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August 19, 2011
While I may seek elective office again someday, I have decided not to run for public office during 2012.
Former Sen. Russ Feingold • Breaking the hearts of many a progressive with a single quote. The Wisconsin institution, who’s currently teaching at Marquette Law School and working on a book about 9/11, says he’s enjoying the stuff he’s currently working on and wants a little bit of a break from the political game. This is not a particularly great sign for Democrats going into 2012, as Feingold was seen as likely to do well in another Senate race. Feingold lost his Senate seat, which he held for three terms, last year. Let the speculation begin: Perhaps he’s holding out for a race with Scott Walker? source (viafollow)
19:26 // 2 years ago
August 17, 2011
Maybe it shows that voters indicated they deserved more time to let their voice be heard on such an important piece of legislation.
Wisconsin State Sen. Jim Holperin • Discussing the reasons he felt he and fellow State Sen. Robert Wirch got to keep their seats last night after facing a recall over the controversial anti-union legislation that led to an earlier set of recalls that cost two Republicans their seats. The final tally? Republicans now have a 17-16 majority in the state senate — less than what Democrats wanted, but enough to make Republicans take notice. source (viafollow)
10:36 // 2 years ago
August 10, 2011
2:11 // 2 years ago

mohandasgandhi:

Democratic Party of Wisconsin Spokesman Graeme Zielinski accuses Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus of ‘sitting on’ Waukesha County results in 8th Senate District recall race.

This is the 2nd time Kathy Nickolaus has been accused of tampering with votes.

Totally had a feeling when we heard it was that race that this particular woman would be involved somehow. As you might guess, the Democrat didn’t win. EDIT: Bizarrely, Democrats backed off this stance almost immediately after we posted this.

1:55 // 2 years ago
August 9, 2011
A second Democrat wins in Wisconsin. They need three for a majority. The third race currently favors the Democrat.

A second Democrat wins in Wisconsin. They need three for a majority. The third race currently favors the Democrat.

23:46 // 2 years ago
Know what this means? At least one Democrat won a recall election in Wisconsin. Right now it’s looking like two will probably win, with one toss-up favoring the Democrat.

Know what this means? At least one Democrat won a recall election in Wisconsin. Right now it’s looking like two will probably win, with one toss-up favoring the Democrat.

23:17 // 2 years ago
mohandasgandhi:

Wisconsin State Senate recall election results 40 minutes after the polls have closed. Keep up with WISN as the results continue to come in.
The only predictions that are able to be taken seriously concern Districts 2 and 32. Democrats are expected to lose in District 2 and win in District 32.

The results have updated recently; State Senate District 2 has already been called in favor of Robert Cowles, and 10 in favor of Sheila Harsdorf. Dems are currently leading in 8 and 32, tied in 18, and way behind in 14. However, it’s still early.

mohandasgandhi:

Wisconsin State Senate recall election results 40 minutes after the polls have closed. Keep up with WISN as the results continue to come in.

The only predictions that are able to be taken seriously concern Districts 2 and 32. Democrats are expected to lose in District 2 and win in District 32.

The results have updated recently; State Senate District 2 has already been called in favor of Robert Cowles, and 10 in favor of Sheila Harsdorf. Dems are currently leading in 8 and 32, tied in 18, and way behind in 14. However, it’s still early.

22:35 // 2 years ago
Don’t forget about Wisconsin today, guys: Today is a pivotal day in the state’s history, with six Republican state senators facing recall elections today. Two Democrats face a recall election a week from now. As a result, tons of money has flowed into the state in recent weeks — far more than one usually sees for elections of this nature. Depending on how things go, this could set the stage for the state’s future. As you might remember, Scott Walker kinda pissed off a lot of people earlier this year for his thus-far successful attacks on unions. We’ll keep an eye on the votes tonight.

Don’t forget about Wisconsin today, guys: Today is a pivotal day in the state’s history, with six Republican state senators facing recall elections today. Two Democrats face a recall election a week from now. As a result, tons of money has flowed into the state in recent weeks — far more than one usually sees for elections of this nature. Depending on how things go, this could set the stage for the state’s future. As you might remember, Scott Walker kinda pissed off a lot of people earlier this year for his thus-far successful attacks on unions. We’ll keep an eye on the votes tonight.

11:23 // 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