Interestingly, in every one of these four states, Republicans managed to control a majority of seats while winning a minority of votes. Speaking with reporters before lawmakers assembled Tuesday afternoon, Rep. Chris Taylor, D-Madison, said liberal lawmakers will do everything in their power to push back on the GOP efforts.
Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald acknowledged some people have that view, but he stopped short of saying it was the reason for the change.
Republicans were poised Tuesday to complete their work much more quickly, even as Democratic Minority Leader Gordon Hintz refused to agree on time limits for debate. "I want people to understand that".
He also defended Republican lawmakers against charges they're violating the will of voters, who elected Democrats as governor, attorney general, treasurer and secretary of state. Highlights of the sweeping legislation, which was approved in the lame-duck legislative... Walker, who has signaled support for the measures, later tweeted that he "can handle the shouts", but he urged protesters to "leave the kids alone".
In North Carolina, Republicans attempted to pass legislation to limit the authority of the Democratic governor-elect but ultimately lost the legal battle.
That could be preemptive in case Attorney General-elect Dana Nessel and the incoming governor choose to not defend certain laws enacted by the conservative Legislature.
"The GOP, in Wisconsin and across the country, have made their preference clear: power first, democracy second, and the American people last", he said in a statement. The measure had always been stalled in the Senate due to lack of GOP support.
The proposals in Wisconsin would weaken the governor's ability to put in place rules that enact laws and shield the state jobs agency from his control. An amendment to do away with that provision was part of a Republican rewrite of the bill, made public around 4:30 a.m. CT after all-night negotiations.
The severe rhetoric from the mild-mannered, Midwestern educator reflected the pitch of the debate in Madison, as the second day of extraordinary legislative action spilled into the wee hours of Wednesday morning.
Unlike some of their representatives, thousands of Wisconsinites braved the freezing weather and turned out in force, crowding the inside of the capitol building with chants of "Respect our vote!" and rallying outside to denounce the Republicans' last-ditch power grab. It would also allow the Legislature to sidestep the attorney general and hire private attorneys.
Carrie Lynch, a spokeswoman for Evers, said the governor-elect was eager to avoid litigation but didn't rule it out.
The proposal would also restrict early voting to no more than two weeks before an election.
- Require state health officials to implement a federal waiver allowing Wisconsin to require childless adults under age 50 to work in order to receive health insurance through the BadgerCare Plus program.
Michigan Republicans have also introduced legislation to strip some powers from the offices of the state attorney general and secretary of state, which were both captured by Democrats, along with the governorship in the November 6 elections.
The bill passed the Assembly, where Republicans hold a large majority, by 56-27, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. The Senate passed the proposal earlier in the evening.
Democrats, however, suggested voters clearly rejected the main person behind those reforms, GOP Gov. Scott Walker, in last month's midterms.
Republican efforts to bolster voter ID laws, introduced in 2016 and credited with causing a dramatic downturn in black voter turnout, are aimed at preventing incoming Democratic Gov.
The Senate and Assembly passed legislation Wednesday morning limiting the powers of incoming Gov.
Republicans pushed on Tuesday night into Wednesday through protests, internal disagreement and Democratic opposition.