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Evers not optimistic Wisconsin Gov. Walker will veto bills

Dec. 9, 2018 3:14 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's Democratic Gov.-elect Tony Evers said Sunday he's not optimistic that outgoing governor Scott Walker will veto bills approved by the Republican-dominated Legislature that would limit the new governor's power. Speaking on NBC's "Meet the Press," Evers said he talked by...

Effort to weaken governors stirs separation-of-powers debate

Dec. 7, 2018 6:15 PM EST

MILWAUKEE (AP) — If Democrats sue to prevent Republicans from diluting the powers of newly elected governors and attorneys general in Wisconsin and Michigan, the lawsuits will probably center on one question: Are lawmakers usurping authority that belongs to the executive branch? The legal threat arose...

AP FACT CHECK: Bills block powers of new Wisconsin governor

Dec. 7, 2018 4:34 PM EST

As Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker ends his eight-year run, the GOP-controlled Legislature quickly passed controversial bills this week that are partly aimed at weakening the powers of his successor, Democrat Tony Evers, and incoming Attorney General Josh Kaul, also a Democrat. The three bills, which await...

Correction: Wisconsin-Legislature-Lame-Duck story

Dec. 7, 2018 11:48 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — In a story Dec. 5 about lame-duck legislation approved by Wisconsin lawmakers that would curtail powers of the incoming Democratic governor and attorney general, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Gov. Scott Walker would have 10 days from the date the bills reach his desk...

GOP tries to hamstring incoming Democratic attorneys general

Dec. 7, 2018 12:32 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republicans pushing to hang on to power in Wisconsin and Michigan aren't stopping at curbing the authority of incoming Democratic governors. They're also trying to hamstring Democrats who are about to take over as attorneys general. The moves underscore how attorneys general have...

Appeals to Scott Walker: Don't stain legacy, veto bills

Dec. 6, 2018 11:17 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A bipartisan group of political figures appealed to Gov. Scott Walker to avoid staining his legacy and behaving like a sore loser by signing legislation that would weaken the powers of the Democrat who defeated him. Rather than notching another partisan victory in his final weeks in...

The Latest: Wisconsin's Walker weighing bill signings

Dec. 6, 2018 11:14 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on Wisconsin lame-duck legislative session (all times local): 9:30 a.m. Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker is weighing whether to sign a sweeping package of bills that would weaken the powers of his Democratic successor. Walker spokesman Tom Evenson said Thursday that...

Legislator: Racially charged meme posted in humor

Dec. 6, 2018 6:21 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A white Wisconsin legislator who posted a racially charged meme on his Facebook page says he meant nothing racist by it. The Wisconsin State Journal reports the meme was posted to Republican state Rep. Ed Brooks' page in November 2016. It shows black men leaping atop a smashed police...

The Latest: GOP Michigan Senate votes to strip Dem's power

Dec. 6, 2018 3:17 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Latest on the Michigan Legislature's lame-duck session (all times local): 3 p.m. The Republican-led Michigan Senate has voted to strip campaign finance oversight from the secretary of state and have a bipartisan commission handle the functions instead, less than a month before a...

The Latest: Evers to appeal to Walker to veto GOP power play

Dec. 5, 2018 10:06 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on Wisconsin Republican lawmakers moving to limit the powers of the incoming Democratic governor and attorney general (all times local): 4 p.m. The incoming Democratic governor of Wisconsin says he will make a personal appeal to outgoing Republican Gov. Scott Walker to veto...