Open thread: Total recall; Update: Al Sharpton tries to cope; Update: GOP wins two three four, Dems win one two; Update: GOP holds senate

posted at 8:42 pm on August 9, 2011 by Allahpundit

It’s not quite literally total, but with six senate seats on the menu tonight, it’s closer than any U.S. state’s ever gotten. And needless to say, if the Democrats clean up, they’re going to come hard after Scott Walker next winter once he passes his first year in office and is finally recall-able. His approval rating as of last month: Er, 37 percent.

Who wants it more? Hmmm:

The first is that, as with special elections, these recall elections have such unusual turnout and have received such inordinate attention from national third-party groups trying to influence the races and send a message. In fact, the recalls have essentially been special elections on steroids, with spending reaching nearly $30 million.

As of a couple weeks ago, about two-thirds of that has gone to benefit Democrats, and Republicans acknowledge that they were essentially caught flat-footed by the whole thing. And because of that, they’ve been fighting from behind in recent weeks.

The MacIver Institute produced this mind-boggling money matrix to show how much dough unions and their fellow travelers are throwing around. It’s not just money, either:

This past weekend, 8,234 people volunteered for the state Democratic Party to support the Democratic challengers in Tuesday’s recalls. Volunteers made contact with nearly 785,000 voters last weekend alone, according to the Dems’ estimates. All told, the party says total voter contacts have surpassed 2 million. We Are Wisconsin, the coalition of labor unions that’s been a powerful force in the recalls, said it knocked on nearly 200,000 doors over the weekend—40 doors a minute statewide—and deployed hundreds of volunteers. “To have mobilized so many ordinary citizens, many of whom have never been involved in politics, to stand up and take their government back from Scott Walker and his enablers in attacking Wisconsin’s working families is nothing short of astounding,” says Kelly Steele, a We Are Wisconsin spokesman.

It’s not just payback for the collective bargaining law, either. Per Robert Costa of NRO, they’re hoping to send a message — or rather, several messages:

Leftist special-interest groups see more than a state senate in play: If they can diminish Walker, other conservative governors will hesitate to reform state labor laws. Wisconsin Democrats also need a big win to get them motivated after 2010, when Walker won and Republican Ron Johnson, a first-time candidate, snagged a U.S. Senate seat. That was a shock to the Left, especially after President Obama won Wisconsin by 14 points in 2008. In 2012, Obama will almost undoubtedly need to win here again…

U.S. congressman Paul Ryan’s Medicare reforms have been a major issue in numerous races, even though it is Walker’s budget-repair bill, which curbed collective bargaining for public employees, that is seen by most national observers as the key factor in the recalls. Democrats, coming off a special-election House win in New York, see Ryan’s congressional GOP budget as a potent political issue and have been relentless in tying the state Republican lawmakers to the House GOP budget, even though the senators have no say on federal programs. Senator Darling has seen one of her quotes — calling Ryan a “hero” — become a sticking point, much to her chagrin. Over a recent breakfast, she complained that her campaign against Pasch has become about “fear” and “scaring seniors.” And “seniors vote,” she added.

Darling and other Republicans will be watching returns closely to see if their Ryan ties affected the results.

In other words, whoever wins tonight will be telling you tomorrow that this was very much a national election. The polls close at 9 p.m. ET; here’s the AP’s electoral returns page for all your feverish updating needs. Nate Silver has a useful chart if you’re looking to handicap the races. Democrats need three wins tonight to take back the senate. Dan Kapanke is a goner, it seems, and Randy Hopper has been weakened by “controversies,” so Alberta Darling’s race against Democrat Sandy Pasch might be decisive. Even if the worst occurs and I have to whip out the melting-chocolate-bunny video of despair, note per Silver’s chart that Democrat Jim Holperin is extremely vulnerable in his own district and he’s up for recall next week (as is another Democrat). If Democrats pull it off tonight, Republican motivation to bounce Holperin and retake the senate will be sky high next Tuesday.

Updates coming. Gird those loins.

