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Walker Wins!

By Scott Bauer

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker beat back a recall challenge Tuesday, winning both the right to finish his term and a voter endorsement of his strategy to curb state spending, which included the explosive measure that eliminated union rights for most public workers.

The rising Republican star becomes the first governor in U.S. history to survive a recall attempt with his defeat of Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and the union leaders who rallied for months against his agenda.

With 37 percent of precincts reporting, Walker was ahead 59 percent to Barrett's 40 percent, according to early returns tabulated by The Associated Press.

A Barrett spokesman said the campaign was not conceding, citing ongoing voting in Milwaukee, Madison and Racine.

"We feel very confident when those come in, Tom Barrett is going to win," Phil Walzak said.

Democrats and organized labor spent millions to oust Walker, but found themselves hopelessly outspent by Republicans from across the country who donated record-setting sums to Walker. Republicans hope the victory carries over into November and that their get-out-the-vote effort can help Mitt Romney become the first GOP nominee to carry the state since Ronald Reagan in 1984.

The recall was a rematch of the 2010 governor's race. Throughout the campaign, Walker maintained his policies set the state on the right economic track. Defeat, he said, would keep other politicians from undertaking such bold moves in the future.

"We're headed in the right direction," Walker said many times. "We're turning things around. We're moving Wisconsin forward."

Barrett repeatedly accused Walker of neglecting the needs of the state in the interests of furthering his own political career by making Wisconsin "the tea party capital of the country." He said Walker had instigated a political civil war in Wisconsin that could be quelled only by a change in leadership.

"I will end this civil war," Barrett promised in a debate. "That is something the people of this state want."

Walker ascended into the national spotlight last year when he surprised the state and unveiled plans to plug a $3.6 billion budget shortfall in part by taking away the union rights of most public workers and requiring them to pay more for their health insurance and pension benefits. It was one of his first moves in office.

Democrats and labor leaders saw it as a political tactic designed to gut the power of his political opposition. State Senate Democrats left Wisconsin for three weeks in a sort of filibuster, as tens of thousands of teachers, state workers and others rallied at the Capitol in protest.

But the tea-party supported fiscal conservative remained steadfast: Walker believed his plan would help him control the state budget, and his opponents could not stop Republicans who control the state Legislature from approving his plans.

Walker went on to sign into law several other measures that fueled calls for a recall, including repealing a law giving discrimination victims more ways to sue for damages, making deep cuts to public schools and higher education, and requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls.

Both sides mobilized thousands of people and millions of dollars to influence voters, whom polls showed were more divided than ever. Signs calling for Walker's removal and those supporting the 44-year-old son of a minister dotted the state's landscape all spring at a time normally devoid of political contests.

Turnout was strong across the state with few problems reported as some voters waited in line to cast their ballots.

"Typically we wait until 5 in the afternoon, but we were chomping at the bit to just get it over and done with because I think it has been an unjust campaign waged against the governor," said Jeff Naunheim, a warranty analyst from St. Francis who voted for Walker first thing Tuesday.

Naunheim said the recall was a waste of money.

"I think the Wisconsin voters voted in 2010 to vote Walker in," he said. "I don't think he did anything illegal."

Barrett supporter Lisa Switzer of Sun Prairie said Walker went too far.

"Even if it doesn't turn out the way we want it to, it proves a point," said Switzer, an occupational therapist and single mother on BadgerCare, the state's health insurance program for the working poor. "People in Wisconsin aren't just going to stand by and let a governor take over the state and cut social services."

More than $66 million was spent on the race as of May 21, making it easily the most expensive in Wisconsin history. That money was spent on an all-out barrage of television ads, direct mail, automated calls and other advertising that permeated the state for months.

Walker used the recall to raise millions from conservative donors and bolster his own political fame in the face of the fight. National GOP groups, including Americans for Prosperity and the Republican Governors Association, poured money into the contest.

Unions got behind the recall drive, which started with the collection of more than 900,000 signatures over two months to force the vote. Barrett defeated the union-favored candidate in the Democratic primary in May and then tried to use that to his advantage, while also courting union support. He pledged to call a special legislative session to restore the collective bargaining rights Walker took away.

