As redistricting case marches forward, Wisconsin is passing a key date regarding Republican impeachment threats
Plus: Could a Wisconsin Supreme Court ruling on gerrymandered maps be coming in a matter of weeks?
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Quietly, Wisconsin is about to pass a key date on its political calendar.
As you’ll recall, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos was threatening to impeach Janet Protasiewicz before she even heard a case. It was as absurd as it was predictable. The core argument would have flown in the face of recusal standards that right-wing justices themselves do not abide by.
Many of us were trying to determine all the political calculations and timing that went into that decision. Could Vos, with a gerrymandered near-supermajority in the Assembly, hold a vote to impeach, sidelining Protasiewicz, even if the State Senate never took action? If both GOP-held chambers did move forward with full impeachment, could it be done so that there would be another election on the 2024 spring ballot?
These questions prompted this complicated if-then flowchart that political insiders were discussing ad nauseum. But now, we have arrived at one of those key dates.