Democrat Hansen Wins First Wisconsin Recall General Election

By: Wednesday July 20, 2011 6:10 am

Sen. Dave Hansen (D), the first Wisconsin State Senator to face a recall general election, easily won his race last night by 32 points over Republican David VanderLeest. This election was not designed to be held last night. Originally, Rep. John Nygren was the choice to face Hansen, one fo the “Fab 14″ who left [...]

Wisconsin: Republicans Plan to Attach Anti-Union Measures to Budget

By: Tuesday June 14, 2011 8:02 am

Republicans in Wisconsin plan to pass their anti-union measure, stripping most public employees of their collective bargaining rights, for a second time, as part of the state budget. The anti-union law, which passed for the first time in March, has been tied up in court because a conference committee used to pass it did not [...]

Wisconsin: State Panel Delays Certification of Recalls Against Dem Senators, Citing Fraud Allegations

By: Monday May 30, 2011 9:41 am

So here’s a new wrinkle for the recall saga in Wisconsin. Three of the elections against state Senate Republicans have already been certified. There is a hearing scheduled this week to deal with challenges to the other six – three against Republicans, three against Democrats. But the Government Accountability Board has delayed the decision on [...]

Wisconsin Voter Suppression Law Passes Assembly

By: Thursday May 12, 2011 7:30 am

The Wisconsin State Assembly passed a voter suppression bill last night by a count of 60-35. The bill will force all residents to show ID at the polls, starting with next spring’s primary elections. Two Democrats and one independent joined 57 Republicans in voting for the bill. Democrats introduced more than 50 amendments, all of [...]

Wisconsin: Democrats Allege Massive Fraud in GOP Signature Gathering on Recalls

By: Thursday May 5, 2011 12:52 pm

The Democratic Party of Wisconsin is stepping up their efforts to disqualify three recall petitions against Democratic state Senators. They submitted a formal challenge to the petitions today, arguing that while their recall efforts have been volunteer-led and above-board, the Republican campaigns featured fraud perpetrated by out-of-state sources. And they hold evidence from “hundreds” of [...]

Wisconsin Republicans Set Deadline to Pass Anti-Union Bill Again

By: Thursday May 5, 2011 8:00 am

We’re starting to get an outline of how Wisconsin Republicans will proceed on their anti-union bill stripping most collective bargaining rights for public employees. The version they passed back in March is tied up in court, due to procedural missteps. Republicans have so far pronounced themselves innocent of the charges – but they could end [...]

Wisconsin: Republicans Dial It Back, Revoke Punitive Actions Against Fab 14 Senate Democrats

By: Tuesday March 15, 2011 1:51 pm

Plenty of people were quick to denounce Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald for announcing that Senate Democrats would not be allowed to participate in recorded committee votes. But if you read the letter he sent, he was saying more specifically that the contempt order, which the Republicans passed in the dark days of the [...]

The Latest in Wisconsin: Recalls Taking Center Stage

By: Monday March 14, 2011 12:27 pm

The New York Times finally figured out over the weekend that the debate in Wisconsin has not ended, even if Scott Walker signed the bill to strip collective bargaining rights from public workers. Over 100,000 people again protested in Madison on Saturday and welcomed the Fab 14 Democratic Senators back. Protests in smaller parts of [...]

First Legal Challenge to Walker Anti-Union Bill in Wisconsin Denied, But Case Will Continue

By: Friday March 11, 2011 2:21 pm

Wisconsin’s anti-public employee bill is signed, but the Secretary of State will take the maximum 10 days to publish the legislation, which means it won’t officially become law until March 25 at the earliest, and probably not until the following Monday, March 28. So there are a couple weeks of legal efforts to go here [...]

Wisconsin Assembly Underway, with Two Hours of Debate on Public Employee Rights-Stripping Bill

By: Thursday March 10, 2011 11:19 am

It shouldn’t be too long before the Wisconsin legislature finishes off a bill to strip collective bargaining rights from public employees. The State Assembly gaveled into session at 12:34pm CT. Peter Barca, the Assembly Minority Leader and the one who could be seen shouting about the illegality of last night’s conference committee, just offered a [...]

Rights-Stripping Maneuver By Wisconsin Republicans Will Be Long Remembered Over Next Election Cycles

By: Thursday March 10, 2011 6:35 am

The oddest thing about the “Ash Wednesday Ambush” last night in Madison is that this could have been done really at any time. The idea behind sticking the stripping of public employee rights in the budget repair bill was to give political cover. Once that was blown, and everybody knew what was in the bill, [...]

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