Saturday, March 24, 2018

Oops: GOP Sen. Scott Fitzgerald's revealing special election tell

Scott Fitzgerald Imperium Alert follow-up:

The subconscious in this blue-wave panicked partisan mastermind 
Wisc Sen. Scott Fitzgerald.jpg
and career politician just couldn't stay contained when the mouth was working on his plan to embed partisan advantages through a quickly altered special election calendar: 
“No one is trying to slow down or halt anything related to an election,” Fitzgerald said of criticism that Republicans are trying to avoid the special elections because of fears that resurgent Democrats are winning special elections across the country. 
He's right: Just like when he was so unfairly criticized for trying to slow down or halt anything related to the creation on secret computers and behind close doors of legislative election boundaries that helped preserve his Speakership's power and GOP majorities in Wisconsin:
Republican lawmakers voted behind closed doors Thursday to give a blank check to hire two law firms — one of which routinely bills more than $800 an hour —  in a legal battle over redrawing legislative maps.The move will add to a bill that has already topped $2 million...
Republican legislators on two committees approved the plan even though they didn't know how much hiring the firms will cost or even their hourly rates. Those details will be ironed out later, said Myranda Tanck, a spokeswoman for Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau).
Additional reporting about the plan showed the GOP approach to that something 'related to an election was framed by everything that should give Fitzgerald, Vos and Walker the benefit of the doubt: careful process, full transparency, touching constitutional admiration, strict adherence to established legislative traditions, overall principled guidance - - and worthy respect for rights - - theirs:
According to the proposal, the private firms would answer to Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos. Vos defended the move in a statement issued after the vote.
"On behalf of the Legislature, we are exercising the right to retain counsel to defend a law that was constitutional when adopted and meets every traditional principle of redistricting," Vos said...
Unlike typical committee votes that are conducted in-person, this vote was conducted by private ballots.  Notice of the vote, which was first reported by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, was not posted online, which is standard practice for committees. A copy of the proposal was not made public until after 2 p.m. The vote was scheduled to be completed by 4:30 p.m.

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