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July 25, 2012
It’s got to be a referendum on, ‘Do you like or dislike, not just the president, but his policies?’ But there’s got to be something more. People don’t just vote somebody out — they’ve got to vote somebody in.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker • Commenting on what he perceives as weak strategy from Mitt Romney’s campaign — tearing-down President Obama instead of promoting himself — during a discussion with MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough. Walker also rebutted the popular claim that Mitt Romney is disconnected from “normal” people, and cannot relate to everyday struggles. “When he was with Paul Ryan and I in Jamesville a few weeks ago, he was great,” said Walker, adding, “He relates to people well, relates to small-business owners well. I would like to see more of that.”  source (viafollow)
14:06 // 1 year ago
June 5, 2012
Many polling locations here in the inner city of Milwaukee are running out of ballots and voter registration forms. Based on the anecdotes I’m hearing from the field, it’s safe to say that hundreds and hundreds of people have not voted as a result.
Gary Younge, a reporter with The Guardian • While out in Milwaukee, Younge discovered a lack of forms at some polling stations. This is also being confirmed by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Probably not the best of news to come out of Wisconsin right now. source (viafollow)
20:54 // 2 years ago
It ranges from 28 to 42 percent already; it is a huge turnout. We could hit 80 to 88 percent.
Dane County Clerk Karen Peters • Discussing voter turnout for Tuesday’s recall election in Wisconsin, pitting Democrat Tom Barrett against Republican incumbent Governor Scott Walker. Peters’ estimates are based on historical tendencies for polling numbers to double during the 11am-4pm and 4pm-8pm time periods. In addition to Governor Scott Walker, Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch and four state Senators also face recall opponents of their own. Wisconsin readers, how long did you have to wait in line to vote today?  source (viafollow)
17:36 // 2 years ago
Wisconsin recall roundup: Tom Barrett vs. Scott Walker
It’s election time! Today will mark the third time in history that a US state heads to the polls to with the potential of firing a sitting governor. The saga began with Governor Scott Walker’s controversial budget repair bill in 2011, and will come to an end today (well, at least symbolically). In case you’re rusty on who’s running and why, here’s the skinny on the two major-party candidates.
The ChallengerDemocrat Tom Barrett, a former attorney, served in the Wisconsin state legislature, the US House of Representatives, and is currently Mayor of Milwaukee. He’s a member of the multi-party Mayors Against Illegal Guns coalition and was once beaten and permanently injured while responding to a woman’s cries for help (this was when he was mayor, mind you). Barrett lost to Scott Walker two years ago in the governor’s race; the day that the state of Wisconsin approved the recall elections, Barrett declared his candidacy.
The IncumbentRepublican Scott Walker entered the state legislature the year Barrett left, and served as Milwaukee County Executive before winning the governorship in 2010. He’s most well-known for having championed controversial legislation last year that restricted collective bargaining rights for state employees. Wisconsin Democrats hated the bill so much, they fled the state, and there were nationwide protests against it. Walker’s vocal support for that bill, which eventually passed, was the impetus for the recall election. source
» So who’s gonna win? It’s extremely close right now. Public Policy Polling’s most recent poll shows Walker ahead by three points, but Barrett closing the gap and within the margin of error. So it could go either way; it all depends on voter turnout. (So vote!) We’ll be covering it tonight, folks — we’ll keep you posted. (photo via WisPolitics.com, from last week’s debate)
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It’s election time! Today will mark the third time in history that a US state heads to the polls to with the potential of firing a sitting governor. The saga began with Governor Scott Walker’s controversial budget repair bill in 2011, and will come to an end today (well, at least symbolically). In case you’re rusty on who’s running and why, here’s the skinny on the two major-party candidates.

  • The ChallengerDemocrat Tom Barrett, a former attorney, served in the Wisconsin state legislature, the US House of Representatives, and is currently Mayor of Milwaukee. He’s a member of the multi-party Mayors Against Illegal Guns coalition and was once beaten and permanently injured while responding to a woman’s cries for help (this was when he was mayor, mind you). Barrett lost to Scott Walker two years ago in the governor’s race; the day that the state of Wisconsin approved the recall elections, Barrett declared his candidacy.
  • The IncumbentRepublican Scott Walker entered the state legislature the year Barrett left, and served as Milwaukee County Executive before winning the governorship in 2010. He’s most well-known for having championed controversial legislation last year that restricted collective bargaining rights for state employees. Wisconsin Democrats hated the bill so much, they fled the state, and there were nationwide protests against it. Walker’s vocal support for that bill, which eventually passed, was the impetus for the recall election. source

» So who’s gonna win? It’s extremely close right now. Public Policy Polling’s most recent poll shows Walker ahead by three points, but Barrett closing the gap and within the margin of error. So it could go either way; it all depends on voter turnout. (So vote!) We’ll be covering it tonight, folks — we’ll keep you posted. (photo via WisPolitics.com, from last week’s debate)

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14:52 // 2 years ago
March 29, 2012
20:27 // 2 years ago
July 18, 2011

A quick-ish update on the Wisconsin situation

  • plan Democrats in Wisconsin are pushing hard to recall Governor Scott Walker for the draconian anti-union bill he pushed through the legislature this past Spring.
  • problem The recall election could fall on the same day as the GOP presidential primary, ensuring a large Republican turnout and possibly carrying Walker to safety. source

The Details: Stick with us here. In order to recall Walker, Democrats need to gather around 540,000 signatures (that number being 25% of the total votes cast for Governor last year); once this process starts, they’ll have sixty days to hit that target. If and when they do, state election officials will likely schedule the recall on the same day as the next major statewide election. The question is: When should Democratic operatives start gathering signatures?

  • on the one hand…This fall, recall elections against several state senators (of both parties) will have wrapped up. Some Democrats want to ride that momentum directly into the signature-gathering process, ensuring that they’re able to collect enough. The thing is, if they do it within that timeframe, the recall will most likely fall on the same day as the GOP presidential primary.
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  • on the other hand…Democrats could also wait longer to gather signatures, timing it so that the recall falls the same day Obama faces re-election. This would result in a much higher voter turnout for Democrats. However, Walker’s anti-union antics may have faded from the public consciousness by then, jeopardizing the Democrats’ ability to get enough signatures.

» The kicker: State Republicans, who would prefer the first scenario, are said to be considering launching a fake “Recall Walker” signature-gathering campaign in the fall, in order to force an early recall. Seriously, guys—who ever said politics was boring?

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23:02 // 3 years ago
April 1, 2011

Recall push against Wisconsin GOPers heating up

  • impetus The Wisconsin Democratic Party has been running at high intensity since Gov. Walker’s anti-union bill passed (a court order has since halted it). Remember, this plan is demonstrably not about fiscal issues, it’s about crushing unions.
  • blowback GOP state Senator Dan Kapanke is feeling the heat, as the Democrats will file 15,588 signatures, enough to force a recall election against him. The biggest fish here is clearly Gov. Walker, but he’s immune from recall for his first year in office. source

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14:24 // 3 years ago