Rasmussen: Walker leads Barrett 50/45 in Wisconsin recall election

posted at 2:41 pm on May 10, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Rasmussen gets out of the gate first in post-primary polling for Wisconsin’s gubernatorial recall election, and the news is … mixed.  Scott Walker has a small but significant lead among likely voters against Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett, who sailed to victory over Big Labor candidate Kathleen Falk in the Democratic primary:

 Embattled Republican Governor Scott Walker holds a five-point lead over his newly nominated Democratic challenger Tom Barrett in Wisconsin’s special recall election.

A new Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey shows that 50% of the state’s Likely Voters prefer Walker while 45% choose Barrett. Two percent (2%) prefer some other candidate and another two percent (2%) are undecided.

That’s a slight improvement for Walker over last month’s poll, but not as much good news as in February:

In early April, 52% of voters in the state said they would vote to recall the governor and remove him from office. Forty-seven percent (47%) said they would vote against the recall. Those findings marked a shift from February, when 54% said they would vote against the recall. No Democratic challenger was mentioned in either survey.

There is better news for Walker in the demographics, primarily among independents.  Unaffiliated voters back Walker by eight points and a majority, 51/43, while affiliated voters almost entirely stick with their party.  Walker has an 18-point lead among men, while trailing by seven points among women.  However, a big key for Walker will be age demographics.  He leads by wide margins among 40-64YOs (57/41) and seniors (60/36), who tend to turn out more reliably, especially in ad-hoc elections.  Barrett’s lead comes from voters under 40, 52/40, but these tend to be less reliable at turning out.

Barrett has other problems in this poll, too.  His favorability is just a +1 at 48/47.  Walker has a +3 favorability rating at 51/48, but 44% overall find him very favorable, compared to just 21% for Barrett, which demonstrates a pretty big enthusiasm gap for the Democrat.  Among independents, Barrett’s favorability is almost the same at 47/47, but twice as many find Barrett very unfavorable (26%) than very favorable (13%). Walker’s actually underwater among independents at 48/51, even though they’re more inclined to vote for him than Barrett; 37% find him very favorable, while 44% very unfavorable.  Walker’s job approval rating stands at 49/47 in this poll, but it’s 46/51 among independents.

The key in this race will probably be the attitude towards public-employee unions, the issue that prompted the recall in the first place.  Voters disfavor PEUs 46/51; among independents, it’s a big gap at 41/58.  Small wonder that Barrett downplays his opposition to the PEU reforms, and wants to stick to traditional Democratic election issues instead.  It doesn’t look like Wisconsin voters will let him off the hook that easily.


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Booya!!!

msupertas on May 10, 2012 at 2:43 PM

Unions: on the cutting edge of backwards.

Akzed on May 10, 2012 at 2:44 PM

Concerned that Barrett will be tougher to defeat than Falk.

Walker MUST get across the finish line.

matthew8787 on May 10, 2012 at 2:45 PM

Can we do that whole BHO/Romney thing next month too? Kill two birds with one stone, literally.

msupertas on May 10, 2012 at 2:45 PM

Hopefully the DNC will find some stories of Walker’s days in high school to run in the WaPo and make up lost ground.

Punchenko on May 10, 2012 at 2:46 PM

This week, I sent another Ben Franklin to vote for me in Wisconsin. That’s one fight we cannot afford to lose.

Archivarix on May 10, 2012 at 2:49 PM

…don’t like the lead…not big enough for all the thiefs and crooks assembled

KOOLAID2 on May 10, 2012 at 2:53 PM

This is good news, though I would prefer the gap between them be a lot bigger.

Sterling Holobyte on May 10, 2012 at 2:55 PM

We need to bust this wide open. Walker needs to crack 60% just to drive the point home.

dczombie on May 10, 2012 at 2:58 PM

4% margin of error, so, he could be up by close to double digits.

Or the other way, if you’re a pansy.

