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Wisconsin Judge Overturns Ban on Collective Bargaining

Gov. Walker vows repeal, calls judge a 'liberal activist'

(Newser) - Aching for a victory, Wisconsin public unions got one today when a judge struck down most of the state's ban on collective bargaining for public workers, the Wisconsin State Journal reports. Judge Juan Colas said the controversial law violated workers' constitutional rights to freedom of speech and freedom of... More »

Ann: My Mitt Will Lift Up America

'I love you, women, I hear your voices,' says convention darling

(Newser) - Ann Romney had the Republican National Convention in the palm of her hand tonight when she took the stage to woo women voters and paint her hubby as loving, humble, and the best man to lead the nation. She began her speech by hailing love, mothers, and families. "I... More »

Walker to Romney: Channel Reagan

Mitt needs to get serious about reform to win in November

(Newser) - Scott Walker, who's had to win a couple of elections in short order, has a little advice for the man who wants to abscond with the Oval Office come November: Win one with the Gipper . “I just hope he takes a page out of President Reagan’s playbook... More »

White House: Walker Win No Big Deal

Don't read into it, says Jay Carney

(Newser) - Scott Walker's success in Wisconsin isn't worrying the White House, press secretary Jay Carney says. "I certainly wouldn't read much into (the) result beyond who is occupying the governor's seat in Wisconsin," he told reporters, reports the Chicago Sun-Times . "What you had... More »

Scott Walker Opponent Slapped for Conceding

Supporter angry over Tom Barrett's timing

(Newser) - Tom Barrett's concession to Scott Walker in the Wisconsin recall vote prompted a minor assault. A supporter smacked the Milwaukee mayor across the face after he made the call to Walker, USA Today reports; apparently she was angry he'd conceded while some voters were still trying to cast... More »

How Scott Walker Pulled It Off

Conviction, money, Democratic disorder drove recall results

(Newser) - So much for that recount . Scott Walker won handily last night , and today everyone's talking about why, and what it means. Here's what pundits and strategists are saying went into, and might come out of, the win:
  • The Democratic primary was a disaster, Democratic strategists tell Chris Cillizza
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Walker's Victory Bad News for Labor

But will that mean it's bad for Democrats, too?

(Newser) - Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's victory in a fierce recall battle is a costly blow to labor that will likely have major repercussions across the nation, notes the Wall Street Journal. Inspired by Walker's ability to withstand a challenge to his labor changes cutting collective bargaining rights for most... More »

Palin: Wisconsin Vote Shows Obama's 'Goose Is Cooked'

But exit polls show many Walker voters support Obama

(Newser) - President Obama's decision not to campaign for Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett shows that the president's "goose is cooked," Sarah Palin said after Scott Walker prevailed in Wisconsin's recall election . The former Alaska governor, slamming Obama's "hopey changey stuff," said the people of... More »

Scott Walker Beats Recall Challenge

Controversial Wisconsin governor will remain in office

(Newser) - After a long, bitter battle and millions of GOP dollars from across the nation, Gov. Scott Walker has survived a recall challenge to remain governor of Wisconsin. Exit polls had the race at 50-50, notes the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel . But with 97% of the vote counted in the high-turnout contest,... More »

No Surprise: Wisconsin Polls Suggest Close Race

Turnout is huge for Scott Walker recall vote

(Newser) - The polls close at 9pm Eastern in Wisconsin, but don't expect the networks to be calling this one anytime soon. Exit polls suggest that the vote to recall Gov. Scott Walker will be a close one, as expected, reports CNN :
  • Parties evenly split: Of those who voted, Democrats made
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Democrats Already Prepping for Wisconsin Recount

They've hired 440 lawyers for 'election protection activities'

(Newser) - If you wanted a quick, clean outcome for today's recall election in Wisconsin, bad news: Democrats are already openly preparing for a recount, and have hired more than 440 lawyers to monitor polling places and perform "election protection activities," state party chair Mike Tate tells Politico . He... More »

Wisconsin Recall Neck and Neck

Scott Walker leading in polls, but by thin margins, in high-stakes contest

(Newser) - Tomorrow, Wisconsinites will decide whether to keep Gov. Scott Walker or boot him in favor of Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, in what Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post is calling "the second most important and influential race of 2012 aside from the presidential," with "absolutely massive" stakes.... More »

Wisconsin Law Ravages Union Membership

'There's nothing the union can do anymore'

(Newser) - Scott Walker will learn Tuesday whether the anti-union law he championed was good politics, but if its goal was to cripple public unions, it's already an unqualified success. Wisconsin public union membership has plummeted, the Wall Street Journal reports. The state's American Federation of State, County, and Municipal... More »

Dems' Attack on Scott Walker May Backfire

He's on track to win recall election, become party star

(Newser) - Democrats hoped to teach conservatives a lesson about messing with Big Labor by recalling Scott Walker in Wisconsin. Except Walker is now leading in the latest polls, notes CNN , and he stands a good chance of winning on June 5. In fact, the attacks against Walker have all but turned... More »

Wife Hits Hubby With SUV Over Wisconsin Recall Vote

Jeffrey Radle attempted to block wife from leaving

(Newser) - Let’s just say Jeffrey Radle and wife Amanda don’t quite see eye-to-eye politically: Amanda wanted to drive to the polls in her Wisconsin town Tuesday, but Jeffrey kept blocking her … so she eventually—allegedly—ran him over with her SUV. Jeffrey supports Gov. Scott Walker but Amanda... More »

Milwaukee Mayor to Run Against Scott Walker

Barrett aims to unseat Wisconsin governor June 5

(Newser) - Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett has won a hard-fought primary campaign to become the Democrat who will seek to unseat Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker in a recall election June 5. Barrett—who was defeated by Walker in November 2010—beat nearest rival Kathleen Falk 58% to 32%, despite the millions of... More »

Walker's Wisconsin Lost Most Jobs in Nation

Statistic expected to boost recall effort

(Newser) - Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's efforts to keep his job took a hit this week by way of a report showing how many voters lost theirs. Between March 2011 and March 2012, the state lost 23,900 jobs, more than any other state in the nation, according to the Bureau... More »

Scott Walker: My Enemies Are Tormenting My Family

His kids are hearing it on Facebook, says Wisconsin governor

(Newser) - Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says his political enemies are making it personal. In an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network , Walker says foes are busing to his home, yelling at family members (including his 70-something mother) in the supermarket, and even going after his kids on Facebook. ( Politico has... More »

Wisconsin Exit Polls a Crystal Ball

Voters worried mostly about economy, while 40% are 'moderate, liberal'

(Newser) - Perhaps the most interesting of yesterday's primaries was the vote by the relatively moderate electorate in the key swing state of Wisconsin. Analysts are salivating over exit poll results, and the hints they may offer into how voters are likely to lean come November. For one thing, the economy,... More »

Tonight: 3 Primaries, 7 Things You Need to Know

Rick Santorum has one last chance to get a Midwestern state

(Newser) - You've probably heard this before, but today's Republican primaries in Wisconsin, Maryland, and DC are pretty important. They'll surely push Mitt Romney past the 600 delegate mark (does that make it "halftime"?), and they represent Rick Santorum's last chance to win a Midwestern state,... More »

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