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A little echo of McConnell in Wisconsin
Posted by: pdq
Date: June 30, 2022 09:37AM
So, Scott Walker appointed a business-friendly guy, Fred Prehn, to a six year term on the Wisconsin National Resources Board in 2015. The board, which helps decide environmental questions, is currently controlled 4-3 by conservatives.

2015 plus six years is 2021. Prehn is still there. Why?

Despite appointing a replacement in April of last year, WI guv Tony Evers’ appointment is being ignored by the Republican-controlled Wisconsin Senate, which confirms such positions. To be clear, the Senate didn’t turn the appointee down; they just pulled a McConnell and refused to act, for over a year now. Prehn says he’s not going anywhere.

The state AG took it to the WI supreme court, and guess what? By a 4-3 vote (conservatives v liberals), Prehn stays…as long as he wants to.


"(T)he expiration of Prehn's term on the DNR Board does not create a vacancy. Prehn lawfully retains his position on the DNR Board as a holdover," wrote Chief Justice Annette Ziegler for the majority. "Therefore, the Governor cannot make a provisional appointment to replace Prehn."

The court found a vacancy is only created when a person dies, resigns, or is removed for cause.

…but not because their six-year term is y’know, over and their replacement was named over a year ago. In other words, when you’re a Republican in Wisconsin, a six-year appointment is actually lifetime, as long as your party controls the Senate.

See any parallels here? Thank God they were able to confirm Ketanji Jackson (53-47) before Breyer left.
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Re: A little echo of McConnell in Wisconsin
Posted by: deckeda
Date: June 30, 2022 10:50AM
As I said in the thread just below: If you don’t spell it out for regressives they’ll pedantically claim it doesn’t mean anything.

An expiration date? You should still eat it because the container did not say otherwise.
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