Update: This editorial appeared less than two hours ago on the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel’s website. They held it for … the day after the election:

So it turns out that the sky isn’t going to fall on all local governments in Wisconsin. The numbers now starting to come in show that Gov. Scott Walker’s “tools” for local governments apparently will help at least some of them deal with cuts in state aid imposed by the state budget.

That’s contrary to the expectation and the rhetoric of critics in the spring, and it’s to Walker’s credit. It bears out the governor’s assessment of his budget-repair bill, although we still maintain he could have reached his goals without dealing a body blow to public employee unions…

But the news is good for many. The latest example is Milwaukee, where the most recent estimates show the city with a net gain of at least $11 million for its 2012 budget. That will take a slice out of the city’s structural deficit, which is created by costs rising faster than revenue, and will reduce cuts that Mayor Tom Barrett and the Common Council must impose.

Update: Via Larry O’Connor at Breitbart TV, an instant comedy classic.

Update: None of the four most competitive districts have more than 30 percent reporting yet, but for what it’s worth, the GOP leads in three and Kapanke, who’s supposed to be a sure loser, is tied with his opponent with 22 percent in.

Update: The races in District 2 and 10 are all but over. With more than 50 percent reporting in each, the Republican incumbents are up by double digits. And an auspicious footnote from John McCormack: David Prosser lost District 10 with 49 percent of the vote in the supreme court election a few months ago. Sheila Harsdorf, the Republican, has 58 percent as I write this.

Update: Try the county website for up-to-the-minute returns in Randy Hopper’s race. As noted earlier, he’s a very weak incumbent (and a Walker ally); Democrats are counting on that seat, but with 29 percent in, he’s up by several thousand votes. It’ll be a huge upset if he pulls that out.

Update: Returns from Milwaukee came in at 10:15 ET and flipped the crucial Darling/Pasch race. The Democrat leads there now with 18 percent in.

Update: With 72 percent in, GOP incumbent Luther Olsen is holding on with a 10-point lead. Kapanke is fading as I write this, though, so control of the senate will come down to the Darling and Hopper races. As expected.

Update: Districts 2 and 10 have been called for the GOP. Olsen is still up by eight with 78 percent reporting. If he holds on, Democrats need to sweep the other three.

Update: Olsen did it. The race is called. All eyes on Darling and Hopper now. Ironically, Hopper was supposed to be a relatively win for Democrats and Darling was supposed to be a battle. As of 10:40 ET, Hopper’s in a dead heat and Darling’s down by 12.

Update: Via Politico reporter Dave Catanese, this would be crushing to the left if it proves true, especially with the Jim Holperin anything but a lock in his own recall election next week:

Dem source: Dems will get close but not close enough in #SD14 for @FredClarkWI. GOP source says Rs will hold all but Kapanke.

Update: With 79 percent in, Randy Hopper’s back in front by two points. Epic.

Update: 87 percent in now, and Hopper trails — by 137 votes. Good lord.

Update: At a little after 11 p.m. ET, the Democrats notch their first win. As expected, Kapanke has been recalled.

Update: With 52 of 82 precincts in, Darling has pulled to within two points and a thousand points of Pasch. That’s great news, because Hopper’s luck might be running out.

Update: Things look grim for Hopper, who’s down now by more than 1,000 votes with 97 percent of precincts reporting. As expected, everything will come down to Darling and Pasch.

Update: Endgame for Hopper: The AP calls the race for Democrat Jessica King. Darling and Pasch will decide control of the senate, at least for the next week. Pasch leads by four points with 67 percent in, but word from political junkies on Twitter is that there are still Republican counties out for Darling.

Update: A nice data point from Nate Silver. Based on election returns, this can be read as more of a rebuke to the left as to the right:

In total, GOP leads 52-48 among all votes counted so far tonight in Wisconsin. Walker won those districts 56-43, Obama won them 53-46.

Update: Via McCormack, too good to check: “GOP source: with 98 percent in, it’s Darling 30,868 to 28,170″.

