Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel said Wisconsin Republicans have followed through on a long list of policy objectives.
He now expects the same thing in Washington, D.C.
Schimel hailed the results of last November’s election during the Monroe County Lincoln Day Dinner Sunday at Burnstad’s Restaurant. He said election of President Donald Trump and legislative majorities in both houses of Congress mirror the trend of Wisconsin since 2011, when Republican Gov. Scott Walker was swept into office along with Republican majorities in the state Legislature.
“We’ve got a new responsibility,” Schimel said. “The burden is on us to lead ... In Wisconsin, we have already figured that out.”
He listed several Republican policies enacted since 2011, including:
A requirement that voters show a photo ID before casting a ballot.
“Right to work” laws that prohibit compulsory union membership.
Concealed carry of firearms.
Schimel said the next step is fighting what he described as an over-reaching federal government. He touted his lawsuits against the Environmental Protection Agency and National Labor Relations Board and pledged to fight a federal judge’s order to redraw Wisconsin’s legislative districts. He said the Department of Justice is “putting our best lawyers on it” but doesn’t anticipate a final decision from the U.S. Supreme Court until early next year.
“We have worked hard at DOJ to hold this federal government at bay,” Schimel said. “We’ve figured out how to win in the courts.”
He anticipates Trump will appoint judges who will use the 10th Amendment to protect state sovereignty.
“We left (the 10th Amendment) behind a long time ago,” Schimel said. “We’re going to bring that back. It’s alive and kicking.”
Schimel spoke two days before Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch for the U.S. Supreme Court. The pick has been widely praised by conservatives.
“Thank God it will be President Trump deciding the Supreme Court vacancy,” Schimel said. “We’re going to start putting judges on the courts who respect life and respect the constitution.”
Schimel said Wisconsin is taking significant steps to fight the epidemic of fatal drug overdoses that killed 872 people in Wisconsin in 2015. He said the legislature has passed 17 bipartisan bills to deal with the crisis.
“It is going to take a while to get out of this problem, and there will be more tragedies before we do,” he said.
Schimel was elected to his first term in 2014 and told the audience he will run for re-election in 2018.