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Barrett Defeats Falk In Recall Primary

Barrett Defeats Falk In Recall Primary

It looks like Wisconsin will get a rematch after all.

Former Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett defeated former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk in the primary election to see who will take on Gov. Scott Walker in his recall election in June.

Falk had the backing of labor groups and was at the front of the push against Walker’s anti-middle class agenda. Barrett, on the other hand, ran unsuccessfully as a moderate against Walker in 2010 and did not have the unified backing of labor groups.

Falk’s loss is a disappointment to those of us who support progressive women candidates, but it’s not the defeat for labor the right will campaign on. Instead what we’re seeing is the fact that the Walker agenda is seen in Wisconsin as something broader, something more aggressive than the attacks on collective bargaining rights. And in there we may find Barrett’s supporters.

Barrett now has four weeks to prepare to face Walker who is sitting on a record $25 million to put toward the election.

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1:14AM PDT on May 12, 2012

When you try and vote the party of NO out you better make sure that you can vote. Some States have changed their voter registration laws so that even if you wanted to vote you won't be able to. PLEASE CHECK the voter registration laws of the States that you live in NOW, so that you can have the right ID when it comes time to vote. PLEASE tell ALL your friends about this, especially students, seniors, immigrants and the poor. I am sure that the 1% will be flocking to the voting booths so that they can retain their power and money. The 99% had better start THINKING about what will happen if the republicans get in again. For example, no contraceptives which will lead to more people. Right now 7 BILLION PLUS. No abortions even for sick babies, unwanted babies because of rape or incest. No Jobs, undrinkable water because of fracking, war with Iran, no health care. Abstinence programs only, which do not work and many others. Sex Education is needed so that unwanted pregnancy and abortion can be lessened along with STD’S that can KILL your child. So if you don't vote and get as many as you can to vote along with you and the republicans get into power this may and probably will happen. Here is an idea, car pool with a car full to the voting booths (saves gas) and after you vote, have a party and KNOW that you have done your best for your country. Have a designated driver. PLEASE REMEMBER, DON'T DRINK AND DRIVE.

12:13PM PDT on May 9, 2012

Don't diss Mr. Barrett because he's a man. He was physicall injured while defending a woman from an attacker on the streets of Milwaukee (while he was mayor!) Many people here in Wisconsin are against the teacher's unions, and I believe their early endorsement of Ms. Falk hurt her chances. We need someone to reunify our state, and Tom Barret has endorsements from US Sen. Herb Kohl, US Rep. Ron Kind (who is very progressive), Jon Erpenbach (one of the Wisconsin 14) and fellow gubernatorial candidates Doug LaFollette and Kathleen Vinehout. The unions have also decided to support his candidacy. He is a strong choice.

12:05PM PDT on May 9, 2012

Let's not diss Mayor Barrett because he's a man. Tom Barret personally intervened to help a woman being physicaly attacked on the street. He was injured while doing so. Here in Wisconsin, a lot of people are against the teacher's unions, and I believe the unions actually hurt Ms. Falk by endorsing her so soon. US Sen. for Wis. Herb Kohl and Ron Kind (a strong progressive US Rep. for Wisconsin) endorsed Mr. Barret, and both Doug LaFollette and Kathleen Vinehout, the two other Dem. candidates, have pledged to support him. Scott Walker has polarized a state where such things are unheard of. Tom Barret is the guy who will fight for the people AND heal the divisiveness in our state. The unions have also pledged to support him.

11:25AM PDT on May 9, 2012

continued:

Lt. Gov. Kleefisch’s husband Joel is himself one of the most far-right members of Wisconsin’s legislature and has justified his opposition to women’s health policies by referring to fetuses as “women” and elevating the importance of unborn “women” over that of actual women."

If Walker survives his closely contested recall challenge, only to be forced out of office due to a criminal conviction not long after, the lieutenant governor will take his place.

11:17AM PDT on May 9, 2012

Here's another factor to consider, from Randy Borntrager, People for the American Way
Lt Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch is a dyed-in-the-wool member of the radical Religious Right who has both social and economic positions that are even more to the extreme right than Scott Walker’s. And it’s very possible that a series of upcoming events could make her Wisconsin’s next governor if we don’t recall her from office this June.

Since the recall process began, Rebecca Kleefisch has not been shy about bashing the middle-class Wisconsinites who have dared to stand up to her and Walker’s policies.

In 2010, Kleefisch said:

"... at what point are we going to OK marrying inanimate objects? Can I marry this table, or this, you know, clock? Can we marry dogs? This is ridiculous. Can we marry dogs?”
Kleefisch supported a Walker administration plan to cut 400,000 members of working families from Wisconsin’s BadgerCare health coverage. She talks about her experience as a cancer survivor, but fails to mention that her successful diagnosis and treatment were the benefits of her taxpayer funded healthcare as the wife of State Representative Joel Kleefisch. Lt. Gov. Kleefisch’s husband Joel is himself one of the most far-right members of Wisconsin’s legislature and has justified his opposition to women’s health policies by referring to fetuses as “women” and elevating the importance of unborn “women” over that of actual wom

9:24AM PDT on May 9, 2012

Barratt isn't a bad choice, he is a good Democrat and he should still be able to pick up some of the independent vote. The good thing is that he has a very good chance of beating Walker in the fall.

9:24AM PDT on May 9, 2012

Barratt isn't a bad choice, he is a good Democrat and he should still be able to pick up some of the independent vote. The good thing is that he has a very good chance of beating Walker in the fall.

8:31AM PDT on May 9, 2012

Falk made a huge tactical error by making a pledge to the unions so early. Most progressives/Democrats and quite a few independents support rolling back Act 10 but making that pledge played right into Walker's narrative about greedy unions. It hurt her in the primary because people were afraid that she would be unable to beat Walker given all the (unjustified) anger directed toward the unions.

8:30AM PDT on May 9, 2012

The irony of a Barrett win after Walker's real agenda has been revealed has infinite appeal...

8:07AM PDT on May 9, 2012

Doing the Happy Dance in Wisconsin this morning! I would have loved Kathleen Falk to have won but Tom is a good person, is from Walker's district and may be able to speak to the issues alluded to in this article. What makes me really happy this morning is that NONE of the fake democrats the republicans ran made it. On to the 5th of June!

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