The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette today put on its front page a photograph of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker defending his approval of legislation diminishing the power of the incoming governor by means of a screwed-up chart (a factor that didn’t get mentioned in the front-page D-G display.)

Walker is getting universally mocked for use of the diagram meant to illustrate substantial overlap in gubernatorial powers before and after the new laws. A so-called Venn diagram should show measures exclusive to each component outside the shared part of the overlapping circles. Shared similarities should be listed there. Walker here managed to avoid listing the ways the Republican legislature handcuffed the new Democratic governor.


The dictionary says a Venn diagram “employs closed curves and especially circles to represent logical relations between and operations on sets and the terms of propositions by the inclusion, exclusion, or intersection of the curves.”

Vox explains.


Alas, it is not the case that Evers will enjoy the same powers as Walker. Vox’s Tara Golshan detailed a few of the ways the legislation diminishes Evers’s authority, along with the authority of AG-elect Kaul relative to the outgoing Republican attorney general, Brad Schimel.

— Cut down the number of early voting days, limiting it to two weeks. This would likely draw legal challenges; the proposal is very similar to a previous law that the courts struck down in 2016 for “stifling votes for partisan gain.”

— Give the legislature more power over the boards of certain commissions, like the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), the state’s jobs-focused agency, which has come under a lot of scrutiny for giving the Taiwanese company Foxconn Technology Group $3 billion in tax breaks in exchange for their $10 billion factory — an investment that even the state’s Legislative Bureau said the state wouldn’t bring returns until after 2043. Evers said he wanted to get rid of WEDC altogether, as it has garnered a reputation for falling short of its jobs promise.

— Limit Evers’s abilities to change the state’s work requirement laws around food stamps and health care, giving the legislature oversight over any federal waivers the state has received. Walker pushed for Medicaid work requirement waivers and waivers to drug test food stamp recipients.

— Stop Wisconsin’s incoming attorney general from withdrawing the state from a federal lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act, instead requiring legislative approval to do so.

Unsurprisingly, the cuts to early voting, the move to strip Evers of economic powers, and other changes weren’t alluded to on Walker’s chart.

Among the Tweets mocking Walker was this one noted by Huffington Post: