Wisconsin lawmakers push to weaken incoming governor

National News

December 4, 2018 - 11:58 AM

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Still stinging from an election loss, Wisconsin Republicans on Monday tried to push through measures that would weaken the incoming Democratic administration and allow outgoing Republican Gov. Scott Walker to make one last major mark on the state’s political landscape after his defeat in November.

(Update: Despite public outcry and a wave of protests during a lame-duck session, Wisconsin Republican lawmakers pushed through the set of five bills early Wednesday morning. Gov. Scott Walker is expected to sign them. The measures would, among other things, limit early voting and the incoming governor’s ability to make appointments.)

They backed down, for now, on changing the 2020 presidential primary date at a cost of millions of dollars to benefit a conservative state Supreme Court justice. That had been introduced but did not win approval in committee, meaning it is likely dead.

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