The attorney general-elect, Josh Kaul, is also a Democrat.
The voters elected them based on what they promised to do.
In an all-night floor session, Wisconsin Republicans this week approved sweeping legislation to eliminate the state Justice Department's solicitor general's office, a tool the defeated Republican attorney general, Brad Schimel, used to join highly partisan lawsuits such as the ACA challenge.
A state Senate panel voted 4-1, on party lines, Wednesday for bills to have a bipartisan commission oversee campaign finance instead of the secretary of state.
Republicans said it is a coincidence.
The measures would limit the governor's ability to promulgate administrative rules, which enact laws and give lawmakers the power to control appointees to the state economic development agency's board.
Republicans dispute criticism that the legislation would undermine the role of the attorney general.
Kaul vowed to withdraw Wisconsin from a multi-state lawsuit that seeks a repeal of the Affordable Care Act, known commonly as Obamacare. There's also the fact that Republicans did well in a number of key statewide races and that the GOP wound up increasing its majority in the Senate.
Democrats say the measure provided inadequate coverage and would cause premiums to skyrocket.
Greg Magarian, professor of law at the School of Law, doesn't see any constitutional roadblocks to recent movements by the Wisconsin and Michigan Republican-majority legislatures created to limit power of newly elected Democratic governors. Then, voters can "assemble themselves around" the separate measures and get GOP senators "interested in some pieces" to then push forward the full package.
The pre-existing conditions measure failed after all 15 Democrats in the Senate and two Republicans voted against it. There could also be cases where legislators want to take the same side as the attorney general but make a different legal argument. Rather than respect the will of voters, they're using their last few weeks in office to pass laws limiting the power of new governors and put roadblocks on voting.
But Republicans also have made it clear that they're taking action because they don't trust Evers. The party has used that power to pass conservative policies, including creating voter ID requirements, adopting right-to-work laws and stripping public workers in Wisconsin of almost all their collective bargaining rights. If you think a powerful executive branch is fine when the governor is wearing a Team Red jersey but not when he's wearing a Team Blue jersey (or vice versa), then it doesn't seem like you're actually anxious about the separation of powers at all. The American Lung Association said 64,000 people in Wisconsin have lung disease and could potentially be denied health care if a federal lawsuit against the ACA succeeds. Walker has not signified his action but he has worked in concerts for many years with Republican legislative heads there.
But the new legislation would also require that Evers obtain permission from the GOP legislature before seeking to tweak the conditions of federal waivers or making changes to public assistance programs.
The Assembly passed the bill 59-32 early Wednesday morning.