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A Power Grab? Politics as Usual? Michigan’s Governor Will Decide

LANSING, Mich. — On both sides of Lake Michigan this month, Republican-dominated legislatures pushed forward measures aimed at hamstringing Democrats who will take over their statehouses in January. On the Wisconsin side, Gov. Scott Walker shrugged at accusations of dirty politics and partisan overreach and signed them into law. In Michigan, all eyes are on […]

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Wisconsin Power Struggle Appears Bound for Court, Long Favorable to Republicans

Wisconsin’s judiciary, officially nonpartisan, has been marred in recent years by political intrigue, divisive elections and even accusations of one judge placing another in a chokehold. Now it may be what decides the fate of the outgoing governor’s new laws to limit the power of his successor. “There will be a challenge, no doubt,” Gov. […]

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Scott Walker, With Legacy in Mind, to Act on Bills Stripping Power From Successor

FOX CROSSING, Wis. — Scott Walker, rejected by Wisconsin voters in his quest for a third term as governor, has spent recent days trying to define how his eight years in office are remembered. He posted 21 tweets in 25 minutes, each starting with “OUR LEGACY” and listing an accomplishment. Facing angry accusations on Facebook, […]

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Two Companies Finally Speak Up

This article is part of the Opinion Today newsletter. You can sign up here to receive the newsletter each weekday. First, if you doubt that Republicans are becoming more willing to defy President Trump, consider the Senate’s vote on the crisis in Yemen yesterday. Senators don’t normally rein in a president’s war powers. Wisconsin fallout. […]

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The High Cost of Shattering Democratic Norms

The Wisconsin Assembly speaker, Robin Vos, a Republican, said the quiet part out loud this week when he told reporters that it was a blatant power grab for his lame duck chamber to pass legislation that weakens the incoming Democratic governor, Tony Evers. “We did have an election,” Mr. Vos said on Tuesday. “Whether everyone […]

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Behind the Scenes in Wisconsin: A Republican Power Play, Months in the Making

MADISON, Wis. — Last spring, after Wisconsin Democrats seized a state legislative seat long held by Republicans and sent a liberal justice to the State Supreme Court, Republicans began to worry. Gov. Scott Walker, preparing to seek a third term, warned his fellow Republicans on Twitter of the “risk of a blue wave” and publicly […]

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Michigan G.O.P. Starts Limiting Power of Incoming Democratic Leaders

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan Republicans, following the tactics of conservative lawmakers in Wisconsin, moved on Thursday to start limiting the power of the incoming Democratic secretary of state and set the stage for additional curbs on the Democrats who will take over as governor and attorney general in January. The G.O.P.-led State Senate in Michigan, […]

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Are Rural Voters the ‘Real’ Voters? Wisconsin Republicans Seem to Think So

ImageProtesting in the State Capitol in Madison, Wis., this week.CreditLauren Justice for The New York Times In much of Wisconsin, “Madison and Milwaukee” are code words (to some, dog whistles) for the parts of the state that are nonwhite, elite, different: The cities are where people don’t have to work hard with their hands, because […]

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Wisconsin Is About to Make a Huge Mistake

Late Friday afternoon, less than a month after a Democrat, Tony Evers, defeated Scott Walker, the incumbent Republican governor, Robin Vos, the Republican Speaker of the Wisconsin State Assembly, followed through on his threat to strip the new governor of some of his power. That day, an assembly committee released five bills that grant sweeping […]

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Tony Evers Wins Wisconsin Governor’s Race, Beating Scott Walker

PEWAUKEE, Wis. — Gov. Scott Walker, who moved Wisconsin to the right over the last eight years, cutting taxes and sharply diminishing the power of labor unions, was defeated on Wednesday by the Democrat, Tony Evers, the state schools superintendent, The Associated Press reported. The advantage for Mr. Evers was razor thin, a little over […]

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Rural America’s Own Private Flint: Polluted Water Too Dangerous to Drink

ARMENIA, Wis. — The groundwater that once ran cool and clean from taps in this Midwestern farming town is now laced with contaminants and fear. People refuse to drink it. They won’t brush their teeth with it. They dread taking showers. Rural communities call it their own, private Flint— a diffuse, creeping water crisis tied […]

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G.O.P. Candidates Struggling in Key Battlegrounds, With House at Stake

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Republican leaders are increasingly worried that their candidates for governor and Senate are in political trouble across Michigan, Pennsylvania, Minnesota and other states that the party prizes, and that the difficulties could spill into House races that the G.O.P. needs to win in November to keep control of the chamber. Their […]

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Democrats Want to Beat Scott Walker. But the Wisconsin Economy Is a Hurdle.

Mr. Evers, 66, was a teacher and principal before he became the state’s Superintendent of Public Instruction, and he looks the part — a pen at the ready in his dress shirt pocket, a flop of white hair and a gentle smile. His name is widely known in the state, but his political style is […]

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Kavanaugh Uproar in Senate Fuels G.O.P. Races for Governor and House

WASHINGTON — As the Senate hearings on Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh cleaved the country, Ron DeSantis, the Republican candidate for governor of Florida, stayed mostly out of the fray — uncharacteristic reticence for a politician who usually relishes partisan battles. But by last weekend, Mr. DeSantis had changed his tune. “These people really debase the […]

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Nonfiction: What’s the Matter With Wisconsin?

THE FALL OF WISCONSIN The Conservative Conquest of a Progressive Bastion and the Future of American PoliticsBy Dan Kaufman 319 pp. W.W. Norton & Company. $26.95. Fourteen years ago the pundit Thomas Frank asked what was the matter with Kansas. Today the question is, who sank Wisconsin? In “The Fall of Wisconsin,” the journalist Dan […]

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Writing the Unions’ ‘Fight-or-Die Survival Chapter’

Advertisement The growing labor militancy making headlines has its roots in slow, grinding efforts by workers all over the country. By Sarah Jaffe Ms. Jaffe is the author of “Necessary Trouble: Americans in Revolt.” Sept. 2, 2018 ImageRiot police trying to prevent protesters from blocking an entrance to the mall at 1st and D Streets […]

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