LoganSix on May 10, 2012 at 2:59 PM

If I RECALL correctly, didn’t the voters just have this same election not too long ago? So the left has a hissy fit, and more millions of dollars are going to be wasted. Well, it’s not like the left paid taxes into this debacle. Like Obama, they love spending other people’s money.

birdwatcher on May 10, 2012 at 2:59 PM

Don’t celebrate at all. Act as if Walker is losing and fight like hell to help him win.

As goes Wisconsin so goes the nation.

The barricades in 2012 are in Wisconsin.

Schadenfreude on May 10, 2012 at 2:59 PM

The biggest problem for the Dems is that the most rabid recallers are far to the left, the kind of voters who would be enthused by someone of their mindset, like Falk. It will be hard for them to work up the same enthusiasm for Barrettt.

TheLastBrainLeft on May 10, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Steveegg should be handling this, Ed.

Lanceman on May 10, 2012 at 3:01 PM

Totally off-topic, but….. DUDE!!!!!

UltimateBob on May 10, 2012 at 3:03 PM

Barrette’s record of raising taxes nearly every year, spending like a kid with his parents credit card and the cities high unemployment rate should be an easy platform for him to run on.
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What are those 45% thinking?

plutorocks on May 10, 2012 at 3:05 PM

Another problem for Barrett and a huge advantage for Walker: the recall election will be held in the middle of summer, when all the college students have dispersed from Madison and won’t be as easily organized to vote.

Lawdawg86 on May 10, 2012 at 3:07 PM

Small wonder that Barrett downplays his opposition to the PEU reforms, and wants to stick to traditional Democratic election issues instead. It doesn’t look like Wisconsin voters will let him off the hook that easily.

Good thing they didn’t just have a a race where those traditional Dem issues were put to the test. Oh wait…they did, and Barrett lost.

changer1701 on May 10, 2012 at 3:07 PM

Walker closed the budget gap.
Walker kept all of the teachers and even added some more.
Walker kept property tax the same or lowered it.
Walker brought thousands of jobs to Wisconsin.

By forcing the recall this tells all of America that the democrats are against all of the above. So what are democrats for?

Democrats are for huge budget gaps.
Democrats are for sacrificing the children’s education.
Democrats are for ever higher property taxes.
Democrats are for unemployment.

jukin3 on May 10, 2012 at 3:09 PM

Walker has a +3 favorability rating at 51/48, but 44% overall find him very favorable, compared to just 21% for Barrett,

People don’t just approve of Walker, we are in love with him. Barrett will never be able to get that type of enthusiasm because he is a status quo liberal. There is nothing to get excited about.

sammypants on May 10, 2012 at 3:10 PM

Is there anyone NOT going to be tuned or switch to MSNBC when Walker wins to watch Special Ed’s head explode. I caught his opening last night. Now mind you the union picked Dem candidate lost and Walker had more votes in an uncontested race than the Dems combined: Special Ed: “Last night’s numbers were BAD for one Scott Walker!”

Marcus on May 10, 2012 at 3:10 PM

If I RECALL correctly, didn’t the voters just have this same election not too long ago? So the left has a hissy fit, and more millions of dollars are going to be wasted. Well, it’s not like the left paid taxes into this debacle. Like Obama, they love spending other people’s money.

birdwatcher on May 10, 2012 at 2:59 PM

And the very issue that triggered this do-over gets downplayed as insignificant.

Bitter Clinger on May 10, 2012 at 3:10 PM

Don’t celebrate at all. Act as if Walker is losing and fight like hell to help him win.

As goes Wisconsin so goes the nation.

The barricades in 2012 are in Wisconsin.

Schadenfreude on May 10, 2012 at 2:59 PM

Absolutely right! The hard part for those of us in the Cheesy state… the only ones I’ve run into who are excited about this recall are the brainwashed union masses. The rest of us… feel like we’re living in the movie “Groundhog Day”. We feel like we are in perpetual election mode. We are sick and tired of the phones ringing off the hook with political calls; our mailboxes running over with political ads, tv/radio ads constantly. Election time is difficult for all areas of the country; when it never ends…. it is like living in a nightmare.

