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Wisconsin GOP Outflanks Incoming Democratic Governor Tony Evers

Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin are in a last-ditch “dog in the manger” frenzy to relegislate the scope of work for the state’s incoming Democratic Governor Tony Evers, who takes office next month. According to HotAir, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos of Rochester told reporters that he wanted to make sure lawmakers have as much control of state government as Evers. “We did have an election. Whether everyone here likes it or not, I respect the fact that Tony Evers is the governor, and he’s going to be starting on January 7. But he’s not the governor today, and that’s why we’re going to make sure the powers of each branch are as equal as they can be.” Read more…

Here’s more from Hot Air…

Tony Evers will take the reins in Wisconsin in a little over a month, but at least Republicans are graciously relieving him of some of Scott Walker’s old workload. That’s the reason the GOP is stripping powers from the governor’s office, right? And to think every Democrat in the state legislature opposes this oh-so-kind gesture!
In the real world, though, it’s a perfect example of the dog-in-the-manger ploy:

The Republican-controlled Wisconsin Senate has passed a sweeping measure taking power away from the incoming Democratic governor and attorney general, and reducing how long early voting can take place.

The measure was approved on a 17-16 vote with all Democrats and one Republican voting against it. The Assembly was expected to give final approval later Wednesday morning and send the measure to Republican Gov. Scott Walker, who has signaled his support.

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