This week at progressive state blogs: With Dem Tony Evers elected, GOP wants to ax governor's power
This week at progressive state blogs is designed specifically to focus attention on the writing and analysis of people focused on their home turf. Here is the November 3 edition. Inclusion of a blog post does not necessarily indicate my agreement with—or endorsement of—its contents.
James Rowen at The Political Environment of Wisconsin writes—Citizens, media must say “no!” to WI GOP election nullification:
Roll out the bullhorns and editorial ink by the barrel, Bucky.
Like Wisconsin media correctly did when Team Walker tried to throttle democracy by monkey-wrenching public record access to elevate dirty policy-making.
Now every publisher, editorial board, news editor, columnist, blog administrator and anyone with a phone, email or text needs to do the same thing and demand that GOP legislative leaders, obviously with one of Walker’s winks as the green light, do not cripple – – as they plan – – the incoming Evers administration with restrictive laws meant to cripple executive powers.
It’s one thing to be a bitter, small-minded loser or go on another drunk-with-power bender.
It’s another thing to act out in such a pathologically partisan manner at the expense of regular order.
These GOP politicians all swore oaths to uphold the law, not to twist and poison it because they didn’t like the outcome of an election which the law guarantees, and protects, so tell Vos, Fitzgerald and Walker to lay off and grow up.
Ed Heinzelman at Blogging Blue of Wisconsin writes—Speaker Robin Vos Joins The Resist Movement:
To my Dem friends: “as ye sow, so shall ye reap”
Less than 24 hours after Governor Walker’s concession speech in the 2018 Wisconsin governor’s race, a very disheartened and apparently bitter Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos reached for his personal inner Mitch McConnell and threatened to take power away from the incoming governor.
But before all of you Democrats get all snarky and outraged about that, I don’t see a whole lot of difference between Speaker Vos’ reaction and the RESIST movement that started November 9, 2016. Just chill out a little bit for now.
Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) said Wednesday he would discuss whether to look at limiting Evers’ power with Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau). FItzgerald is open to the idea, according to an aide.
“If there are areas where we could look and say, ‘Geez — have we made mistakes where we granted too much power to the executive,’ I’d be open to taking a look to say what can we do to change that to try to re-balance it,” Vos told reporters.
“Maybe we made some mistakes giving too much power to Gov. (Scott) Walker and I’d be open to looking at that to see if there are areas we should change that, but it’s far too early to do that before I talk to Scott Fitzgerald.”
One of the things that Speaker Vos will need to do is learn how to actually govern. He will need to work with Governor-elect Evers and actually get the things done that Wisconsin needs. Will that actually happen? I hope so. Mr. Evers is pretty easy to work with and has experience working with the legislature and the GOP from his years as head of Wisconsin’s Department of Public Instruction. Let’s let this thing work its own way out.
Now that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t watch Speaker Vos and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald like hawks! They still control the majorities in both houses of the legislature. But please keep in mind that most of the authority vested in the governor’s office and the legislature itself is defined in the state constitution.