BTW, this is my PERSONAL OPINION about recalls:. I wish someone would have the guts to make laws that anyone who signs a recall petition be required to hand over $20 of their own money to help fund the recall. The ones getting signatures would have to give them a receipt and keep a copy to hand in with the signatures to show that every person who signed gave $20 toward the cost. That would not only help cover some of these huge expenses, but would also get rid of SOME of the fake signatures as well as trimming out those who just signed but didn’t really mean it. If they had to give $20 each signature, it would limit it to only those who really and truly WANT the recall election. Actually $50 would make it limited even MORE only to those to whom a recall is something that is important enough to them to fork over da dough…. wish someone with some guts in government would read this and get something like this rolling. If kids have to help pay for their band to go march in the Macy’s Parade; then those who want the recalls should help pay for them. My opinion only here… and it is fueled by massive political election exhaustion as well as concern over what all this stupidity is going to cost us financially.

PackerFan4Life on May 10, 2012 at 3:12 PM

Is there anyone NOT going to be tuned or switch to MSNBC when Walker wins to watch Special Ed’s head explode. I caught his opening last night. Now mind you the union picked Dem candidate lost and Walker had more votes in an uncontested race than the Dems combined: Special Ed: “Last night’s numbers were BAD for one Scott Walker!”

Marcus on May 10, 2012 at 3:10 PM

Union-paid hacks gotta hack.

Bitter Clinger on May 10, 2012 at 3:12 PM

If Walker wins the recall, I wonder if the Unions will turn right around start another petition to recall him again. Can they do that?

dczombie on May 10, 2012 at 3:13 PM

If Walker wins the recall, I wonder if the Unions will turn right around start another petition to recall him again. Can they do that?

dczombie on May 10, 2012 at 3:13 PM

I might be wrong here, but I thought I’d heard that Walker is up for reelection in November election. I’d heard that even if the D’s won in the recall the R’s would be back in come November… but, again, I didn’t check that- it’s just what some are saying out here in Packer country, rightly or wrongly.

PackerFan4Life on May 10, 2012 at 3:15 PM

If Walker wins the recall, I wonder if the Unions will turn right around start another petition to recall him again. Can they do that?

dczombie on May 10, 2012 at 3:13 PM

Prolly. If they got the money to waste on it. Let’s hope they do.

Lanceman on May 10, 2012 at 3:15 PM

If Walker wins the recall, I wonder if the Unions will turn right around start another petition to recall him again. Can they do that?

dczombie on May 10, 2012 at 3:13 PM

Prolly. If they got the money to waste on it. Let’s hope they do.

Lanceman on May 10, 2012 at 3:15 PM

Unfortunately, THEY aren’t paying for it… “we, the people” of Wisconsin are…. (sigh)……

PackerFan4Life on May 10, 2012 at 3:16 PM

Voters of Wisconsin will not let themselves get Falked.

Archivarix on May 10, 2012 at 3:17 PM

The unions still have a month to poison the water.

MaiDee on May 10, 2012 at 3:17 PM

Unions, schmunions. The real issue is whether Walker ever administered any involuntary haircuts when he was a teenager.

maubman on May 10, 2012 at 3:17 PM

Here “We stand with Walker” signs on front lawns are being defaced or stolen. I was very surprised the other driving through a different part of Green Bay than usual to find a whole section of blue Walker signs that were still standing that weren’t defaced. The ones in my neighborhood were ripped off overnight. And, of course, the neighbors who are union backers noted it immediately and started commenting that “see? Walker is looking worse and worse the more you look at him. Even our neighbors have changed their minds about him and taken their sign down!” I have to wonder…. if the one saying that so loudly all over had anything at all to do with the signs disappearing….?

PackerFan4Life on May 10, 2012 at 3:20 PM

The unions still have a month to poison the water.

