Listen: Republicans, Chief Legal Officer, Wisconsin discussed on Opening Arguments
"Now, what has happened? These bills have passed. They will be signed by Scott Walker who is we have long detailed. The the fact that he is not remotely concerned with anything other than preserve. Irving Republican power, and and conservative political outcomes in the state of Wisconsin, they have passed on a straight party line vote. Some Democrats were not present, but zero Democrats have voted for these bills. A handful of Republicans have voted against these bills. I could delve down and talk about the specifics. Maybe we'll do that in a later episode there were handful of fringe Republicans that that didn't go along with us broadly speaking, here's what the bills do. And this is why the they're going to be a model for Republicans going forward in states that have a gerrymandered state legislature. And we have a ton of these because of red map in twenty ten that was very very successful at flipping a lot. And Wisconsin is a blue state notwithstanding. The fact that went for Trump in two thousand sixteen it had not gone for a Republican since Ronald Reagan's landslide in nine. Thousand eighty four before then it's a rock ribbed blue state, nevertheless, the the Wisconsin state houses gerrymandered to favor. Republicans other blue states other purple states are like this. And here's what these bills do broadly speaking, they cripple the governor's incoming executive agencies, including the attorney general, which is a separate elected position in Wisconsin. And again, a democrat was elected in the midterms, and they take powers that were traditionally associated with those executive agencies and pull them back and require consent of the legislature. So for example, Bill eighty four eliminates the position of solicitor general and his three deputies and reassigned that power. So solicitor general is the. State's highest lawyer that argues in favor of the state when the state is suit right analogous to knoll Francisco, the US solicitor general people ask of what's the difference between the attorney general and the solicitor general the differences, right? The attorney general is the nation's chief legal officer makes strategic policy decisions that is you know, was Jeff Sessions is now we're no. But the solicitor general is the person who does the oral arguments the person who writes, the briefs the person who appears in court. It's now with the passage of this Bill that person those supporting individuals will no longer be appointed. By the governor. They will be appointed by the legislature. And if you're asking yourself in any state in the union does the legislature appoint the person who of the person of solicitor general the answer to that is no this is utterly unprecedented. Its neck. Ever happened in any state before ever? Wow. And. Literally, it reflects the fact that Republicans don't like that the voters elected, a democrat is attorney general, and so they took away the power of the attorney general to appoint the solicitor general and his deputies continuing with the judiciary. They changed the power, right? So some states have a requirement that when you make an allegation that a statute is unconstitutional or preempted by federal law that you would have to serve the attorney general's office. Right. And the reason that you do that is because you're taking a state law claim, and those are the basis for litigating that case in federal court this Bill changes that requirement. So that and again, I want to say. I try and call out when this is both sides. Do this kind of thing. This has never been done in any state in the history of the Republic. Now, those notices will be served on the legislature. And you might be asking yourself. What is the legislature have to do with overseeing when the steep defends itself in federal court and the answer is not a single clown horn thing never it's not part of their job. It's not part of their oversight. It's not part of checks and balances you won't find it in the federalist papers. This is taking power away from the attorney general because the incoming attorney general is a democrat what else? The Bill prevents the incoming governor from re-nominating anybody for an appointment who has been voted down by the Wisconsin state Senate that changes the existing law which allowed after period of time, the governor could go back and nominate somebody get cannot be nominated for any other office. Once they vote that person down there out, so again places a tremendous club in the hands. And by the way, the incoming Republican state legislature in Wisconsin is. Not just Republican, but overwhelmingly Republican presently it's it's two to one.."