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September 24, 2012
Stick To Movies: Arnold Schwarzenegger is promoting a new book which reveals details of his affair, with former housekeeper Mildred Baena, and fathering of a child outside of his marriage to Maria Shriver. As if you needed any other reason to avoid this book, besides its author and apparent contents, Schwarzenegger’s new book is called “Total Recall”. Here’s hoping it does better than the recently released reboot. source

Stick To Movies: Arnold Schwarzenegger is promoting a new book which reveals details of his affair, with former housekeeper Mildred Baena, and fathering of a child outside of his marriage to Maria Shriver. As if you needed any other reason to avoid this book, besides its author and apparent contents, Schwarzenegger’s new book is called “Total Recall”. Here’s hoping it does better than the recently released reboot. source

19:19 // 1 year ago
June 6, 2012
I don’t think it would have made the difference. But it’s kind of like Thanksgiving at your in-laws. If you go, it doesn’t guarantee it’s going to be fun, but if you don’t go, there’s going to be hell to pay.
Democratic strategist Paul Begala • On President Obama’s decision not to campaign for Tom Barrett in Wisconsin. source (viafollow)
16:54 // 1 year ago
June 5, 2012
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
March 29, 2012
20:27 // 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 // 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 // 2 years ago
April 18, 2011

Wisconsin: Recall campaign gains steam, control of State Senate now in play

  • three number of GOP State Senators in Wisconsin who will face a recall election, thanks to Democratic organizing efforts
  • three number of seats that have to change hands in order for Democrats to gain control of the Wisconsin State Senate source

» Total Recall: Democratic efforts to flip control of the Wisconsin State Senate just reached an important milestone, as organizers have now collected enough signatures to force three Republican senators into recall elections. If Democrats win all three elections, they’ll be rewarded with control of the Wisconsin State Senate. This is, of course, pending validation of the collected signatures; in all three cases, Democratic organizers submitted around 150% of the required number of signatures, so it’s unlikely that the petitions will be invalidated on those grounds. If Democrats are successful in recalling even one Wisconsin Republican, it’ll be an enormous victory for the pro-union movement, which launched the recall campaign last month in response to Governor Scott Walker’s union-busting “budget-repair" bill.

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22:15 // 3 years ago