Wisconsin Recall Election
July 20, 2011 by USA Post
Wisconsin Recall Election, A Democratic state legislator forced to defend his seat in a recall election on Tuesday because of the fierce battle of Wisconsin on the sidewalk in collective bargaining Republican declared victory in the vote. With 99 percent of the votes counted, Dave Hansen seems to have a significant advantage over his Republican rival David VanderLeest the first of what will be nine-summer special election caused by the struggle.
The unofficial results showed Hansen, with 20,639 votes, almost double the 10,601 obtained by VanderLeest.
“The best is yet to come,” Hansen told a noisy crowd of supporters, and about 200 began chanting, “This is what democracy looks like.”
“It looks bigger than me. The support seems bigger than me. These people now. It is we the people. It’s about taking back our state. This is unbelievable,” Hansen said more lately told reporters.
The union measure was approved by the Republican-controlled legislature in March, and severely restricted freedom of association of most public sector workers and made them pay more for their health and pensions.
The debate led the rebel in Wisconsin in the forefront of a broader national political battle as Republicans took control of state legislatures in the 2010 midterm elections many moved aggressively to reduce the size of government and had to stop in public sector unions a priority.
Hansen was one of 14 Democratic lawmakers who left Wisconsin for nearly three weeks this winter in an effort to thwart the Republicans to approve the measure, which also resulted in teachers, correctional officers and other public employees to pay more for their health and pensions.
VanderLeest had campaigned as a supporter of the Union measure. Republican Gov. Scott Walker, who was elected last fall as part of the national wave of his party in the midterm elections, signed the bill in March.
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Democrats saw the Union legislation as an attack on workers and an effort to cut off funds unions, one of the largest financial supporters of the party.
Only the police and firefighters were exempted from the measure, which resulted in the largest demonstrations of the opposition in the state since the Vietnam War.
Walker said the compensation and bargaining rights for public sector workers had enjoyed were unobtainable in an era of growing state budget deficit, and defended as necessary to help fix the state of their finances.
In addition to Hansen, eight state senators to other people – two Democrats who opposed the measure and six Republicans who supported him – defend their seats this summer, which could break the Republican dominance in the state Senate.
“My main concern is that people stay dismissed by the rest of the year,” said Steve Robbins, an electrician from Green Bay and a supporter of Hansen. “This should be a warning to Walker, but it will not be. That guy is from another planet.”
The six Republicans face voters remember all scheduled for August 9. The two remaining Democrats defend their seats in the recalls scheduled for August 16.
No matter what happens once the Senate last memory is held in mid August, the Republicans still the majority in the Chamber of Deputies, or assembly, and control of the governor’s mansion. Democrats have pledged to send Walker next year.
In addition to the Hansen-VanderLeest race, two Republican primaries were held on Tuesday to pick up the challenges of the game reminds scheduled next month in two Democratic-controlled state Senate districts.
As a result of Tuesday’s primary, Republican Jonathan Steitz will face Democratic state Sen. Bob Wirch on August 16 recall referendum and the Tea Party activist Kim Simac will face Democratic state Sen. Jim Holperin.
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