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

Vos and Fitzgerald get what they want, plus a public outcry, in lame-duck session

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With something as controversial as what happened at the Capitol today, there will always be winners and losers. Here’s the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel‘s scorecard for who benefited and who didn’t as a result of the lame-duck session.

Full timeline and explainer for the lame-duck legislation

The Cap Times lays out the full timeline of the Wisconsin Legislature’s lame-duck session from Monday through this morning, as well as explanations of the versions of each bill that ultimately passed.

Summary of the lame-duck bills Wisconsin Republicans passed this morning

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AP News provides a rundown of the bills Wisconsin Republican lawmakers passed Wednesday to weaken the incoming Democratic governor and attorney general and curtail early voting, among several other bills.

Assembly votes, sending lame-duck bills to Walker’s desk

With an Assembly vote shortly after 8 a.m., the Republican-controlled state Legislature has approved new limits on the power of Democratic Gov.-elect Tony Evers in their lame-duck session, as well as limited early voting and given state lawmakers more power over the state’s economic development agency, which Evers has said he would like to eliminate. > Wisconsin Public Radio