Wisconsin goes to the polls today in recall elections for Governor Scott Walker, Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, and four state Senators. If successful, it would be only the third gubernatorial recall in American history. More money has been spent on these races than on any election in Wisconsin ever, and as Tom Barrett said today, the large majority of that money was on Walker’s side, coming from special interests outside the state.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday June 5, 2012 7:30 am|
|By: David Dayen Saturday June 2, 2012 11:00 am|
The recall election in Wisconsin between Gov. Scott Walker and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett finally reached the level of attention you would expect from the biggest campaign in the country in 2012, save the Presidential race. A high-profile debate on Thursday led to the powerful exchange above, with the signature line from Barrett, “I have a police department that arrests felons. He has a practice of hiring them.”
|By: David Dayen Wednesday May 30, 2012 12:00 pm|
There has been a split between the public polling and the internal polling in the recall of Scott Walker. As you can naturally expect, internal polling on the Democratic side shows a closer race. And that continues today with a poll from Celinda Lake showing a dead heat between Walker and Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett, which each candidate getting 49% of the vote.
|By: David Dayen Friday May 25, 2012 11:46 am|
Any objective look at the Wisconsin recall right now, with a little over a week to go, would suggest that Scott Walker’s in a good position, and that Tom Barrett and the forces that engineered the recall are in trouble. Walker and his allied outside groups are outspending Barrett and his allies by 3:1 on TV ads, and by who knows how much on mailers and other campaign work. The DNC has solicited funds from their supporters in an email blast, but has yet to put their own money on the line, which has angered labor officials.
|By: David Dayen Monday May 21, 2012 6:30 pm|
The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, a conservative paper, endorsed Scott Walker in the June 5 recall election over the weekend, saying that his removal from office “isn’t justified.” The Sentinel spends the rest of the editorial detailing multiple reasons why Walker should be removed, concluding only that he hasn’t committed a crime . . . but what is his legal defense fund for?
|By: David Dayen Friday March 30, 2012 8:40 am|
We knew that organizers had gathered more than enough signatures to force a recall election for Scott Walker, and Walker gave up on challenging the signatures. But it became more official yesterday, as the staff of the Government Accountability Board in Wisconsin completed their review of petition signatures, a prelude to the announcement of election dates.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday February 28, 2012 1:45 pm|
Once far from the intensity of the collective bargaining incident, it was thought Wisc. Gov. Scott Walker would have the upper hand in re-election. But the million-plus recall signatures delivered by grassroots organizers showed that the passion still burns. And a new poll from Public Policy Polling makes clear that Walker is entirely beatable.
|By: Swopa Friday February 3, 2012 8:00 pm|
You really have to give some credit to Wisconsin governor Scott Walker. From a distance, you might expect him to be feeling a bit stressed out and sorry for himself. Not only did citizens gather 1 million signatures on petitions to force a recall election this summer, but a legal investigation into political corruption at his pre-gubernatorial stint in Milwaukee County keeps broadening, having already ensnared several former Walker aides.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday January 31, 2012 7:30 am|
The John Doe investigation swirling around Scott Walker in Wisconsin has begun to become a factor in his recall election. The labor-backed progressive group We Are Wisconsin has called for the resignations of two current Walker staffers, who exhibited some of the same behavior that drew indictments for former aides.
|By: David Dayen Monday January 23, 2012 10:40 am|
The John Doe investigation has hung over Scott Walker and his associates for months now. Instead of just worrying whether he will get recalled, Walker has to worry about which of his aides, whether from the Governor’s office or his time as Milwaukee county executive, will get arrested for corruption. Now there are reports of further arrests of former Walker staff in the near future.