MaiDee on May 10, 2012 at 3:17 PM

They’ve had two years to poison the water…it may be as poisoned as it can get.

dczombie on May 10, 2012 at 3:20 PM

Sorry… “I was very surprised the other DAY driving through”…. I’m tired. I can’t even proofread right anymore… LOL

PackerFan4Life on May 10, 2012 at 3:21 PM

O/T, but it does concern to elections, Sarah Palin has endorsed Ted Cruz.

http://www.tedcruz.org/

topdawg on May 10, 2012 at 3:21 PM

If Walker wins the recall, I wonder if the Unions will turn right around start another petition to recall him again. Can they do that?

dczombie on May 10, 2012 at 3:13 PM

Someone in another thread said the way the law works, Walker cannot be challenged again until 2016, if my fuzzy memory serves me correctly.

Doomberg on May 10, 2012 at 3:27 PM

Good for SP, endorsing Cruz.

Watching all this from the bordering state once called Illinois — now known as the wind-swept economic wasteland of Madiganistan — makes me wonder what it would be like to live in Indiana or Wisconsin, where Republicans aren’t always eager to help the Democratic machine bosses.

My brother Peter heard a great line on the Indiana campaign and called me as I sat down to write this. He got it from iconoclast Democrat-turned-tea-party-conservative talker Tammy Bruce.

“It was a gigantic grapefruit in the face,” she said. “We’re Jimmy Cagney and we had a grapefruit, and the establishment is at the table, and we smushed the grapefruit in the face of the establishment.”

And although Mourdock has won, he’s been demonized by the national media. The tea party has been vilified since its members began gathering to fight growing debt and runaway government. The Republican establishment loathes them. The Democratic establishment mocks them.

The constitution is a danger to the left and the establishment right.

The media hate change.

May they all spontaneously combust, for dereliction of duty.

And those folks who actually believe the Constitution is a sacred document? They’re not included.

They’re kept outside, where they wait, grapefruits in their hands.

Schadenfreude on May 10, 2012 at 3:27 PM

Barrett’s lead comes from voters under 40, 52/40, but these tend to be less reliable at turning out.

The timing of the election could be decisive if it’s close. Since the election will be in June, those University of Wisconsin students from out-of-state who might have registered to vote in Wisconsin may be home by then.

aunursa on May 10, 2012 at 3:28 PM

I can see undecided voters breaking for Walker in this one, given the fact that this is an unscheduled election.

Still, this has to be treated like Walker is down five rather than up five. Don’t give an inch on this one.

Red Cloud on May 10, 2012 at 3:34 PM

What is the date of the election?

midgeorgian on May 10, 2012 at 3:46 PM

What is the date of the election?

midgeorgian on May 10, 2012 at 3:46 PM

Tuesday June 5.

PackerFan4Life on May 10, 2012 at 3:47 PM

A new “poll” shows that CALIFORNIA DEMOCRATS ARE WRITING IN MICKEY MOUSE FOR 2012 PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE in our June 5th election. There are 6 solid reasons Mickey Mouse is a better choice than Barak Obama, and we want to see write-in percentages on par with those of New Hampshire, North Carolina, and West Virgina!

Mutnodjmet on May 10, 2012 at 3:53 PM

Another problem for Barrett and a huge advantage for Walker: the recall election will be held in the middle of summer, when all the college students have dispersed from Madison and won’t be as easily organized to vote.

Lawdawg86 on May 10, 2012 at 3:07 PM

Excellent point! Most elections are held in November, when college students are at…college, so they register to vote in college towns. Most colleges let out in May, so the college students will probably be home with their parents on June 5, possibly even out-of-state. How many of them will bother to either drive back to their college town just to vote, or get an absentee ballot? Probably not too many…

Steve Z on May 10, 2012 at 3:54 PM

A new “poll” shows that CALIFORNIA DEMOCRATS ARE WRITING IN MICKEY MOUSE FOR 2012 PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE in our June 5th election. There are 6 solid reasons Mickey Mouse is a better choice than Barak Obama, and we want to see write-in percentages on par with those of New Hampshire, North Carolina, and West Virgina!

