Wisconsin Senate rejects insurance bill

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker delivers his budget address to a joint session of the legislature at the capitol

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker delivers his budget address to a joint session of the legislature at the capitol

Sixty of the state's 72 county election clerks have come out against adding a March election, saying it's logistically impossible to administer so many contests in such a short period of time and it would cost about $7 million. "When you give voters the opportunity to vote, they will vote", he said.

The state Assembly approved the lame-duck legislation Wednesday morning. Supreme Court races are officially nonpartisan but Kelly leans conservative.

"The last election changed the state in a way that apparently the legislature has chose to not accept", he said.

The state Elections Commission unanimously adopted a motion Monday declaring that the shift would be "extraordinarily difficult" and costly without additional funding.

The Wisconsin Legislature is preparing to vote on limiting the powers of the incoming Democratic governor and attorney general. Protesters flooded the Capitol on Monday, chanting "Shame!" and occasionally disrupted the public hearing and a news conference with Republican leaders.

In Wisconsin, the far-reaching proposal by Republican lawmakers would weaken the authority of Gov. -elect Tony Evers and state Attorney General-elect Josh Kaul, who unseated their Republican opponents last month.

The bill would limit the governor's ability to put in place administrative rules that enact laws and give the Legislature the power to control appointees to the board that runs the state economic development agency until September 1. The legislation, he said, ensures that Evers will have to negotiate with lawmakers and can not unilaterally erase Republican ideas. Jon Erpenbach. "They lost and they're throwing a fit".

The Republican-controlled budget committee planned to vote on the bills after a hearing Monday, setting up votes in the state Senate and Assembly as soon as Tuesday. Democratic Assembly Minority Leader Gordon Hintz said as the debate of more than nine hours began late Tuesday night.

As for his plan to fight the GOP-backed bills, Evers said Plan A is to kill the bills with civility and Plan B is to fight.

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One Wisconsin successfully sued to strike down a previous Republican effort to limit early voting.

"Just because Republicans in Wisconsin and MI don't like the outcome of the election does not give them (the) right to put power over people and disregard the will of the voters", Post said.

The proposal would also restrict early voting to no more than two weeks before an election. But Evers called the unusual lame-duck session "rancor and politics as usual". Katrina Shankland, a member of the Wisconsin state assembly, accused Republicans of acting like "sore losers".

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. Commissioner Mark Thomsen, a Democratic appointee, called the plan "the biggest waste of money for a single person that I can think of" during discussion preceding the vote.

Wisconsin Republicans are forging ahead with a rare lame-duck session giving outgoing Republican Gov. Scott Walker a chance to limit the powers of his incoming Democratic successor.

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.

After 10 hours of testimony and debate, the Legislature's Joint Finance Committee took its last vote just after midnight Tuesday.

Evers decried the lame-duck session - the first in Wisconsin in eight years - as an embarrassment and an attempt to invalidate the results of the November election where Democrats won every constitutional office, including governor and attorney general. Nothing we're doing here is about helping the people of Wisconsin.

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