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The Latest: Republicans talk about moving primary date

November 27, 2018

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on lame duck legislative session (all times local):

3:30 p.m.

Wisconsin Senate Republican Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald says lawmakers are looking at moving the 2020 presidential primary to improve the chances for conservative Supreme Court Justice Dan Kelly.

Fitzgerald told reporters Tuesday that moving the primary date was among many things GOP senators discussed taking up in a lame duck session before Democrat Tony Evers takes over.

The presidential primary is expected to have large Democratic turnout. Fitzgerald says that’s why moving it to a day different from when Kelly is up for election would help Kelly.

He says much of the other changes being discussed are “real inside baseball legislative kind of stuff.”

The lame duck session could convene as soon as next week. Assembly Republicans also met privately Tuesday.

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9:04 a.m.

Wisconsin Republicans and Gov. Scott Walker are discussing what measures they want to take up in a lame duck legislative session before Democratic Gov.-elect Tony Evers takes office.

Senate Republicans were also expected to reach a decision on whether they will vote on a tax incentive bill designed to keep a Kimberly-Clark Corp. plant open near Appleton.

Both Senate and Assembly Republicans were meeting separately Tuesday to talk about their plans.

Ideas for the lame duck session include moving the 2020 presidential primary from April to March, limiting the governor’s powers over implementation of administrative rules and reducing the number of appointments the governor can make to certain boards and commissions.

Evers has called the lame duck session a last-ditch attempt by Republicans to hold onto power.

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