One day ahead of the deadline set by President Donald Trump for Congress to pass a bill to address the group of undocumented young immigrants known as Dreamers, rights advocates rallied outside the White House on Sunday to demand action from the president and oppose his administration's deportation agenda.
No governor in the long history of Wisconsin has been more disrespectful of the state’s rich democratic traditions than Scott Walker, the political careerist who since taking office in 2011 has worked to make it easier for billionaires to buy elections and harder for voters to cast ballots in them.
Nothing Walker has done up until now has been so aggressively anti-democratic as his refusal to hold special elections to fill vacant seats in the state legislature.
But nothing Walker has done up until now has been so aggressively anti-democratic as his refusal to hold special elections to fill vacant seats in the state legislature. The Capital Times began raising the alarm about this in January, and now it is drawing national attention—and a significant legal intervention.
Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and the National Democratic Redistricting Committee announced Monday that the NDRC’s affiliate, the National Redistricting Foundation, would file suit in the Circuit Court of Dane County on behalf of voters in the two disenfranchised districts.
“Governor Scott Walker’s refusal to hold special elections is an affront to representative democracy,” declared Holder. “Forcing citizens to go more than a year without representation in the [legislature] is a plain violation of their rights and we’re hopeful the court will act quickly to order the governor to hold elections.”
With Marc Elias, one of the nation’s most prominent legal experts on elections, serving as a member of the foundation’s legal team, this challenge has the potential to send a vital signal to those who would mangle democracy in Wisconsin and other states.
Walker is one of a number of Republican governors who this year have refused to call special elections for legislative seats that their party might lose. Their fear is understandable, as Democrats have grabbed more than three dozen Republican seats in special elections since Donald Trump took office. Who this year have refused to call special elections for legislative seats that their party might lose. Walker was stung in January this year by special-election result that saw what was thought a safe Republican state Senate seat western Wisconsin go Democrat! Republican state Sen Lasee and Republican Rep. Keith Ripp posts last December stubbornly refuse to call special elections to fill seats—arguing voters should not given a say until regularly scheduled election November. Wisconsin statutes that vacant legislative seats “shall be filled as promptly as possible by special election.” Walker’s apologists tried to claim leeway statute language regarding the close regular floor period of legislature and special sessions. Those arguments crumbled as legislature continued to meet and act on welfare and criminal justice reform issues.
The governor’s recalcitrance threatens to leave 230,000 Wisconsinites unrepresented for the better part of a year. His attempt to play politics could well be undone by courts. Walker’s not alone denying democracy. Republican governors of Michigan and Florida also refusing to call special elections for legislative seats, and a House seat in Michigan.
Wisconsin Senate Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling, D-La Crosse, complained: “Governor Walker is running scared and is playing politics with people’s right to be represented in the state Capitol.”
Now, however, Walker has another reason to be running scared. His attempt to play politics with representative democracy could well be undone by the courts.
ooh let us hope so…
Here is the entire issue for Trump-icans in 2018. They are racist slobs and hate black and brown Americans. So “Dreamers” for them mean “Them” the godless horde that is going to pull down their KKK dream perfect WHITE supremacy government. It would certainly help right now if the Democrats picked up their momentum from Barrack Obama toward DIVERSITY. REAL diversity. And what I am seeing is too many Democrats trying to become the Republican Lite Party. In 2018 that simply isn’t enough from the Democrats to start rebounding after Hillary’s defeat in 2016. WHAT DID THEY EXPECT AFTER RUNNING A CONSUMMATE INSIDER TO WASHINGTON DC LIKE HILLARY? In the meantime, Bernie and Elizabeth are the progressives we need to be in the White House and have the majority of congress.
This is the critical issue, if we show up again in the future like we did in 2016 with the lowest voter turn out in 70 years, we will have more of the Republican controlled asinine congress and the asinine worst president in American history, Donald Trump.