Also Tuesday, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and three Republican state senators also faced recall elections, and a fourth open Senate seat was also to be filled. Democrats hoped to win at least one of the Senate seats, which would give them a majority at least through the end of the year.

The recall also focused as much on his record creating jobs as on the divisive union proposal. Walker promised in 2010 to create 250,000 jobs over four years as governor, and just how many jobs were created under Walker was a major point of contention. Walker relied on new data showing the state added about 23,000 jobs in 2011, while a different survey that Barrett favored found the state had lost about 34,000.

Walker expressed no remorse during the campaign, saying he was sticking with his convictions. "I'm not afraid to lose," he said during a May interview with The Associated Press. "I plan to win, I'm running to win, but I'm not afraid to lose to do the right thing."

But that doesn't mean the public will see a changed Walker after the recall.

"I still think people elected me before in November 2010 and they'll elect me again because they want me to fix things," Walker said in the interview. "They want me to keep the focus and attention on fixing things. We're just going to make sure we've got a more comprehensive and inclusive process to get there."

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  1. billwvComment by billwv
    June 5, 2012 @ 9:29 pm

    Hurrah for Wisconsin! Sanity in the voting booths has prevailed!

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    • MorganComment by Morgan
      June 6, 2012 @ 11:33 am

      I tuned into the Ed Show on MSNBC with Ed Schultz who was much of the driving force in this recall election and his head almost exploded because Gov. Walker won. Schultz spent a lot of time in Milwaukee and other Wisconsin cities to try to ramp up opposition to Gov. Walker and work Walkers opposition into almost a feeding frenzy.

      He was moaning the blues because Walker and his supporters spent nearly $30 million as opposed to Barrett’s approximately $7 million. Well, that’s just too bad. If the shoe had been on the other foot and Barrett had won, Schultz would never even have mentioned the money. What a bunch of cry babies the leftist radicals are.

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    • LAPhilComment by LAPhil
      June 6, 2012 @ 12:59 pm

      Right on. All day long the union supporters have been crying about how money won the election, as if they would have even mentioned it if they had outspent the other side and won. Never mind that the election was mainly about one issue, if the left loses it’s because they were outspent.

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    • KMcCComment by KMcC
      June 6, 2012 @ 1:09 pm

      Morgan, you listed $30 million vs $7 million. I am sure the final total must have be much different, since as of May 30, the total amount spent was $66 million.
      I am sure the real reason, besides the voters believing in Gov. Walder, was the volunteer staffing effort put forth by the TEA PARTY! yea!

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    • MorganComment by Morgan
      June 6, 2012 @ 1:15 pm

      KMCC. I’m sure there might have been much more than what I stated. I was only quoting what I had heard one broadcaster say was spent. I don’t know where that broadcaster got his figures. Of course my point was that if the race had gone the other way, and Walker had lost, the issue of money would never have even come up.
      Watch poor Ed Schultz almost cry over this win for Walker
      http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2012/06/05/ed-schultz-walker-victory-not-going-be-easy-night-many-broadcasters-w

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  2. SweetOlBobComment by SweetOlBob
    June 6, 2012 @ 9:34 am

    All the damage to the Capitol, all the threats and bullying to local businsess,all the neglected education the students were supposed to get, all the false excuses written by doctors, and all the false signatures submitted as Wisconsin citizens didn’t work.
    Take your union thugs and go crawl undser a rock !

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  3. onewildmanComment by onewildman
    June 6, 2012 @ 9:38 am

    I hope this is repeated throughout the country. The Unions time has passed. They were once for the workers. That ended years ago. They are now simply about lining the pockets of the Union Bosses.

    They are running scared now. This was both a financial waste of union dues and demoralizing blow to the union bosses. I would love to see them waste all the union dues. In reality the union provides nothing to a good employee. The main thing they do is keep slackers employed. Even worse they manage to get worker who abuse drugs and alcohol returned to the workplace. This at the expense of the workers with good work ethics.

    IMPEACH OBAMA NOW! ! ! ! !

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    • LAPhilComment by LAPhil
      June 6, 2012 @ 9:42 am

      Exactly, onewildman. And hopefully the union workers will now begin to wake up and realize they’re being used.