Mutnodjmet on May 10, 2012 at 3:53 PM

Better yet–on a par with Lisa Murkowski in Alaska!

Steve Z on May 10, 2012 at 3:54 PM

Tuesday June 5.

PackerFan4Life on May 10, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Literally a fate of the nation, day. If the animals win that day, it’s over.

If a bunch of trash marching around with their little Communist raised fist signs win out over a relatively pain free balancing of the finances, we are finished as a nation.

MNHawk on May 10, 2012 at 3:55 PM

ok…this is the one and only challenge to Walker so if he wins and is caught drowning puppies or enticing little girls with tootsie pops (the real purpose of the recall process) he skates until the next “normal” election.

for the Walker backers out here, realize that the collective bargaining issue was conceded by the left a long time ago…not a “winnable” platform on its own since most people in the private sector know what they pay towards their retirement and healthcare (if they are lucky enough to have either/or).

the key to Walker’s ability to finish out his term will lie in voter turnout. I was happy to see that in the primary even though it was a waste of gas.

the Barrett ads started playing here 10 minutes after the results were known…UGLY would be a severe understatement.

and a p.s. to Packer fan…your neighbor’s sign was likely taken down by people other than your neighbors. Yesterday I saw several “I stand with Walker” signs on a 10 mile ride that were blown to pieces. and what is going on in GB that makes everybody a liberal Dem??? I reviewed petitions early on and was surprised to see so many signatures from that area.

teejk on May 10, 2012 at 3:55 PM

If Walker wins the recall, I wonder if the Unions will turn right around start another petition to recall him again. Can they do that?

dczombie on May 10, 2012 at 3:13 PM

Someone in another thread said the way the law works, Walker cannot be challenged again until 2016, if my fuzzy memory serves me correctly.

Doomberg on May 10, 2012 at 3:27 PM

If Walker was elected in November 2010, his normal 4-year term would expire in early 2015, and he would be up for re-election in November 2014.

But if he survives this recall, he would probably be a shoo-in in 2014, since his reforms would have had nearly four years to work and balance state and local budgets.

Steve Z on May 10, 2012 at 3:59 PM

Another problem for Barrett and a huge advantage for Walker: the recall election will be held in the middle of summer, when all the college students have dispersed from Madison and won’t be as easily organized to vote.

Lawdawg86 on May 10, 2012 at 3:07 PM

..maybe the union thugs could head over to the dorm rooms on the 5th to get out the college vote — you, know like the Obama folks did at OSU.

And that worked out really, really well for The Pantload, dint it?

The War Planner on May 10, 2012 at 4:04 PM

Steveegg should be handling this, Ed.

Lanceman on May 10, 2012 at 3:01 PM

Ed got to it first :-)

Seriously, I would have made much the same points as Ed, with a small caveat on the partisan split. A R+3 partisan split is a bit high, but even if it were even, Walker would be up by 3 points.

Word on the street is at least 2 more polls are coming down the pike in a while, including a PPP/DKos poll that, going into the primary, surprisingly had a R+1 partisan split.

Steve Eggleston on May 10, 2012 at 4:05 PM

Here “We stand with Walker” signs on front lawns are being defaced or stolen. I was very surprised the other driving through a different part of Green Bay than usual to find a whole section of blue Walker signs that were still standing that weren’t defaced. The ones in my neighborhood were ripped off overnight. And, of course, the neighbors who are union backers noted it immediately and started commenting that “see? Walker is looking worse and worse the more you look at him. Even our neighbors have changed their minds about him and taken their sign down!” I have to wonder…. if the one saying that so loudly all over had anything at all to do with the signs disappearing….?

