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June 5, 2012

Some exit polling out of Wisconsin’s gubernatorial recall election

  • 93% of voters in Wisconsin’s recall already decided on a candidate days before today’s election
  • 52% of Wisconsin voters possess a “favorable” view of unions for government employees
  • 60% of the voters believe recall elections are only intended for “official misconduct” source

» And voter turnout is driving the day. It’s often difficult to parse exit polls like these for the purposes of prognostication, but these numbers do highlight something fairly clearly — this is a battle between political coalitions with long-entrenched attitudes on unions and governance, and the voters are following suit, overwhelmingly having made up their minds well before election day. Turnout is reportedly very high throughout the state, which has bolstered spirits on both sides — don’t blink on this race, it’s living up to the hype right now.

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20:56 // 1 year ago
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 // 1 year ago
18:25 // 1 year ago

RNC head knocks White House on lackluster Barrett support

Ice burn from the Republican National Committee. However, Barrett says he doesn’t mind.

17:32 // 1 year 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 // 1 year ago
May 28, 2012
After The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel endorsed Scott Walker in his recall campaign, readers responded in kind, filling up an entire page with letters criticizing the decision. You can read them here. (ht Patch’s Recall Central, via Arena of the Unwell)

After The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel endorsed Scott Walker in his recall campaign, readers responded in kind, filling up an entire page with letters criticizing the decision. You can read them here. (ht Patch’s Recall Central, via Arena of the Unwell)

20:36 // 1 year ago
May 16, 2012
This is a six point lead and that is clearly an advantage with a little more than two weeks to go.
From Professor Charles Franklin at Marquette University Law School. New poll results were revealed Wednesday that Gov. Scott Walker leads Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett by six points. Professor Charles Franklin and Mike Gousha released the information during “On the Issues.” (via recallcentral)

Captain obvious with, even considering the obviousness of the point, a great point worth heeding. 

(via recallcentral)

20:45 // 1 year ago
May 9, 2012
He took the eye off the ball. Instead of doing what he said he was going to do, which was to create 250,000 jobs, he looked for new way to divide us from each other.
Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett • Discussing his opponent in the Wisconsin recall election, Scott Walker. Barrett, who lost the governor’s race against Walker in 2010, won his primary last night handily, giving Democrats in the state hope he might be formidable the second time around.
10:49 // 1 year ago
May 1, 2012

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker raises $13 million in Q1

That’s approximately seven times what his primary competitors raised during the same period…combined. Tom Barrett, Democratic mayor of Milkwaukee, reported that his campaign has raised $831,508 since he announced his candidacy on March 30. Former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk’s campaign reported that she has raised $977,059 since joining the race on January 17. Outside analysts expect upwards of $60 million to be spent on the Wisconsin recall in total. source

14:17 // 1 year ago
April 20, 2012

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says he’ll prevail in recall

recallcentral:

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said his win in a June 5 recall election will push other politicians to work on reforms. He visited the Illinois Policy Institute, a conservative think tank, and spoke in front of 150 people at a downtown luncheon, the Chicago Tribune reports Friday.

“I think when we win, it will not only reaffirm what we did. It will send a powerful message to every politician…in our state and even in our city governments who are trying to take on the tough issues and do the right thing.”

Gubernatorial recalls are traditionally very difficult for non-incumbents to win, but it’s been done before — most prominently in 2003, when Arnold Schwarzenegger toppled unpopular governor Gray Davis in California.

19:22 // 2 years ago