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On November 6, Wisconsin voters elected Democratic candidates to serve as our new Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Treasurer and Attorney General. In addition, a majority of Democrats will be seated in the State Assembly. Knowing that these progressive leaders will be taking office in January, Republican legislators are in panic mode and frightened of losing their grip on power. They are planning to use their remaining days in office to hamper the will of Wisconsin voters. Among them is our own 93rd Assembly representative, Warren Petryk.

They have called the Legislature into an extraordinary session. Their plan is to push through Republican-backed legislation to diminish the impact of choices made by Wisconsin voters on November 6 before our newly elected leaders take office. Several items are on their wish list. They hope to restrict the powers of Governor-Elect Tony Evers. They want to force work requirements on disabled sick and injured people who receive BadgerCare benefits. And, in keeping with past Republican efforts to limit who can vote they want to put restrictions on early and absentee voting.

—Harlen Menk, Ellsworth

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