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Ear to the Ground

Two Wisconsin Democrats Make It Through Recall

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Posted on Aug 17, 2011
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Protesters crowd the state Capitol in Madison, Wis., in February.

Not much changed in the face of recall elections in Wisconsin on Tuesday. Two Democrats held on to their state Senate seats, ultimately leaving Republicans with a majority in the Senate.

Last week Republicans retained four of their six seats targeted for recall, maintaining control of the state Senate. Democrats gained a couple of seats in those races, but ultimately fell short of the three they needed to take the majority. —BF

The Wall Street Journal:

Sen. Jim Holperin, a Democrat serving his first term in the Senate, defeated local Republican tea-party activist Kim Simac, 54% to 46%, with 78% of precincts reporting, according to unofficial results from the Associated Press.

Democratic Sen. Bob Wirch, whose district covers the Kenosha area, defeated Jonathan Steitz, 57% to 43%, with 99% of precincts reporting, according to the AP. Mr. Steitz is a corporate lawyer who works in Chicago. Mr. Wirch was first elected to the Senate in 1996.

Ms. Simac organized the recall of Mr. Holperin, whose district covers a sprawling region of northern Wisconsin. Of the three Democrats facing recall this year, he was considered the most vulnerable because of the political makeup of voters in his district.

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By Leefeller, August 18, 2011 at 11:02 pm Link to this comment

If only more Democrats stood up for the working people as the Democrats did in Wisconsin. Hopefully they provided an example for the softy Democrats in DC, how to stand up to bullies, instead of compromising to the right.

Lets face it, the Walker Agenda was Choreographed as the other Red States by the likes of ALEC and company, we need to tell Republicans and all politicians money is not people and corporations aren’t people either.

Obama needs to grow a few and take hold of the bully pulpit and quit his silly compromising positions crap. Hell, Obama has made so many compromising positions he is making Kama Sutra’s top 10 favorite positions seemingly like watching paint drying!

Now lets help and hope the people of Wisconsin tell Walker to make sure and not let the door hit him in the ass on his way out!

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By Shenonymous, August 18, 2011 at 3:49 pm Link to this comment

Not enough, not enough, definitely not enough!  Some people have
weaker stomaches than others.  Others have very strong stomaches.

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By Michael Cavlan RN, August 18, 2011 at 12:27 pm Link to this comment

So perhaps it is time to stop with the parade of Democrat apologists articles. After all they get more than enough coverage in the corporate media.

Or folks could simply visit firedoglake a lot more.

Just saying…......

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By Michael Cavlan RN, August 18, 2011 at 12:26 pm Link to this comment

So from Firedoglake, a blog which actually allows articles that are NOT Obama/Democrat apologist in nature. A comment from an actual Trade Union person involved in this issue. Where the talk developed on the Democrats actually took the talk of a GENERAL STRIKE off the table, so to speak. Copy and pasted from a comment on “Is It Time For Direct Action In Wisconsin?”
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UndisciplinedPhD August 18th, 2011 at 11:21 am «

Not just the Democrats, but also union leaders channeled that energy toward recalls rather than strikes.

My take, based on the people I know (family members and friends) who are state workers – intuitively, people KNEW that a general strike was the next logical thing to do. They were afraid, of course, for their jobs, how they would pay their bills, etc.

I believe if strong leadership would have called for it then, many would have been willing. Certainly, in our family, we were prepared to do just that. Despite being scared – and I can’t over-emphasize how stressful that time was. My stomach was in a knot for weeks…

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By Shenonymous, August 18, 2011 at 8:58 am Link to this comment

Yayyyy!  Way to go Wisconsin Democrats!  Get those f’n Republicans
out of there.  Stop them from ruining your life.

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By Michael Cavlan RN, August 18, 2011 at 8:44 am Link to this comment

Actually, a lot did happen. A lot did change.

Wisconsin was on the edge of an open revolt. There was talk, serious talk of a GENERAL STRIKE. Including from the Wisconsin West Central Labor Council. It was going somewhere.

Then the f***ing Democrats came along, channeled all that energy into a meaningless “recall.” Thereby dissipating all that valuable energy into a revolt that could have really changed things.

Gee, thanks Democrats. As an aside, just how many Democrat apologists articles can they publish here before it becomes apparent that this is just another version of Faux News?

Is there an invisible donor problem here? Just wondering out loud. How much suppression of left, progressive views continues to go on today?

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By Shenonymous, August 18, 2011 at 1:46 am Link to this comment

Read more?  Yeah right!  What a gyp!  F’ the WSJ.  Now, if only
the Wisconsonites can keep their recall fever going they can
get rid of that a__h___ Walker. 

From Scott Walker Watch website:
http://scottwalkerwatch.com/sign-recall-petition/official-recall-information/
The estimate is that it would take 540,208 signatures in 60 days
starting on January 3, 2012.

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By wagonjak, August 17, 2011 at 7:56 pm Link to this comment
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Why put Read More, when only WSJ members can Read More…kind of self defeating isn’t it?

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