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Wisconsin Democratic Judge Says Duly Elected Republicans Can't Pass Laws

Wisconsin Democratic Judge Says Duly Elected Republicans Can't Pass Laws
Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers answered reporters questions at the State Capitol in Madison, Wisc., Thursday, March 21, 2019, after a Dane County judge has blocked the lame duck laws that Republicans passed in December to limit the power of the governor and attorney general. (Steve Apps/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)

Democrats don’t like our Constitution very much. From their perspective, there’s not much to like.

Too many dos and don’ts (mostly don’ts), too many “negative rights,” absolutely nothing about social justice, and where are the rights for transgenders?

Recently, Democrats have come out in favor of abolishing the Electoral College, packing the Supreme Court (gotta get that social justice agenda passed somehow), and allowing non-citizens to vote. It’s almost like they don’t like living in the United States very much, although you’d hurt their feelings if you gently suggest that if they don’t like where they’re living, they should depart for friendlier climes.

Now a judge in Wisconsin has issued an injunction against laws legally passed by the legislature by legally elected representatives of the people. How did he do that? By declaring that the legally passed laws by the legally elected representatives of the people weren’t “legal” at all.

The Hill:

The Republican-controlled Legislature passed the laws in December in an unscheduled “extraordinary session” after Walker lost his bid for a third term in November.

Walker at the time denied that the bills were an attempt to reduce Evers and Democratic Attorney General Josh Kaul’s powers, writing in a Facebook post that Evers would retain “some of the broadest line-item veto authority of any governor in the nation.”

In January a coalition of left-leaning groups filed a lawsuit alleging the session in which the laws were passed was unconstitutional.

Enter Dane County Circuit Judge Richard Niess. The lawsuit landed in his bailiwick where he proceeded to rule that up is down, black is white, and it never rains in Indianapolis in the summertime.

In his Thursday ruling, Dane County Circuit Judge Richard Niess blocked the laws, denying a request by the legislature to temporarily pause his order.

“The Legislature overplayed its hand by using an unlawful process to accumulate more power for itself and override the will of the people, despite the outcome of last November’s election,” Evers said in a series of tweets following the ruling.

Imagine that! A “strict constructionist” liberal Democrat! Whoda thunk it!

Those legislators who passed the laws were, indeed, responding to the will of the people — the people who elected them to serve until the end of their terms. There is nothing in the Wisconsin constitution that says lawmakers nearing the end of their legal terms must become eunuchs. “Lame duck” appears nowhere in that document. In effect, Judge Neiss has stripped power from duly elected legislators because Democrats don’t like the laws that they passed.

There’s a remedy for that: repeal the offending legislation. Except the good people of Wisconsin, in their infinite wisdom, decided they liked Republicans to control both houses of the legislature and the GOP kept control.

So who is it trying to “override the will of the people”?