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  • Luntz Misleads With New Gun Poll

    01/25/2010 11:35:03 AM PST · by Mobile Vulgus · 16 replies · 617+ views
    Publius Forum ^ | 01/25/09 | Warner Todd Huston
    Pollster Frank Luntz is trying to hawk his new poll on gun laws commissioned by the left-wing group Mayors Against Illegal Guns. He's trying to sell the concept that NRA members are just as interested in "common-sense gun policies" as anti-gun nuts and that legislators should take this into account when crafting future anti-gun legislation. The problem is that this poll is misleading in some important ways. The problem here is that the devil being in the details is glossed over by the poll. (Download .pdf of poll here) In an op ed penned by Luntz and Tom Barrett, gun...
  • As homicides rise, Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn awaits his professional fate

    06/29/2015 3:06:21 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 10 replies
    Wisconsin ^ | june 26, 2014 | M.D. Kittle
    MILWAUKEE, WI — Amid alarming homicide statistics and dwindling officer morale, Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn could soon be getting a contract extension. While there were rumors circulating Thursday that the Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission had all but decided a two-year contract extension for Flynn, a commission official said that’s not the case. Contract matters must be discussed and voted on in public. The commission could do just that at its next regularly scheduled meeting July 2. An agenda is slated for release early next week. Flynn’s contract is up in January. [CHIEF CONCERNS: Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn...
  • Scott Walker to sign legislation expanding gun rights in Wisconsin

    06/24/2015 4:11:28 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 24, 2015 | Jenna Johnson
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) plans to sign two new laws on Wednesday that expand the rights of gun owners by removing a 48-hour waiting period for those looking to purchase a firearm and allowing off-duty or retired police officers to carry concealed weapons at public schools. This action will come one week after a suspected gunman shot and killed nine people in an African American church in South Carolina, yet again prompting a national discussion about gun laws in the U.S. Walker plans to sign the two pieces of legislation — Senate bills 35 and 70 — at a...
  • Conservative activist blames City Hall for bankruptcy filing

    12/03/2014 10:55:30 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 3 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 12-3-14 | Daniel Bice
    Long a local government watchdog and critic, conservative activist Orville Seymer is now asking the federal government to help him sort out his money troubles. Seymer -- a top official with Citizens for Responsible Government -- filed for bankruptcy last month, listing $147,126 in assets and more than $1 million in liabilities. He is seeking Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection, which stops all legal actions and could allow him to write off many of his debts. Seymer is pinning much of the blame for his financial woes on City Hall, saying he has been targeted by city building inspectors for speaking...
  • Wisconsin early voting vs 2012 recall election

    11/04/2014 2:22:36 PM PST · by DCdude · 23 replies
    Daily News ^ | 11/04/2014 | AP
    With more than 289,000 ballots received as of Monday, Wisconsin has significantly increased its 2010 pre-election turnout, when Republican Scott Walker first claimed the governor's seat. This time, he's aiming for a second term that could set up a run for president in 2016.
  • Obama coming to Milwaukee for Laborfest

    08/28/2014 9:03:06 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 7 replies
    Journal Sentinel ^ | Aug 27, 2014 | Bill Glauber
    Obama coming to Milwaukee for Laborfest By Bill Glauber of the Journal Sentinel Aug. 27, 2014 A spokeswoman for Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said Wednesday that President Barack Obama will be in Milwaukee on Labor Day. No further details were available for Monday's visit, but multiple media sources said that Obama will be attending Laborfest at Maier Festival Park. A White House official later confirmed the president would visit the city for an event Monday. Obama was a frequent visitor to Milwaukee and Madison during the 2012 campaign, and was here in 2010 for Laborfest, speaking to a crowd of...
  • Poll: Scott Walker leads Democratic challenger

    01/27/2014 3:34:14 PM PST · by mandaladon · 56 replies
    Politico ^ | 27 Jan 2014 | JOSE DELREAL
    In his hunt for reelection, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is leading his Democratic opponent Mary Burke, according to a new poll released Monday. The Marquette Law School poll has the Republican governor ahead 47 to 41 percent among registered voters. The same poll has 54 percent of respondents saying the state is heading in the right direction, compared to 40 percent who say it is not. With the election still nine months away, Burke will have to play catch up to familiarize voters with her stance on issues; 70 percent of respondents say they have not heard enough about her...
  • Literally, The Police State Is Coming