Update: We’re waiting for new totals from the AP but political reporters are claiming Darling’s mopping up in Waukesha and Ozaukee counties, staking her to a 3,100 vote lead. But don’t shut off the computer just yet — there are still a few precincts in heavily Democratic Milwaukee to come.

Update: Spin — allegedly — from AP reporter Scott Bauer, who apparently deleted this tweet after lefty Greg Sargent (and DNC spokesman Brad Woodhouse) preserved it:

huge win tonight for Dems. 2 seats Dems couldn’t win when Barack mopped up. In face of GOP power–this is huge

McCormack explains how stupid this is and politely declines to mention the Democrats’ huge money advantage in the race. They outspent Republicans two to one and, if Darling holds on, they’ll have lost two to one on tonight’s seats — with two of their own still to defend next week.

Bauer is now denying that he sent the tweet at all. It is possible for someone to fake a retweet; curious to see where Sargent got it from. Is someone on the left so desperate to put a happy face on tonight’s outcome that they faked a tweet from a reporter?

Update: Looks like the AP reporter didn’t tweet it after all. Duly noted.

Update: At 12:30 ET, News 3 in Wisconsin calls the race for Darling. The GOP retains control of the senate, 17/16, with two shots to increase that advantage next week. After months of agitation over the collective bargaining law, the supreme court election, and now the recalls, they haven’t regained control of anything. Now they have to go for the big prize to try to redeem themselves.

Update: Here’s what happened with the AP reporter’s phantom tweet, incidentally.

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This proves, to me at least, the 40% approval rating for Prez Downgrade is vastly overrated.

HellCat on August 10, 2011 at 2:37 AM

Must read

The sight of a crumbling Cult of Obama — and with it the end of the progressive presidency — has many on the left so frustrated that they simply dismiss the very idea of ideological debate. To challenge the morality and rationality of Obamanomics only means you’re bought, too stupid to know any better or, most likely, both. A slack-jawed hostage-taking saboteur.

Hate to break the news to you, Arne; for many Americans, stopping this administration from “getting stuff done” is getting stuff done.

The Founding Fathers rightly feared that the purer the democracy the more susceptible voters would be to the emotion of the moment and the demagogues who take advantage of it. Needless to say, we are democratic enough to get the politicians we deserve.

But debate is not dysfunction. Feel free to bemoan the fact that the American people are not automatons, but “getting stuff done” is not the charge of the Constitution. Neither is having a king, though sometimes you get the feeling that a lot of folks who believe in power as the wellspring of morality are really annoyed by that fact.

Schadenfreude on August 10, 2011 at 2:43 AM

Andy’s a big-time kool aide drinker.

annoyinglittletwerp on August 10, 2011 at 1:33 AM

LOL, I issued a Full Disclaimer attesting to that Inconvenient Truth when I posted the first Darling clip earlier in this thread. Pay attention to earlier posts, or I’ll have to send you down to the drug store to get ice cream for later.

Now go sit in the corner and eat your Kerosene Cucumber.

Del Dolemonte on August 10, 2011 at 2:45 AM

Patti Ann Browne alert on Red Eye!..:)

Dire Straits on August 10, 2011 at 3:04 AM

It aso proves the RINOs wrong that said that poking the dems and fighting the unions were a bad move and that walker and the gop should have compromised.

RINOs won’t see it that way. They’ll see two GOP senators that lost their seat b/c of the Collective Bargaining bill. For RINOs holding onto office is Job #1 and they feel it can best be done through compromise and not making waves.

PackerBronco on August 10, 2011 at 3:28 AM

The Unions did make noise and muscled into the ruling party in government, but fell just short of majority control needed to advance their agenda.

I think you are missing the big picture. Wisconsin was the first state in the union to allow full collective bargaining for public employee unions. Wisconsin has been a deep blue state for years. It is the Republicans that “muscled into the ruling party” in 2010 and so far have been able to hold off the unions pulling out all the stops to get it back.

