Last week, Gov. Scott Walker negotiated a $28 million deal with Kimberly-Clark and had his WEDC rubber stamp it — before signing a bill taking away the next governor’s power to do the same thing. Apparently Walker wasn’t confident he could get it by the Joint Finance Committee where his own party holds 12 of 16 seats.> Isthmus
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
Governing magazine spoke with Robin Vos this week about the lame-duck bills he engineered to strip power from the incoming Democratic governor and attorney general. Vos maintains the maneuver was a nonpartisan attempt to restore balance between the branches. You can read the interview here.
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
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
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.
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