Were the options to a recall effort? Possibly. The populist movement that arose from the uprising could have used every dollar given to a politician or an outside campaign spending group and used it in community-based organizing. We could have seen well-funded nonviolent actions. We could have seen education campaigns, going door to door with a message rather than an ask to support Tom Barrett or whoever else. We could have seen economic boycotts on Walker-supporting businesses, more organizing into broad coalitions around the idea of repealing the rights-stripping collective bargaining law, or an insurgent movement, one that captured the energy of the uprising rather than re-channeled it.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday June 12, 2012 7:25 pm|
|By: Robert Greenwald Friday June 8, 2012 5:00 pm|
If any doubt was left about the power of big money in our politics, the Wisconsin election destroyed it. Charles and David Koch goosed Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign with $10 million through their front group Americans for Prosperity, $1 million through the Republican Governors Association, and more from members of the “million-dollar donor club” of financial titans that meet regularly at Koch-hosted secret summits.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday June 6, 2012 6:16 am|
Scott Walker survived his recall last night in Wisconsin, and when all is said and done, he will have defeated Tom Barrett by almost precisely the same spread as in 2010 – by around 53-47.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday June 5, 2012 6:00 pm|
The turnout numbers in Wisconsin have been percolating all day, and this has continued as we near the close of the polls. Turnout all over the state is coming in extremely high, as voters register either their support or discontent with Scott Walker. There’s talk of turnout exceeding 100% in Dane County, home to Madison. That is possible, because of same day registration.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday June 5, 2012 1:20 pm|
I’ve been saying for a while that turnout would be the X factor in the Wisconsin recall, particularly in the heavily Democratic areas of Madison and Milwaukee. The Government Accountability Board predicted near-Presidential level turnout of around 60-65% a few days ago. But even the preparations made for those numbers have been insufficient.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday June 5, 2012 7:30 am|
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 Monday June 4, 2012 1:00 pm|
What is likely to be the final poll out of Wisconsin before tomorrow’s recall election shows Scott Walker effectively in the same place he’s been for the past month, pinned right at 50%, with a small lead over Tom Barrett. Public Policy Polling believes that some slight momentum has moved to Barrett’s side, and that turnout will make the difference.
|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 Thursday May 31, 2012 11:40 am|
|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.