The fact that the legislatures of both Minnesota and Wisconsin went Republican is *huge*. Two iconic Democrat states now have their legislatures controlled by Republicans. This is an epic loss for the Democrats that cuts deep.

crosspatch on August 10, 2011 at 3:32 AM

Les Aspin is spinning in his grave.

crosspatch on August 10, 2011 at 3:34 AM

Will the last one out please turn off the lights?

29Victor on August 10, 2011 at 3:44 AM

PackerBronco – one of these seats was a goner due to moral turpitude (Dems can shag the help until the fixtures fall off the wall but it’s still an offense when a Republican does it, that’s just how it is) and the other one was strong Dem territory, would have been a tough hold no matter what.

Apparently one of the Dem seats next week is similarly unfriendly country, so there’s a possibility one of next week’s Dems might fall.

JEM on August 10, 2011 at 3:47 AM

If one is a true, true, true Republican polical junkie, as I am, there are two places to be on any election night: HA and Hedgehog Report.

You can get your news from AP, or other news sources. But it’s here and Hedgehog, both in the comments section, that I get the very latest.

Thanks to all who post results as they are breaking. And a hearty congrats! to the WI GOP.

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LibertarianRepublican.net

ericdondero on August 10, 2011 at 4:45 AM

Update: Here’s what happened with the AP reporter’s phantom tweet, incidentally.

So…. we won!? Yes?

Kini on August 10, 2011 at 4:48 AM

Update: Here’s what happened with the AP reporter’s phantom tweet, incidentally.

wha? no weiner defense?

#IwuZhAkkEd

ted c on August 10, 2011 at 5:35 AM

After months of agitation over the collective bargaining law, the supreme court election, and now the recalls, they haven’t regained control of anything.

yeah, but they can still riot and get fake doctor’s to write them fake sick notes…/

ted c on August 10, 2011 at 5:37 AM

That’s a lot of money for two seats and no majority. There are still how many Democrat races?

hawkdriver on August 10, 2011 at 6:01 AM

Justice, preserved.

Cylor on August 10, 2011 at 6:21 AM

That’s a lot of money for two seats and no majority. There are still how many Democrat races?

hawkdriver on August 10, 2011 at 6:01 AM

i think there are 2 dem recall races next week. The GOP is likely funding those (?)…if we pick up one, then we are right back at the status quo ante. These 2 hombres were fleebaggers.

ted c on August 10, 2011 at 6:21 AM

From the upside down world of a moonbat:

It’s going to be a long year, and tens of millions of dollars of Koch money (in addition to hundreds of millions more from Rove and allies) are going to force us to fight like hell for every inch of territory. They won’t cede it willingly or fairly. They’ll do their best to cheat or buy whenever they feel they can’t win fairly.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/08/10/1005250/-Wisconsin-wrap-up,-a-real-victory,-and-we-fight-on?via=blog_1

Funny, no mention of how the outside $ went in this election! And I guess the moonbats think that the only non-union jobs in Wisconsin are at McDonalds! Isn’t it something like 85% of the jobs in this country are non-union?

shanimal on August 10, 2011 at 6:35 AM

shanimal on August 10, 2011 at 6:35 AM

Its even better… the Koch Brothers firms are one of the biggest Union employers in the State. So going after them on this front is sheer, asinine stupidity by the Left.

ajacksonian on August 10, 2011 at 6:45 AM

This is good. When I bet to bed last night, it was looking kind of iffy.

Terrye on August 10, 2011 at 6:45 AM

All right Wisconsin!

All right Tea Party!

gophergirl on August 10, 2011 at 6:47 AM

That’s a lot of money for two seats and no majority. There are still how many Democrat races?

hawkdriver on August 10, 2011 at 6:01 AM

Heh. 20 million down the drain for the unions. All they got for all this ‘stimulus’ was some good Wisconsin economic reports recently for Walker.

