Steineke: Absolutely ‘constitutional crisis’
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Steineke: Absolutely ‘constitutional crisis’

October 12, 2019


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>>A CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS IN
STATE GOVERNMENT? I’M ADRIENNE PEDERSEN. TODAY ON UPFRONT:
THE LEGAL WRANGLING OVER
EXTRAORDINARY SESSION LAWS. WHAT’S AT STAKE
I’LL ASK REPUBLICAN ASSEMB
MAJORITY LEADER JIM STEINEKE. PLUS, PRESIDENT TRUMP BACKS OFF
CUTS TO SPECIAL OLYMPICS. THE ROLE WISCONSIN CONGRESSMAN
MARK POCAN PLAYED IN THE UPROA
AND, THE GROWING PROBLEM OF LEAD
POISONING IN WISCONSIN KIDS. A PEDIATRICIAN SAYS MORE
CHILDREN ARE GETTING SICK AND
GOING TO THE HOSPITAL. WE ASK WHY. HELLO, I’M ADRIENNE PEDERSEN AND
THIS IS UPFRON
THE LEGAL FIGHT OVER THE
REPUBLICAN LAME-DUCK SESSI
LAWS APPEARS TO HAVE THRUST
WISCONSIN INTO A SITUATION WE’VE NEVER SEEN BEFOR
LET’S GET CAUGHT UP. TWO DANE COUNTY JUDGES BLOCKED
ENFORCEMENT OF PARTS OF LA
REPUBLICANS PASSED IN DECEMBER’S
EXTRAORDINARY SESSION. LAST WEEK, AN APPELLATE COURT IN
WAUSAU STAYED ONE OF THOSE
ORDERS. AT ONE POINT, DEMOCRATIC
GOVERNOR EVERS RESCINDED 82
APPOINTMENTS THE NEW LAWS
ALLOWED FORMER GOVERNOR SCOTT
WALKER TO MAKE
EVEN PEOPLE IN GOVERNMENT ARE CONFUSED. ONE OF THOSE WALKER APPOINTEES,
PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION
CHAIRWOMAN ELLEN NOWAK, SHOWED
UP FOR WORK THURSDAY ONLY TO GET
STOPPED AT THE ELEVATORS. MOLLY BECK OF THE JOURNAL
SENTINEL CAPITOL BUREAU REPORTED
NOWAK THOUGHT SHE COULD RETURN
TO HER JOB…BUT APPARENTLY NOT. TOP REPUBLICANS SAY THE DANE
COUNTY COURT RULING CREATED A
“CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS.”
ARE WE AT THAT POINT? WE’RE ASKING REPUBLICAN ASSEMBLY
MAJORITY LEADER JIM STEINEKE OF
KAUKAUNA.>>are we at against divisional
crisis? Was it yes. This is chaos brought on by the
administration. They refuse to abide by the
court’s ruling
It is entirely reasonable that
the appointments should continue
on.>>If you have Democrats saying
Republicans won’t work with us
and vice versa. How do we meet in the middle?>>We have been working on that
since Januar
We sent them a letter about the
different items without we can
work with them on. We passed a tax cut. We were looking at legislati
to make sure pre-existing
conditions were covered. He said that no matter what we
passed, it would not be good
enough. It recently, —
He has refused to meet with us
It is frustrating when he is
saying one thing but the actions
have not been there.>>are you talking to the
governor?>>Know he is not talking to us
at all. We have offered to meet on a
regular basis so we can keep t
lines of communication open. We are in the middle of taking
his budget in moving forward
trying to pass something that he
will be able to sign. He is not willing to talk to us. I’m not sure why that is. I don’t know how to negotiate if
he won’t talk to us. If he is waiting until the end
of the process, that will spell
trouble.>>we mentioned someone no
being allowed to go to wor
This is confusin
>>It is confusing to us. A county judge made a ruling. Tony U-verse said he would
operate with thoughtfulness and
caution than he ripped the
appointments out of their jobs. Now he has reappointed 67 of
them. He doesn’t seem to have a pla
on how to deal with this. The appellate court ruled that
the state should be granted. Those appointments are in place. He should not be blocking
anyone.>>To average Wisconsinites,
this feels like a lot of back
and fort
What is at stake here?>>People’s confidence in their
state government is at stake. The ability for the legislature
to do their jobs is at stake. Also, the rule of law. We have to make sure the
legislature can operate
independentl
The court overstepped their
bounds
Thankfully, the appellate cour reversed that decision.>>is this worth it?>>Not from our end. These lawsuits we see as
frivolous. Especially having to do with the
extraordinary sessions. This is a regular way of doing
business and it is clearly
constitutional
When people filed these
lawsuits, it forces us as a
legislature to defend the laws This is our responsibility t
defend the law
>>Is there one important thing
that you want to see come out of
this?>>I want to see the separation
of powers upheld
Ultimately, I want to see th
governor come to the table and
work with us. That is what the people asked
to do. We will have to sit down and
find a way to get along. That is what we are trying to
do. The governor has not picked up
any of our offer
We will try to continue to make
things work.>>The governor maintains that
he wants to work with the
Republicans. It seems like both sides are
saying that. But the proof is in the pudding. He says that he wants to work
cooperatively that he has no
shown any of that. He is not worked with us on the
middle class tax cut. He refuses to look at a bill
that talks about pre-existing
conditions. It is obvious that we are making
the attempt to reach across the
aisle and we get rebuffed at
every chance.>>Is there anything that a
judge could do
>>We believe that they are all
constitutional and taking
mind the separation of powers. We believe they are al
constitutional
We are pleased with the ruling
by the appellate court upholdi
the state. Without we had a good chance of
prevailing. We will have to react to any
other decisions that come down.>>Thank you for joining us.>>NEXT ON UPFRONT, A SUMMARY OF
THE MUELLER REPORT IS OUT. WHAT’S THE NEXT MOVE FOR HOUSE
DEMOCRATS? I’LL ASK CONGRESSMAN MARK POCAN. PLUS, LEAD POISONING IN CHILDREN
IS A STATEWIDE PROBLEM. WE TALK TO A PEDIATRICIAN
DELIVERS THE TERRIBLE NE

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