PackerFan4Life on May 10, 2012 at 3:20 PM

Survey says yes. One of my unionista neighbors made one sweep down my street as well a while back, but didn’t quite finish hiding the evidence.

Steve Eggleston on May 10, 2012 at 4:07 PM

If Walker wins the recall, I wonder if the Unions will turn right around start another petition to recall him again. Can they do that?

dczombie on May 10, 2012 at 3:13 PM

I might be wrong here, but I thought I’d heard that Walker is up for reelection in November election. I’d heard that even if the D’s won in the recall the R’s would be back in come November… but, again, I didn’t check that- it’s just what some are saying out here in Packer country, rightly or wrongly.

PackerFan4Life on May 10, 2012 at 3:15 PM

If/when Walker, Kleefisch, and the state Senators up for recall this round (I don’t believe this applies to Jerry Petrowski, who is seeking to replace retired/recalled Sen. Pam Galloway) survive, they will be safe from further election until their normally-scheduled elections in 2014.

Steve Eggleston on May 10, 2012 at 4:10 PM

If/when Walker, Kleefisch, and the state Senators up for recall this round (I don’t believe this applies to Jerry Petrowski, who is seeking to replace retired/recalled Sen. Pam Galloway) survive, they will be safe from further election until their normally-scheduled elections in 2014.

Steve Eggleston on May 10, 2012 at 4:10 PM

Kleefisch is one we hear nothing of it seems. I hope she makes it. I would HOPE that all who vote for Walker put in their vote for her as well. Unfortunately she doesn’t have the name recognition Walker has. Makes me wonder what would happen if Walker wins and she loses to a D. If I were Walker at that point I would try to get the Secret Service in… and ones that aren’t out partying hearty. If something happened to Walker a D who took Kleefisch’s place would walk right in….

and a p.s. to Packer fan…your neighbor’s sign was likely taken down by people other than your neighbors. Yesterday I saw several “I stand with Walker” signs on a 10 mile ride that were blown to pieces. and what is going on in GB that makes everybody a liberal Dem??? I reviewed petitions early on and was surprised to see so many signatures from that area.

teejk on May 10, 2012 at 3:55 PM

Problem is that so much of this area is paper mills. Paper mills are notoriously strong union members. In any case, my neighbors who are so anti Walker feel that their kids (who are teachers) will never have any money to even live on, much less pay off their college loans, all thanks to Walker. FOOLS. We who aren’t union people know what the “real world” is like. The private unions here also get unlimited healthcare for life (almost free) and have great pensions for life also. Those of us who aren’t union people who live here are considered the “poor ignorant people” who don’t have sense enough to get a good job in a union.

PackerFan4Life on May 10, 2012 at 4:29 PM

FWIW, driving through Appleton, Neenah, Fond du Lac, and Manitowoc, I see many Walker signs. And Walker billboards on US 41. The only Recall stuff I see are bumper stickers.

I should say, many of these signs are handmade and very clever. Even the billboards are not uniform. Walker has significant grass roots support, but you already knew that. Recalls should really be for big scandals or really unpopular politicians. I guess the Dems were desperate though.

xuyee on May 10, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Stay strong Wisconsin. Sarah Palin and Andrew Breitbart were right. We ARE ground zero. The nation turns to us and we MUST deliver Scott Walker. Period.

psychocyber on May 10, 2012 at 4:36 PM

Kleefisch is one we hear nothing of it seems. I hope she makes it. I would HOPE that all who vote for Walker put in their vote for her as well. Unfortunately she doesn’t have the name recognition Walker has. Makes me wonder what would happen if Walker wins and she loses to a D. If I were Walker at that point I would try to get the Secret Service in… and ones that aren’t out partying hearty. If something happened to Walker a D who took Kleefisch’s place would walk right in….

PackerFan4Life on May 10, 2012 at 4:29 PM

That “undercard” can’t be stressed enough. As bad a night as it was for unions on Tuesday, a public union head is Kleefisch’s challenger. Everybody has to ask himself or herself one question – do you want a unionista a hearbeat or a kangaroo court away from the governor’s office?

