Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers Suffers Another Loss

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers is not having an easy time lately when it comes to trying to rule his state with an iron fist. The Democrat just suffered another defeat after the Wisconsin Supreme Court struck down the statewide mask mandate. In a 4-3 vote, the court ruled that the mandate is null and void.

The conservative-leaning court said that Evers violated Wisconsin state law by trying to use his power to issue emergency orders to try to keep extending the mask mandate.

Past History of Defeats

This is just another blow to the governor when it comes to his control over the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In May of 2020, the court ruled against Evers’ stay-at-home mandate.

On October 23, 2020, an Appeals Court said that Evers could not limit gatherings in the state. This past February, the Wisconsin State Legislature voted to revoke the statewide mask mandate.

Most recently, the Wisconsin Supreme Court just ruled that Evers has stepped out of his authority by issuing multiple public health emergencies over the last year. Writing for the majority, Justice Brian Hagedorn said that Evers was not acting within the law.

Local Mask Mandates

Both the city of Milwaukee and Dane County still have mask mandates in effect. Dane County is home to the state capital city of Madison. However, Evers can no longer mandate that masks be worn on a state level.

Not surprisingly, state Republican leaders are enthusiastic about the ruling. Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu applauded the court’s decision, saying that Evers had abused his power in issuing the emergency orders.