Thursday, December 06 2018

Lame-duck GOP power grabs show contempt for voters

Written by USA Today
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Elections, it is often said, have consequences. The strong showing of Democrats in 2006 and 2008 paved the way for passage of the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. The election of Donald Trump in 2016 meant, among other things, the elevation of Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

But a month after the 2018 midterm elections, Republicans in a number of states are doing their damnedest to limit, even reverse, the verdict rendered by voters.

Ground zero in this effort is Wisconsin, where voters registered an unequivocal desire for change after eight years of unified Republican rule. They ousted GOP Gov. Scott Walker in favor of a previously little-known Democrat. They chose Democrats for every other statewide office and, in the aggregate, gave a whopping eight-point margin to Democratic candidates for the State Assembly.

How has the Republican-controlled legislature responded? By ramming through limits on early voting and restrictions on the powers of these newly elected Democrats. A not-so-chastened Walker has signaled that he will sign these measures.

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