MADISON, Wis. (AP) Wisconsin Democratic Gov. Tony Evers tried for months to get the Republican-controlled Legislature to take up a pair of gun control bills, holding news conferences and touting polls showing strong public support. When Republicans wouldnt budge, Evers turned up the heat by turning to other powers of his office, using an executive order his 54th in less than a year to call a special session on the issue.
We need an up or down vote, Evers said. We have to get this done, folks.
Evers isnt the only frustrated Democratic governor looking for ways to get around Republican majorities firmly against their agenda. Turning to executive orders is reminiscent of the growing use of similar power by President Donald Trump, and Barack Obama before him, to accomplish their goals without lawmakers agreement.
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