    08/30/2013 6:27:15 PM PDT · by Absolutely Nobama · 36 replies
    Alan Levy, Gun Owner | 8/30/13 | Alan Levy, Gun Owner
    In between bowls of chicken poodle soup and deciding to provide air cover for al-Qaeda in Syria, our Dear Leader, Barack Hussein Obama, found time to meet with mayors from our crumbling major cities. From Justin Sink of The Hill: *** "President Obama told a collection of big-city mayors Tuesday at the White House that he would continue to use executive actions to combat gun violence plaguing major cities. In the meeting with Attorney General Eric Holder and the mayors of 18 cities from across the nation, Obama discussed commonly applicable strategies to reduce youth violence. 'He also vowed to...
  • Public workers haul in millions in pensions, study finds (WI)

    07/11/2013 5:48:52 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 11 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 7-11-13 | M. D. Kittle
    MILWAUKEE – Tom Barrett presides over a $1.42 billion budget and a “company” with some 8,300 employees, but with all that responsibility the Milwaukee mayor only ranks seventh on the list of top paid city employees with $145,635 annual earnings. Perhaps more striking, his estimated $2.86 million lifetime pension also ranks seventh among his Milwaukee peers, according to a new report by Taxpayers United of America. Those figures demonstrate how the public pension system is simply unsustainable, say members of that group. BIG MONEY: Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett stands to collect millions in from his public retirement pension. TUA estimates...
  • Race and violence in the 'Welfare Magnet' (Milwaukee)

    05/21/2013 8:02:35 PM PDT · by NotYourAverageDhimmi · 18 replies
    WND ^ | May17, 2013 | John Bennett
    In Milwaukee, the homicide rate for black residents is 27.9 per 100,000 compared to 9.7 for Latinos and 1.7 per 100,000 white residents. Of known 2011 homicide suspects in Milwaukee, 93 percent are black, while 4 percent are white and Latino. The city itself is 40 percent black, 17 percent Latino, and 37 percent white, according to Census figures. {SNIP} Milwaukee is among the 20 most violent cities in America. The largest number of homicides in Milwaukee occurred in the 53206 Zip Code. {SNIP} In 2011, 17 of the 86 homicides in Milwaukee occurred in 53206. Between 2005-2009, there were...
  • Rise of the Republican Governors - A new liberal era? Not according to these reformers.

    05/11/2013 7:04:44 PM PDT · by neverdem · 15 replies
    City Journal ^ | Spring 2013 | Steven Malanga
    Shortly after Barack Obama won reelection in November, New Jersey governor Chris Christie pointed out that Republicans’ cloudy political prospects had a bright silver lining. “One of the reasons you have 30 Republican governors in America, and why we’re the only organization to add Republican strength,” Christie said, “is because people see us getting things done.” Christie’s stance countered most of the elite postelection commentary, which gleefully pronounced the Republican Party’s political irrelevance. But the governor was right. Since Obama first took office in 2008, Republicans have picked up a net nine governorships, bringing their total to 30 states,...
  • Son of (WI) State Senator Neal Kedzie Attacked

    10/22/2012 3:12:13 PM PDT · by bigbob · 74 replies
    NBC-15.COM ^ | 10-22-12 | WMTV Madison
    State Senator Neal Kedzie says his son was attacked while trying to stop someone from stealing his Romney/Ryan yard sign. Whitewater Police tell NBC15 News this is an active investigation. Here is the statement released by Senator Neal Kedzie: Early on Friday morning, October 19th, my son Sean was awakened by noises outside his residence in Whitewater. As he went to see what the commotion was about, he noticed an individual removing a Romney/Ryan yard sign from his property. He yelled to the person that they were taking something not theirs and to return it immediately. The individual returned the...
  • Walker, Barrett in dead heat in recall showdown, poll says (Putting Perspective on the Polls)

    09/10/2012 4:01:15 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 18 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | May 2, 2012 | Patrick Marley
    Madison - Gov. Scott Walker and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett are locked in a dead-even race for governor, according to a poll released Wednesday by Marquette University Law School. The poll also showed Barrett leading his Democratic rivals in Tuesday's primary. The primary winner will face the Republican governor in the June 5 recall election.
  • Curious Election Documents Found in Dumpster in Racine, Sheriff's Department Investigating [WI]

