That's what happened last night, and before sunrise this morning, in Wisconsin.
In Wisconsin, the far-reaching proposal by Republican lawmakers would weaken the authority of Gov. -elect Tony Evers and state Attorney General-elect Josh Kaul, who unseated their Republican opponents last month. It's the least. In terms of vote totals, they're the losers of the 2018 elections. Efforts to tie his hands when it came to former president Barack Obama's signature health law were equally odious, he said, because of how central support for Obamacare, as the health reform is called, were to Democratic campaigns in Wisconsin. That measure is awaiting a final legislative vote in the state Assembly. In fact, there's a chance that the gerrymandered map will be thrown out by the Supreme Court next year.
Republicans were battered in the midterm election, losing all statewide races amid strong Democratic turnout.
The measure also attacks voting rights by restricting early voting to no more than two weeks before an election. Republican lawmakers claimed that this rankled their (often rural) constituents. That would stop Evers and Kaul from fulfilling promises to withdraw Wisconsin from a multi-state lawsuit seeking repeal of the Affordable Care Act. The legislature is also considering stripping the secretary of state's office of its oversight over campaign finance law.
In an exchange with reporters at the governor's mansion Monday night, Walker described the measures to strip powers from the new administration as simply business as usual.
"It's a power grab", said Democratic state Sen.
In the hallways, protesters chanted, "No mas Vos!" and "No more Walker", referring to Republican State Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and the outgoing governor.
A news conference where Fitzgerald and other Republican leaders spoke was peppered with catcalls from protesters.
Evers, who beat Walker by just over 1%, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel he would take "any steps possible" to stop the legislature, including lawsuits. They might not trust him. But for the moment, they have the power to do so - so they are.
The bills were kept secret until the afternoon of Friday, November 30. However, lawmakers could still bring the provision back on the Assembly or Senate floor with an amendment.
After all-night vote-wrangling sessions, the bills cleared the State Senate on Wednesday at 6:04 am and the State Assembly at 8:20 am. But hope survives. Because although Wisconsin's Republican leaders may be afraid of democracy, democracy is not afraid of them.
The executive director of One Wisconsin Now, which filed the lawsuit challenging the previous attempt to limit early voting, said the Republican's latest effort shows they "refuse to accept the results of the 2018 elections" and are anxious about large voter turnout. The move is created to protect state Supreme Court Justice Dan Kelly, who's up for re-election that April, from a Democratic wave.
The pre-existing conditions measure failed after all 15 Democrats in the Senate and two Republicans voted against it.
Almost every County Clerk in Wisconsin came out against the proposal, calls flooded state legislative lines - and that idea died in committee. The Senate passed the proposal earlier in the evening.
"I am surprised at just how egregious these are", said Greig, the incoming House minority leader, who added that any effort to rewrite those laws would be challenged in court.
"Never before in Wisconsin's 170 year history has an extraordinary session been used in such a cold, calculated way in order to usurp the power of duly elected constitutional officers".
The proposals would give legislators power to intervene in litigation involving the state, a role normally reserved for the attorney general, and curtail the governor's ability to issue rules that codify state laws.
Furthermore, the bills limit the governor's ability to address early voting and voter ID laws. The budget will still come from the administration.
Evers added that it would be more hard to get anything productive done. If that's the reason, why not take it up before the election - or earlier, when it would have limited Scott Walker's authority?
The result is that our articles are reaching fewer people at a time when we need genuinely independent news more than ever. It is unfortunate, that by refusing to recognize the voice of the people, they have broken Wisconsin Government.