Wisconsin has always been regarded as a solidly blue state. Now, for the left, could the unthinkable be happening? Could Wisconsin be in play? Is it possible that Wisconsin could even go red?
Wisconsin Republican Governor Scott Walker held a narrow lead over Democratic challenger Tom Barrett in the first poll released publicly since a Democratic primary on Tuesday chose Barrett to face the embattled governor in a recall election.
The poll taken on Wednesday showed that 50 percent of likely voters surveyed would choose Walker and 45 percent would pick Milwaukee Mayor Barrett, according to a Rasmussen Reports telephone survey released on Thursday.
Wisconsin Democrats on Tuesday nominated Barrett to face Walker in the June 5 recall vote, which also has been seen as a test of labor union strength in a potential battleground state for the U.S. presidential election in November.
Walker infuriated Democrats and labor organizations weeks after taking office in 2011 by driving a measure through the Republican-led legislature to curb the collective bargaining powers of public-sector unions.
The law required many employees to pay part of their health insurance and pensions, capped wage increases to inflation and required unions to hold member votes yearly to stay certified.
To understand the Union and far left wing anger against Scott Walker you have to understand what he and the Republican controlled legislature did. They broke the back of the Unions. They stripped away the tools the Unions used to siphon millions of tax dollars into their coffers. The Unions then used that money to elect legislators and governors who would approve even more generous Union packages and fund left wing causes.
Walker and the Republicans stopped this. Amazingly enough, upon enactment of the Walker “Education Repair bill,” counties and school boards immediately saved millions of dollars. They were able to hire new teachers and not raise taxes. Everyone was happy except for the unions and the left wing causes they funded.
Now, there is the real possibility that their recall will backfired and Scott Walker will survive.
If he does, the Unions and the left may well see their power finally broken. Wisconsin may not go the way of Greece and Wisconsin may become a red state.
Wouldn’t that be amazing?
After the wacko Left took over the State House and trashed it, plus their panty-waste (ha, ha) Democrat State Legislators left the State and hid in Illinois .. . . I would be concerned about the mental health of Wisconsin, if they stayed Blue.
Surely there is the same American Common Sense, alive and well, in Wisconsin was displayed in West Virginia (40+% voted for the crook in prison instead of obama) and Indiana (exit left, a useless RINO).
Miracles do happen and I pray everyday for it.
The 40%. There's always 40% of the populace who don't involve themselves in voting. I worked a precinct here in PA and saw it play out first hand.
Perhaps the percentage might be lower in Wisconsin because when a million five Republicans show up for a primary to vote for Walker, who wasn't opposed, something unusual is going on.
If the voters who showed up for the primary would just reach out to one of the non-participating 40% we'd have a landslide for sure.
It's probably not too late to request ABSENTEE BALLOTS thereby removing the excuse a lot of non-participants use, truthfully as it may be in lots of cases.
I'm 72 and have observed lots of elections in several countries. I have a good feeling about this one.
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I am just one person in Florida that knows of 5 people that has never voted in their whole life. But they are the ones that do a lot of complaining how things are going. Some of them have no ideal who their repersentative is. Some tell me it is a waste of time to vote. To me they have no pride for the USA and the people that fought for them to vote. They just worry about themselves and the hell with everyone else. So sad.
Met one a few weeks ago that told me that Jimmy Carter is a honest man and he did good. Also Obama is doing a great job.
What world was she in????
Russell, when I was young I worked with this guy who if someone complained at all about the government he would say "Did you vote?" and if the answer was no he would say "then you have no right to complain and I won't listen to it until you vote". It really made people think. At one of the tea party rallies I went to that same thing happened with a couple of people and it really stops the argument usually. I guess we should all try it and see how it works for us.
Russell, I was knocking on doors for a state candidate in Ohio and came to one lady who declared she was DONE with the GOP! The economy is a mess and at least Barack Obama is TRYING to do something, I don't care if it IS socialism!
WHOA!! I was outa there quick!
The Wisconsin Republican Party should immediately begin recall proceedings against the 10 (I believe it was) Democrat members of the state legislature who walked out, then fled the state in order to keep the legislature from having a quorum back when Scott Walker was pushing his reform bills. What's good for the goose is good for the gander!
Excellent idea! I'll mention it to my Tea Party people
I think that is a wonderful idea. Hope it gets some traction.
I'll be home in time to vote for WALKER!
I PRAY THAT SCOTT WALKER WILL REVAIL AND THAT UNIONS WILL FAIL-- I AM SICK OF UNIONS -THEY ARE NO BETTER THEN MOBSTERS.
Virginia, you and me both.