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US: Wisconsin (News/Activism)

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  • One downer on a good night: Wisconsin Dems possibly take senate

    06/07/2012 6:38:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 06/07/2012 | Rick Moran
    The only thing that went wrong last night was that Republicans possibly lost control of  the state senate.JSOnline: Democrats appeared to have assumed control of the state Senate with results posted early  Wednesday showing former Sen. John Lehman (D-Racine) defeating incumbent Van Wanggaard in a tight race.Republicans held on to three other state Senate seats in Tuesday's recall voting. Democratic challengers lost recalls bids against Sens. Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) and Terry Moulton (R-Chippewa Falls.).Rep. Jerry Petrowski (R-Stettin) was elected to fill the vacancy left by Sen. Pam Galloway (R-Wausau), who resigned earlier this year after opponents gathered enough signatures to...
  • Scott Walker -- Wisconsin's True Progressive

    06/07/2012 6:19:50 AM PDT · by Aspenhuskerette · 2 replies
    The Aspen Times ^ | June 7, 2012 | Melanie Sturm
    Last week, after his criminal trial ended with a hung jury, John Edwards proclaimed hopefully, “I don't think God is through with me,” as he planted the seeds for his comeback. Projecting the false modesty and manufactured authenticity that vaulted the one-term senator toward the presidency, Edwards personifies Groucho Marx's maxim that “The secret to life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you've got it made." In response to Edwards, I imagined a collective uproar: “Think Again, John — the jig is up!” As Edwards exits stage left, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker takes center stage. He...
  • A sad night for MSNBC: Video montage of Wisconsin recall race coverage

    06/07/2012 5:36:48 AM PDT · by iowamark · 38 replies
    Youtube ^ | 06/06/2012 | MSNBC
    A fun montage, care of the Washington Examiner's Charlie Spiering: (3 minute video)
  • Walker Changes Attitudes on Public Employee Unions

    06/07/2012 5:07:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies ^ | June 2012 | Michael Barone
    The results are in, and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has beaten Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in the recall election. That's in line with pre-election polling, though not the Election Day exit poll. Even before the results came in, we knew one thing, and that is that the Democrats and the public employee unions had already lost the battle of ideas over the issue that sparked the recall, Walker's legislation to restrict the bargaining powers of public employee unions. That's supported by a Marquette University poll showing 75 percent of Wisconsin voters favoring increases in public employees' contributions for health care...
  • Wisconsin Exit Polls Point to Romney LEAD in Wisconsin

    06/06/2012 5:57:38 PM PDT · by ex-Libertarian · 21 replies
    CBS Exit polling | 6/6/2012 | ex-Libertarian
    Remember those exit polls that came out yesterday BEFORE the polls closed and before the actual results were released? The exit polls had two main "findings": 1) Walker and Barrett were tied, and it was going to be a "long night," and 2) Obama was beating Romney by 6 As we all now know, Walker beat Barrett by 7. i.e., the exit polls overstated actual Dem support by 7 points. Since the same exit poll had Obama ahead by 6, you do the math. Romney is ahead in Wisconsin, period.
  • RUSH: Will Wisconsin SHOW the GOP Establishment THAT CONSERVATISM WINS?

    06/07/2012 2:50:13 AM PDT · by Yosemitest · 19 replies ^ | June 06, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    Will Wisconsin Show the GOP Establishment ThatConservatism Wins? June 06, 2012 BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Jim in Houston, Texas. I'm glad you called, sir. Welcome to the program. CALLER: Thanks for taking my call, Rush. I appreciate it, and I appreciate all that you do. RUSH: Thank you very much, sir. CALLER: I'm sitting here with my three grandkids, turning them into Rush Babies. RUSH: That a way. CALLER: My question is,if this election in Wisconsin sent a note to the Democrats,what do you think it sends to the Republican National Committee and to Romney? Because you've already touched on...
  • Elite Media Distorts Wisconsin Exit Polls and Results

    06/07/2012 2:26:56 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Sunshine State News ^ | June 7, 2012 | Matt Towery
    They are at it again. Following what can only be described as a butt-kicking win for Gov. Scott Walker in Wisconsin's recall election, many media pundits were trying to "split the baby" by acknowledging Walker's win, but pointing to exit polls that show President Obama with a seven-point lead against Mitt Romney in that state. There is just one problem with their story: It fails to acknowledge just how far off the exit poll was in the gubernatorial contest. To add insult to injury, the elite media bashed Matt Drudge for supposedly posting information saying the exit polls showed Walker...
  • Walker, Unbowed

