Walker passed over 13 applicants to appoint outgoing AG Schimel as judge

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Gov. Scott Walker passed over more than a dozen candidates to appoint outgoing Attorney General Brad Schimel to a Waukesha County judgeship, according to records released by the governor’s administration. Walker handed Schimel the job on Nov. 20, a day after the Republican attorney general conceded defeat to Democrat Josh Kaul. > Wisconsin State Journal

AG Schimel reflects on election loss and lame-duck bills

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Ousted Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel says in his first post-election interview that his defeat to Democrat Josh Kaul was “kind of a death by a thousand cuts.” The interview was also his first since the Republican-controlled Legislature passed lame-duck bills to take powers away from the AG’s office before Kaul takes over. > AP News

Is the state facing endless lawsuits?

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You might call 2019 the Year of The Lawsuits. The sweeping lame-duck laws passed by Republican legislators and signed by defeated Gov. Scott Walker are likely to provoke a series of lawsuits. In fact, one legal action has already been filed. And the battles could continue into 2020 and 2021, including suits over gerrymandering of legislative districts. > Urban Milwaukee

If Wisconsin and other states succeed in ending the Affordable Care Act, what’s their Plan B?

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A federal judge in Texas on Friday ruled in favor of 20 states, including Wisconsin, that asked the court to declare the ACA unconstitutional. The ruling came on the same day that Gov. Scott Walker signed lame-duck legislation that bars Gov.-elect Tony Evers and Attorney General-elect Josh Kaul from withdrawing the state from the lawsuit. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Kaul calls lame-duck bills ‘terrible legislation’ and weighs in on opioid epidemic

Democratic Attorney General-elect Josh Kaul will take office in about three weeks, but he’ll assume the role with less power than his predecessor, Republican Attorney General Brad Schimel. Kaul recently spoke with Wisconsin Public Radio’s “Central Time” host Rob Ferrett, and you can read or listen to the conversation here.

5 reasons for the Republican power play

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There are many explanations for last week’s power play by Republicans that trampled Democratic lawmakers and took power away from Democratic Governor-Elect Tony Evers and Democratic Attorney General-Elect Josh Kaul. Urban Milwaukee posits five of them here.

Can courts stop the GOP’s assault on the powers of Wisconsin’s incoming Democratic officials?

The Wisconsin Democrats’ prospective legal action against the lame-duck actions of the Republican state legislature will base their challenge on a violation of separation of powers, while the GOP will likely counter with the argument that these legislative acts are one of the core powers reserved to the legislature. > NBC News