    06/14/2012 10:01:28 AM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 39 replies
    MacIver Institute ^ | June 14, 2012 10:24 AM | unattributed
    [Racine, Wisc...] A Racine County Sheriff's Department official confirmed to the MacIver News Service that it is investigating the discovery of discarded election-related documents in the city of Racine. At issue are election registration forms and partisan political literature found in a dumpster behind the Cesar Chavez Community Center in the City of Racine. Upon hearing the allegations, the MacIver News Service contacted the Racine County Sheriff's department to confirm that they were looking into the matter. Captain Thomas Lamke from the Racine County Sheriff's Office responded to our inquiry and confirmed an investigation was ongoing. The department provided no...
  • Wisconsin GOP lawmaker asks for recount in recall race

    06/15/2012 10:09:40 AM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 40 replies
    Associated Press ^ | June 15, 2012 | unattributed
    Wisconsin state GOP. Sen. Van Wanggaard asked elections officials Friday for a recount in his recall race, the outcome of which will decide the majority party in the state Senate. An official canvass this week showed the Racine Republican trailing his Democratic challenger by 834 votes, or 1.2 percent. Democrats had called on Wanggaard to concede, saying a recount would only delay their inevitable and waste taxpayer money. But Wanggaard's campaign said it was concerned about possible reports of voting irregularities, and said it wanted to ensure the outcome was accurate. Given how many votes were cast in the election...
  • Jobs, Money, Scott Walker: Is It Time for Democrats to Panic?

    06/08/2012 1:57:42 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 11 replies
    National Journal ^ | June 7, 2012 | By Naureen Khan
    Democrats are having a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad June. But if it’s time to start panicking, most of them haven’t gotten the memo. Despite a spate of negative news, Democrats nationwide, both publicly and privately, seem remarkably Zen about their party’s prospects in November and unwilling to take out any frustration on their man in the Oval Office just yet. “Is there any anxiety on our side? Yes,” said Jerry Crawford, a longtime Democratic activist in Iowa. “Should the other side be feeling at least as much anxiety? Yes. There’s plenty of concern everywhere for both sides.”
  • Walker Lesson: We Can Stand Up To Big Unions

    06/08/2012 1:44:01 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/8/2012 | Jack Spencer
    On Tuesday, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker won his statewide recall election 53 to 46 percent in a state that has been "blue" longer than Michigan in terms of voting for Democrats in presidential elections. Many observers said it was the biggest loss government unions have ever experienced. "It’s more than a big deal, it’s a huge deal,” said Vincent Vernuccio, Labor Policy Counsel at the Competitive Enterprise Institute. "It will embolden governors and legislators across the country. They'll know that they can stand up for taxpayers against special interests. "They’ll understand that they might have to endure some pain, but...
  • What Happened in Wisconsin

    06/08/2012 1:44:28 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 26 replies
    This message is from Pres. Gerald W. McEntee and Sec.- Treas. Lee Saunders.By now you’ve probably heard that Scott Walker survived his recall election. To do so, he spent nearly $50 million.But with the recall of Sen. Van Wanggaard, a pro-worker majority now controls the Wisconsin Senate and we have dealt a major blow against Walker’s ability to do more damage to the working families of Wisconsin.We should all be proud of the AFSCME sisters and brothers who came together in Wisconsin and inspired workers across the country to fight back against the orchestrated attacks on the middle class.The Walker...
  • Scott Walker: Obama’s Comments Reflect a Fundamental Misunderstanding of the Economy

    06/09/2012 5:54:11 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 32 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 6-8-12 | Stephen Hayes
    Much has been made of Barack Obama’s comment Friday morning that the “private sector is doing fine.” The mockery is well-deserved. The president's comment this morning has the potential to be one of those remarks that penetrates deeply into the electorate, well beyond those who keep track of the day-to-day contours of the presidential campaign. The private sector, of course, is not doing fine. GDP growth is 1.9 percent—and slowing. The private sector is adding jobs at a rate that barely outpaces population growth—and slowing. Major corporations are sitting on their cash rather than spending it, consumer confidence is down,...
  • The Main Message From Madison: The Jig Is Up