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    • TRUTHTELLERComment by TRUTHTELLER
      June 6, 2012 @ 2:05 pm

      I really wish a lot more people could have heard the NBC nightly news anchors, blubbering about “the stunning loss” dealt to the teacher’s and civil service unions in Wisconsin.

      It seems that the water bucket carrying, union loving liberal MSM, couldn’t put out the Tea Party fire. So now, they are crying in their beers and blaming their losses, on the amount of money spent by the Walker campaign.

      Now, I believe these criminal run unions are running scared. There are hundreds of cities, in scores of states, that are suffering under the yolk of ever increasing union demands for salaries, pensions and perks.

      Now, maybe, their leaders, will wake up and realize that they too, can stop the spiral of greed and self aggrandizement by union leaders, demanding more and more fringe benefits and increased wages, far beyond private sector levels.

      What benefit has a worker gained, who receives these bloated salaries and perks, if they are then laid off or terminated because the city, county or state, only has so much in the budget, so they spread the same amount to fewer workers.

      I believe many workers are beginning to understand, that a big salary and benefit increase, gained for them by their union, will soon, buy them a spot in the unemployment line.
      This is now starting to happen in Los Angeles, where our budget deficit is in the hundreds of millions of dollars.

      Lets all hope that the Wisconsin win by Scott Walker, will spread throughout the country.

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  4. KAHR50Comment by KAHR50
    June 6, 2012 @ 9:40 am

    There are 3 interesting open items that I see here.

    1) What does the quote “We’re just going to make sure we’ve got a more comprehensive and inclusive process to get there.” mean?

    2) Why are the WI voters so disconnected from reality that Obama is leading Romney by a large margin in exit polls? Everything they stood up for in Walker is the exact opposite of what Obama stands for.

    3) What happended here? “Also Tuesday, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and three Republican state senators also faced recall elections, and a fourth open Senate seat was also to be filled.” Do these results have a connection to Walker’s comment in #1. Did the Democrats hopes come true in their “hope to win at least one of the Senate seats, which would give them a majority at least through the end of the year.?

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    • Bayushi ZeroComment by Bayushi Zero
      June 6, 2012 @ 10:44 am

      2) You say that there are exit polls without a ballot booth for people to exit?

      Not sure what you’re on, but the General Election isn’t for another five months. Exit polls are conducted with the people physically leaving the polling stations.

      Disconnected from reality? You mean like most Obama supporters? What is there to support with President Present? He hasn’t done ANYTHING of note, at least nothing positive.

      His signature legislation is likely to go up in smoke sometime this month, as we ALL know it’s unconstitutional.

      “He” withdrew our forces from Iraq… on the timetable established by the Bush Administration.

      He has engaged in military actions expressly against the War Powers Act of 1973. He had 60 days to withdraw forces, under said act, but took upwards of 90 in an act that should have had him chastised on the floor of the House, then impeached.

      Try being a bit less dense in the future.

      Thanks a bunch.

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    • prairelivingComment by praireliving
      June 6, 2012 @ 12:48 pm

      Keep in mind that exit polls are generally done in cities rather than more rural areas. If you look at the map showing which counties went to Barrett and which to Walker it is clear that the metro Milwaukee and Madison areas were practically the only areas that went to Barrett. If they did the exit polls in the main areas it is no wonder Romney didn’t do well.

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    • KMcCComment by KMcC
      June 6, 2012 @ 1:16 pm

      The final exit polls showed a tie 50% for and 50% against Walker. The polss also showed, as to why this was even asked, that Obama would beat Romney by 54% to 47%. With the wide varience of the Walker Poll, I hope the Obama Romney Poll was also flawed.

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    • CharieComment by Charie
      June 6, 2012 @ 8:44 pm

      It makes no difference if the Dems or Republicans take that last Senate seat. The Senate is adjourned until the next election. The state has been redistricted and all Senate seats are up for grabs along with the Assembly Representatives.

      ***said Switzer, an occupational therapist and single mother on BadgerCare, the state’s health insurance program for the working poor***

      Walker isn’t cutting BadgerCare. This is just one more example of the union/Democrat lies. This is a program that has been torqued all out of shape. There are people of all kinds on it that shouldn’t even be there. I believe it even started simply for children. The welfare programs are scammed constantly in the millions of dollars, especially in the area of child care. I hope Gov. Walker gets that taken care of, too. I attended a panel on fraud of welfare services and it was quite an eye-opener. This is being studied now to find the best way to clean up the mess.

