.@repvos says he expects a lawsuit to be filed over @GovEvers's mask order, but indicates it won't come from GOP lawmakers. That's a departure from his previous approach. In the spring, Vos, @SenFitzgerald and other Republican leaders sued to throw out the stay-at-home order. — Patrick Marley (@patrickdmarley) July 30, 2020
Wisconsin Sen. Steve Nass (R-Whitewater) calls on @SpeakerVos and @SenFitzgerald to bring the legislature back to block the public health emergency and mask mandate. "I can’t legally or morally trust (@GovEvers and @DHSWI Sec. Andrea Palm) with emergency powers." @WISCTV_News3 — Amy Reid (@amyreidreports) July 30, 2020
Wisconsin lawmaker votes first, asks questions later https://t.co/xp9wMLN9VW — Patrick Marley (@patrickdmarley) June 10, 2020
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National disgrace: Wisconsin legislature comes under fire for ‘unconscionable’ decision to hold primary amid coronavirus pandemic – The Washington Post #wipolitics q https://t.co/rzS5lJsgPA — John Adams (@DailyAdams) April 6, 2020
No state delegation in America has been less receptive to a federal coronavirus relief package than the WISGOP delegation to Washington.
Yes, this is happening:https://t.co/h14mlsKNYk#wipolitics #Election2020 pic.twitter.com/5bvxvfnTYY — Mason T. Becker (@MasonTBecker) January 11, 2020
It seems that a number of GOP legislators in Wisconsin are real estate tycoons in their own small ponds…and aren’t beyond helping themselves prosper…maybe visions of being Donald Trump dance in their heads?
Now, to the question of the day:
Do you expect genuine, comprehensive action from Vos’ hand-picked, Republican-heavy task force if there are five appointees who signed that letter for the federal waiver from phosphorous-pollution rules – – including the Vis-Designated chairman, among its 13 GOP members?
Matching up the task force membership, here, with the signatories to the water waiver letter here – – and props to the Wisconsin State Journal for publishing the names in a sidebar – – find these overlapping Vos appointees:
GOP State Reps Robert Brooks, Mary Fetzkowski, Andre Jacque, Travis Tranel and chairman Tod Novak.
Those five alone outnumber the task force’s three Democrats.
You could call that the implications of divided government.
Or you could call out special-interest water carrying when you see it, like this 2016 summary wherein Vos and his GOP allies make their appearances :
Assembly Speaker Robin Vos complains that Governor Tony Evers isn’t being bipartisan by vetoing their tax bill.
First rule of bipartisanship….having a bill named essentially the same thing…isn’t being bipartisan. Ya know? Plus you knew your bill would be vetoed when you passed it. It wasn’t going to accomplish the things the governor aims to do. It wasn’t sustainable. It was outside the budget process. It was rushed. It was another attempt to co-opt the governor’s platform. You do know that he is moving you left? I wrote about that!
Madison —Senate Republicans likely won’t act Tuesday on bills to eliminate a deductions cap on student loan interest, fine so-called sanctuary cities and let Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele turn over debt collection for the county over to the state.
The bills weren’t on a tentative agenda for Tuesday’s planned final session that was released by the office of Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau), leaving the proposals with almost no time left as the session draws to a close. The Senate calendar will be approved by the end of Monday.
In one of the most crass and intimidating efforts ever, in the name of “oversight,” Republicans want to expose witnesses and their statements, despite the promise of immunity and confidentiality in closed John Doe probes.
Tomorrow’s [2.3.16] Assembly Ways and Means Committee meeting had an interesting last-minute addition to it, and it involves a huge business tax giveaway that you may have thought was dead.
You may remember me referencing this “economic substance” bill when they tried to jam it through a public hearing last month. At the time, the Wisconsin Department of Revenue estimated that it would cost the state up to $384 million a year, which is certainly not anything that can be done when there’s only $64 million of breathing room in the budget over the next 17 months. The bill seemed to be put underground after that.
Well, it’s BAAAACK!