2ipa on August 10, 2011 at 6:55 AM

Its even better… the Koch Brothers firms are one of the biggest Union employers in the State. So going after them on this front is sheer, asinine stupidity by the Left.

ajacksonian on August 10, 2011 at 6:45 AM

You’re gonna have that…

2ipa on August 10, 2011 at 6:57 AM

That’s a lot of money for two seats and no majority. There are still how many Democrat races?

hawkdriver on August 10, 2011 at 6:01 AM

The funniest thing yet will be if they lose the two seats on their recall so they will have netted zero, zilch, nada nothing.

I’m so happy for Scott Walker today.

gophergirl on August 10, 2011 at 7:07 AM

Now they have to go for the big prize to try to redeem themselves.

Scott Walker was elected to multiple terms as Milwaukee Co. Executive despite Milwaukee Co. being heavily Democrat.

The recall of Walker is not going to work. They can’t even begin the process until January, and since it’s clear his budget has done good things for Wisconsin, they’re going to try (no doubt) but fail.

Had the Democrats won back the Senate tonight, the odds of a successful recall against Walker would have been much better.

englishqueen01 on August 10, 2011 at 7:12 AM

Heh. 20 million down the drain for the unions. All they got for all this ‘stimulus’ was some good Wisconsin economic reports recently for Walker.

2ipa on August 10, 2011 at 6:55 AM

well, they can soothe themselves with that big win they funded for Blanche Lincoln in Arkansas last year. I think they sunk $10million into her successful reelection,…..OH WAIT!

ted c on August 10, 2011 at 7:17 AM

The funniest thing yet will be if they lose the two seats on their recall so they will have netted zero, zilch, nada nothing.

I’m so happy for Scott Walker today.

gophergirl on August 10, 2011 at 7:07 AM

If they lose the two seats next week, they’ll be less than zero…they’ll be at -1. Heckuva job fellas.

ted c on August 10, 2011 at 7:19 AM

good morning friends!

no humpbot I see….is he waiting for the recall next week?

cmsinaz on August 10, 2011 at 7:19 AM

ROFL

Eat it, leeches, and now try to explain away the good economic data that your MSM enablers were unable to suppress.

Bishop on August 10, 2011 at 7:21 AM

For a guy with a 37% approval rating in recent polls Scott Walker sure seems to garner a lot of support for his policies in Wisconsin.

heshtesh on August 10, 2011 at 7:25 AM

For the dems, this is like getting 4th place at the Olympics.

Millions of dollars and countless hours of effort, and politically they accomplished nothing.

BadgerHawk on August 10, 2011 at 7:28 AM

BadgerHawk on August 10, 2011 at 7:28 AM

nice analogy

cmsinaz on August 10, 2011 at 7:29 AM

For a guy with a 37% approval rating in recent polls Scott Walker sure seems to garner a lot of support for his policies in Wisconsin.

Yeah, well I’m guessing most of the people polled come from Milwaukee and Dane Counties. They (the left and the media, but I repeat myself) sure as heck don’t give the red counties a lot of attention…unless they’re accusing Waukesha County of voter fraud, that is

And keep in mind, these accusations of “suspicious” votes in Waukesha come after liberal front groups bribed people with a barbecue, then drove them to City Hall in Milwaukee and told them to vote for Pasch…while wearing campaign gear and violating many electioneering laws…

englishqueen01 on August 10, 2011 at 7:32 AM

For the dems, this is like getting 4th place at the Olympics.

Millions of dollars and countless hours of effort, and politically they accomplished nothing.

BadgerHawk on August 10, 2011 at 7:28 AM

maybe someone’s “but you’re still a AAA party to me” encouragement will help boost their spirits?

ted c on August 10, 2011 at 7:33 AM

If one is a true, true, true Republican polical junkie, as I am, there are two places to be on any election night: HA and Hedgehog Report.

You can get your news from AP, or other news sources. But it’s here and Hedgehog, both in the comments section, that I get the very latest.

ericdondero on August 10, 2011 at 4:45 AM

Thanks for sharing about the Hedgehog Report. I didn’t know about it.

This is good. When I bet to bed last night, it was looking kind of iffy.

