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June 5, 2012
Scott Walker on winning his recall election: “Voters really do want leaders who will stand up and make the tough decisions.” Earlier: Tom Barrett conceded. In a phone call with Barrett, Walker claimed he was willing to work with Barrett to fixing the issues. Surprisingly, the governor sounds like he’s taking a conciliatory tone — offering brats and burgers to members of the legislature.
EDIT: John King: “He’s a national hero to the Republican Party.”

Scott Walker on winning his recall election: “Voters really do want leaders who will stand up and make the tough decisions.” Earlier: Tom Barrett conceded. In a phone call with Barrett, Walker claimed he was willing to work with Barrett to fixing the issues. Surprisingly, the governor sounds like he’s taking a conciliatory tone — offering brats and burgers to members of the legislature.

EDIT: John King: “He’s a national hero to the Republican Party.”

23:38 // 2 years ago
NBC News, Fox News, and CNN have now all officially projected a win in WIsconsin for incumbent Republican Governor Scott Walker. The exit polling from just hours ago suggested an extremely tight race, deadlocked at 50/50, and seemed to point to a protracted night of parsing election returns, but at least for the governor’s office (there are still three GOP state senators facing recall) it appears to be a win for the GOP. Whether this has broader implications nationally is yet unclear — Walker’s recall was incited by his push to strip union rights from public sector employees, and his GOP comrades could view this as a mandate for further state level union-busting, or could see it as a cautionary tale of how close the wunderkind governor came to falling. Suffice to say the win didn’t come cheaply — the Walker campaign outspent the Barrett campaign by a nearly 8-to-1 margin. (Photo by WisPolitics)

NBC News, Fox News, and CNN have now all officially projected a win in WIsconsin for incumbent Republican Governor Scott Walker. The exit polling from just hours ago suggested an extremely tight race, deadlocked at 50/50, and seemed to point to a protracted night of parsing election returns, but at least for the governor’s office (there are still three GOP state senators facing recall) it appears to be a win for the GOP. Whether this has broader implications nationally is yet unclear — Walker’s recall was incited by his push to strip union rights from public sector employees, and his GOP comrades could view this as a mandate for further state level union-busting, or could see it as a cautionary tale of how close the wunderkind governor came to falling. Suffice to say the win didn’t come cheaply — the Walker campaign outspent the Barrett campaign by a nearly 8-to-1 margin. (Photo by WisPolitics)

22:13 // 2 years ago
March 20, 2012
The national unions, for them, this is all about the money. It’s not just about the budget or collective bargaining. We gave nearly every, well, we gave every public employee in the state the freedom to choose whether or not they want to be in a union or not and I think that’s really why this is a Waterloo for them.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker • Suggesting that the recall election against him was “Waterloo” for union groups trying to keep their influence. He seemed unfazed by the political cloud hanging over his head. “They’re going to invest everything possible to try and take me out to send a message not only to other Republican governors,” he continued, “but I think to a number of discerning Democrat governors and mayors who look at this and say, you know what? Maybe we can rein in our cost here and be able to balance our budget in a way that’s responsible if we do some of the same things that they’ve done in Wisconsin.” Think he’s just trying to keep a strong face?
11:30 // 2 years ago
March 11, 2012

pantslessprogressive:

On Saturday, as tens of thousands of Wisconsinites marched in remembrance of the uprising against Walker’s agenda, there was much talk about the upcoming recall election — and that was important.

But it was equally important that the issue focus remained on renewing the state’s collective bargaining law. There was a recognition that the Wisconsin fight has never been, and can never be, about partisan politics alone. Not when basic rights are at stake.

Collective bargaining is a part of Wisconsin history, an example of this state’s ‘forward’ progressive values.

‘I was around in 1959 when Wisconsin became the first state in the United States, the first state in the Union, to adopt a law to permit public employees to collectively bargain,’ explains the senior member of the state Legislature, Senator Fred Risser, D-Madison. ’Back then, Wisconsin was known as a progressive, innovative state.’

Risser’s serious about renewing Wisconsin’s reputation as a progressive, innovative state, And he has joined with a much younger legislator, state Representative Mark Pocan, D-Madison, to propose legislation that would fully restore collective bargaining rights in Wisconsin.“ - John Nichols

Tens of Thousands Rally in Wisconsin for Labor Rights and Democracy

[Photos: Gary Porter/ Journal Sentinel]

Good to see this issue is still as vital on Wisconsinites’ minds as it was a year ago.

21:54 // 2 years ago
January 17, 2012

Wisconsin: Scott Walker could face a recall very freaking soon, guys

  • 540,208 signatures gathered source

» That’s way more than enough, but … In a huge sign of support for the unions that suffered greatly at the hands of Scott Walker, over half a million signatures were gathered against the Wisconsin governor. The signatures, which will get submitted to the state’s Government Accountability Board today, could be enough to force a recall election against the governor just over a year into his term. However, it’s important to keep in mind that gubernatorial recall elections are rare, and have only succeeded twice in U.S. history. The most recent, though, was the 2003 recall of Gray Davis in California, so it’s certainly not unprecedented in the modern political climate for a governor to lose a recall election. But will there be an opponent formidable enough to defeat Scott? Maybe Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, who lost against Walker in 2010 but knows a thing or two about coming back strong after getting his butt kicked.

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11:21 // 2 years ago
November 16, 2011

WI Gov. Scott Walker says he didn’t cause recall effort

Walker to state: Who, me? As the recall push against Wisconsin’s Governor Scott Walker heats up, Walker has pushed back, denying he incited such action: “…we wouldn’t have to spend a penny of that if there weren’t recalls. This is not something we brought on.” To refresh the memory, Walker and the state GOP passed a law stripping union rights from public sector employees earlier this year. Despite the unions agreeing to accept Walker’s benefit cuts if he’d leave collective bargaining alone, Walker wanted the whole hog (he also admitted to a David Koch impersonator that he’d considered planting troublemakers at the Madison protests). source

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14:18 // 2 years ago
July 21, 2011

Democrat survives recall attempt in Wisconsin

Wisconsin Republicans’ quixotic attempt to recall Democratic state senators has gotten off to a bad start: State Sen. David Hansen was easily re-elected in today’s recall election, defeating his opponent by a 2:1 margin. Hansen is the first of nine WI State Senators facing recall attempts (three Democrats, six Republicans).The recalls were first initiated by Democrats hoping to punish Republicans for supporting Scott Walker’s anti-union bill last Spring. Republicans, out of a combination of boredom and petulance, responded by launching their own recall petitions against Democrats who opposed the bill. source

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0:31 // 3 years ago