Steve Eggleston on May 10, 2012 at 4:43 PM

I guess the Dems were desperate though.

xuyee on May 10, 2012 at 4:33 PM

You could say that again. The Milwaukee ‘Rats have had Walker Derangement Syndrome since 2002. The rest of the DPW/Union machine is merely playing “catch-up”.

Steve Eggleston on May 10, 2012 at 4:45 PM

For the rest of the world we here in Cheesehead land are “the battleground”. To we who live here… yes, we understand that. But we also just want it to end. Those of you who are not in Wisconsin, you remember what it was like in your area the last couple weeks before your presidential primary right? Well…. take that and have it go on and on. We had it in the last election; then the recalls; then the state supreme court problems; then the presidential primary; then the governor recall primary; next is the governor recall election; then the presidential election. I think most conservatives here in Wisconsin would agree with me that we will be SO GLAD when it’s Thanksgiving here. We will truly be thankful that we lived through it and we are FINALLY out of the perpetual election harassment. As most know, there are very few undecideds for the governor election here. And yet, in spite of that… the push goes on.

BTW, a note of interest. When I voted in the recall primary I pointed out to the poll workers how the local newspaper had a very misleading statement in it. It stated you could vote for both the D and the R for governor. Yes, you could; but only ONE vote. There are quite a few people in my area who misunderstood that to mean they could vote for both…. which, of course, would mean their vote got thrown out. I couldn’t help but wonder if our liberal local paper had that in there like that on purpose; to get people who would vote for Walker to also vote for Falk (to keep Barrett out); effectively negating their entire vote. The poll workers said they were aware of it and, yes, it was going to be a problem. However, I noted that they weren’t instructing people correctly as they went through the line.

PackerFan4Life on May 10, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Even the teachers are starting to understand that a higher deductible puts more $ in their pocket NOW. Giving up a raise for a premium policy you don’t need only benefits the UNION – not the taxpayers, not the teachers and certainly not the children.

A policy with a $5000 deductible costs $5000 less. You can pocket that & bet that you won’t need it all this year… or next.. And each year you don’t use the deductible, you keep the $$ instead of watching it go to union “negotiation fees”.

In one district, they’re firing the lowest performing teachers and giving the others a 20k raise. And the district comes out ahead.

Daisy_WI on May 10, 2012 at 5:02 PM

I like the website that shows how much in back taxes is owed by recallers. I’d like to see how many petition signers have never filed taxes in the state…and hit them up for back taxes.

Daisy_WI on May 10, 2012 at 5:03 PM

BTW, a note of interest. When I voted in the recall primary I pointed out to the poll workers how the local newspaper had a very misleading statement in it. It stated you could vote for both the D and the R for governor. Yes, you could; but only ONE vote. There are quite a few people in my area who misunderstood that to mean they could vote for both…. which, of course, would mean their vote got thrown out. I couldn’t help but wonder if our liberal local paper had that in there like that on purpose; to get people who would vote for Walker to also vote for Falk (to keep Barrett out); effectively negating their entire vote. The poll workers said they were aware of it and, yes, it was going to be a problem. However, I noted that they weren’t instructing people correctly as they went through the line.

PackerFan4Life on May 10, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Why am I not surprised? I know that in Racine, a not-insignificant number of people burned through the maximum 3 tries to submit a valid ballot.

Steve Eggleston on May 10, 2012 at 5:07 PM

I like the website that shows how much in back taxes is owed by recallers. I’d like to see how many petition signers have never filed taxes in the state…and hit them up for back taxes.

Daisy_WI on May 10, 2012 at 5:03 PM

I missed the link!

several mnonths ago I dropped a note to the Gov Office telling them I thought they had a great resource to find people that claim to be residents for “recall” purposes but are not so for income tax purposes…the “perfect cornered rat”…$10,000 for fraud or file a Wis tax return!

