Lame-duck limits on early voting – and the arguments for them – resemble ones already rejected by a judge

Gov. Scott Walker and other Republicans are claiming lame-duck legislation would make early voting uniform across the state — a contention that was rejected by a federal judge two years ago.  That same judge is expected to weigh in on the matter again if Walker signs the early voting restrictions in the coming weeks. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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

NY Times: The corporate donors behind Wisconsin’s Republican power grab


You might think that an organization that claims to care about community values would speak up. But Walgreens has not. Neither have other corporate supporters of Wisconsin Republicans, like Microsoft, Dr Pepper Snapple, J.P. Morgan Chase or Humana. It’s yet another example of corporations abdicating the leadership role they once played in America. > NY Times

AP fact check on the power of the Wisconsin governor’s veto pen


The Associated Press fact checks Gov. Scott Walker’s claim that: “The new governor will still have some of the strongest powers of any governor in the nation if these bills become law. He will have the power to veto legislation and some of the broadest line-item veto authority of any governor.”

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

Courts likely to strike down Republican lame-duck power grabs, experts say


Legal experts say the most alarming legislation lame-duck Republicans have passed in Wisconsin, Michigan and North Carolina are unconstitutional and unlikely to survive outraged Democrats’ legal challenges. > The Guardian

When Republicans lose, they work harder to rig the game

Assembly Majority Speaker Robin Vos said recently: “I do not like the fact that Madison and Milwaukee chose Governor Evers and they’re the reason that he won.” So since then, Vos and his party have set out to rectify the perceived injustice. > New York Magazine