Walkergate: Will John Doe Be Voting in the Recall?

By: Monday April 23, 2012 3:35 pm

While it’s pretty safe to presume that more shoes will be dropping from the investigation, there’s no reliable way to forecast when and from where these shoes might drop. The scandal itself has so many branches – from pay to play to illegal campaigning to illegal campaign donations – and so many players, that only Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm knows. And despite the efforts of the right to besmirch him, the fact is Chisholm’s not talking.


WI-Gov: Walker’s Built-In Advantages Get Him Just to 50%

By: Monday April 16, 2012 2:10 pm

The new Public Policy Polling survey of Wisconsin shows that Scott Walker has regained leads in his recall election against all challengers, pinning right at the magic 50% mark. He leads Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett 50-45, and former Dane County executive Kathleen Falk 50-43, with larger leads against the lesser two candidates in the Democratic primary.

“Civil War” in Wisconsin Could Also Be Among Democrats

By: Wednesday April 11, 2012 7:17 pm

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett’s first ad of the gubernatorial recall election in Wisconsin begins by asking the question, “isn’t it time to end the civil war in Wisconsin?” He was referring to Scott Walker and the war on public employees, but he could be referring to the battle among Democrats over the next month, since unions have endorsed Kathleen Falk instead.

WI-Recall: Walker Repeals Equal Pay Law

By: Friday April 6, 2012 11:04 am

Showing great political acumen less than two months before a recall election where women are eligible to vote, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker just repealed the state’s equal-pay law.

Kathy Nickolaus, America’s Worst Elected Official, Demoted for Wisconsin Recall Elections

By: Friday April 6, 2012 9:20 am

You may remember Waukesha County (Wisconsin) Clerk Kathy Nickolaus. Last year, she miraculously found thousands of votes in a state Supreme Court election two days after the balloting, which threw the race to incumbent David Prosser over JoAnn Kloppenburg. A subsequent investigation showed that Nickolaus violated state law on her reporting of election results. Also, [...]

As Judge Strikes Down Part of Scott Walker’s Anti-Union Law, Recall Takes Shape

By: Saturday March 31, 2012 11:00 am

As Swopa pointed out, a US district court judge overturned two provisions of Act 10, Scott Walker’s anti-union law in Wisconsin.

The judge, Obama appointee William M. Conley, did not touch the provision most associated with the law, which removes all collective bargaining rights except circumscribed increases in pay for most public employees. However, Conley did strike down the measure that forced unions to annually re-certify with an “absolute” majority of all workers, and the “automatic dues” ban, which stopped union dues from being taken out of worker paychecks. Conley said in his opinion that the exemption for public safety workers from the rules (remember that these unions mostly supported Walker’s election back in 2010) made it so that the state was picking and choosing among workers to punish, violating equal protection laws.

Walker Recall Almost Set, as Petition Signature Review Ends

By: 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.

Judge Halts Restrictive Wisconsin Photo ID Law

By: Wednesday March 7, 2012 2:20 pm

Voting rights advocates have won a round in Wisconsin against a voter ID law. Dane County judge Flanagan granted a temporary injunction, blocking the law’s use in the April elections, finding “the scope of the impairment has been shown to be serious, extremely broad and largely needless,” and that the NAACP and Voces de la Frontera “have shown a very substantial likelihood of success on the merits.” This is one of several similar holdings.

Late Night FDL: Doing Our Job is HARD MOM

By: Monday March 5, 2012 8:00 pm

The Wisconsin State Journal doesn’t WANNA GO TO SCHOOL and you’re being SO MEAN MAKING US and one of these days OUR REAL MOM WHO’S A PRINCESS WILL COME AND TAKE US AWAY FROM HERE and THEN YOU’LL BE SORRY.

Walker Spins His Failed Job Record in Recall Ad

By: Monday March 5, 2012 6:30 pm

Here’s the latest in truth-stretching from Scott Walker, trying to save his job amidst a recall election. Walker knows that he is most vulnerable on the subject of jobs. The entire recall election will probably ride on that fact, but Wisconsin has lost jobs for six months. So he’s spinning his record in a big-money ad blitz, months before the recall date.

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