    06/09/2012 6:09:53 AM PDT · by billorites · 27 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | June 7, 2012 | Douglas MacKinnon
    By far the most amusing and telling result of the thumping the corrupt public-employee unions and out-of-state far-left zealots suffered in Wisconsin is the whining and hand-wringing now being exhibited by a growing collection of liberal pundits, politicians and ultra-wealthy activists who are uniformly saying this is a "major wake-up call for the left, Democrats and unions." No, it's not. It's a loud and clear pronouncement that big government and big-government giveaways to people who want something for nothing is over. Look at the actual results. Listen to the actual people of Wisconsin. Many were flat-out offended and angered that...
  • Californians Reject Cigarette Tax - Jig Is Up

    06/09/2012 6:49:12 AM PDT · by Positive · 29 replies
    Maybe, just maybe the people of California are somehow becoming aware of the disaster that the left wing politicians have brought down upon them. Last Tuesday, while Scott Walker was smacking his recall down in Wisconsin and San Diego and San Jose were cutting the public employee pension funds, there was another possible bellwhether going on. With 100% of the votes counted in California, Proposition 29 seems to have gone down to defeat. This would have put an additional $1.00/pack tax on Cigarettes. Why is it that this may a be a "Jig is Up" bellwhether? Well, according to the...
  • Walker Victory: This Is What the Tea Party Is About

    06/09/2012 2:01:32 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 20 replies
    Patriot Post ^ | June 8, 2012 | Mona Charen
    Though it hasn't been celebrated as such, Scott Walker's victory in Wisconsin represents the full flowering of the tea party movement. It is also a sign -- among others -- that the Republican Party has recaptured its ideological core. The tea partyers are often mischaracterized as extreme right-wingers. Thus, proponents of same-sex marriage or unrestricted abortion will invoke "tea party" elements as those most opposed to their efforts. That's off target. Though many in the movement may have conservative social views, those weren't the issues that spurred them to organize, demonstrate and vote.
  • Trumka to progressive activists: Don’t let Democrats ‘digress into this deficit nonsense’

    06/09/2012 2:18:31 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 14 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 6/09/2012 | Felicia Sonmez
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. — In the wake of Democrats’ loss in this week’s Wisconsin recall — and with a potentially decisive lame-duck session of Congress looming in five months — labor and liberal Democrats are digging in their heels on deficit reduction.On a Saturday morning panel at the annual Netroots Nation conference, AFL-CIO Chairman Richard Trumka renewed his criticism of the bipartisan Simpson-Bowles debt reduction plan, arguing that labor and progressive activists must “give our friends a little bit of backbone” to oppose cuts to federal entitlement programs. “If you notice, more and more Democrats have been trying to embrace Simpson-Bowles....
  • Move over, Wisconsin -- the union battle is beginning in California

    06/10/2012 8:50:24 AM PDT · by SmithL · 60 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 6/10/12 | Jon Ortiz
    Labor unions and business interests have been quietly raising millions of dollars and testing campaign messages for months, girding for a brawl over a November ballot measure that could fundamentally shift political power in Sacramento. Now, on the heels of an election that saw unions handed a major defeat last week in Wisconsin, the opposing camps in California soon will launch a campaign battle likely to consume $50 million or more in political spending. "Unions have just two channels of influence," said Daniel J.B. Mitchell of the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA, "collective bargaining and the political side,...
  • Obama Defends Lack Of Pre-Recall WI Visits: Busy With ‘A Lot Of Responsibilities’ (Video)

    06/11/2012 4:41:57 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 31 replies
    Mediaite ^ | June 11,2012 | Andrew Kirell
    In an interview Monday with WBAY Green Bay (CBS), President Barack Obama explained his lack of appearances in Wisconsin in the months leading up to last week’s recall election, saying that he is busy with “a lot of responsibilities” and “would have loved to see a different result.” Obama has been criticized by Democrats for doing little more than tweeting his support for Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett‘s failed attempt to unseat Republican Governor Scott Walker in the recall election. I was supportive of Tom and have been supportive of Tom. Obviously, I would have loved to see a different result,...
  • The Return of the Reagan Democrats

    06/08/2012 7:55:29 PM PDT · by neverdem · 13 replies ^ | June 8, 2012 | Robert Tracinski
    Scott Walker beat the spread. Sometime politics is like betting on football. It's not just about whether your team wins. It's about whether you beat the spread. The rough calculation going into Tuesday's recall election in Wisconsin was that if Governor Scott Walker won by less than five percentage points, the race would not have any clear national-level implications, but if he won by five points or more, it would. The final result, 53.2% to 46.3%, is a margin of 6.9 percentage points. He beat the spread... --snip-- But we are finally reaching the Thatcher Line: the point at which...
  • Stock Market rally was all about Walker Victory in Wisconsin.

