"This is the kind of thing autocrats do," declared journalist Ari Berman.
Republican legislators worked throughout Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning to pass a sweeping package of lame-duck bills to give power to the Republican-controlled Legislature before Republican Governor Scott Walker leaves office in January.
"This is outrageous abuse of power and should be huge national scandal."
"Warning to our friends across the country: what happens in Wisconsin doesn't stay in Wisconsin. The GOP (and Kochs) use the state as a petri dish for terrible hard-right ideas. If this works, it'll spread elsewhere."
Targeted with $14 million in outside spending, the Wisconsin senator fought back by tagging her opponent as a servant of special interests.
Her campaign made few stumbles, concentrated on the concerns of working families, defined the candidate and her opponent early, and spoke to voters in rural and urban Wisconsin, providing a blueprint for 2020 candidates.
The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board has sent a four-person team to investigate the incident.
“Growth, thy name is suffering.”
“The so-called REINS Act will undoubtedly move Wisconsin towards a rule-making process that will become marred by industry lobbyists with political agendas."