      We need programs to help people in need not cheats that simply steal the money from taxpayers. You know how it goes, though. No good deed goes unpunished.

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  5. bgardner1952Comment by bgardner1952
    June 6, 2012 @ 9:41 am

    The sheer lunacy of this recall is beyond me. We elect officials with a specific term in order to allow them time to do their job. The threat of facing a recall every year has to be at least distracting. Good thing Scott Walker is willing to stand behind his actions. We need many many more like him.

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    • cgretiredComment by cgretired
      June 6, 2012 @ 11:11 am

      Fortunately, enough Americans contributed to the Walker cause to really give him a boost over the union thugs and union leadership that squandered their members dues money away on a lost cause. You said it right. “The sheer lunacy of this recall is beyond me”. After all, why did they elect him in the first place?

      I live in New Jersey. We have Governor Christie trying to do the same thing. This is primarily a democrat controlled state with a democrat controlled legislature, yet he has been able to do things that no one figured he could. And you can bet your bippie that after the likes of Corzine and that other lunitic McGreevy, he had a long row to hoe to get where he is now.

      I sincerely hope he goes even further to help straighten up this state. The next to go is the NJEA. Sooner or later, the members of that union will realize that they have been had. Watch what happens when many of them want to retire and try to take advantage of the dues they have been paying only to find out that their union leaders threw it away on negative slogan signs and false expensive advertizements!

      CGr.

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    • MorganComment by Morgan
      June 6, 2012 @ 11:41 am

      This is how democrats work. They saw Gov. Walker do the things necessary to bring his state back into the black, which included making public union employees pay part of their medical and pension benefits, and they didn’t like it. They have lived off of the backs of the taxpayer far to long, and the Governor wanted that to stop. It made the Democrats/union members mad so they did not want to wait until his term was up to try to oust him.

      Well, we now see that common sense wins out in the end. The people spoke and kept Walker in his job. That should send a strong message to Obama that we are tired of the out of control spending and we will take it no longer.

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  6. pwpmmpComment by pwpmmp
    June 6, 2012 @ 10:04 am

    Hopefully this election signals that the days of union bullying and thug tactics are on the decline. What the liberals refuse to see is what everybody else knows: the double standard is no more evident anywhere in this country than it is in the difference between union and non-union workers. Non-union workers are paid and receive benefits on the merits of their good labor. Unions, on the other hand, hold businesses captive and it doesn’t really matter what kind of jobs their members do. (And I’m not saying union workers, as a whole, don’t do a good job, but we all know there are a significant number of folks who seek the lowest denominator and ride it out for 40 years because union rules allow them to.)

    Salaries, benefits, hiring/firing practices are set by the unions. Negotiations are a joke. The Union knows exactly how much they can squeeze out of the employer and the employer knows the union will take every last dollar of that amount. The meetings and negotiations are just a show put on to make everybody look diligent.

    At one time in our history some labor protection was necessary, but things have gone far beyond reason. It is now the rest of us, the majority of us I might add, who need protection from the unions. We can only pray that this recall failure signals a new direction for America and an awakening of the sleeping population.

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    • bna42Comment by bna42
      June 6, 2012 @ 10:59 am

      The unions are whining and complaining today.

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    • cgretiredComment by cgretired
      June 6, 2012 @ 11:13 am

      Of course they are. They expected to win with all they spent on this issue. They can whine all they want. Most Americans are smiling right now.

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    • vevaComment by veva
      June 6, 2012 @ 10:45 pm

      The Wisconsin news is great! And also, a big plus was the news that the people in California and Illinois voted to stop funding the government workers’ health and pension largess! Incredible! THAT really sends a message to the rest of the nation! As if people scraping to get by should be paying such outlandish premiums for others when they can’t afford their own health care!

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  7. gilplynComment by gilplyn
    June 6, 2012 @ 10:36 am

    Let’s hope this same mindset prevails across the nation in November. This election renewed my hope. Perhaps liberals aren’t growing in numbers as I thought they were. Perhaps they are just getting louder and more vocal so we think there are more of them. Looks like that tactic didn’t work and Wisconsin voters called their bluff. Hurrah!

