March 21, 2019

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Judge Blocks Wisconsin Republicans' Power Grab, Rules "Extraordinary Session" Convened Illegally (MARK JOSEPH STERN, MARCH 21, 2019, Slate)

Shortly after Wisconsin voters replaced Republican Gov. Scott Walker with Democrat Tony Evers in 2018, GOP lawmakers scrambled to strip the incoming governor of power. In a special session, Republicans revoked Evers' ability to make dozens of appointments throughout the executive branch, reducing his authority over state commissions. They hobbled incoming Democratic Attorney General Josh Kaul's ability to represent the state in litigation. And they slashed early voting across the state in violation of a federal court order. Walker approved the power grab weeks before leaving office.

On Thursday, Circuit Judge Richard G. Niess blocked every single law the Republican legislature passed in late 2018. In his ruling, Niess held that the sessions was convened in violation of the state constitution, rendering the bills it produced unlawful and void. The decision vacates 82 of Walker's last-minute appointments, restores Evers' oversight over the executive branch, and allows Kaul to represent Wisconsin in court.

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