Evers calls lame-duck injunction a victory

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Democratic Gov. Tony Evers says a ruling blocking Wisconsin Republicans' lame-duck laws is a victory.

The GOP passed the laws in a December extraordinary session. The legislation limits both Evers and Democratic Attorney General Josh Kaul's powers.

Dane County Circuit Judge Richard Niess ordered a temporary injunction Thursday blocking the laws, ruling that extraordinary sessions are illegal because the state constitution doesn't provide for them. Republicans have vowed to appeal.

Evers issued a statement calling the ruling a victory for the people of Wisconsin. He accused Republican lawmakers of overplaying their hand by using an illegal process to accumulate more power for themselves. He says he hopes the state can move beyond this "disappointing chapter."