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  8. flatspots479Comment by flatspots479
    June 6, 2012 @ 10:55 am

    Polls were wrong. They claimed this was going to be close. This was a blow out with common sense prevailing. This should be the exact same result in the 2012 presidential race.

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    • LAPhilComment by LAPhil
      June 6, 2012 @ 1:22 pm

      I wouldn’t count on that, flatspots, but I sure hope you’re right.

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    • onewildmanComment by onewildman
      June 6, 2012 @ 2:15 pm

      flatspots479 Polls are not done to give a true snapshot of the voters. They are done to give a desired result for those commissioning the poll. Thus you do your polls in areas that will give that desired result. The other purpose is to discourage people from voting for a losers.

      You will see the same slant in all the so called swing states. The liberal media will be doing exit polls. These exit polls will be done with the hope of lowering the turn out of conservatives it the west. The only number that will be real is the final vote tally.

      In Wisconsin they used the same tacit in an attempt to discourage conservative voters from voting. If you give the impression the war is lost before it is over. Fewer people will enter the battle assuring a loss will occur.

      IMPEACH OBAMA NOW! ! ! ! !

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  9. bna42Comment by bna42
    June 6, 2012 @ 11:05 am

    “. . . the explosive measure that eliminated union rights for most public workers.”

    I think this is an exaggeration. Walker did NOT “eliminate” union rights for public workers. He simply brought their rights more in line with federal employees. Wisconsin had a huge state deficit due in part by the demands of public employee unions, who are now brought more in line with private sector unions.

    It should also be remembered that when Walker was trying to correct some of the state’s problems, the Democrats bailed out and left the state to try to stop the legislature from doing business. The unions and the Democrats are imploding and they have no one to blame but themselves.

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    • Dingbat36Comment by Dingbat36
      June 6, 2012 @ 12:10 pm

      If Walker had tried to get the public employees on a level (or anywhere near it) they would be paying about one quarter of their own health care costs as most in the private sector do. You know, those people whose taxes provide for the public employees health care. As it is, they are moaning about having to pay a pittance in comparison!

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    • CharieComment by Charie
      June 6, 2012 @ 8:58 pm

      I can tell you what Gov. Walker did: The public sector union people are no longer to have collective bargaining rights except for their wages. Also the state will no longer deduct union dues from workers’ paychecks. These public workers will also have to pay 12% towards their pensions and 5.8% of their medical premiums.

      The unions have been claiming in ads that they weren’t told they would lose collective bargaining before the governor was elected. That is a bald-faced lie. I have a copy of a union newsletter which states that one of the big differences between Walker and Barrett was that Walker was going to do away with collective bargaining. There was a footnote to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel which led to an article dated August 29 before the election. I took the time to look it up and there it was in black and white and I read it all over. Lo and behold, right in the paper of record in Wisconsin – an article about Walker taking away collective bargaining “rights” from public sector workers.

      Unions lie early and often and only fools believe what they say. Every time Richard Trumka bellows forth you can be sure he’s telling a lie. That’s why unions and Democrats are hand in glove. They lie easier than they tell the truth.

      When they say teachers have been laid off practically all have been laid off in school districts that hurried and accepted union contracts before the law (Act 10) went into effect so they couldn’t use the “tools” that Walker and the legislature had put into use for those who did wait to make contracts with the unions.

      I may have to write a book about this. Although I’m sure there’s one (or more) already written and ready to go to press. lOL

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  10. JDZComment by JDZ
    June 6, 2012 @ 11:14 am

    The results in Wisconsin are very encouraging but my take is as follows:

    1. The voters in Wisconsin felt that a recall election was not justified and should be preserved for cases of extreme malfeasance or illegal acts, none of which applied to Walker. The voters saw that this recall was sponsored by angry union leaders who have an axe to grind with the Walker policies and that this attempt to take him out was for self serving reasons and did not meet voter justification for this expensive recall election. This shows the maturity of Wisconsin voters.

    2. The voters also believed that Walker has been doing what he promised to do when he was elected Governor and has made good progress in turning around the problems the state is facing. He has significantly reduced the budget deficit, cut back on planned lay offs, and has given, through his changes in union policy, local government the ability to renegotiate contracts and save money. This is all good news.

