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How much power does a governor have? That depends on who you ask. But the answer that matters will come from the courts. The Wisconsin Supreme Court began hearing arguments yesterday in a case seeking to clarify the powers of Governor Tony Evers. The high court is being asked to determine whether Evers had the authority to issue executive orders like mandatory masks and a stay at home order. The legal argument seems silly. Those bringing the suits argue that Evers doesn’t have the authority to issue more than one executive order to deal with the same pandemic. Think of the logic here. That is like saying that if a flood warning is issued, it can’t be extended even though the river is rising, because it is the same flood. That we can’t have different colored threat levels for possible terrorist attacks. That the DOT can’t put out orange barrels and reduce speed limits in one section of the interstate if they have already done so miles down the road. That once crime scene tape is put up it can’t be extended further because it involves the same crime. It makes no sense. This pandemic has become an emergency, and requires a response. We have to give those charged with keeping us safe in an emergency the authority to do so, rather than trying to find some technicality that hamstrings those efforts.

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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  1. roy

    November 17, 2020 at 8:36 pm

    during WWII the country had “victory gardens” and alot of people did it and felt patriotic about it . now you cant get people to wear a mask because “this is the united states , i have freedoms ” . but half the country thinks those freedoms are freedom of religion….as long as its is christian …the others dont count ….. freedom of speech as long as it is FOX NEWS …they are the only ones that are “fair and balanced” . well i have been around cattle most of my life and i know bullshit . i cant believe some people really believe the stuff that is on the 24hr news channel and the internet . do you really want to make america great again ? shut the 24 hr news off . dont believe every thing on the internet …and start thinking for yourselves …do you really need some body making millions of dollars and on the air hours a day telling you what you should feel and think ? grow a pair america

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