Saturday, June 2, 2012
Despite the gulf between their philosophies, big names from both sides of the recall told their supporters the same thing: Get to the polls and take everyone you know with you.
Two rallies, two distinct ways of looking at the state's historic recalls and one overriding message: Get out and vote, and get as many people as possible to go, too. "Call everyone you know," Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch told the almost 4,000 people in Gorney Park Saturday for the Racine Tea Party rally. "Email your family and friends, talk to your neighbors, use social media and let's win this thing for Wisconsin." It wasn't much different two hours later at the Racine Labor Center where recall supporters gathered to meet liberal radio and MSNBC talk show host Ed Schultz. "We've done a lot of work, but there's more to be done before Tuesday," said US Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Madison). "Every single vote counts, and it is up to you to close …
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett might get a boost from having a high-profile guest in the form of former President Bill Clinton visit Milwaukee on Friday.
**Updated 8 am, June 1 Could Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett get a boost from a Friday visit from former President Bill Clinton? At the very least, having Clinton stump for Barrett probably can't hurt. Numbers from the most recent poll out of Marquette University Law School put Barrett seven points behind Gov. Scott Walker, 45 to 52 percent. The No Quarter Blog at jsonline.com is reporting that Clinton will speak at a Barrett event at 10 am in Pere Marquette Park in downtown Milwaukee. According to the blog post, former Rep. Dave Obey was the primary force urging Clinton to make an appearance supporting Barrett's run for governor against Walker in the June 5 recall election.
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Republican governor slightly increases his lead over Democratic challenger in latest MU survey of likely voters.
**Updated 7 pm. If Gov. Scott Walker can keep up his momentum going into Tuesday's recall election, the numbers indicate he will come out the winner over Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. A Marquette University Law School poll released Wednesday shows Walker leading by 7 points over Barrett - 52 percent to 45 percent - among likely voters. Two weeks ago, Walker led Barrett 50 percent to 44 percent in the Marquette poll. Most of the 720 registered voters were interviewed before Friday’s first gubernatorial debate using landlines and cell phones and the results are taken from the answers of 600 likely voters. The margin of error is plus or minus 4.1 percentage points. Another poll cited in the Washington Post is from Celinda Lake and was …
Monday, May 21, 2012
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett says voters deserve to know if Gov. Scott Walker is involved in the John Doe investigation of county employees using taxpayer time to campaign for Walker's run for governor.
After reading from an email he says pulls an even darker shadow over Gov. Scott Walker, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said Monday it's time for the governor to come clean about a John Doe investigation now under way. At a Milwaukee press conference, Barrett put more pressure on Walker to disclose his involvement in the investigation that centers around staffers from Walker's time as the Milwaukee County executive conducting campaign activities on county time. The May 2010 email stems from when Walker aide Darlene Wink resigned from her county job after admitting that she posted online supportive messages for her boss' campaign on county time. The email was written by Walker and sent to former aide Tim Russell, who has been charged with …
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Now that the recall primary is behind us and messages from both sides are more targeted, Wisconsin voters are starting to get more decisive.
Gov. Scott Walker is up by six points against Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, according to a new Marquette University Law School poll of likely voters. The results of the poll were released Wednesday during a segment of the on-going "On the Issues" series with Mike Gousha and Professor Charles Franklin. Polling of 704 registered voters took place between May 9-12, and the poll results include responses from 600 likely voters in the pool with a 3.8 percent margin of error. Only 3 percent of those surveyed said they are undecided. The voting sample was split at about 52 percent women, 48 percent men and 89 percent white and about five percent each for African Americans and Hispanics. Before the primary, registered voters had Barrett leading by…
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Gov. Scott Walker accepted invitations to participate in two debates, while Mayor Tom Barrett accepted four invitations. All would take place before the June 5 general recall election.
The day after the historic recall primary election in which both Gov. Scott Walker and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett got the decisive nod from their supporters, just how many debates the two will participate in seems to be, well, up for debate. After the Walker campaign announced Wednesday that he would participate in two debates with his opponent, Barrett's campaign issued a press release saying the mayor had accepted invitations to four debates. Barrett called Walker out, challenging him to accept the same invitations. "Scott Walker loves to launch misleading attacks on jobs in news conferences and press releases, so let's meet face to face and compare our records and our visions on jobs before the people of Wisconsin," said Barrett in a …
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Forget Voter ID. Today, during the state's first recall primary election, poll workers from communities in southeastern Wisconsin reported overvoting as the most common "problem" they've faced.
The unusual rules of Tuesday's historic recall primary election are creating some confusion among voters throughout southeastern Wisconsin, according to local election officials. In most primary elections, voters have to decide whether they're going to vote for all Republican or all Democratic candidates. But in Tuesday's recall race, voters can cast a ballot for a Republican in one race and a Democrat in another. And that is leading to some problems with overvoting — where voters wind up voting for more than one candidate in a race. Problems have been reported in Wauwatosa, Shorewood, Brookfield, Mount Pleasant, Caledonia, Greendale and elsewhere. Sharon Ingles, chief elections inspector at Concordia Lutheran in Mount Pleasant, said …
Sunday, May 6, 2012
Frontrunners Tom Barrett and Kathleen Falk are getting most of the attention, but state Senator Kathleen Vinehout and Secretary of State Doug La Follette are also in the running to face Gov. Scott Walker in the June 5 recall election.
State Sen. Kathleen Vinehout and Secretary of State Doug La Follette are both on the ballot for Tuesday's Democratic election primary in the gubernatorial recall race, but don't feel bad if you've never heard of them. They lack the name recognition and campaign war chest of frontrunners Kathleen Falk and Tom Barrett, and both were in the single digits in the Marquette University Law School poll released last week. Still, each of the two candidates has a plan for the state budget that both say puts the focus on strengthening education and balances the budget. Patch talked by phone Sunday to both Vinehout and La Follette about their plans for the state budget, the new poll numbers, and why they think their campaigns don't get the attention …
Friday, May 4, 2012
Congressman Paul Ryan was in Mount Pleasant Friday to talk about his ideas for a federal budget, and Patch got a little bit of time with him to talk about Wisconsin recall elections.
When it comes the Wisconsin recall elections, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan says it's really all about courage. "I think courage is on the ballot," he said in an interview with Patch Friday. "What I mean by that is Governor (Scott) Walker went after some of the root causes of the structural problems in the state budget." People might not have liked the way Walker went about budget reform, Ryan added, but going after some of the causes of the state's deficit took a lot of guts. "The majority of local budgets are labor," the Republican congressman said. "So I think the message beyond Wisconsin is, don't try and tackle these problems. If you do, as a state legislator or a governor, this is what can happen to you." Ryan said the goal of recall …
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Despite all the furor in Madison last year over the rights of public workers, new poll says Democrats are most concerned about jobs as they head to the polls in Tuesday's recall primary election.
When tens of thousands of demonstrators descended on the Wisconsin Capitol in February and March 2011, the protests were all about Gov. Scott Walker's budget-repair bill and how it changed collective bargaining for public employees. In fact, it was the outrage over the passage of that bill — known as Act 10 when it became law — that was the impetus for the effort to recall Walker from office. But with the Democratic primary election less than a week away, and the general recall election slated for June 5, the issue of collective bargaining has pretty much taken a back seat to jobs and other issues, according to a poll released Wednesday. The Marquette University Law School Poll says 46 percent of those who are likely to vote in Tuesday's …