Terrye on August 10, 2011 at 6:45 AM

I couldn’t go to sleep until I saw our victory in the 8th district was being discussed and my back of the envelop calculations on the remaining precincts in the AP results made victory seem inevitable.

thuja on August 10, 2011 at 7:34 AM

Thank you WI!

IowaWoman on August 10, 2011 at 7:40 AM

Hats off to Kapanke & Hopper.
Thanks for your principled votes. Hold your head high.

barnone on August 10, 2011 at 7:41 AM

It’s a great morning… but, I’ll be spending the weekend in Madtown with family. Half of ‘em are nutters, lol.

I won’t start the conversation but I won’t back away, either.

Fallon on August 10, 2011 at 7:44 AM

So the debt ceiling debate hurt Republicans? Apparently not in previously blue Wisconsin. If the GOP was bleeding support like the LSM says it is, the dems should have easily picked up all six of these seats in Wisconsin. Not only did they not pick them all up, but more Republicans cast votes than democrats did last night in that state. This is an utter rejection of the liberal democrat/union agenda. Once again, what the LSM tells us is going on in the country bears little resemblance to what is actually going on.

Rational Thought on August 10, 2011 at 7:45 AM

Hey Washington!! are you watching?This is what happens when we have good leadership,you win!

Thank goodness,the Wiss. boys didn’t use you for examples :)

ohiobabe on August 10, 2011 at 7:46 AM

$30 million and they lost … Union members, sound like your union is spending your money on a lost Democrat cause ….

tarpon on August 10, 2011 at 7:46 AM

Sorry,that’s Wisc., my fingers lost control:)

ohiobabe on August 10, 2011 at 7:48 AM

Rational Thought on August 10, 2011 at 7:45 AM

Exactly. I have a feeling the LSM is going to be struck mute when they see the depth of the backlash next year at the election.

2010 was just a warm-up.

gophergirl on August 10, 2011 at 7:55 AM

I wonder what the chances are of defeating the Democrats in next weeks recall?

Cindy Munford on August 10, 2011 at 7:55 AM

Hats off to Kapanke & Hopper.
Thanks for your principled votes. Hold your head high.

barnone on August 10, 2011 at 7:41 AM

Yes – true public servants. They did what they thought was right and didn’t worry about being re-elected.

gophergirl on August 10, 2011 at 7:56 AM

Yes – true public servants. They did what they thought was right and didn’t worry about being re-elected.

As has Scott Walker. Remember, while I think the recall against him isn’t going to work, I still think the left is going to try and we need to be vigilant and supportive of him…especially if they run former Wisconsin Senator and uber-liberal Russ Feingold.

englishqueen01 on August 10, 2011 at 8:00 AM

I wonder what the chances are of defeating the Democrats in next weeks recall?

Cindy Munford on August 10, 2011 at 7:55 AM

In the 12th the Republican challenger, Kim Simac, has a very good chance. The Wisconsin GOP should be using every resource they have for the next nine days on her.

lowandslow on August 10, 2011 at 8:01 AM

And keep in mind, these accusations of “suspicious” votes in Waukesha come after liberal front groups bribed people with a barbecue, then drove them to City Hall in Milwaukee and told them to vote for Pasch…while wearing campaign gear and violating many electioneering laws…

In another precinct they had a huge drive to get college students to vote absentee, and it was found some of them lived in Minnesota.

YehuditTX on August 10, 2011 at 8:03 AM

In the 12th the Republican challenger, Kim Simac, has a very good chance. The Wisconsin GOP should be using every resource they have for the next nine days on her.

lowandslow on August 10, 2011 at 8:01 AM

Plus I wonder if the democrat turnout will be as high as yesterday considering they have nothing to “play” for so to speak.

Losing those seats would be funny!

gophergirl on August 10, 2011 at 8:03 AM

This, from the Wisconsin State Journal as linked by Drudge:

“The revolution has not occurred,” said UW-Milwaukee political science professor Mordecai Lee, a former Democratic lawmaker. “The proletariat did not take over the streets.”

