As Republican Scott Walker reaches the end of his term as governor of Wisconsin, the Republican-held legislature is using their lame-duck session to greatly weaken the office of governor. Democrat Tony Evers is set to take the oath of office in January, yet a series of hastily passed bills will put him at a great disadvantage in passing any meaningful legislation. The legislature claims they are merely balancing the power of the branches of government. Democrats are saying they are robbing the rightly elected governor's power. What do you think? PERSPECTIVES NPR describes the bills Wisconsin lawmakers passed: The list of proposed changes is long. Evers' campaigned on ending Wisconsin's participation in a lawsuit to overturn the Affordable Care Act. Republicans could block him from fulfilling that promise. It also blocked Evers from making changes to Walker administration policies like a new work requirement for food share recipients. And they'd give … [Read more...] about Should the legislative branch be able to take power away from the executive branch?
Updated 6:57 p.m. | Bowing to public pressure, President Donald Trump on Thursday signed an executive action ending the practice of separating migrant children from their parents amid a firestorm that saw congressional Republicans break with him. The president contends Congress must pass legislation addressing the matter for it to be permanently solved given existing laws and court rulings his administration says mandates a process under which migrant children are separated from their parents when caught trying to illegally enter the United States. And it appears families can only be held together for 20 days, unless a federal judge alters a previous ruling placing a limit on detaining migrant families together. Gene Hamilton, a senior counselor to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, said that judge has a "simple decision" to make in mulling a coming Trump administration request to adjust her ruling to keep the families together longer. “Are we going to be able to … [Read more...] about Trump Signs Executive Action Ending Family Separation
close Video The war against sanctuary cities gets a new ally San Diego County votes to challenge California's safe haven for illegal immigrants. A U.S. appeals court ruled Wednesday it is unconstitutional for the Trump administration to threaten to withhold funding from “sanctuary cities” that aren’t cooperating with immigration officials. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, however, also ruled that a lower court went too far when it blocked the order nationwide. "The panel held that, under the principle of Separation of Powers and in consideration of the Spending Clause, which vests exclusive power to Congress to impose conditions on federal grants, the Executive Branch may not refuse to disperse the federal grants in question without congressional authorization," the ruling stated. In November, U.S. District Judge William Orrick issued an injunction to permanently block the President Trump's executive order to cut off funding to sanctuary … [Read more...] about Trump ‘sanctuary cities’ executive order is unconstitutional, US appeals court rules
DUNCAN — Kevin Stitt, a Republican running for governor, said Tuesday he's hoping the Legislature would give him more control over the executive branch and that he would populate his administration with outsiders and insiders. "I'm totally responsible for my company and all of our employees, and I'm ready to be responsible for state government," the mortgage company CEO told a dozen people at a local restaurant. Stitt, making his first run for public office, has been pitching his private sector success as the remedy for an executive branch often criticized as being unaccountable because its power is so widely dispersed among boards and commissions. Stitt noted here that the Legislature voted to give the next governor the authority to hire and fire the head of the state Health Department. A board currently has that power. "We need more of that,'' he said. "The governor's hands are tied of actually delivering services and fixing it and getting it structured right." Mick Cornett, … [Read more...] about Stitt calls for governor to have more authority over executive branch
By Michael Slaten April 5, 2018 President Cameron Barrett issued four executive orders, establishing a textbook exchange and task forces. | Thomas Dwyer/The Cougar Newly sworn-in President Cameron Barrett announced four executive orders during the first Senate meeting of the new Student Government Association, one of which will establish a free textbook exchange run by SGA. The free textbook exchange was one of the pillars of the Students Unite campaign that Barrett and his vice president, Davis Darusman, ran on. Two other executive orders established a task force for safety and poverty prevention that students can join. Another calls for stipend leaders and members of student government external affairs become certified to register voters.The textbook exchange, which SGA will run, will collect textbooks from students finishing their classes at the end of the spring, summer and fall terms this year. Students will be able to check out textbooks for appropriate courses and return them … [Read more...] about Barrett kicks off 55th Administration with four executive orders — The Cougar