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Extraordinary becoming routine in Fitzwalkerstan

There may be another "extraordinary session" of the Wisconsin Legislature on tap, perhaps as early as next week, to ram a still-secret reapportionment bill through, WisPolitics.com says in its report to subscribers.

The State Senate GOP held a "super closed" caucus -- excluding even staffers -- to discuss the maps, WisPol says.

This would be the second extraordinary session of the legislature in three weeks.  The first was called to pass the state budget.  First thing you know, they won't be  extraordinary.  (Before Fitzwalkerstan, there had only been nine in state history.)

What makes them extraordinary, of course, is that the usual rules don't apply -- and Republicans hate rules (or laws, for that matter) which cramp their style.

In an extraordinary session, they can shut up the minority much more quickly and easily and just do what they want to do.

It is unprecedented, of course, for one political party to draw the new district lines in secret, using taxpayer dollars for partisan purposes to try to get an advantage in the next round of elections.

That's what's extraordinary.


July 1, 2011 - 5:55pm