    3. He has taken bold steps to diminish the control the public service union leaders have over the government(s) within the state of Wisconsin and that is what spurred the recall election. The union leaders actually were OK with having their membership pay a reasonable amount into their own pensions and medical benefits because the unions knew they were going to lose that battle and were going to have to compromise ultimately due to the budget deficit problem in the state. However, they went ballistic on two other moves. (1) They did not want to lose any of the benefits and other factors under the umbrella of their collective bargaining which is where their leverage over the government exists, and (2) Walker stopped spending taxpayer funds having the government collect union dues, which now the unions have to collect for themselves, and which has really angered the unions. Since this change was made, the union dues collected has fallen by 50% and the unions can no longer force someone to stay in the union and pay dues as the collection process under the government basically did.

    All of this is actually good, and together, attributed to Walker surviving the recall, however, the exit polls still have Obama favored over Romney looking ahead to November. So, even though I am encouraged and really happy that Governor Walker won the election, I am not sure just how much this really means in terms of the public service union issue or the upcoming national election. I hope that it will inform and encourage Americans across the country to take an interest in the election this fall and vote to replace Obama.

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    • Dingbat36Comment by Dingbat36
      June 6, 2012 @ 12:16 pm

      “They did not want to lose any of the benefits and other factors under the umbrella of their collective bargaining which is where their leverage over the government exists”

      This is such a spurious argument for unions, government has absolutely NO money with which to bargain except that which was taken from the taxpayers of the state. It was always the taxpayers of the state who were being defrauded because there was no way for those who actually PAY the bills to bargain with the union “thugs”!

      Walker may have won here, but the taxpayers of Wisconsin won an even larger battle!

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    • TRUTHTELLERComment by TRUTHTELLER
      June 6, 2012 @ 2:21 pm

      JDZ,

      Those exit polls showed the recall to be in a practical dead heat and look what the actual voting percentages showed. So much for exit polls. I believe the Romney, Obummer exit poll figures, were equally skewed.

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    • LAPhilComment by LAPhil
      June 6, 2012 @ 2:31 pm

      It always cracks me up when the newscasters keep telling you a race is “too close to call” while the banner headlines are consistently showing one candidate ahead by 20% with 50% of the precincts reporting. That happened last night on Fox News, I’m sorry to say. I kept wondering if Hannity and Greta couldn’t see the headlines. They eventually got the message, though, and called the election for Walker soon after that.

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    • TRUTHTELLERComment by TRUTHTELLER
      June 6, 2012 @ 10:26 pm

      Charie,

      Your well written and documented post is a waste of time. Liberals believe the fantasy lies, that liberals believe. Don’t confuse them with the facts, it overloades their pea brains.

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  11. DudleyComment by Dudley
    June 6, 2012 @ 12:12 pm

    Collective bargaining in the public sector should be made illegal. It spawns corruption and has no accountability.

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  12. lindsncalComment by lindsncal
    June 6, 2012 @ 12:29 pm

    This from the party who would now call Eisenhower an America hating communist.

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  13. prairelivingComment by praireliving
    June 6, 2012 @ 12:51 pm

    I wonder what underhanded tactics the unions are going to use to try to get Walker out of office now that they recall didn’t work. Mark my words, they will start finding all kinds of other reasons he should go. Like a bunch of spoiled children they don’t get their way and they will stop and nothing to get what they want.

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    • MorganComment by Morgan
      June 6, 2012 @ 1:20 pm

      I was listening to Ed Schultz a few minutes ago as I wanted to see what he had to say about this win for Walker. As you know Schultz is a far left progressive/socialist and is very strong pro union. He admitted this was a blow to unions and progressives, and he said that now the progressive/liberal movement would have to “regroup” and figure out what to do next and that it will be a steeper climb for them.

      I watched this in a video and I thought the guy was going to break down and cry.

      http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2012/06/05/ed-schultz-walker-victory-not-going-be-easy-night-many-broadcasters-w

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  14. Mort_fComment by Mort_f
    June 6, 2012 @ 12:58 pm

    This retred Federal employee, applauded when Reagan ‘busted’ the Air Traffic Controllers union. Walker did not go far, or deep, enough, but I guess he had to settle for half a loaf.