I didn’t think they would do anything about it (DOR people probably 99% anti-Walker).

teejk on May 10, 2012 at 5:28 PM

PackerFan4Life on May 10, 2012 at 4:29 PM

I apologize Pack…your post that I was referring to earlier confused me (easy enough to do so don’t get a big head over it).

I think we need to make sure Walker is in the clear, then need to concentrate on Kleefisch…she was not Walker’s choice but politics are what they are (e.g. Biden!!!!…the guy makes me laugh everytime he opens his mouth…wonder if it is prescription or over the counter stuff).

teejk on May 10, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Don’t celebrate at all. Act as if Walker is losing and fight like hell to help him win.

As goes Wisconsin so goes the nation.

The barricades in 2012 are in Wisconsin.

Schadenfreude on May 10, 2012 at 2:59 PM

Exactly. For America to stand a chance of having a great 21st century, two things must happen. Walker must win and Obama must lose.

thuja on May 10, 2012 at 6:29 PM

I’d vote for Scott Walker for President in a heartbeat…A true man of immense character and integrity who is not afraid to tell the people the truth and take on the difficult issues that most all politicians today run from…Scott Walker/Paul Ryan in 2016! CHEESEHEADS RULE!!!!

Strike Hornet on May 10, 2012 at 9:41 PM

Don’t celebrate at all. Act as if Walker is losing and fight like hell to help him win.

As goes Wisconsin so goes the nation.

The barricades in 2012 are in Wisconsin.

Schadenfreude on May 10, 2012 at 2:59 PM

Exactly. I have friends that just keep posting facts on Facebook. All the savings in health insurance is swing the indy’s. We have a strong presence of talk radio in Wi too. That get’s facts to people that aren’t internet savvy.

wi farmgirl on May 10, 2012 at 10:11 PM

Another problem for Barrett and a huge advantage for Walker: the recall election will be held in the middle of summer, when all the college students have dispersed from Madison and won’t be as easily organized to vote.

Lawdawg86 on May 10, 2012 at 3:07 PM

But can they vote absentee?

wi farmgirl on May 10, 2012 at 10:50 PM

I like the website that shows how much in back taxes is owed by recallers. I’d like to see how many petition signers have never filed taxes in the state…and hit them up for back taxes.

Daisy_WI on May 10, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Daisy can you post a link?

wi farmgirl on May 10, 2012 at 10:51 PM

Why am I not surprised? I know that in Racine, a not-insignificant number of people burned through the maximum 3 tries to submit a valid ballot.

Steve Eggleston on May 10, 2012 at 5:07 PM

That is what SW should spend some of that campaign money on. do spots in each are showing how to vote, especially in areas where every vote is precious. I literally had to ask specific questions to get how to vote. It was said you could vote straight ticket or individual. Scott Walker was the only republican on the ticket that was republican.

wi farmgirl on May 10, 2012 at 10:54 PM

Packerfan, I haven’t noticed any Scott Walker signs defaced or stolen here, …yet. Maybe it is because I live in a smaller town, I don’t know. I do know I am seeing more and more pro-Scott Walker signs going up, and I love seeing that. Because I think of all the “silent” pro-Walker people, who don’t want to put up a sign for one reason or another. One reason being that they don’t want to be confronted by an angry union thug. But that won’t matter come June 5th in the election booth.

I agree wholeheartedly with everyone saying that we can’t celebrate this. We can’t rest on our laurels thinking Walker has this in the bag, no matter what the polls say.

But if he survives this recall, he would probably be a shoo-in in 2014, since his reforms would have had nearly four years to work and balance state and local budgets.

Steve Z on May 10, 2012 at 3:59 PM

That’s exactly why you see those recall Walker signs that say, “Wisconsin can’t wait.”
They know that we will continue to see benefits from Walker’s reforms, and they can’t have the taxpayers getting a break, can they?!

Sterling Holobyte on May 11, 2012 at 1:15 AM