

"Democracy dies in darkness. or perhaps in the early morning light", wrote The Nation's John Nichols, a Wisconsin native, after the measure passed the state Senate and headed toward an Assembly vote, the final hurdle before the legislation reaches outgoing Republican Gov. Scott Walker's desk.

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