    But look closely, and the worst offenses of government employee unions are regularly committed by our elected legislators on the national level. With whom do they ‘negotiate’ pay increases, supplemental benefits, the most extreme retirement and health benefits, and a host of perks? Prior to the destitution of Grant’s widow, there was none of that. Public ‘Service’ was an honor, not a tenured profession.

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  15. bulldogComment by bulldog
    June 6, 2012 @ 2:29 pm

    Walker beating the recall effort is great, but for me here in the Dumbocrat hell of California there are a few bright lights. San Diego and San Jose both passed pension reform laws. Even though a lot of idiots in California vote for these Dumbocrats when it comes to their own communities they actually vote to take action. Now if they would just realize it is the Dumbocrats that got them into this mess.

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    • Bayushi ZeroComment by Bayushi Zero
      June 7, 2012 @ 1:45 pm

      Well, San Diego is loaded with active duty and retired military personnel and their families. Many who are simply discharged from the Navy or the Corps in San Diego stay there.

      I understand why they would vote as such, as most who have served tend to be rather conservative in values.

      I’m a disabled vet, and would live in San Diego if I could bloody well afford it. That weather comes at a pretty steep premium, it seems.

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  16. vComment by v
    June 6, 2012 @ 2:33 pm

    This is a start and we need more like him!
    Our focus should be the Economy and stopping Illegal Aliens and Foreign Nationals from taking LEGAL US CITIZENS JOBS!
    We ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE for the Rest of the World, THEY need to Change the way THEY DO THINGS and WE NEED TO GO BACK TO DOING WHAT IS BEST FOR THE LEGAL US CITIZENS and ONLY LEGAL US CITIZENS!

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  17. suemeComment by sueme
    June 6, 2012 @ 3:31 pm

    I am appalled at the racist and uncharitable tone being taken by current Republicans, and the me-first greedy attitude that permeates this party. It is not surprising that Walker won this recall as he outspent his opponents 7-1, with most of his money coming from outside of Wisconsin. This is more a matter of the people of Wisonsin being duped rather than speaking out. I am hoping that the average Republican will soon realize that the oligarchy that is running this party does not care about saving America, but only about saving their profits.

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    • LAPhilComment by LAPhil
      June 6, 2012 @ 3:49 pm

      Oh, how uncharitable of us Republicans to want working people to have the choice of whether or not to join a union and to decide for themselves where their money should go! How racist (?) and uncharitable of us to not want to pay for union benefits out of our hard-earned tax money! After all, the unions represent us, right? How uncharitable not to allow the unions to be able to keep their own incompetent workers from being fired for cause when they can be given tenure! How uncharitable of us for not wanting unions to have privileges we ourselves don’t have! Read it and weep, loser, the days of big labor dominance are over!

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    • onewildmanComment by onewildman
      June 6, 2012 @ 4:16 pm

      sueme you don’t have a clue. What about all the money that came from unions in other states. They spent $21,000.000.00 on the recall plus provide free union members to get their message out.

      LAPhill has it right. You have it wrong. The unions are the greedy ones. They are the ones extorting money from employers and the citizens of america. I have been in three unions and have known tow Teamsters business agents. The truth is they don’t care about the members at large. They only care about power and how munch money they can pocket.

      IMPEACH OBAMA NOW! ! ! ! ! !

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    • genesalComment by genesal
      June 6, 2012 @ 5:09 pm

      If we’re so bad why is it you gravitate to us?

      Are the dues collected really for political purposes at the whims of union leaders with no say so of it’s members? I think not.

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    • 1000tourmelinesComment by 1000tourmelines
      June 6, 2012 @ 6:29 pm

      Does this mean that you believe B.O. bought the 2008 election with his millions of offshore-backed dollars?

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    • MorganComment by Morgan
      June 7, 2012 @ 1:39 pm

      What the heck are you talking about? I see you have got the Ed Schultz/MSNBC talking points down to a science. The left claim that the Republicans out spent Barrott 7-1. Well, So what.

      What do you think Obama is doing. He’s raising millions and has many many far left zealots donating money. He recently had a fundraiser in Hollywood at $40,000 a plate. Bill Maher recently gave Obama’s campaign a million bucks. and the list goes on and on.

