Walker Schedules Special Elections for June in Vacant Legislative Seats

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Gov. Scott Walker has ordered special elections for two state legislative districts that have been vacant since late December. In response, Speaker Robin Vos called Judge Reynolds an activist judge and accused her of working outside of the law. But if the Legislature changes the law, Assistant Attorney General Anthony Russomanno said Tuesday, Walker would be back in court to argue the earlier order can no longer be enforced.

Democrats criticize the move calling it a political play. In January, Democrat Patty Schachtner won a shocking upset by 11 points in a northwest Wisconsin state Senate district that had been in GOP hands since 2000 and Donald Trump carried by 17 points in 2016. "Walker and legislative Republicans are so desperate to maintain their grip on power that they are changing laws to silence voters".

Another Dane County Judge ruled that Governor Walker must call special elections to fill empty seats in the state legislature and that he must do so by noon Thursday.

Responding to news special elections will be held, former USA attorney general Eric H. Holder Jr., chairman of the NDRC, said, "This is a victory for the citizens of Wisconsin who are without representation because of Gov".

Lawyers for Walker asked Wisconsin Circuit Court Judge Richard Niess to delay the governor's court order until after the Legislature acts.

"There is nothing more fundamental to our democracy than the right to vote. Walker to allow the Legislature to take up a bill that's going to affect the voters in Assembly District 42 and Senate District 1 when they have no say in that bill at all", Niess said.

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"I can not bring it to the floor at this point", Fitzgerald said.

A 2011 change to state law required the appeal be heard outside Madison-based District 4.

Republican Representatives and officials did not respond for comment by press time.

Walker specifically went outside of the Dane County circuit court after Assembly Speaker Robin Vos leveled insults at Dane County residents and called Dane County Circuit Court Judge Josann Reynolds an activist judge.

The state Department of Justice on Wednesday asked the 2nd District Court of Appeals in Waukesha to give Walker until April 6 to call the elections.

Reynolds was a Walker appointee and was the first judge to reject the Governor's plan.

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The judge ruled that "representative government and the election of our representatives are never 'unnecessary, ' never a 'waste of taxpayer resources'".

The Walker Administration warned the Wisconsin Supreme Court that they would likely file an appeal. Under the bill, Walker would be prohibited from ordering special elections this year.

Voting rights advocates and Democrats are deriding the bill as an attack on Democracy, with Senator Lena Taylor referring to it "as a bag of crooked snakes".

Walker might have conceded defeat and scheduled the elections, but he's not done complaining.

"Keep the elections on the same time, and remember that your military are protecting us at all times and they should have a little extra edge perhaps to get their ballots in on time", Richardson said.

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