Pretty much sums it up.

BKeyser on August 10, 2011 at 8:04 AM

Here’s Kim Simac’s donate page.

Kim Simac for Senate

I know money’s tight and these requests get old but anything, five bucks could help a lot.

lowandslow on August 10, 2011 at 8:05 AM

It’s good to see Al get his Metamucil on.

Roy Rogers on August 10, 2011 at 8:05 AM

From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

So it turns out that the sky isn’t going to fall on all local governments in Wisconsin. The numbers now starting to come in show that Gov. Scott Walker’s “tools” for local governments apparently will help at least some of them deal with cuts in state aid imposed by the state budget.

That’s contrary to the expectation and the rhetoric of critics in the spring, and it’s to Walker’s credit. It bears out the governor’s assessment of his budget-repair bill, although we still maintain he could have reached his goals without dealing a body blow to public employee unions.

Local government officials also need to keep in mind that not all governments will share equally – Milwaukee County is one example – and that tough choices remain. And state legislators should make adjustments in any follow-on budget-repair bill to make sure that any pain is fairly shared.

But the news is good for many. The latest example is Milwaukee, where the most recent estimates show the city with a net gain of at least $11 million for its 2012 budget. That will take a slice out of the city’s structural deficit, which is created by costs rising faster than revenue, and will reduce cuts that Mayor Tom Barrett and the Common Council must impose.

The city projects it will save at least $25 million a year – the figure could be as high as $36 million in 2012 – from health care benefit and pension changes it didn’t have to negotiate with unions because of the changes wrought by the new law that ended most collective bargaining for most public employees.

That certainly will help the city deal with the $14 million in cuts in state aid in the 2011-’13 state budget.

Read it all and share.

In another precinct they had a huge drive to get college students to vote absentee, and it was found some of them lived in Minnesota

Hadn’t even heard about that and, frankly, wouldn’t know about the barbecue-for-votes thing if it weren’t for the Internet and conservative talk radio.

Irony: Left now claiming conservative stalwart Waukesha County votes are fraudulent.

Watch for left to try and disenfranchise Waukesha in 2012…

englishqueen01 on August 10, 2011 at 8:11 AM

So if we’re Hobbits, does that make Wisconsin Rohan, and the recall election the battle of Helm’s Deep?

stefanite on August 10, 2011 at 8:22 AM

Congrats, WisGOP and Governor Walker. Make us proud, now.

Jaibones on August 10, 2011 at 8:25 AM

Way to go WI. Awesome.

OmahaConservative on August 10, 2011 at 8:28 AM

So if we’re Hobbits, does that make Wisconsin Rohan, and the recall election the battle of Helm’s Deep?

stefanite on August 10, 2011 at 8:22 AM

It means that the extended hobbit metaphor is getting extraordinarily tiresome.

KingGold on August 10, 2011 at 8:33 AM

In another precinct they had a huge drive to get college students to vote absentee, and it was found some of them lived in Minnesota

englishqueen01 on August 10, 2011 at 8:11 AM

I saw that in 2008, working for McCain Palin in Hudson, WI.

Fallon on August 10, 2011 at 8:59 AM

KingGold on August 10, 2011 at 8:33 AM

We’re still singing “Yankee Doodle”… Meh.

Fallon on August 10, 2011 at 9:02 AM

I’ve been so busy, haven’t had time to throw in my $.02.

I just moved to Vermont, so I’ll give you my best Howard Dean.

*ahem*

YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Saltysam on August 10, 2011 at 9:23 AM

Saltysam on August 10, 2011 at 9:23 AM

Congratulations on the move and hope you will be around more.

Cindy Munford on August 10, 2011 at 9:26 AM

Local government officials also need to keep in mind that not all governments will share equally – Milwaukee County is one example – and that tough choices remain. And state legislators should make adjustments in any follow-on budget-repair bill to make sure that any pain is fairly shared.

And why, exactly, will Milwaukee County not share equally?

