Lame-Duck Power Grabs Escalate Unsettling Trend

Stateline: The move by Republican legislators in Wisconsin and Michigan to strip power from incoming executive branch Democrats — akin to steps taken by the North Carolina GOP to undermine the incoming governor two years ago — sets an unsettling, even anti-democratic trend across state legislatures, experts say.

“The idea that, if our party loses the election, we’ll rearrange the powers of government, is one step short of cancelling elections altogether,” said Howard Schweber, professor of American politics and political theory at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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