Wisconsin Loses State Senate Majority in a Mixed Night for Democrats in State Legislatures

By: Wednesday November 7, 2012 10:00 am

Here’s a sad postscript that shows once again the power of dark money in off-the-radar races. The silver lining amidst the clouds of the recall election in Wisconsin was that Democrats at least “took over” the state Senate. “Took over” was a bit of a strong word, because they won a majority in the chamber [...]

After Wisconsin, Questions of Whether to Recall Walker Narrow the Possibilities

By: Tuesday June 12, 2012 12:15 pm

Obviously, the Wisconsin recalls cast a pall over the Netroots Nation event. I didn’t have to go to the recall recap panel (it was at the same time as my foreclosure panel) to get a wide variety of opinions on what happened, including perhaps the most perceptive comments from former Sha Na Na frontman John [...]

Walker’s Victory in Recall a Continuing Blow to Labor

By: Wednesday June 6, 2012 4:00 am

Scott Walker survived his recall last night in Wisconsin, and when all is said and done, he will have defeated Tom Barrett by almost precisely the same spread as in 2010 – by around 53-47. The sour mood of the night was tempered somewhat by an apparent victory for Democrat John Lehman in one of [...]

Liveblog: Wisconsin Recall

By: Tuesday June 5, 2012 5:22 pm

The turnout numbers in Wisconsin have been percolating all day, and this has continued as we near the close of the polls. Turnout all over the state is coming in extremely high, as voters register either their support or discontent with Scott Walker. There’s talk of turnout exceeding 100% in Dane County, home to Madison. [...]

High Turnout in Key Areas in Wisconsin

By: Tuesday June 5, 2012 12:14 pm

I’ve been saying for a while that turnout would be the X factor in the Wisconsin recall, particularly in the heavily Democratic areas of Madison and Milwaukee. The Government Accountability Board predicted near-Presidential level turnout of around 60-65% a few days ago. But even the preparations made for those numbers have been insufficient: Heavy turnout [...]

Decision Day in Wisconsin as Historic Recall Election Concludes

By: Tuesday June 5, 2012 7:01 am

Wisconsin goes to the polls today in recall elections for Governor Scott Walker, Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, and four state Senators. If successful, it would be only the third gubernatorial recall in American history. More money has been spent on these races than on any election in Wisconsin ever, and as Tom Barrett said today, [...]

Final Recall Poll of Wisconsin Shows Shrinking Lead for Walker

By: Monday June 4, 2012 9:35 am

What is likely to be the final poll out of Wisconsin before tomorrow’s recall election shows Scott Walker effectively in the same place he’s been for the past month, pinned right at 50%, with a small lead over Tom Barrett. Public Policy Polling believes that some slight momentum has moved to Barrett’s side, and that [...]

Turnout Key Factor in Scott Walker Recall in Wisconsin

By: Saturday June 2, 2012 8:23 am

The recall election in Wisconsin between Gov. Scott Walker and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett finally reached the level of attention you would expect from the biggest campaign in the country in 2012, save the Presidential race. A high-profile debate on Thursday led to the powerful exchange above, with the signature line from Barrett, “I have [...]

Public Employee Union Membership in Wisconsin Drops After Collective Bargaining Law

By: Thursday May 31, 2012 11:06 am

President Bill Clinton will campaign tomorrow in Milwaukee for Tom Barrett in his recall fight against Scott Walker. Greg Sargent writes that this was a late-game decision that involved heavy lobbying from leaders in the Democratic Party. People like to extrapolate from last-minute campaign events like this about the state of races. I’ve heard others [...]

WI-Gov: Signs of a Tightening Recall Race

By: Wednesday May 30, 2012 9:35 am

There has been a split between the public polling and the internal polling in the recall of Scott Walker. As you can naturally expect, internal polling on the Democratic side shows a closer race. And that continues today with a poll from Celinda Lake showing a dead heat between Walker and Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett, [...]

WI-Gov: Walker Leads, But Internal Polling from Barrett Shows Tighter Race

By: Friday May 25, 2012 10:18 am

Any objective look at the Wisconsin recall right now, with a little over a week to go, would suggest that Scott Walker’s in a good position, and that Tom Barrett and the forces that engineered the recall are in trouble. Walker and his allied outside groups are outspending Barrett and his allies by 3:1 on [...]

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