Wisconsin Democrats came up just short last night, flipping two seats in recall elections but not the three needed to take back the state Senate. Currently the Senate will have a 17-16 majority for Republicans; there are two recall elections against incumbent Democrats Robert Wirch and Jim Holperin next Tuesday, August 16. It’s possible that the disappointment of not reaching the goal number in the Republican recalls will depress Democratic turnout, but the expectation is that Wirch and Holperin will hold the seats.
|By: Bill Egnor Wednesday August 10, 2011 6:09 am|
|By: David Dayen Thursday April 21, 2011 7:02 am|
Darling is the co-chair of the Joint Finance Committee, the committee that passed out the anti-union “budget repair bill” initially, so she is a high-profile target. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel notes that Darling’s district, in the northern suburbs of Milwaukee, voted 54% for Scott Walker in 2010, though they also voted 51-47 for Barack Obama in 2008.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday March 8, 2011 7:50 am|
on the Republican side, another state Senator has stressed his willingness to be flexible. As you know, Republicans control the Senate 19-14, so a shift of only three on this issue would change the balance of power. Sen. Dale Schultz (R) has already called for compromise and basically said he’d oppose the bill. Now we have Sen. Rob Cowles.