Evers, Kaul criticize lame duck session

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MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Democratic Gov.-elect Tony Evers says a Republican lame-duck legislative session is an "embarrassment" and he is looking at ways to stop the bills being considered from becoming law, including legal action.

Evers spoke to reporters Sunday at a Milwaukee law firm. On Monday, the Republican-controlled Legislature was holding a public hearing on a sweeping package of proposals, setting up votes in the state Senate and Assembly on Tuesday.

Wisconsin's Democratic Attorney General-elect Josh Kaul says the Republican lame-duck proposals that would limit powers of the attorney general's office are "horrible" and should be rejected.

Kaul said in an interview Sunday that no rationale has been offered for the measures. He says Republicans are trying to undermine results of the November election. Kaul defeated Republican Attorney General Brad Schimel and Democrat Tony Evers defeated Gov. Scott Walker.

The measures would move the 2020 presidential primary, restrict early voting and weaken the powers of both Evers and Democratic Attorney General-elect Josh Kaul.

Evers says the proposals go "to the heart of what democracy is all about." He says Republicans are trying to undo results of the Nov. 6 election but he thinks voters can stop it by lobbying their representatives.

Kaul says, "In an advanced democracy, this is not how the process is supposed to work."

Evers also says he's exploring other options, including lawsuits. Kaul, an attorney, wouldn't comment on potential legal action.