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Dems Claim Control of Wisconsin Senate

Dems Claim Control of Wisconsin Senate

Scott Walker may have held on to his office, but Democrats in Wisconsin could claim at least a partial victory in the June 5 recall election. Former State Sen. John Lehman, D-Racine, ousted State Sen. Van Wanggaard, R-Racine, by a margin of 800 votes.

The win gives Democrats a 17-16 majority in the state’s upper house, and an important check on Walker’s conservative agenda, which could include a so-called “right to work” law, which would limit the ability of private-sector unions to organize.

The win could be contested. Wanggaard has the right under state law to ask for a recount. But the margin — 779 votes out of 71,731 votes cast — is fully 1.1 percent of the vote total, and is highly unlikely to be reversed in a recount.

Prior to Tuesday, Republicans and Democrats had equal numbers in the Senate, with 16 members each. Republicans had held the Senate until March, when State Sen. Pam Galloway, R-Wausau, resigned.  Democrats have taken three seats away from Republicans since the start of the session in 2011.

The Democrats will have to quickly defend their new majority. 16 of the 33 seats in the Wisconsin Senate are up for election this fall, including 10 held by Democrats and six held by Republicans. Included in that number are State Sens. Jessica King, D-Oshkosh, and Jennifer Shilling, D-La Crosse, who ousted Republican state senators in the 2011 recall elections.

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3:02PM PDT on Jun 10, 2012

You know, if Wisconsin wants that idiot walker as governor, then it's their OWN fault when that state falls off the map of decency.

8:47PM PDT on Jun 9, 2012

Amazing how many redneck immoral gun toting Wisconsonites want to keep a certifiably insane psychopath like Walker in office. It defies belief. But then the psychopath Bush was elected twice by these same american selfish ignorants.

2:10PM PDT on Jun 8, 2012

I hope this slows Scott Walker down!

11:13AM PDT on Jun 8, 2012

@Carol B. "the gerrymandering by the Democrats, not the Republicans, of Kucinich's district aimed at defeating his chances at re-election"

Uh, Carol. The Gerrymandering was done by the Republicans in Ohio.

10:57AM PDT on Jun 8, 2012

I have worked both union and non union jobs. I stayed with the Union job, so much better. People lie when they say you can't be fired from a Union job, not true, people do get fired for good cause not just because someone doesn't like you. And you do get a fair hearing before being fired. Fair?

10:52AM PDT on Jun 8, 2012

Yes, the Unions lifted all boats. After FDR we had a strong middle class thanks to his G.I. Bill and the Unions. The Middle Class then became the back bone of the Nation. Until Reagan that is. We had one more good economy under the eight years of President Clinton. Then we all know what happened under the C average Georg W....President Obama is still working to bring us back to better times. President Obama saved the Auto Industry and Killed Osama bin Laden.

7:26AM PDT on Jun 8, 2012

Eight hundred votes? Better hold the applause, lest some more votes be "found" somewhere in a county clerks office yet.

3:34AM PDT on Jun 8, 2012

The back story that is being missed here is that the DNC did not put one cent towards the recall effort and the "support" Obama offered was one tweet on Monday night, revealing the dedication to maintaining the status quo and corporate corruption of the Democratic Party, always ready to sell out anyone or any cause that is truly progressive in its obsequious pandering to the far right. Add to this their discouragement of a general strike in Madison, the gerrymandering by the Democrats, not the Republicans, of Kucinich's district aimed at defeating his chances at re-election, and all the caving in to the rightwing extremists in Washington, and it becomes clear they are simply not about any substantive change. So I will hold my applause. We need third party and independents in office to break the two-party stranglehold the Republicans and Democrats have on our broken system.

3:32AM PDT on Jun 8, 2012

The back story that is being missed here is that the DNC did not put one cent towards the recall effort and the "support" Obama offered was one tweet on Monday night, revealing the dedication to maintaining the status quo and corporate corruption of the Democratic Party, always ready to sell out anyone or any cause that is truly progressive in its obsequious pandering to the far right. Add to this their discouragement of a general strike in Madison, the gerrymandering by the Democrats, not the Republicans, of Kucinich's district aimed at defeating his chances at re-election, and all the caving in to the rightwing extremists in Washington, and it becomes clear they are simply not about any substantive change. So I will hold my applause. We need third party and independents in office to break the two-party stranglehold the Republicans and Democrats have on our broken system.

3:30AM PDT on Jun 8, 2012

The back story that is being missed here is that the DNC did not put one cent towards the recall effort and the "support" Obama offered was one tweet on Monday night, revealing the dedication to maintaining the status quo and corporate corruption of the Democratic Party, always ready to sell out anyone or any cause that is truly progressive in its obsequious pandering to the far right. Add to this their discouragement of a general strike in Madison, the gerrymandering by the Democrats, not the Republicans, of Kucinich's district aimed at defeating his chances at re-election, and all the caving in to the rightwing extremists in Washington, and it becomes clear they are simply not about any substantive change. So I will hold my applause. We need third party and independents in office to break the two-party stranglehold the Republicans and Democrats have on our broken system.

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