Oh, that’s right, it’s because the unions pushed through a new contract under the wire to avoid the changes Walker wanted to implement.

teke184 on August 10, 2011 at 9:33 AM

Sharpton:

In between muttering, “we must resist?”

WTF does that even mean?

Odie1941 on August 10, 2011 at 9:34 AM

If they lose the two seats next week, they’ll be less than zero…they’ll be at -1. Heckuva job fellas.

ted c on August 10, 2011 at 7:19 AM

@ted c–no,if they lose both of the dem recalls next, they’ll be even. they’re +2 after last night.

smill1953 on August 10, 2011 at 9:42 AM

Cindy Munford on August 10, 2011 at 9:26 AM

Thanks, Cindy.

I tend to read often without commenting, though I suffer from occasional bouts of uncontrollable shooting off at the mouth.

It’s always comforting to see that you maintain you’re tenacious and relentless presence here. Thanks for that, too.

Saltysam on August 10, 2011 at 9:45 AM

Schadenfreude on August 10, 2011 at 2:43 AM

Awesome!

csdeven on August 10, 2011 at 9:50 AM

Woo hoo! Its a wonderful morning here in Wisconsin. I still live in a fleebagger district, but Moore was defeated in the district 2 miles north of me. Its going to feel great driving through town looking at all those “Moore” yard signs.

Logboy on August 10, 2011 at 9:54 AM

Congratulations Wisconsin.

Dr Evil on August 10, 2011 at 10:12 AM

Great job, badgers!

Y-not on August 10, 2011 at 10:16 AM

Allah,

What happened to the Humpbot?

ex Dem from Miami on August 10, 2011 at 10:21 AM

I still can’t believe that Comcast is giving Sharpton a platform. I don’t watch MSNBC. I will surf over to CNN, you can pick out the partisans on air. Wolf Blitzer, for instance is obvious in his liberal bias.

Dr Evil on August 10, 2011 at 10:24 AM

Congratulations Wisconsin.

But you did send two off into the fire, for which I am not pleased. You’ve allowed Democrats to make a mockery of our democracy, by lying and manipulating two people to whom they’re opposed out of office.

amazingmets on August 10, 2011 at 10:27 AM

My goodness… I’ve never seen Sarah Palin or Michelle Bachmann or even Dan Quayle do quite that badly! I wonder if anyone’s going to claim that Sharpton’s dumb or that he sounds crazy when he talks?

morganfrost on August 10, 2011 at 11:10 AM

Time to recall the two Dimocrats next week… GO FOR IT!!

I had to suffer through BSNBC last night for updates. The 20 minutes I watched was the first time I watched their partisan rant in a long time…

Ed is a blowhard who needs to learn the meaning of the word “stairmaster”, and Maddow is just a partisan hack with a bad haircut…

Khun Joe on August 10, 2011 at 11:13 AM

Ed is a blowhard who needs to learn the meaning of the word “stairmaster”, and Maddow is just a partisan hack with a bad haircut…

Khun Joe on August 10, 2011 at 11:13 AM

The democrats hyped the Wisconsin recall as having National implications in the 2012 elections. The spin will change to it’s not that important today, it was just a state election, because they couldn’t effect a majority in the Wisconsin state senate. A state election the Unions spent up to 25 million on. The Unions out spending the republicans on the recall campaign, and still couldn’t buy the seats. The democrats were right yesterday, when they were spinning it is a big deal with National implications for the 2012 races.

Dr Evil on August 10, 2011 at 11:26 AM

I don’t watch Al Sharpton when he’s on air. I don’t watch videos of Al Sharpton. If Comcast was looking for a repellent to repel viewers they found it.

Dr Evil on August 10, 2011 at 11:30 AM

Believe the tea party helped to make this happen. Now we need to stand behind Walker.
Good going, WI voters! Keep it up!

Christian Conservative on August 10, 2011 at 11:44 AM

DONATE FOR NEXT WEEK’S WI BATTLE! Links to the Simac and Steitz campaign can me found HERE.

Mutnodjmet on August 10, 2011 at 3:10 PM

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