Wisconsin Republicans Play Hard Ball In Lame Duck Session

For decades, Democrats all over the United States have been doing their best to stymie Republican efforts to at least give the impression that the people’s business is being done. In Wisconsin this week, the Republicans are returning the favor and in the lame duck session have passed measures to limit the damage Democrats can do when they take power in a couple of statewide offices.

In Wisconsin, the Senate voted 17-16 to pass the central piece of the legislation shortly before dawn, with only one Republican voting against it, according to results posted on the state legislature’s website. No Democratic senators supported the bill.

The Assembly passed the bill 56-27 a short time later, according to Wisconsin media outlets.

The law would allow legislators, rather than the attorney general, to decide whether to withdraw the state from lawsuits. That measure is aimed at preventing Evers and the incoming attorney general, Josh Kaul, from following through on campaign promises to end Wisconsin’s challenge to the federal Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare.

Wisconsin is not the only state where Republicans are taking measures to keep Democrats from withdrawing legal challenges and making new ones that would harm the people and their rights. Michigan and North Carolina are as well.

These bills are being rushed through during the lame duck periods to be sure they are signed before majorities and governors’ seats are lost when the new state governments are sworn in. What this does demonstrate, though, is that the Republican party is no longer laying down to take a beating. The party itself is standing up and at least attempting to stop the other side before moves are made that will adversely affect the people.

“Republicans are very sore losers,” said Senator Fred Risser, a Democrat. “You’re trying to undo what the voters have done.”

Republicans said Democrats were distorting their intent, which they said was to fix an imbalance of power favoring the executive over the legislature. Democrats say Republicans did not complain of an imbalance when they controlled both branches.

It is refreshing to see.

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