Wisconsin DOJ appeals special elections order

Wisconsin DOJ appeals special elections order

Wisconsin DOJ appeals special elections order

Both districts went heavily for President TrumpDonald John TrumpCigna says it has reduced customers use of opioids by 25 percent Greens launch campaign to get Pruitt fired White House: "Maximum pressure" campaign on North Korea is working MORE in 2016, but Democrats recently won an equally red district in a special election, worrying Republicans who are intent on maintaining control of the Wisconsin legislature.

Nearly immediately after Reynolds' ruling, Republican legislative leaders announced plans for an extraordinary session of the Legislature to rewrite Wisconsin's special election laws.

The Legislature plans to vote next week on a bill changing the special election law. Niess turned down the request. Rothchild asked, sarcastically. "Why don't they just extend the terms that the state Senators and state Assembly people from two and four years to eight and 16 years or something?"

Dane County Circuit Judge Josann Reynolds last week gave Walker until Thursday to issue an order calling special elections in the two vacant seats. Niess, who was appointed by Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle in 2004, heard the case Tuesday because Reynolds was on vacation.

What set up this situation?

Walker has refused to call special elections to replace Rep. Keith Ripp and Sen.

Republicans are rushing a bill through the Legislature that would eliminate requirements that the governor promptly call special elections to fill legislative vacancies. And with his refusal to hold special elections, he is simply denying voters even the opportunity for an election.

In response, Walker, Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, committed themselves to changing the special elections law.

Walker plans to hold the special elections on June 12 with a primary election on May 15 "unless stopped by a legislative change or by a court", Assistant Attorney General Anthony Rossomanno said Tuesday.

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"No court that I'm aware of is at liberty to ignore the law in order to facilitate the Legislature's consideration of bills that might become law", he said from the bench. Walker argued that law did not apply to the current vacancies because Lasee and Ripp resigned in 2017.

Why does it matter now?

Democrats have argued that Walker is delaying these latest elections out of the fear that Republicans could lose.

Their argument ignores the fact that constituents often contact their legislators for help when the Legislature is not in session.

Under that timeline, nomination papers for candidates running in the special elections would be due April 17.

A Senate committee planned to hold a public hearing Wednesday on the bill and vote on it in an extraordinary session April 4, the day after the spring election.

"It's a waste of taxpayer's money", Walker told reporters Tuesday.

"Representative government and the election of our representatives are never "unnecessary, ' never a 'waste of taxpayer resources, ' and the calling of special elections are as the Governor acknowledges, his 'obligation" to follow by (state statute)", Reilly wrote.

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