Wisconsin GOP Weakens Powers of Incoming Democratic Governor, Attorney General

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Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Burlington) (L) and Speaker Pro Tempore Tyler August (R-Lake Geneva) listen as Democrats address the Assembly during a contentious legislative session on December 4, 2018 in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo: Andy Manis/Getty Images)

Amid statehouse protests, Wisconsin's Republican-controlled legislature passed bills Wednesday to strip key powers of Democratic Governor-elect Tony Evers and Attorney General-elect Josh Kaul. The plan, which Democrats called a power grab, would give lawmakers control over the state's economic development agency, limit the governor's ability to protect the Affordable Care Act and restrict early voting to two weeks. As other states consider similar moves, we'll discuss the national implications of Wisconsin's legislation.

Guests:

John Nichols, national affairs correspondent, The Nation

Shawn Johnson, Capitol Bureau Chief, Wisconsin Public Radio

Jessica Levinson, clinical professor of law, Loyola Law School

Brett Healy, president, MacIver Institute

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