Wisconsin’s governor is starting the process to draw what he called the ‘people’s’ political map, even though it’s likely all for not.
The governor yesterday started taking applications for his People’s Map Commission. That commission, the governor hopes, will draw the state’s new political map. The map largely controls who gets elected to the state legislature and Congress. Governor Evers says the map should be drawn by voters. Top lawmakers in Madison however say the state’s constitution is clear, lawmakers have the power to draw the maps.
Beyond that, the Wisconsin Supreme Court is making it clear that there is a balance of power in the State Capitol. The court yesterday ruled that most of Wisconsin’s lame duck laws can stand. Most notably, the court ruled that lawmakers can limit the attorney general’s power to settle lawsuits because lawmakers are the ones who get to spend the state’s money. The court did give Governor Evers a win by saying he doesn’t have to share his ‘guidance documents’ with the legislature.