Scott Walker Abandons Fight Against Special Elections

GOP bill in Wisconsin seeks to undercut judge's order on special elections report

Gov. Scott Walker's scramble to avoid holding special elections for two open seats Wisconsin's state legislature has been thwarted.

Republican legislative leaders responded by announcing Friday that they would reconvene the Senate and Assembly to pass a bill that would change special election laws.

That meant it could have theoretically halted the special election process for the 1st Senate and 42nd Assembly districts, despite the governor's order.

In his one-page ruling. The court denied the request Wednesday afternoon, writing that electing representatives is never a waste of tax dollars and Walker is obligated to order special elections.

"Representative government and the election of our representatives are never "unnecessary, ' never a 'waste of taxpayer resources, ' and the calling of the special elections are as the Governor acknowledges, his 'obligation" to follow by virtue of (state statute)", read the court order from Judge Reilly, which declared that Walker "has an obligation to follow the law just as do we".

DOJ had filed Walker's appeal in District 2, which covers the conservative Milwaukee suburbs and the Fox Valley, rather than District 4, which covers liberal Dane County. The primaries will be on May 15 and the general election on June 12.

Trump targets Amazon over taxes
Supreme Court to let state and local governments collect billions of dollars in sales taxes from online retailers. President Donald Trump tweeted Thursday that Amazon was causing "tremendous loss" to the Post Office.

IOS 11.3 Released: Here's the Top 5 Features
It's available over the air and it's the first ever update for Apple's smart speaker. Four new Animoji are arriving for iPhone X users: a lion, bear, skull and dragon.

No winning ticket sold for Mega Millions drawing
Tonight, players in SC hope the decision falls in their hands, as this is the eleventh-largest sum seen in North America. The profit from all Mega Million tickets bought in Virginia goes toward K-12 public education in the Commonwealth.

Reynolds noted in her ruling that while the Legislature's regular 2018 session had ended, Walker had a history of calling lawmakers back into special session to debate specific issues. The bill would ensure that neither seat is filled until January. But Michael Haas, a lawyer for the elections commission, said if Walker calls the special elections today as ordered, the election could take place as early as June 5 with nominating petitions due April 10, five days before the petitions begin circulating for the fall election. Spokesman Reid Magney said the commission stopped tracking costs previous year after commissioners discontinued the practice because state law doesn't require it to do so. Walker had argued that the issue was moot since the legislature planned to change the law.

Fitzgerald said people would still have representation since Assembly and Senate districts overlap.

Democratic Sen. Mark Miller questioned why Fitzgerald introduced the bill immediately following the judge's order. The appellate court refused to delay the order. Keith Ripp and then-Sen. They moved to change the special election law - and make it retroactive. Vacancies would be filled in the regular November election.

Republican Gov. Scott Walker says Wisconsin law doesn't require him to hold special elections for two legislative seats, which some say his party could have trouble keeping.

Holder's group and Wisconsin Democrats have countered that the calendar would have made more sense if Walker had scheduled the races when the seats were first vacated in late December 2017, and that there was no justification for leaving two districts unrepresented for over a year.

It also would allow special-election candidates to campaign longer and remove a requirement allowing only US citizens to act as witnesses of someone casting a military or overseas ballot.

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Apple CEO Tim Cook Criticizes Facebook's Approach to Privacy
Apr 01, 2018 - 00:49
Cook's comments, reported by Recode , were part of a taped interview for MSNBC's Revolution , which will air Friday, April 6. Since, Zuckerberg has been on an apology tour, and is expected to testify before Congress regarding the scandal.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Windows chief out as Microsoft reorganizes its business
Mar 30, 2018 - 00:43
Guthire also gets charge of AI speech, vision, augmented and virtual reality (what Microsoft calls mixed reality) efforts. Windows , which also includes Surface and Xbox revenues grew by just 2% in the company's most recent quarter.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Salem Lions Easter Egg Hunt Set for Sunday
Mar 30, 2018 - 00:41
The city's "Traditional Easter Bonnet" and "Contemporary Hat" contests will take place immediately following the egg hunt. Kelsey Winters attended the Egg-ceptional Egg Hunt for the first time with her daughter, 18-month-old Re'Ella Clark.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Astronomers Find Galaxy with Almost No Dark Matter
Mar 30, 2018 - 00:41
The Hubble Space Telescope's Advanced Camera for Surveys acquired this image, which is via NASA , ESA, and P. van Dokkum, Yale. It doesn't fit the characteristics of a spiral galaxy, which typically have dense, central regions, spiral arms, and a disk.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Mets icon Rusty Staub dead at 73
Mar 30, 2018 - 00:41
He finally decided on a $100,000 bonus from the new Houston Colt.45s, who were preparing for their inaugural season in 1962. Last July, he was at Citi Field as Austin Tuozzolo, 5, threw a ceremonial first pitch before a Mets game.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top North, South Korea to hold summit on April 27
Mar 30, 2018 - 00:40
Officials will meet again on Wednesday, April 4 to plan the details of protocol, security, and media access ahead of the summit. Thursday's meeting was the first high-level dialogue between the two Koreas since the delegation returned from the North.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Sarah Jessica Parker formally endorses former co-star Cynthia Nixon's run for governor
Mar 30, 2018 - 00:32
Willie Garson (who played Stanford Blatch), Evan Handler (Harry Goldenblatt), and David Eigenberg (Steve Brady) also tweeted sentiments for Nixon .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Your Easter weather for Sussex
Mar 30, 2018 - 00:31
The Met Office is warning that the weather could be to take a turn for the worse again over the Easter weekend . It continued: "There is a slight chance that some rural communities could become cut off".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Malala returns to Pakistan
Mar 30, 2018 - 00:30
He said the entire world gave honour and respect to Malala and Pakistan would also give her the kind of respect she deserves. She says: "It is now actually happening and I am here" and that she will continue to campaign for the education of girls.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Air India Finally Has a Chance to Lose the Baggage: Gadfly
Mar 30, 2018 - 00:25
What happens on 28th May, when qualified interested bidders are invited to the second stage of bidding is anyone's guess. Failing that, they ask that Air India flights that overpass Saudi Arabia be banned.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Matter with Uber 'resolved,' says lawyer for dead woman's family
Mar 30, 2018 - 00:21
At the time, though, the governor failed to mention that Uber had been secretly testing such vehicles in the state since August. She had crossed almost the entire four-lane, empty road before being struck by the front right side of the vehicle.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top The world's biggest search engine is upgrading its GIF game
Mar 29, 2018 - 02:20
But as the web evolved and mobile devices changed the way people search, the way people use Google Images has changed too. Overall, it looks like Google wants to expand its capabilities in presenting gifs within its own apps and services.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Former Catalan minister Clara Ponsati hands herself in to police in Scotland
Mar 29, 2018 - 02:16
A former Catalan minister facing extradition to Spain on charges of rebellion has turned herself in to authorities in Scotland . Her lawyer Aamer Anwar said he was preparing her for a court appearance today where she intends to fight extradition.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top New Atlas Tanoak Pickup Concept Is VW's Love Letter To America
Mar 29, 2018 - 02:12
The 18-kwh battery takes up space in the center tunnel, and supplies 26 miles of all-electric driving range when fully charged. A more mainstream Atlas Cross Sport is seen as a better fit as a sportier two-row SUV for the US than the departed Touareg .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Look! Saudi Arabia & SoftBank Plan World's Largest Solar Project
Mar 29, 2018 - 02:10
Son predicts that this project is going to create up to 100,000 jobs in the Kingdom and save it $40 billion in power costs. Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund and the SoftBank Vision Fund are coming together to make this project a reality.