    06/06/2012 11:38:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The National Review ^ | June 5, 2012 | The Editors
    The year-long saga of the Wisconsin recall is, at long last, over, and Scott Walker is still standing. The low-key Republican governor has withstood a sustained (and expensive) onslaught from the forces of Big Labor and its allies on the Left that featured everything from the coordinated cross-border retreat of intransigent Democratic lawmakers, to the occupation of the state house by a band of radicals, bongo drummers, and high-school truants, to ill-fated attempts to nullify Republican legislative majorities and pick off uncooperative judges. Walker’s enemies did everything but release the kraken. And yet, he won. Throughout, Walker has stayed even-keeled,...
  • Tammy Baldwin, This Is What Democracy Looks Like (video)

    06/06/2012 10:32:14 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 14 replies
    NRSC ^ | June 5, 2012
    Click link for video: Madison Liberal Tammy Baldwin stood in solidarity with rioters who stormed the Wisconsin Capitol. Today Wisconsin voters stood in solidarity with Scott Walker and his fiscal reforms and will get a chance to stand against Tammy Baldwin this November.
  • Business plans move ahead with Walker win

    06/06/2012 9:59:27 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 7 replies
    WLUK ^ | June 6, 2012 | Ben Krumholz
    Area businesses share their plans now that Scott Walker's job is safe as governor. (video)
  • Networks Whine Over 'Massive Spending Gap' Between GOP and Dems in Wisconsin

    06/06/2012 8:34:23 PM PDT · by Qbert · 38 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | June 06, 2012 | Kyle Drennen
    Searching for an excuse to explain what went wrong for Democrats in Wisconsin, the broadcast networks blamed "a record-shattering $64 million poured into" the recall election by "conservative out-of-state groups" supporting Republican Governor Scott Walker.   On Wednesday's CBS This Morning, correspondent Bill Plante promoted Obama campaign talking points on the major Democratic loss: "...what it called the 'massive spending gap'. Governor Walker's supporters raised $31 million to $4 million for the challenger, Tom Barrett....with most of that money coming from out of state – a huge chunk of it from the super-PACs." On Tuesday's CBS Evening News, correspondent Dean...
  • What Scott Walker’s Victory Signals

    06/06/2012 6:30:51 PM PDT · by neverdem · 2 replies
    Commentary ^ | 06.06.2012 | Peter Wehner
    Governor Scott Walker's victory last night – his seven-point win against Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett was by a greater margin than in 2010 – will have profound national ramifications. It was a historic defeat for organized labor, and most especially public sector unions. They chose Wisconsin as the ground on which they would make their stand and make an example out of Walker. Instead, they were decimated. In addition, Walker instantly becomes a dominant political player in the GOP, as well as a model to other reform-minded governors. The loss will also drive a wedge between President Obama and organized...
  • Ralph Nader: Scott Walker ‘advancing’ an ‘ideology of cruelty’ in ‘Wiskochson’ [VIDEO]

    06/06/2012 7:05:39 PM PDT · by marktwain · 31 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 6 June, 2012 | Nicholas Ballasy
    Consumer advocate and former presidential candidate Ralph Nader told The Daily Caller that President Barack Obama “abandoned” Wisconsin, “betraying the working people of this country.” Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s victory in Tuesday’s recall election will allow him to advance an “ideology of cruelty,” Nader added, referring to the state as “Wiskochson” after the Koch brothers of Koch Industries. “Wisconsin was abandoned by President Obama. Vice President Biden wanted to go out and help all of the workers and all of the supporters of President Obama but he was not allowed to by the political operatives in the White House,” Nader...
  • How did Scott Walker win so big and what's next?

