Despite having Democratic governor Tony Evers in power, Republican lawmakers and a conservative Supreme Court in Wisconsin have made sure to limit Evers’ power.
In December 2018, during the lame-duck session of the legislature, Republican lawmakers passed a series of laws which put the clamps on Evers’ power, including one that prevents him from pulling out of the state’s lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act.
Evers campaigned on having the state withdraw from the lawsuit.
Lawmakers acted presciently by limiting Evers’ ability to modify existing state laws such as Wisconsin’s voter ID and right-to-work laws.
Wisconsin’s right-to-work law was a hallmark piece of legislation passed under Scott Walker’s watch as governor in 2015. In fact, it may have largely contributed to the state going red during the last few years as unions have been effectively gutted.
These actions taken by Republican lawmakers at the end of 2018 obviously made Democrats in Wisconsin furious. Interest groups such as the League of Women Voters contended that the “state constitution does not ascribe the power to call an extraordinary session of the legislature to lawmakers, thereby making the December session and all actions therein unconstitutional and invalid.”
So, they went to the Wisconsin Supreme Court to have this matter settled. However, their hopes were dashed when the court ruled 4-3 in favor of the GOP on Friday, June 21, 2019, effectively discarding an argument that the session was called unconstitutionally.
In the court’s majority opinion, conservative Justice Rebecca Bradley stated that “The Wisconsin Constitution itself affords the legislature absolute discretion to determine the rules of its own proceedings.”
White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows Makes Attempt to Nab Traitorous Leakers
On July 12, 2020, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows announced that he gave several pieces of information to suspected leakers.
According to Axios, Meadows has proceeded to do this “to reporters — a trap that would confirm his suspicions.”
“Meadows told me he was doing that,” commented one former White House official. “I don’t know if it ever worked.”
The Trump administration has been plagued with leaks since day one. Meadows has taken it upon himself to find the leakers and expose them for subverting President Trump’s agenda.
One leak that recently infuriated Trump was involved an alleged Russian plot to pay the Taliban bounties to kill American soldiers.
Trump was also furious when the New York Times revealed that the Secret Service took him down to the bunker while riots raged outside the White House.
Although Meadows has not caught any high-profile leakers so far, a source close to Meadows said he is “focused on national security leaks and could care less about the palace intrigue stories.”
However, during a recent podcast with Ted Cruz, Meadows revealed that they discovered and fired a federal employee who was caught leaking information about a White House social media executive order.
Trump will ultimately need to get his house in order if he wants to keep his agenda coherent and intact.
One of the overarching themes of the Trump administration has been in its inability to tame subversive advisers and other actors within the administration.
This allows for Trump’s America First agenda to be derailed while legacy institutions like the defense industry benefit greatly.
D.C. is in desperate need of a cleanse and it starts within the executive branch.
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