      But I guess to you lefties it’s OK if Democrats do it, but when Republicans/Conservatives do it, it is wrong.

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    • LAPhilComment by LAPhil
      June 7, 2012 @ 2:04 pm

      And he’s back in our fair city again today for some more fund-raising. No place like Hollywood for hitting up rich liberal celebs, eh Barack?

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  18. LAPhilComment by LAPhil
    June 6, 2012 @ 4:08 pm

    Oh, and sueme, as far you guys being outspent: Boo frickin’ hoo! How much did Obama outspend McCain by? How much money has he raised compared to Romney? You can whine about money buying the election till you’re blue in the face, but the election was about clear-cut issues, and money doesn’t buy people’s hearts and minds. And you talk about an oligarchy? I can’t think of a better description of the Democratic party!

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    • CharieComment by Charie
      June 6, 2012 @ 9:18 pm

      Wasn’t Obama boasting that he thinks to have a billion dollar campaign chest by the time he goes into campaign full gear. He’s already been campaigning for about 3 years so it will probably be hard to tell when he begins.

      Unions are not required to report a large percent of the money they turn over to a political party so the $4M that the Barrett campaign reported was only what Tom personally raised. Guess why Gov. Walker had to report every cent of the money donated to his campaign. LOL

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    • MorganComment by Morgan
      June 7, 2012 @ 1:43 pm

      When people donate to the Conservative causes, it means they want Conservatives elected and they are willing to make that happen. The left just can’t stand it when the Republicans do it, but it’s totally OK when liberals do it. Can anyone say George Soros?

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  19. 1000tourmelinesComment by 1000tourmelines
    June 6, 2012 @ 6:36 pm

    I’ve always been uneasy about unions for public workers. The whole purpose of unions was always defined as the uniting of the many to offset the power of the few holding the pursestrings. Public workers are the employees of the entire taxbase so how is it right for the few to unite against the American working majority?

    This country is supposedly based on a concept of rule by the majority. If you want to legitimize jerking your boss around, go get a job in the private sector and hold hands with your fellow majority members. You’ll find that, there, you can only get what your boss has.

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  20. Richard GibbardComment by Richard Gibbard
    June 7, 2012 @ 6:31 am

    The grown-ups won one for a change. Sweet.

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  21. userpegComment by userpeg
    June 7, 2012 @ 4:24 pm

    We are now to believe that when a Republican wins it is only because they have so much money. Right. Anyone out there attend Obama’s dinner in Chicago the other night at 40K a plate? For that matter, has the government billed Obama for flying around in Air Force One to campaign? It is beyond comprehension that any Democrat speak of how much money Republicans are spending. Mitt Romney has put a good deal of money into his own campaign, which he earned either through work or investments. Joe Biden portends that he is one of the “little guys”, you know, like you and me. Obama always poses the question: “Do you want to be treated like that? Uh, Uh, Uh, I mean, like you and me, we undertand….” Right. If Obama is reelected, he will continue to travel, complain about Congress and do nothing. He doesn’t care about the USA. He cares about getting his second term, his library and book deals. Disagree? Just look back at his speeches. Early on in his presidency when the markets were falling, he answered a reporter: “I don’t do Wall street”. The word “change” has taken on a new meaning since he first ran for office. He worked with ACORN to obtain fraudulent votes. He didn’t care about prayer breakfasts until his poll numbers went down and all of a sudden he found Jesus! He didn’t care about Lesbian and Gays until he needed their vote. He wanted no part of the border problems or immigration until he needed Hispanic votes. We are to believe that the majority of Wisconsin residents told pollsters that the U.S. economy would be better off with Obama over Romney….really? Elect Obama and sit back and watch our country sink further into despair and watch your tax bill, medical care, groceries and fuel go up some more. After all, we only have food increases of 20% to 70% per item. Why not give him a chance to complete the ruination of our country? NO WAY!

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  22. Mort_fComment by Mort_f
    June 7, 2012 @ 7:15 pm

    With all the talk about campaign money, I wonder if anyone is factoring in taxpayer money being used to chauffer Obama and his cronies to all these campaign fundraisers. Don’t insult me with the excuse that AF1 is mandatory for its communication facilities. Not to menttion the ‘army’ of secret service agents that require food, transportation, lodging, etc. etc.

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