    06/06/2012 6:44:46 PM PDT · by GlockThe Vote · 27 replies
    BI ^ | 6/6/2012 | Joe Wiesenthal
    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...
  • A Closer Look at Those Wisconsin Exit Polls

    06/07/2012 10:46:27 PM PDT · by neverdem · 24 replies ^ | June 7, 2012 | Sean Trende
    The Democrats emerged from Tuesday's recall election with two consolation prizes. The first is that they flipped a seat in the Wisconsin state Senate, taking control of that body (which won’t convene again until after the 2012 elections). The second, and most frequently cited, is that exit polls found President Obama ahead of Mitt Romney by seven points in Wisconsin. As Markos Moulitsas of DailyKos summarized, “[a] seven-point lead, Obama over 50 percent, despite lacking participation of one of Obama's biggest constituencies (young voters), does not suggest a particularly close race this November. If Republicans want to dump their millions...
  • Republican Wanggaard won't concede defeat to Democrat Lehman in Senate race

    06/07/2012 6:24:33 PM PDT · by harpu · 50 replies - News Talk Radio ^ | Wednesday, 06/05/12
    RACINE, WI (WTAQ) - Van Wanggaard says he’s not about to hand control of the Wisconsin Senate to the Democrats, without a thorough review of the votes cast in his recall election. The Election Night tally showed that Wanggaard lost to Democrat John Lehman by 779 votes, or 1.1 percent out of 72,000 votes cast Tuesday. But Wanggaard tells WRJN Radio in Racine that at least 600 absentee ballots have still not been counted. The station says there have been reports of voting irregularities throughout Racine County, and problems with the unofficial tally. So Wanggaard says he’ll hold tight before...
  • Noonan: What's Changed After Wisconsin...The Obama admin. suddenly looks like a house of cards.

    06/07/2012 6:17:46 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 26 replies
    the Wall Street Journal ^ | 6/7/2012 | Peggy Noonan
    What happened in Wisconsin signals a shift in political mood and assumption. Public employee unions were beaten back and defeated in a state with a long progressive tradition. The unions and their allies put everything they had into "one of their most aggressive grass-roots campaigns ever," as the Washington Post's Paul Whoriskey and Dan Balz reported in a day-after piece. Fifty thousand volunteers made phone calls and knocked on 1.4 million doors to get out the vote against Gov. Scott Walker. Mr. Walker's supporters, less deeply organized on the ground, had a considerable advantage in money. But organization and money...
  • 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...
  • Group ends Mich. recall effort after Wis. results

    06/07/2012 9:25:00 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 25 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 6-7-12 | ap
    LANSING, Mich.—A group seeking to recall Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder announced Thursday that it has ended the effort following Gov. Scott Walker's victory in Wisconsin's recall election. The group called Michigan Rising said it would stop collecting signatures, noting it already was short of its own gathering goals. Instead, the group said it will focus on a long-term effort to form a progressive think tank, develop progressive leaders and support current progressive legislators.
  • Fox News Poll: Majorities say White House failed on economy, health care

    06/07/2012 3:33:08 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 7 replies
    Fox News ^ | 6/7/2012 | By Dana Blanton
    While American voters consider the Obama administration successful on national security, majorities say it has mostly failed at stimulating the economy and improving health care -- two areas the White House cites as major legislative accomplishments. A Fox News poll released Thursday shows 55 percent of voters think the Obama administration has mostly succeeded on making the country safer. More than half of voters think the administration has mostly failed at creating new jobs (56 percent), stimulating the economy (54 percent) and improving health care (52 percent). Roughly a quarter of Democrats agree that the administration has failed on creating...
  • Between the Lines: By Mark Halperin (Democrats now believe 0bama could lose)

