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Another Loss For Walker In Wisconsin

Another Loss For Walker In Wisconsin

Wisconsin Democrats appear to have kept the momentum from their occupation of Madison, as Steve Doyle defeated Republican John Lautz for the Wisconsin District 94 Assembly, flipping a seat held by Republicans for 16 years.

The race largely focused attention on Gov. Scott Walker’s union-busting efforts and plans to privatize a significant amount of the state’s public services.

Doyle was declared the winner late Tuesday evening.  With about 92 percent of the precincts reporting, Doyle was the projected winner with 54 percent of the vote to Lautz’s 46.

Despite the win Democrats will remain the minority in the state’s Assembly.

Mike Huebsch previously held the seat until Gov. Walker appointed him to serve as his secretary of administration.  Huebsch had held the seat since 1994 and was a strong supporter of Gov. Walker and his initiatives.

Meanwhile the Wisconsin Supreme Court recount continues.  Attorneys have been called in to monitor the efforts in Waukesha County after a clerk discovered that one of the bags full of ballots from the Town of Delafield was not properly sealed.  That means there was the possibility that operatives could have had access to the bag of ballots. 

Just a day before that discovery a different bag containing hundreds of ballots wasn’t recorded on the poll inspector’s log.  That bag was also from Delafield.

Regardless of the outcome in the Supreme Court race, it should be apparent to Wisconsin Republicans that the public no longer stands behind their initiatives or their tactics.  For Wisconsinites that means the possibility of more overtly aggressive moves as Republicans realize their days at the majority in Madison are likely numbered.

 

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12:31PM PDT on May 13, 2011

Repubathugs gotta go!

2:12AM PDT on May 13, 2011

I don't think Governor Scott Stalker is a good representation of the Republican party. Granted I'm more centrist leaning left, but, seriously, it's not fair to most republicans to put Walker in their pool...

8:25PM PDT on May 5, 2011

Well here in Minnesota the rightwing creeps are working overtime to destroy the progressive programs and laws still remaining here in what used to be a progressive state. Now we have the horror of the hateful homophobic anti-gay-marriage bill initative pushed by the GOP. [GOP - or as I believe those letters should read: greedy obstructive perverts.] It is going to take a major shift in political activism, from mainstream vote-only actions, to real grassroots protest fighting-back activism, to stand up to and reverse the crapola coming from the rightwing Repulsives here in Minnesota.

7:38PM PDT on May 5, 2011

I took a looong time for Wisconsinites to wake-up, and it will take awhile for them to reverse the AVALANCHE that has now dumped down upon them, but hold the line Wisconsin, the heavenly blessings are on your side, and don't despair, you will win....

7:36PM PDT on May 5, 2011

I took a looong time for Wisconsinites to wake-up, and it will take awhile for them to reverse the AVALANCHE that has now dumped down upon them, but hold the line Wisconsin, the heavenly blessings are on your side, and don't despair, you will win....

7:36PM PDT on May 5, 2011

I took a looong time for Wisconsinites to wake-up, and it will take awhile for them to reverse the AVALANCHE that has now dumped down upon them, but hold the line Wisconsin, the heavenly blessings are on your side, and don't despair, you will win....

5:36PM PDT on May 5, 2011

If not for this article, I would not have known the latest with Gov. Walker because the main media does not report on it. Does the media want to turn this into a fascist country? I never read anything in my local newspaper about the ongoing protesters refusing to give up.

There are many parallels between the Nazi Party before WWII and the current tactics of union busting. We haven't heard a word of outrage about the clerk who made the mistake of uncounted ballots. Just like it was usual practice that goes on all the time. Why shouldn't there have been some consequences for her action? Probably because it was a preconceived action and the same reason the two recent Repubs were elected.

Thanks for this update on the ongoing fight to save the unions and prevent future dictatorship-like governors.

3:30PM PDT on May 5, 2011

What is truly mind boggling is that 2 Rethugs were elected! Are there that many numbskulls in WI?

12:47PM PDT on May 5, 2011

Ummm... Linda H., I don't have anything on my profile, so I'm not sure what you can learn from a blank profile unless you're psychic.
My point was that reporting should tell the entire story, and the fact is that three special elections -- not one -- took place in Wisconsin.
Additionally, you might want to read up a bit before discussing the alleged "criminal actions" of Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus. Her actions have already been investigated by the Wisconsin GAB, along with representatives of both parties, and found to just be a mistake. Stupid? Yes. Criminal? Not even close.
I just think it's important to make sure you have all the real facts before making erroneous statements. I always think of that saying about what happens when you assume....

11:28AM PDT on May 5, 2011

Hey Jessica Pielko ("Where are the Freedom Fighters?"), here they are.

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