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  • 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...
  • We Are All Wisconsinites Now

    06/08/2012 10:12:13 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 6 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 06-08-12 | Paul Acosta
    For nearly two years we have been subjected to the images of a boisterous Occupy Wisconsin crowd, exhibiting their menacing behavior toward opposing politicians, small business owners, and anyone else who dared disagree with their sense of entitlement. Thousands of agitators were brought in from all over the country to protest, intimidate and gather hundreds of thousands of signatures, many of them fraudulent. And all that to remove from office a duly elected governor, whose only crime consisted in the audacity of implementing his own campaign’s promises. Even now, after defeating the union mobs for the second time in...
  • Jon Stewart (Daily Show) on Wisconsin Recall Media Coverage

    06/08/2012 9:50:15 AM PDT · by Retired Greyhound · 9 replies
    I find Jon Stewart insufferable and unfunny. But he does get this one right. Here is his funny and accurate take on the media's coverage of the WI recall. Clip 1: Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker survives a recall election, and the news networks embrace custom as extensions of the winning and losing campaigns. (04:34) Clip 2: Samantha Bee reports that normally mild-mannered Wisconsinites, incensed by the failed effort to recall Governor Scott Walker, are showing symptoms of douche fever. (03:06)
  • Krauthammer: Wisconsin vote a turning point

    06/08/2012 9:13:29 AM PDT · by Signalman · 20 replies
    Ventura County Star ^ | 6/8/2012 | Chas. Krauthammer
    Tuesday, June 5, 2012, will be remembered as the beginning of the long decline of the public-sector union. It will follow, and parallel, the shrinking of private-sector unions, now down to less than 7 percent of American workers. The abject failure of the unions to recall Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker — the first such failure in U.S. history — marks the Icarus moment of government-union power. Wax wings melted, there's nowhere to go but down. The ultimate significance of Walker's union reforms has been largely misunderstood. At first, the issue was curtailing outrageous union benefits, far beyond those of the...
  • Big Lesson for Labor in Wisconsin Election

    06/08/2012 7:47:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 8, 2012 | Linda Chavez
    Gov. Scott Walker's victory in the Wisconsin recall election this week was no surprise to anyone but Big Labor. Unions were furious when Walker and the Republican-controlled legislature cut back their right to bargain on anything beyond wages. Democratic legislators fled the state for several weeks in 2011 in order to try to prevent a final vote from taking place. Demonstrators took over the state capitol, and when that didn't work, unions and left-leaning groups gathered signatures to force a recall vote. The national Democratic Party initially saw what was happening in Wisconsin as a popular revolt against Republican excesses...
  • What Wisconsin means

    06/08/2012 5:33:42 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 17 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 7,2012 | Charles Krauthammer
    It was predictable. In Indiana, where Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) instituted by executive order a similar reform seven years ago, government-worker unions have since lost 91 percent of their dues-paying membership. In Wisconsin, Democratic and union bosses (a redundancy) understood what was at stake if Walker prevailed: not benefits, not “rights,” but the very existence of the unions. So they fought and they lost. Repeatedly. Tuesday was their third and last shot at reversing Walker’s reforms. In April 2011, they ran a candidate for chief justice of the state Supreme Court who was widely expected to strike down the law....
  • Walker’s Victory: What the Tea Party Is All About (The seldom mentioned factor behind his triumph)

    06/08/2012 4:32:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | 06/08/2012 | 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. Tea partiers 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. No, the tea partiers — judging by their signs,...
  • Analysis: Conservatives used tactics of the left in Wisconsin win

    06/08/2012 1:20:34 AM PDT · by Kudsman · 25 replies
    Reuters ^ | 6-6-2012 | Nick Carey
    MADISON, Wisconsin (Reuters) - Activists with the conservative Tea Party movement say they owe a lot to their schooling in left-wing community organizing tactics for the historic Republican victory over the Democrats and their union allies in the Wisconsin recall election
  • A Closer Look at Those Wisconsin Exit Polls

    06/07/2012 10:46:27 PM PDT · by neverdem · 24 replies
    realclearpolitics.com ^ | 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...
  • DNC Chair Tongue-Tied Trying To Spin Failed Obama Effort In WI

    06/07/2012 9:34:06 PM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies
    YouTube ^ | 6//7/12 | GOPICYMI
    DNC Chair Tongue-Tied Trying To Spin Failed Obama Effort In WI
  • Dr. Tim's Moment of Clarity: Epic Fail (It's Good News in Wisconsin!)

