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Scott Walker signs bills to curb power from Democratic successor

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks at the 2012 Republican National Convention. Photo: Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call

Scott Walker, Wisconsin's outgoing Republican governor who was denied a third term last month, signed sweeping lame duck legislation into law on Friday to diminish the power of incoming Democratic governor Tony Evers and Attorney General Josh Kaul, and consolidate the power of the GOP-controlled state legislature.

Why it matters: This last-ditch effort by Republicans, which Democrats have referred to as a blatant "power grab," will extend years of fierce ideological skirmishes in the battleground state that the GOP has controlled for years. One measure, which will limit early voting, is almost certain to trigger a court challenge because a federal judge struck down a similar proposal as unconstitutional in 2016.

Wisconsin Democratic governor-elect may sue if GOP limits his power

Wisconsin Democratic Gov.elect Tony Evers.
Wisconsin Democratic Gov.-elect Tony Evers. Photo: Darren Hauck/Getty Images

Democratic Wisconsin Gov.-elect Tony Evers said on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday that he may challenge state Republicans in court if outgoing Republican Gov. Scott Walker refused to veto sweeping legislation passed by the GOP-controlled legislature during its lame-duck session.

"It’s around Scott Walker’s legacy. He has the opportunity to change this and actually validate the will of the people that voted on Nov. 6. … The entire thing is a mess. It’s a hot mess."

Details: Evers, who called the move a blatant power grab, said that he's "not making any promises one way or the other, but we’re looking at all issues, all options on the table." Some of the measures passed would impose limits to early voting, which is often beneficial to Democrats, and prevent the governor from withdrawing the state from a lawsuit, enabling Republicans to better defend conservative policies if challenged in court.

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