Wisconsin Recall Elections
August 17, 2011 by USA Post
Wisconsin Recall Elections, Two Wisconsin state senators reject Democratic Republican hopefuls Tuesday at the latest in a series of recall elections caused by a struggle for collective bargaining rights for public sector workers.
Both Democrats and Republicans were claiming victory Tuesday in a series of nine votes summer recall in which Democrats unseated two incumbent Republicans, but failed to win control of the state legislature.
Democrats hoped to win a majority in the State Senate after a fierce battle with the governor Scott Walker and his Republican allies earlier this year on the powers of the union of public employees involved mass protests, legislative maneuvers and appeals courts.
“This was a political Rorschach test that anyone can read anything on the outcome,” said Mordecai Lee, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee professor of government affairs and former Democratic congressman. “Politically, it was a draw.”
It is expected that the results could embolden Democrats to try to remember Walker, which would require half a million signatures just to make a choice. “In November, let us know if you are pursuing serious or not.”
Democrats, who successfully defended their seats on Tuesday, Robert Wirch Holperin and Jim, were among 14 senators from Wisconsin, who left the state in an attempt to prevent the passage of an anti-union earlier this year.
Holperin defeated political novice and the Tea Party activist Kim Simac 54 percent to 46 percent, according to WisPolitics.com. Wirch Republican attorney Jonathan Steitz stroke by 58 percent to 42 percent.
In general elections to remember, a total of three Democrats and four Republican incumbents retained their seats, while two Republicans were unseated.
CONTROL OF THE SENATE
The Republicans managed to keep control of the state Senate – 17 to 16. But state Democrats say that a Republican state Sen. Dale Schultz, voted against curbs Walker to public sector unions. They argue that the balance of power actually away from the Conservatives.
“The state Senate as now constituted not have approved of extreme Walker, assault division in the middle class and workers,” said Wisconsin Democratic Party Chairman Mike Tate in a statement.
Brad Courtney, president of the state Republican Party, and Steitz Simac congratulated for assembling what he described as well-fought challenges.
“Wisconsin is now emerging in this recall election season with a united Republican majority that has overcome a bout of national unions and special interests and emerged strongly committed to pursue a job creation program of bold,” Courtney said in a statement.
Holperin told supporters in Rhinelander he expects the results to remember that the sign of a change in the politics of Wisconsin.
“I hope (the recall) signal a new era of what I hope is a more moderate public policies in the state, starting with the governor,” he said.
Governor Walker fought for the Union curbs that restrict the bargaining rights of public employees and make them pay more for health care and pensions, saying they were necessary to help close a Wisconsin and 3 6 billion budget deficit.
Democrats up in arms, saying public employees had already agreed to benefit cuts strong. They called the union-busting efforts designed to disrupt organized labor – a major source of funding of the Democratic Party – before the 2012 elections.
The fight for Wisconsin thrust in the center of national attention, sparking massive protests in favor of union and political struggles that led to the recall effort against six Republicans who backed the curbs of the Union and three Democrats who opposed them.
Until this summer, there have been only 20 statewide elections to recall in U.S. history, and the money spent on campaigns withdrawal is something for the record books.
Mike Buelow, research director of the Campaign for Democracy in Wisconsin, believes that candidates and groups outside of all past and $ 37 million in withdrawals.
With remembers acting as a sort of rehearsal for 2012, experts say spending could be a harbinger of registration fees next year.
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