MADISON, Wis. (AP) Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed a sweeping package of Republican-written legislation Friday that restricts early voting and weakens the incoming Democratic governor and attorney general, brushing aside complaints that he is enabling a brazen power grab and ignoring the will of voters.
Signing the bills just 24 days before he leaves office, the Republican governor and one-time presidential candidate downplayed bipartisan criticism that they amount to a power grab that will stain his legacy.
Walkers action Friday came as Michigans Rick Snyder, another Midwestern GOP governor soon to be replaced by a Democrat, signed legislation Friday in a lame-duck session that significantly scales back minimum wage and paid sick leave laws that began as citizen initiatives. Michigans Republican legislators also are weighing legislation resembling Wisconsins that would strip or dilute the authority of incoming elected Democrats.
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