Time-traveling Samantha Bee warns Americans about the year U.S. democracy fell, and Wisconsin gets a mention

Samantha Bee warned Americans about the downfall of democracy by “traveling back in time” from 2068, skewering Republicans in Wisconsin, Florida, Michigan and Ohio for working to ensure the opposing party didn’t gain too much power. > Bustle

‘A reason to stand up’: Wisconsin activists fight threat to African American vote


Voting rights advocates are mobilizing after Scott Walker signed a lame-duck bill limiting early voting, a move that is being characterized as “retribution” by Republicans and an attempt to “stack the deck” against Democrats by discriminating against African Americans and Latinos. > The Guardian

State Senate Republicans tap new leaders for committees including universities, health care

State Senate Republicans have tapped a list of committee chairpersons that includes Sen.-elect Dale Kooyenga leading a committee on universities and technical colleges. Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald announced the list Monday. It includes every committee chairperson for the 2019-20 biennial cycle starting in January. > Wisconsin State Journal

GOP power grabs pour gas on ‘resistance’ in key Midwest states


Republican efforts to weaken incoming Democratic governors in Michigan and Wisconsin have reignited the grass-roots fervor that flipped both states in November, turning the typically sleepy post-election period into a key organizing moment ahead of the 2020 presidential election. > POLITICO

Opponents look at legal options as they await Walker’s actions on lame-duck bills


While final action from Gov. Scott Walker awaits, opponents already are contemplating legal challenges to bills curtailing early voting and powers of the incoming Democratic governor and attorney general, passed by GOP lawmakers in an all-night lame-duck session last week. > Wisconsin State Journal

Legislators also used lame-duck session to pass tax cut for Wisconsin’s wealthy

What has received less attention in Wisconsin’s lame-duck session is that GOP lawmakers also hurriedly passed a tax cut that would further tilt the state’s tax system in favor of the rich, contributing to the increasing concentration of income and wealth in a few hands – and hands that are most likely to be white. > Milwaukee Independent

In GOP’s post-election power grabs, experts see ‘disturbing’ trend

As GOP lawmakers in three states pass lame-duck measures to kneecap their Democratic successors, independent state government experts and political scientists warn that such power grabs foretell what could become a worrisome partisan trend: election nullification. > NBC News