Faced with what appears to be a virtual certainty that a newly liberal-controlled state Supreme Court will reject their infamous 2011 gerrymander, Wisconsin Republicans have threatened to impeach and remove newly elected Justice Janet Protasiewicz even before ‘she doesn’t comment on her first case. But today, Republican leaders in the House and Senate outlined a new plan to bypass the lawsuits and controversies surrounding the 2011 gerrymander and embrace new maps created by an at least nominally nonpartisan staff.

Democratic Gov. Tony Evers, who was expected to sign the new bill, quickly shot down the entire idea. “Republicans are making a last-ditch effort to retain legislative control by having someone chosen and approved by the Legislature draw Wisconsin’s maps,” Evers said. “It’s wrong.”

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