Michigan House votes to extend legislative power

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Republicans pushing to hang on to power in Wisconsin and MI aren't stopping at curbing the authority of incoming Democratic governors.

Some of that outcome is due to the fact that Democrats in Wisconsin, like in America as a whole, tend to cluster in a few densely populated places while Republicans are more spread out.

If signed by Walker, the legislation would restrain Evers's ability to alter three policies that Republicans fear he plans to change once he takes office.

The attorney general-elect, Josh Kaul, is also a Democrat. Assuming that the ballots were legitimate and were actually cast by citizens who legally voted for the Democrat candidate, doesn't it show a lack of respect to the voter that their votes were so sloppily handled that they became "lost" until they were suddenly needed to defeat the Republican candidate?

North Carolina Republicans defended their actions by saying they were simply rebalancing constitutional powers between the executive branch and the Legislature - an argument the Wisconsin GOP has also made. He says a handful of people desperately want to "cling to power".

There, Republican politicians advanced legislation this week that would take over campaign finance oversight authority from the secretary of state.

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.

The Wisconsin legislation passed in a session marked by stops and starts as GOP leaders tried to muster enough votes in the Senate.

Evers said he would talk to Walker as soon as the bills reach the governor's desk.

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Both Evers and Kaul committed during the campaign to pulling Wisconsin out of a multi-state lawsuit seeking to invalidate Obamacare. The proposed early voting restrictions are likely to spur litigation, the Journal-Sentinel reported.

Democrats called the bill, which is expected to clear the full Senate on Thursday, a blatant power grab that would fly in the face of voters.

Democrats say the measure provided inadequate coverage and would cause premiums to skyrocket.

The vote by the Republican-controlled Wisconsin Legislature to strip power away from the incoming governor and attorney general split for the most part along predictable partisan lines. The Assembly approved it on a 56-27 vote about two hours later, sending it on to Walker, with one Republican, Rep. Todd Novak, defecting.

The pre-existing conditions measure failed after all 15 Democrats in the Senate and two Republicans voted against it.

The bills also limit in-person early voting to two weeks before an election, and give the legislature ability to hire private attorneys. That chamber ultimately approved the package 17-16, with one Republican, state Sen.

The attorney general's office, meanwhile, wouldn't be allowed to withdraw from federal lawsuits.

A key dissimilarity between Wisconsin and MI, however, may be their Republican governors. Attorneys general frequently decline to defend challenges involving legislation that conflicts with the views of the executive branch. The sponsor, Rep. Rob VerHeulen of Walker, said it would simply let the Legislature intervene without the court approval that it now needs, regardless of which party is in power.

A public policy analyst contends that Republicans would be very upset if Democrats did what the lame duck Republican leadership is doing in Wisconsin. It is seen as a maneuver to ensure that Republicans could support laws if Democratic Gov. -elect Gretchen Whitmer and Democratic Attorney General-elect Nessel are lukewarm about GOP-passed measures and drop appeals in cases the state loses.