In his second State of the State address this week, Gov. Tony Evers promised to put the Republican controlled legislature on the spot by calling for actions that will force the legislature to go on record–perhaps–on two key issues: redistricting and the “challenges addressing the challenges facing Wisconsin farmers, starting with a special session next week to invest in agriculture and rural communities.” 

Evers said he will call a special session of the legislature to address issues impacting rural Wisconsin next week. The last time Evers tried this approach–forcing a special session on gun control issues–the Republicans delayed opening the session and then opened and closed it in minutes. This time, this tactic, will be hard to duplicate as Republicans and Democrats both agree that that there are scores of issues impacting the state’s rural communities. Delaying, opening and then closing the special session will have major negative implications for the state’s Republican lawmakers.

And to force the legislature to stand up and be counted on redistricting, Evers said he will use and executive order to create a nonpartisan redistricting commission to create  “People’s Maps” to do nonpartisan redistricting. That move immediately drew the ire of Republican leaders who said they were the only body legally allowed to redistrict. And of course, they are not the least bit interested in creating fair maps.

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