WI: Gov. Walker Looking Strong Before Recall

By: Thursday May 24, 2012 11:40 am

With less than two weeks until the recall election in Wisconsin, it appears Republican Governor Scott Walker currently stands a very good chance of surviving the effort. Two new polls out today confirm Walker leads Democrat Tom Barrett in their rematch. A poll for Wisconsin Public Radio has Walker leading by five and a poll [...]

May 8th Election Night Primer

By: Tuesday May 8, 2012 12:52 pm

Today has turned into a remarkably eventful May 8th primary. Significant contested elections are currently taking place in Indiana, North Carolina, and Wisconsin. Indiana – Today we may witness the very rare occurrence of a sitting Senator losing a primary. Long time Republican incumbent Dick Lugar appears to be in bad shape heading into today’s [...]

Russ Feingold Won’t Run Next Year

By: Friday August 19, 2011 10:03 am

Today former Wisconsin Democratic Senator Russ Feingold, who lost his seat in 2010 to Ron Johnson, told supporters he will not run for office in 2012. From Russ Feingold’s announcement: I am grateful for the friendship and support of so many fellow Wisconsinites who suggested I consider running for statewide office in the coming months. [...]

Election 2012: The GOP’s Swing-State Governor Problem

By: Friday May 27, 2011 6:36 pm

The bad economy, Democrats’ terrible political handling of health care reform and an unusually high number of positions up for election allowed a wave of Republican governors to be swept into office across the country last year. Yet this wave of success, and the poor economy which enabled it, could become a real political headache [...]

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker Vulnerable to Potential Recall Campaign

By: Wednesday May 25, 2011 5:29 pm

Republican Gov. Scott Walker has been steadily making himself less popular in Wisconsin, so much so that he is now potentially vulnerable to a recall campaign, which could theoretically be launched six months from now. From PPP polling: 43% of voters now approve of the job [Scott] Walker is doing to 54% who disapprove. When [...]

GOP’s Political Warfare: Long-Term and Virtually Unopposed

By: Wednesday March 16, 2011 9:45 am

Wisconsin is more than just ground zero in a fight over the future of public sector unions, it is the embodiment of the Republican Party’s commitment to bare-knuckle political warfare; their willingness to push the law to its limits to gain long-term political advantage for the party. While it is most evident in Wisconsin, this [...]

Lesson from Wisconsin: Always Act Quickly and Decisively

By: Saturday March 12, 2011 9:30 am

While I strongly disagree with the law pushed through this week by the Wisconsin GOP to strip public sector unions of their collective bargaining rights, I think the political lesson that all politicians can take away from this event is that, whenever possible, you should act quickly and decisively. If Gov. Scott Walker and the [...]

See Scott Run, See Scott Beg: Without Public Financing, Candidates Need to Please the Rich

By: Monday March 7, 2011 8:33 pm

Think Progress caught something you rarely see on tape, but it is prevalent in our political culture–it is a politician directly begging a billionaire one-on-one for money.  Here is Sen. Scott Brown telling David Koch how helpful the thousands he funneled into his last race were and how he would like some more this time. [...]

Wisconsin Labor Fight Spurs Surge in Union Pride, Liberal Support

By: Thursday March 3, 2011 1:48 pm

The very public fight in Wisconsin over labor unions’ collective bargaining rights seems to have resulted in a strong surge in union pride among labor households, and made liberal Democrats’ support of labor significantly stronger. A new Pew poll compared the change in opinions about labor unions over the past few weeks as the Wisconsin [...]

GOP Attacks on Unions are Bad Short-Term Politics, But is There a Long-Term Goal?

By: Tuesday March 1, 2011 5:10 pm

With several new polls out about the fight in Wisconsin, the verdict is clear that recent Republican efforts to take away labor unions’ collective bargaining rights is very bad short-term politics for them. Polling confirms that an overwhelming majority of Americans opposes taking away public employees unions’ collective bargaining rights: CBS News/NYT poll: 60% oppose, [...]

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