    06/06/2012 5:31:31 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 41 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | June 6, 2012 | ANDREW MALCOM
    "Win" is too small a word for what Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker pulled off Tuesday. So, probably, is victory. In a referendum on the first half of his first term, the Republican became the first governor in U.S. history to defeat an attempt to oust him from office. The other two recall efforts -- against California's Gray Davis in 2003 and North Dakota's Lynn Frazier in 1921 --were successful. Exit polls discovered a significant number of Wisconsin voters bothered by the union-led recall bid for something short of improper conduct. While others were impressed by Walker's budget surplus and billion...
  • Statement from Senator Van Wanggaard (May ask for Recount-WI Senate)

    06/06/2012 3:49:20 PM PDT · by Anti-Bubba182 · 29 replies
    For Immediate Release June 6, 2012 Statement from Senator Van Wanggaard “Over 70,000 people voted yesterday in a historic election. We know that there are a number of outstanding absentee ballots, voting irregularities, and that there were problems across the county in the unofficial tally of ballots.” “People across the state and country have asked that I immediately ask for a recount. However, we all know that the best decisions are made when well-rested and after consideration of all options.” “We will closely monitor the canvass of votes with legal representation. We will evaluate our options regarding recounts following the...
  • AFL-CIO chief dismisses regrets in Wisconsin recall

    06/06/2012 3:15:16 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 16 replies ^ | 6/6/12 | Michael O'Brien
    With the labor movement reeling from the result of Tuesday's recall election in Wisconsin, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka sought to downplay the significance of Gov. Scott Walker's victory over a union-driven effort to unseat him. Trumka, the leader of one of the nation's largest labor groups, dismissed the notion that unions might look back upon their unsuccessful campaign against Walker with regret."We didn't decide on this recall. It was the workers in Wisconsin and the voters in Wisconsin who did," he said on a conference call with reporters. "Hell, I don't know if we'd do anything differently."
  • What really went down in Wisconsin

    06/06/2012 3:24:57 PM PDT · by Ron C. · 33 replies
    Fox News ^ | 6/6/12 | Jennifer Stefano
    What happened in Wisconsin Tuesday night was not about an election or a politician. It wasn’t about collective bargaining or budget deficits. It was about something far more important and far more intangible. It was about who and what we are as Americans. The people of Wisconsin had a choice. Would they, and in turn the rest of America, whose eyes were riveted on this small northern state, be a people with their hand constantly extended to the public trough shouting “give me, give me, give me”? Or, as the Tea Party has tried to exemplify, would we become the...
  • JIM GRANT: Today's Market Rally Really Was About The Scott Walker Victory In Wisconsin Last Night

    06/06/2012 2:40:53 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 06/06/2012 | Mamta Badkar and Joe Weisenthal
    Earlier we joked that some people thought today's rally was the result of the election outcome in Wisconsin last night. Well, serious people think so too. James Grant, of Grant's Interest Rate Observer, was just on CNBC, and this is what he told Maria Bartiromo: "...Today i think part of the source of the levitation was the Scott Walker triumph in Wisconsin." He explained: "People maybe are discounting the prospects of a return to something like freer if not free markets come the Fall if Romney or GOP decisively wins." Grant also said he expects a third round of quantitative...
  • Michael Barone’s re-weighted Wisconsin results: Obama 48, Romney 48

    06/06/2012 1:14:53 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/06/2012 | AllahPundit
    O's showing against Romney in the exits was the one tiny bit of hope that MSNBC clung to late last night, to the point where Lawrence O'Donnell said, with a straight face, that the big winner in Wisconsin had been --- Obama.Here's Michael Barone stealing the last little bit of their candy: The Wisconsin exit poll evidently reported the race for governor in the recall ballot as 50%-50%. With 92% of the vote in, the Milwaukee Journal SentinelÂ’s excellent website reports the score as 54%-46% Walker. LetÂ’s say thatÂ’s the final results: only 13% of precincts from Milwaukee County and...
  • Dean: Walker "Beginning Of The Undermining Of American Democracy" (Video)

    06/06/2012 12:45:49 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 30 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | 6-6-2012 | Ian Schwartz
    June 6, 2012 Dean: Walker "Beginning Of The Undermining Of American Democracy" Ian Schwartz "I think the sad story of the night was the money because this is the beginning of the undermining of American democracy, and this is what you see tonight when you see a guy outspend somebody seven to one with money that nobody knows where it came from," former DNC chairman Gov. Howard Dean (D-Vermont) said on Wednesday's broadcast of MSNBCs' "Morning Joe."........(More crazy Howard at the link below)