    06/07/2012 4:50:28 PM PDT · by GR_Jr. · 7 replies
    Slime Magazine ^ | 6-7-12 | Mark Halperin
    With five months until Election Day, Barack Obama faces a grim new reality: Republicans now believe Mitt Romney can win, and Democrats believe Obama can lose ... Last week's anemic job-creation and economic-growth data was sandwiched between two Bill Clinton specials: in one television interview, the 42nd President lauded Romney's business record as "sterling"; in another, he veered from the Obama line on the extension of Bush-era tax cuts ... The failure to unseat Wisconsin's Republican governor Scott Walker in a recall election was another bad sign for Democrats since it will rev up conservatives nationwide, including the kind of...
  • The “People United” Go Down In Flames (WI recall vote...what does it mean?)

    06/07/2012 4:52:54 PM PDT · by ak267 · 2 replies
    The American Interest ^ | 6-6-2012 | Walter Russell Mead
    The American left as we have come to know it suffered a devastating blow in Wisconsin last night. The organized heart of the left gave everything it had to the fight against Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker: heart, shoe leather, wallet and soul. The left picked this fight, on the issue and in the place of its choice; it chose to recall Walker because it believed it could win a showcase victory. That judgement was fatally flawed; it is part of a larger failure to grasp the nature of American politics and the times in which we live. The left gave...
  • Democrats appear to take Senate with narrow Lehman win (Wisconsin State Senate)

    06/06/2012 4:15:57 AM PDT · by Clint N. Suhks · 26 replies
    JSOnline ^ | 6/6/12 | Lee Bergquist
    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 initiate a recall election. All eyes Wednesday will be on the 21st District. Results posted early...
  • 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...
  • Enraged Lefty Slaps Barrett for Conceding

    06/06/2012 4:45:22 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 49 replies
    National Review ^ | June 6, 2012 | Jim Geraghty
    Those warm, loving, kind-hearted leftists will turn on you so fast: last night an enraged supporter of Tom Barrett slapped him for conceding the race. (HT: The Hope for America.) I don’t recall – no pun intended – this sort of thing ever happening on an Election Night before. I wonder how Democratic officeholders and their professional class feel about having a grassroots base that is, at least in some parts, psychotic enough to resort to physical violence upon their own candidates for acknowledging reality. At the time, Barrett trailed by about 10 percentage points or 200,000 votes; as of...
  • Ignore the spin: Wisconsin was a disaster for Democrats and President Obama

    06/05/2012 8:51:51 PM PDT · by Qbert · 48 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 06/05/2012 | Thomas Grier
    If you pause and listen carefully, you might be able to hear the despair coming from Jim Messina, President Obama’s 2012 campaign manager, and David Axelrod, Obama’s top strategist and communications director, as the meaning of Wisconsin’s recall election becomes clear. In the final hours before Governor Scott Walker’s victory, with the writing on the wall, President Obama and his campaign could only muster a tweet and a last-minute video for challenger Tom Barrett. But do not let that tepid support fool you: Democrats and their union allies spent an astronomical amount on a judicial election, four state legislative recalls...
  • Governor Walker's Victory Spells Doom For Public Sector Unions

    06/05/2012 8:38:19 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 64 replies
    Forbes ^ | 6/05/2012 @ 9:36PM | Bill Frezza
    Public sector unions have reached their high water mark. Let the cleanup begin as the red ink recedes. Despite a last-minute smear campaign accusing Scott Walker of fathering an illegitimate love child, the governor’s recall election victory sends a clear message that should resonate around the nation: The fiscal cancer devouring state budgets has a cure, and he has found it. The costly defeat for the entrenched union interests that tried to oust Walker in retribution for challenging their power was marked by President Obama’s refusal to lend his weight to the campaign for fear of being stained by defeat....
  • Rove: Walker over-performing in traditionally Dem counties

    06/05/2012 8:28:11 PM PDT · by pabianice · 13 replies
    Fox News Channel (live) | 6/5/12
    Karl Rove was talking about the Repub blow-out tonight. We already know people lied to the exit poll-takers. Rove mentioned that in one traditionally Dem county, Walker had, so far, tens of thousands more votes than expected. Walker is about to make his victory speech.
  • Scott Walker 'the liberal slayer' wins one for the producers(he is our Tea Party model hero)

