Tony Evers’ pick for transportation secretary could face Senate opposition

One of Gov.-elect Tony Evers’ Cabinet appointees could have trouble securing confirmation from the Republican-led state Senate, with several GOP senators raising concerns about his transportation industry ties. > Cap Times

Fitzgerald: Lawmakers could go it alone in crafting next state budget

In a shift from recent past practice, the Republican leader of the state Senate said Thursday he assumes GOP lawmakers will craft their own plan for the next state budget instead of building from what’s proposed by Democratic Gov.-elect Tony Evers. > Wisconsin State Journal

Vos on GOP power grab: This is much ado about nothing

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.

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

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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

As Walker exits, Vos ready to step forward

Robin Vos, who has been speaker since 2013, is used to being at the center of Wisconsin’s biggest political battles. As Gov. Scott Walker leaves office, Vos is positioning himself to take over as the state’s most powerful Republican and is determined to protect conservative interests in the key Midwestern swing state from Democratic Gov.-elect Tony Evers. > AP News

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

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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