    06/07/2012 8:44:51 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 28 replies
    Moment of Clarity ^ | June 6, 2012 | Dr. Tim Nerenz
    June 06, 2012 Epic Fail To paraphrase: it was the best of times, it was the worst of times…it was a waste of time. Well, perhaps not a total waste of time; we did get to learn what democracy looks like with your eyes closed. The effort to recall Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker ended with a dull thud tonight, putting the exclamation point on 18 months of angry futility and needless public expense inflicted on the Badger state by a self-absorbed liberal old guard too steeped in their socialist ideology to notice it had petrified. Lies, intimidation, libel, fraud, vandalism,...
  • The Individual Finally Wins

    06/07/2012 8:20:43 PM PDT · by Absolutely Nobama · 87 replies
    The voices in my head that keep yelling. | 6/7/12 | Alan Levy
    Scott Walker's win in Wisconsin was magnificent for many reasons. Big Labor was given a fatal blow. Our homosexual agenda pushing president was handed another stinging rebuke. The Sit-Down-When-They-Pee-GOP-E saw that sticking to Conservative values can lead to landslide victories, even in the birthplace of the Progressivik Movement. If I wasn't so darn manly, I'd say I got a thrill up my leg. (Or is that diabetic neuropathy ? Maybe the death panels will let me find out if they deem me worthy of life, but I digress.) Most of important of all, the individual won. You see ladies and...
  • A Biblical Perspective on the Scott Walker Wisconsin Win

    06/07/2012 7:57:16 PM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 12 replies
    IFB ^ | 6/7/12 | -
    Last Tuesday Scott Walker survived a radical Leftist recall to save his Governorship with a large margin of victory in a very blue state. The Red Marxist Leftist machine held nothing back as they sought to destroy Walker with the most hate filled slander, lies and character assassination that has not been seen in a long time. The Left instituted a national campaign against Walker and even with all the outside money shipped in to help, hate filled slander, un-truths, dead voters, leftist vote fraud and radical socialistic union intimidation the Wisconsin tax payer and Governor Walker stood their ground...
  • DFU PRESENTS: Hitler Rants about Scott Walker's Win

    06/07/2012 12:03:55 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 33 replies
    dfu via youtube ^ | 6-7-12 | dfu
    hope you will find this one enjoyable
  • 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.
  • The other union story from Tuesday

    06/07/2012 9:14:53 AM PDT · by inkling · 1 replies
    Hot Air ^ | June 7, 2012 | Jazz Shaw
    In the midst of the various celebrations taking place following Scott Walker’s victory in Tuesday’s recall election, it’s understandable if most of us missed another story which broke on the same day involving the relationship between government, taxpayers and public sector unions. This one takes place in Arizona, and long time readers will already be familiar with the efforts of the Goldwater Institute there to battle union abuse of public funds. I’ll provide some links at the bottom to our previous coverage, but the short recap goes something like this: The City of Phoenix has been locked into some crippling...
  • No wonder unions hate Scott Walker, he cost them a fortune

    06/07/2012 10:01:11 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 26 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 6/7/2012 | Doug Book
    Recalled Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker won the special election against Tom Barrett on Tuesday, his 7 point win an improvement over the 6 point, 2010 margin of victory. And as for the $21 million FOX News reported organized labor to have poured into the recall sweepstakes? Call it a crap shoot designed in the hope of recouping some portion of the stunning losses unions have suffered over the past 24 months. Two Walker-sponsored laws have decimated both the power and bank accounts of government sector unions, the first making Wisconsin a right-to-work state and the next doing away with the...
  • How Wisconsin and Alabama just helped save the world

    06/07/2012 9:35:26 AM PDT · by djone · 29 replies
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | June 6 2012 | James Delingpole
    "Governor Scott Walker's victory in Wisconsin and an equally important but perhaps less well-publicised victory won in the Alabama house and senate over the UN's malign and insidious Agenda 21."
  • Hitler finds out that Scott Walker won the Wisconsin recall election

    06/07/2012 8:47:11 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 20 replies
    Youtube ^ | 6-5-2012
    June 5, 2012 Hitler finds out that Scott Walker won the Wisconsin recall election Democratic National Committee Headquarters: June 6, 2012