Amid remembrances of political honor, reminders of today's rotten partisanship

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The exact opposite of honor, dignity and respect is playing out in Wisconsin, Michigan and North Carolina — reminders of how rotten our politics have become.
WASHINGTON — For all the talk of honor, dignity and respect as the country mourns and remembers former President George H. W. Bush, the exact opposite of honor, dignity and respect is playing out in Wisconsin, Michigan and North Carolina — reminders of how rotten our politics have become.

In Wisconsin, per the AP, Republicans yesterday advanced their efforts after their election loss to take powers away from the incoming Democratic governor and state attorney general (although they backed down from changing the date of the state's presidential primary to benefit a conservative state Supreme Court justice). Final approval could take place as early as today.

A reminder: Democrat Tony Evers beat Republican Scott Walker in Wisconsin's gubernatorial race, 49.6 percent to 48.4 percent. And Democrat Josh Kaul defeated Republican Brad Schimel in the attorney general race, 49.4 percent to 48.8 percent.

A similar kind of GOP power grab appears to be taking place in Michigan, where Democrats won the statewide contests for governor, attorney general and secretary of state. "State Rep. Robert VerHeulen, R-Walker, introduced a bill that would allow the state House of Representatives and Senate to intervene in any legal proceedings involving the state, which has traditionally been the purview of the state attorney general or the governor's office," the Detroit Free Press reported last week. "In addition, state Sen. David Robertson, R-Grand Blanc, introduced a bill that would shift oversight of campaign finance law from the secretary of state to a six-person commission appointed by the governor. The panel members would be nominated by the state Republican and Democratic parties."

In Michigan, Democrats won the governorship, 53 percent to 44 percent; they won the attorney general race, 49 percent to 46 percent; and they won secretary of state contest, 53 percent to 44 percent.

And in North Carolina, it increasingly looks like something VERY WRONG happened in that NC-9…
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