Michigan GOP strips power from Dem officeholders

Self-described liberals and those who consider themselves to be strongly affiliated with the Democratic Party are the most

The main bill was sent to the GOP-led House to be considered as early as next week, following a similar move to restrict the powers of incoming Democrats in neighboring Wisconsin.

Gov. -elect Tony Evers said Wednesday that Republicans have overridden the will of voters who chose Democrats in last month's election.

This gives the appearance of a concerted national strategy by the Republican Party to assert partisan politics as a matter of rule of law, Magarian said.

The bills on Walker's desk would weaken the state's executive branch at precisely the time Democrats are set to reclaim it after almost a decade on the outs.

As Mother Jones reports, the new legislation limits incoming Democratic Governor Tony Evers' ability to make "administrative changes" to state laws and from making "key legislative appointments".

"Republicans have declared all-out partisan war rather than make it a legal battle", he said. Jocelyn Benson is poised to become the first Democratic secretary of state in 24 years when she takes office in January. That measure is awaiting a final legislative vote in the state Assembly. We want more people involved in our democracy - not less. The State Assembly also approved the bill along party lines later on Wednesday.

Republicans in MI are considering a similar tactic to push legislation that would allow the state legislature to intervene in legal battles before the Democratic governor, attorney general, and secretary of state take office in January.

The Republican state Senate Majority Leader, Scott Fitzgerald, called the blowback to the plan "manufactured outrage by the Democrats", and said that while they trusted Walker, a Republican, to handle the "back and forth with the legislature", they do not trust Evers, a Democrat. The measures would shift power to the Republican-controlled Legislature and weaken the authority of the governor and the attorney general.

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The votes early Wednesday were the height of a rare lame-duck legislative session.

The Wisconsin Senate has narrowly rejected a bill that would have created a state guarantee that people with pre-existing conditions can have access to health insurance.

The measure was approved on a 17-16 vote with all Democrats and one Republican voting against it. "If you vote for this, shame on you".

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, a Republican, said as debate concluded in that chamber that the bills would ensure a balance of power between the Legislature and the executive branch. "To me, it's about the institution". Multiple people have come forward to say they were hired to go to people's homes and collect ballots (which is illegal), all of whom were hired by a campaign operative with a known history of criminal behavior.

The attorney general's office, meanwhile, wouldn't be allowed to withdraw from federal lawsuits. For example, Kaul could be prevented from withdrawing the state from a federal lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act, which was a central part of both his and Evers' campaigns.

The legislation also limits the state's early voting period to two weeks.

A public policy analyst contends that Republicans would be very upset if Democrats did what the lame duck Republican leadership is doing in Wisconsin.

The Senate also approved measures to implement a voter-approved constitutional amendment that allows same-day voter registration, over criticism that the legislation could conflict with the voters' intent and should wait until after the frenetic lame-duck session.

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