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Sunday, July 03, 2022

Don Moynihan: What the actions of an obscure Wisconsin political appointee tell us about GOP democratic backsliding. One categorical error we cannot make is assuming the threats to democracy are purely, or even primarily, a reflection of Trump's authoritarian tendencies. The more disturbing reality is that the instinct to subvert democratic outcomes runs much deeper in the Republican Party.

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While it got fewer headlines than the January 6th hearings, the outcome of a dispute over an obscure political appointment in Wisconsin is no less revealing, offering in microcosm, a deeper understanding of the maladies we face.

The Prehn case in Wisconsin offers a telling data-point about democratic erosion in the states, where gerrymandered state legislatures can effectively maintain their policy control of the executive even when they lose the only elections they have not rigged.

Republicans in the state legislature do not believe that the Democratic Governor, Tony Evers, should have the power to appoint officials, a power that all of his predecessors held. They have operated on this belief by refusing to schedule hearings, or holding hearings when they determined that they wanted to fire the acting Cabinet officials.

The message was clear: regardless of the fact that their gubernatorial candidate lost, the Republican legislature had decided their party would continue to run the executive branch.

This extremism was surprising in its novelty, if not its intent. As soon as Republican Scott Walker lost the 2018 election, the legislature used a lame-duck session to remove from the new Democratic Governor and Attorney General many of their traditional powers. For example, Evers was restricted from determining how Medicaid could be implemented, even though Medicaid expansion was a signature campaign issue that helped get him elected. Walker signed these laws, and the conservative-leaning supreme court blessed them. All of this occurred in the aftermath of an election where gerrymandering meant that Democratic candidates had won considerably more votes than Republicans for the state legislature, but gerrymandering allowed Republicans to control 63 of 99 state Assembly seats.

The state supreme court and legislature also largely cut Evers out of the process of redistricting. Despite Evers victory, they decided that the extreme gerrymander that has corrupted every part of Wisconsin politics will remain in place.

#1 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2022-07-02 09:04 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 5

"Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men." --Lord Acton

#2 | Posted by snoofy at 2022-07-03 03:38 AM | Reply

Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never see disappointment.

~ Sum Ho

#3 | Posted by lfthndthrds at 2022-07-03 09:46 AM | Reply

Evers' proposal was more gerrymandered than the Republican's. Minority majority district requirement work against the Democrats.

#4 | Posted by visitor_ at 2022-07-03 10:06 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

#1

Legislature here did some of the same stuff when Cooper won. The worst was what they did to the election boards. Prior governors appointed 3 of 5 members and the opposing party got the other 2 for the state board and in each county the governor got 2 of 3. After Cooper won it was changed to 4 and 4 on the state board and 2 and 2 in each county.

Also most all appointments needed confirmation by the senate even ones that had never required it before and they reduced the number of positions which were exempt from 1500 to 425.

We are actually a purple state but thanks to gerrymandering and shady, but not illegal, moves by the legislature we seem deep red.

#5 | Posted by TaoWarrior at 2022-07-03 10:09 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

And I'm glad of it Tao...

Outside of Raleigh, Cary, Asheville and Charlotte, nothing about NC is liberal. It's classic of city mobs trying to say they have the majority thought....

#6 | Posted by boaz at 2022-07-03 12:15 PM | Reply

" It's classic of city mobs trying to say they have the majority thought...."

Don't they foot the majority of the bill?

#7 | Posted by Danforth at 2022-07-03 12:42 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

"And I'm glad of it Tao."

It's exactly like David Frum said:

Maybe you do not much care about the future of the Republican Party. You should. Conservatives will always be with us. If conservatives become convinced that they cannot win democratically, they will not abandon conservatism. They will reject democracy. The stability of American society depends on conservatives' ability to find a way forward from the Trump dead end, toward a conservatism that cannot only win elections but also govern responsibly, a conservatism that is culturally modern, economically inclusive, and environmentally responsible, that upholds markets at home and U.S. leadership internationally.
--David Frum
www.theatlantic.com

#8 | Posted by snoofy at 2022-07-03 12:47 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 7

So the state election where gerrymandering doesn't matter going to a democrat means the "city mobs trying to say they have the majority"? Obviously when that happens the only responsible thing for the legislature to do is strip the power from the one branch they can't take through gerrymandering.

I'm actually less pissed about the gerrymandering than I am the stripping of power. In fact I think the state legislature being 57.5% Republican is pretty representative of the state even if that is more than the share Trump got in the presidential election. Being non-partisan I've always voted against single party rule and I like having a Governor who is the opposite party of the legislature, but that only works if the governor has power to make meaningful decisions.

#9 | Posted by TaoWarrior at 2022-07-03 12:59 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Trump's authoritarian tendencies - as opposed to the biden administration's authoritarian 'more than tendencies' as they are pushing for the Liberal World Order where they cannot wait for a global entity to have power over WE THE PEOPLE....... FOOLS!

#10 | Posted by MSgt at 2022-07-03 05:15 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

Did that make sense in your head when you typed it MSGT? It sounds like right wing word salad to me.

#11 | Posted by TaoWarrior at 2022-07-03 05:20 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 4

#4 | Posted by visitor_

Your such a sad, sad, sad, oh and pathetic poster. You seriously don't believe that do you?

#12 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2022-07-04 12:50 AM | Reply

#6 | Posted by boaz

And what is your point? They do have the majority thought.

#13 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2022-07-04 12:52 AM | Reply

BOAZ has yet to admit or accept that his drinking buddies are guilty of Seditious Insurrection, and that they conspired to overthrow the legitimate Government of the United States.

He sure as hell doesnt want to understand how election majorities works.

He's just a shell-shocked, PTSD-trembling little feller, desperately needing to believing that some lib is trying to victimize him.

So, Whimper Boy, whadya think about that Hearing last Tuesday?

Too askeert to read the thread, to askeert to watch, too askeert to deny he watched, too askeert to admit he watched.

Adulting is hard for him, knowing that around any corner, Libs lurk about.

That trip to Mount Pilot really skeert the smarts outta him.

#14 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2022-07-04 09:20 AM | Reply

Trump's authoritarian tendencies - as opposed to the biden administration's authoritarian 'more than tendencies' as they are pushing for the Liberal World Order where they cannot wait for a global entity to have power over WE THE PEOPLE....... FOOLS!

#10 | Posted by MSgt

Get back to us when dems try to overthrow democracy like your cult did.

#15 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2022-07-04 07:56 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Trump's authoritarian tendencies - as opposed to the biden administration's authoritarian 'more than tendencies' as they are pushing for the Liberal World Order where they cannot wait for a global entity to have power over WE THE PEOPLE....... FOOLS!

#10 | Posted by MSgt

Dems had a bill to end gerrymandering this year. Know how many repubs supported it?

#16 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2022-07-04 07:57 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

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