Tony Evers

State schools Superintendent Tony Evers announced last week: "I just have one thing to say to Scott Walker’s hand-picked lawyers — you’re fired.” PHOTO BY MICHELLE STOCKER

Wisconsin Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers did something last week that a lot of Wisconsinites would like to do. He said "no" to one of Gov. Scott Walker's lawless power grabs.

Walker wants his political toady, Attorney General Brad Schimel, and the Schimel-warped state Department of Justice to represent the Department of Public Instruction in a legal fight that involves the independence of the agency Evers was elected to lead. A right-wing political group is demanding that Evers and the DPI get Walker’s approval before formulating rules affecting Wisconsin schools. The case brought by the group is absurd —  not least because the Wisconsin Supreme Court has already ruled that such a power grab by Walker would be unconstitutional.

But Walker, Schimel and their allies are pushing their "case," and part of the strategy is to deny Evers and DPI legitimate representation. It's a messy fight. But Evers brought clarity to it last week when he announced: "I just have one thing to say to Scott Walker’s hand-picked lawyers: You’re fired. You’re fired for abusing your power in order to force your right-wing agenda on our public schools. You’re fired because, in a democracy, the governor doesn’t get to choose his opponents on the ballot or his opponent’s lawyers in court.”

The state superintendent, who is challenging Walker as the governor seeks re-election in 2018, added: "I will never stop fighting for our kids and I refuse to be intimidated by Walker’s efforts to silence me. The only way to put an end to this nonsense is to defeat Walker next November."

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In other words, Tony Evers wants the voters of Wisconsin to tell Scott Walker: "You're fired."

Sounds like a good idea.

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