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In the Wisconsin gubernatorial election, the odious Governor Scott Walker was beaten by State Superintendent of Education Tony Evers. The results will be certified today. Last Friday, Republicans passed legislation to try to thwart the will of the voters.
This came from the Center for Media and Democracy, which is a watchdog agency that blows the whistle on corruption:
Dear Defender of Democracy,
This is urgent.
On Monday, December 3rd, the Wisconsin Elections Commission will certify the results of the Nov. 6th elections won by Democrats Tony Evers, Mandela Barnes, Josh Kaul, and Sarah Godliewski.
On the same day, Republicans in the legislature will attempt to silence the voice of the people and undo the results of the election by stripping authority from Governor-elect Evers and Attorney General-elect Kaul before they are even sworn in.
Here’s what you need to know:
Sore losers, Scott Walker, Robin Vos, and Scott Fitzgerald, have called a special lame duck session to upend the will of the voters and pass five massive bills they released at 4:30 p.m. on Friday.
On the list of things they plan to ram through the legislature:
1. Moving the date of a key election to give their hand-picked candidate a better chance at winning a pivotal 2020 Supreme Court race. This move will cost over $7 million and has been decried by nonpartisan election officials in all corners of the state.
2. Narrowing opportunities for early voting, despite a federal judge’s ruling two years ago that struck down similar restrictions as racially discriminatory.
3. Preventing Evers and Kaul from withdrawing the state from a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, a key promise of the Democrats in their recent campaign.
4. Taking away a number of positions from the State Attorney General’s office and giving them to the GOP so they can have a different group of taxpayer-paid lawyers on key cases like the pending challenge to their gerrymandering of Wisconsin districts.
5. Locking in GOP control of the cesspool called WEDC, which has been a hotbed of corruption under Walker and is managing the controversial $4.5 billion give-away to Foxconn.
6. Rule changes that would compel Evers to implement a work requirement for BadgerCare and limit the administrative powers of the governor.
And who knows what they will do once the lame duck session starts?
“I’ve said all along I’m committed to working across the aisle, but I will not tolerate attempts to violate our constitutional checks and balances and separation of powers by people who are desperate to cling to control. Enough is enough,” Evers said in a statement.
We don’t usually put out a call for action, but when our democracy is on the line CMD is there.
Please call your State Senator on Monday at 608-266-9960. Forward this email and encourage friends and family in other parts of the state to do the same. If you have extra time, call the sore losers listed below.
If you want to testify at the only public hearing on the bills, that will be Monday starting at 12:30 p.m. in the Capitol, Room 412 East, and should go most of the day.
There will be a #RespectMyVote rally sponsored by Indivisible on the State Street steps of the Capitol at 5:30 p.m. Monday.
Read and share our articles on the lame duck by clicking here.
Thank you for all you do to defend democracy!
SORE LOSER ROLLCALL
Gov. Scott Walker:
(608) 266-1212, [email protected], walker.wi.gov/contact-us
Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester):
(608) 266-9171, [email protected]
Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau):
(608) 266-5660, [email protected]