Political Buzz August 9, 2011: Wisconsin Recall Election Results, Republicans Retain 4 Senate Seats, Lose 2 to Democrats

POLITICAL BUZZ

By Bonnie K. Goodman

Ms. Goodman is the Editor of History Musings. She has a BA in History & Art History & a Masters in Library and Information Studies from McGill University, and has done graduate work in history at Concordia University.

WISCONSIN RECALL ELECTION RESULTS

Scott Walker speaks at a press conference. | AP Photo
Placing Walker on the ballot in 2012 would require gathering 500,000 signatures. | AP Photo

STATE & LOCAL POLITICS

4 Wisconsin Republicans survive recall elections, GOP maintains control of state Senate: Four Republican state senators in Wisconsin survived recall challenges Tuesday, allowing the GOP to maintain its control of both houses of the state legislature as well as the governor’s mansion, the Associated Press projected. Two other Republican senators were recalled, losing to their challengers. The recall elections, orchestrated by labor leaders and their Democratic allies, followed Gov. Scott Walker’s move to strip public employee unions of most collective bargaining rights.

“I think setting aside me, if you went around and talk to the average voter, the best thing they like about today is the ads are gone. at least outside of these two remaining Senate districts,” Walker said. I’ve heard repeatedly from people who are just disgusted at all the ads, disgusted at all the money. They’re tired of seemingly year-round campaigning, and whether it’s a gubernatorial recall, any other recall, I don’t think there’s a whole lot of enthusiasm for having a whole ‘nother wave of ads and money come into the state of Wisconsin….. I think setting aside me, if you went around and talk to the average voter, the best thing they like about today is the ads are gone. at least outside of these two remaining Senate districts. I’ve heard repeatedly from people who are just disgusted at all the ads, disgusted at all the money. They’re tired of seemingly year-round campaigning, and whether it’s a gubernatorial recall, any other recall, I don’t think there’s a whole lot of enthusiasm for having a whole ‘nother wave of ads and money come into the state of Wisconsin.” — Gov. Scott Walker

“How can that be a win for Scott Walker when he loses two Republican seats?” — Mike Tate, chairman of the state Democratic Party.

    • Wis. GOP holds off Democrats in recall elections: Republicans held onto control of the Wisconsin Senate on Tuesday, beating back four Democratic challengers in a recall election despite an intense political backlash against GOP support for Gov. Scott Walker’s effort to curb public employees’ union rights.
      Fueled by millions of dollars from national labor groups, the attempt to remove GOP incumbents served as both a referendum on Walker’s conservative revolution and could provide a new gauge of the public mood less than a year after Republicans made sweeping gains in this state and many others…. – AP, 8-9-11

Wisconsin Recall: GOP Retains Senate Control ABC News, 8-10-11

  • In Wisconsin, a Big Recall Push Comes Up Short: Two Republican senators lost their jobs, but the party still controls the legislature and the governor’s office…. – NYT, 8-10-11
  • Walker recall expected to proceed: Democrats are forging ahead with efforts to recall Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker next year, one day after losing four of six recall elections to oust GOP state senators.
    The Tuesday night losses left Democrats a single seat short of overturning GOP control of the state’s upper chamber, though Democratic officials and operatives on the ground insisted Wednesday that their two wins in Republican-leaning areas exposed Walker’s weaknesses…. – Politico, 8-10-11
  • Wisconsin Democrats Vow Walker Recall Drive in 2012 After Ballot Failure: Wisconsin Democrats will extend their recall battle into next year with an effort to oust Republican Governor Scott Walker, possibly on Election Day 2012, the state’s party chairman said … – Blomberg, 8-10-11
  • Wisconsin recall vote: What does it mean?: A victory for Republicans? Kinda. A plus for Democrats? Sorta. DCDecoder says that The Wisconsin elections offered neither a massive backlash to GOP policy nor strong support for those same policies…. – CS Monitor, 8-10-11
  • Wisconsin recall: Conservatives win, liberals gain: There will be no magic potion, no instant formula for Democrats and progressives struggling to come back from their disastrous 2010 election losses…. – WaPo, 8-10-11
  • Wisconsin Recall: Republican Win Seen as Coup Heading into 2012 Elections: As a result of the recent Wisconsin recall elections, quite possibly the most contentious in state history, Republicans managed to fend off the Democrats and hold onto their majority. … – International Business Times, 8-10-11
  • The Day After Wisconsin: Will Democrats Still Target Walker?: Dashing Democrats’ hopes of flipping Wisconsin’s state senate and overturning Gov. Scott Walker’s austerity measures, on Tuesday night Republicans retained four out of the six state senate seats that were up for recall…. – ABC News, 8-10-11
  • Wisconsin recall election 2011: Democrats fail to take Senate majority by one seat: Voters in Wisconsin recalled two of the six Republican State Senators in Tuesday’s recall elections, which left the Democrats one seat short of a majority in the Senate…. – WaPo, 8-10-11
  • Walker: Election Results Show Voters Want Bipartisanship: Gov. Scott Walker said he thinks Tuesday night’s recall elections show voters want more bipartisanship from their elected leaders. Walker said believes no matter which party is in control, voters want lawmakers to work together on jobs … – WISC Madison, 8-10-11
  • Recall results show voters want parties to work together, Walker says: Madison — Gov. Scott Walker said results from Tuesday’s recall elections show voters are on board with Republican efforts but that they want the two parties to work together…. – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 8-10-11
  • Recall elections once again show Wisconsin’s purple pedigree: Democrats can take solace in the fact that Walker’s agenda is apparently only popular among conservatives. “The people have spoken.” That’s what both sides are saying about the recall elections. Democrats and Republicans will both claim vindication…. – Isthmus Daily Page, 8-10-11
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