Postscript in Wisconsin: Coming Up Short, But Not Giving Up the Fight

By: Wednesday August 10, 2011 6:10 am

Wisconsin Democrats came up just short last night, flipping two seats in recall elections but not the three needed to take back the state Senate. Currently the Senate will have a 17-16 majority for Republicans; there are two recall elections against incumbent Democrats Robert Wirch and Jim Holperin next Tuesday, August 16. It’s possible that [...]

Wisconsin: Democrats Lead Republican Incumbents in Two of Three Recalls

By: Wednesday June 29, 2011 6:17 am

Daily Kos did some polling of three of the recall elections in Wisconsin, and the numbers look fairly good for Democrats. SD-32: Jennifer Shilling (D): 56 Dan Kapanke (R-inc): 42 Undecided: 3 (MoE: ±2.3%) SD-18: Jessica King (D): 50 Randy Hopper (R-inc): 47 Undecided: 3 (MoE: ±2.9%) SD-10: Shelly Moore (D): 45 Sheila Harsdorf (R-inc): [...]

Wisconsin: First Spoiler Candidate Comes Forward to Force Democratic Primary for Recall Elections

By: Wednesday June 8, 2011 8:35 am

The Republican Party of Wisconsin’s effort to place “spoiler” candidates on the ballot to force Democratic primaries in the recall elections started with an off-hand comment at a Lacrosse County Republican event. It has quickly become the official policy of the state party. Top leaders now defend the practices, saying there’s nothing cynical about it, [...]

Confirmed: Wisconsin Republicans Looking to Place Spoiler Candidates on Ballot in Recalls

By: Monday June 6, 2011 7:42 am

The secret recording showing Wisconsin Republicans discussing “spoiler candidates” in Democratic recalls to create primaries and extend the campaign season by a month appears to be grounded in fact. Daniel Bice writes about the effort, which goes beyond Lacrosse County and just the Senate seat of Dan Kapanke: In letters obtained by No Quarter, local [...]

Wisconsin: State Republicans Discuss Running “Spoiler” Candidates in Recalls

By: Thursday June 2, 2011 9:18 am

The Lacrosse Tribune found some unreleased audio from county Republicans showing that they discussed running “spoiler candidates” in the upcoming recall elections. La Crosse County Republicans discussed running a spoiler candidate against Democrat Jennifer Shilling in an effort to delay the recall election of Sen. Dan Kapanke, according to a secret recording of the party’s [...]

Update: Wisconsin Photo ID Requirement Would Take Effect After Recalls, Other Parts of Bill Would Take Effect Before

By: Wednesday May 11, 2011 6:10 am

I got a couple curious letters accusing me of misinforming in my story yesterday about the voter suppression bill being readied in Wisconsin, and how it will be operative for the recalls. It seems that the Wisconsin State Journal, which first reported on this, now leads on the article linked in my story with a [...]

Wisconsin: Democrats Pick Up State Assembly Seat in Recalled Senator’s District

By: Wednesday May 4, 2011 6:10 am

Democrats scored a big victory in Wisconsin last night, one which presages even bigger wins to come. Yesterday the state held three special elections for Assembly seats to replace members who left the legislature to join the Walker Administration. All three of them were in fairly red areas, but one seat, the 94th, stood out. [...]

Make It Four: Recall Petition on Sheila Harsdorf to Be Filed Today in Wisconsin

By: Tuesday April 19, 2011 9:10 am

Sheila Harsdorf will be the fourth Republican state Senator to face a recall election in Wisconsin this summer, if the signatures filed with a recall petition today get cleared by the Government Accountability Board. Democratic Party of Wisconsin spokesman Graeme Zielinski said a petition will be filed with the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board on Tuesday. [...]

Wisconsin: Third Republican Recall Petition to Be Filed Today

By: Monday April 18, 2011 8:35 am

Wisconsin Democrats will file their third recall petition against a Republican state Senator today. The woman who initially filed the recall against Sen. Luther Olsen (R-Ripon) will return over 23,000 signatures to the Government Accountability Board today. If successful, Olsen will join Dan Kapanke and Randy Hopper, who have had recall petitions filed against them [...]

Kloppenburg Declares Victory by 204 Votes in Wisconsin

By: Wednesday April 6, 2011 1:14 pm

JoAnne Kloppenburg, the unheralded Assistant US Attorney who just a few weeks ago didn’t seem to have much of a chance in a state Supreme Court election against a longtime Republican stalwart, declared victory today in the election, after all precincts on an initial count showed her leading by 204 votes out of 1.5 million [...]

Dem Party of Wisconsin: Expect at Least Six Recall Elections

By: Friday April 1, 2011 1:10 pm

The chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin is confident that at least six of the eight recall elections of state Senators that the party is seeking will be successful, leading to an unprecedented set of recall elections in the summer or fall. In an interview, Mike Tate predicted that more districts would turn in [...]

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