    06/05/2012 8:44:52 PM PDT · by sickoflibs · 23 replies
    sol rant | 6/5/2012 | sickoflibs
    Wisconsin count as of 11:30pm EST , Walker 54%, Barrett 45%. NBC calls it for Walker back at about 10pm. It was a classic. I watched MSNBC all night flipping to FNC only briefly from time to time. Over at ‘MSNBC/Destroy Walker-BC’ they were predicting such a close election that they said it would probably require a recall. 'Be prepared for a long night' they repeated. Dem are knocking on a million doors today, boots on the ground', they were calling those who didn't vote in 2010 to shame them to get out and vote. Then with 1% counted Walker...
  • We're all cheering for the victory of public sector unions, but...

    06/05/2012 8:52:57 PM PDT · by mamelukesabre · 18 replies
    ...what we should be worried about is the democrat/union retaliation for this blow they were just dealt. I don't know how, when, or where, but there will be a retaliation. My guess would be that they will try to do something at the federal level to limit state's ability to stand up to unions. All unions, not just public sector.
  • A theatrical reenactment of tonight's recall vote in Wisconsin

    06/05/2012 8:52:13 PM PDT · by TMA62 · 9 replies
    Attached is a theatrical reenactment of tonights recall vote in Wisconsin. Spencer Tracy plays Scott Walker. Ernest Borgnine plays the unions, Robert Ryan plays Barack Obama. Tom Barrett is played by a bar stoll. Enjoy!
  • Should Romney pick Scott Walker for VP?

    06/05/2012 9:03:11 PM PDT · by Arthurio · 36 replies
    Should Romney pick Scott Walker for VP? With such a move, Romney could put WI in his column, and help him in other working class states like Ohio and Penn. Not to mention that it will make the prospect of voting for Romney more palatable for conservatives! I cannot see any downsides. What am I missing here?
  • Note to Talking Heads: Stop Citing the Recall Exit Polls!

    06/05/2012 9:08:26 PM PDT · by GR_Jr. · 6 replies
    Weekley Standard ^ | 6-5-12 | Jay Cost
    The early draft of the exit polls this morning showed a 50-50 tie in the Wisconsin recall race. It's still early, but the best bet is that Scott Walker meets or exceeds his margins relative to 2010, which points to a 5-point win or better. This suggests that the early draft of the exit polls were biased toward the Democrats. Nevertheless, channel surfing across CNN and MSNBC just now, I notice talking head after talking head citing the exit polls in some way. Stop it. Clearly, they were wrong and they need to be updated. Until then, stick to the...
  • Republican Petrowski captures Wausau-area Senate seat [WI -- former Pam Galloway seat]

    06/05/2012 8:21:21 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 11 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | June 5, 2012 9:48 p.m. | Lee Bergquist
    Rep. Jerry Petrowski (R-Stettin) defeated Rep. Donna Seidel (R-Wausau) for an open Senate seat, according to The Associated Press.
  • The Most Disappointed Barrett Supporter In Wisconsin (Video)

    06/05/2012 8:23:09 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 99 replies ^ | June 5, 2012 | Dorsey Shaw
    A “blue-collar” voter took the news of Scott Walker's victory a little too hard.
  • In Wisconsin, the Left Picked a Fight -- and Lost

    06/05/2012 8:11:42 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 72 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | June 5, 2012 | Molly Ball
    It doesn't mean Obama is going to lose, but the failed attempt to recall Scott Walker gives Democrats and organized labor reason to fear an emboldened conservative agenda. It's important to remember, as Democrats cope with their failure to topple Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker in Tuesday's recall, that this was a fight they chose. Unlike the vast majority of elections, which occur on a regular schedule, the recall was a fight the left picked on purpose. They picked it because they thought they could win. And they were wrong. It wasn't even close. With two-thirds of the votes reported late...
  • Schultz On Walker Win: He Could "Be Indicted In The Next Few Days"

    06/05/2012 7:45:05 PM PDT · by oldernittany · 42 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 06/05/2012 | Real Clear Politics
    Ed Schultz concluded the segment by making a wild assertion. "Scott Walker could very well be indicted in the coming days," the MSNBC host said.