Video shows Scott Walker telling Beloit billionaire of plan to curb bargaining rights of public workers
HERE‘s the back-story on the brief video clip below: A newly released video in Wisconsin could potentially have profound effects on the state’s recall election: Republican Gov. Scott Walker shown telling a wealthy supporter in January 2011 — before he introduced his legislation to roll back collective bargaining for public employees — that it was part of a “divide and conquer” strategy to take down organized labor, and potentially turn Wisconsin into a right-to-work state. The video, posted Thursday night by the Milwaukee Journal...read more
John Nichols of The Nation explains the failure of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s effort to gain support from public-safety employees for his anti-union agenda.read more
One week ago today, a few of our resident Applesauce conservatives tried their best to put a positive spin on the Republican loss of two seats in the Wisconsin Senate in recall elections of the day before. A few of them predictably clung to visions of vindication as they looked forward to this week’s recall efforts against two Democratic Senate incumbents. Well, as it turned out, both of those Democrats easily turned back their Republican challengers in yesterday’s balloting. Indeed, both of them won by margins considerably larger...read more
Democrats fall one seat short of retaking Wisconsin Senate, but Scott Walker still has cause to be nervous about next year
While four of six incumbent Republican members of the Wisconsin State Senate survived recall efforts in Tuesday’s balloting — thereby avoiding a Democratic takeover of the chamber — the overall result was hardly a ringing endorsement of Gov. Scott Walker’s union-busting proclivities. Nor did it necessarily bode well for Walker’s chances of withstanding his own possible recall next year. Consider this point made by political numbers-cruncher Nate Silver: In last year’s gubernatorial election, Walker carried...read more
Why have Wisconsin GOPers who are targeted for recall shunned Gov. Scott Walker like a leper in their campaigns?
As I’ve mentioned here on several occasions, I’m not making any predictions about the outcome of today’s recall elections in six Wisconsin State Senate districts. Call me a coward, but I just don’t have a good sense of the prevailing political vibes in the Badger State. Nor, for that matter, do I even approve of recall elections, as I’ve also made clear on several occasions. But, of course, I’ve paid a lot attention to these recall efforts, mainly because they are of considerable national interest, if only...read more