Wisconsin's recall election was a "dark night" for America's workers in large part because it showed how massive corporate cash can run roughshod over the democratic process, Communications Workers of America (CWA) President Larry Cohen said last night. Speaking on "The War Room," Cohen put it this way:
We are now the only democracy in the world with that kind of unregulated spending that, at this point, is obscene.
Yesterday’s Wisconsin election results, in which Gov. Scott Walker (R) held onto his office—thanks to a $50 million war chest—but lost the state Senate, “is not the end of the story, but just the beginning,” said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka at an afternoon press conference today.
Noting that Walker was the best-funded politician in state history, Trumka said, “We knew a recall election would be tough, and we knew we would be outspent.” But he added Wisconsin working people provided an incredible counter to Walker’s mostly out-of-state funded campaign that held a seven-to-one spending edge.
Despite retaining his seat, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R), in last night's recall election, appears to have lost control of the state Senate with former state Sen. John Lehman’s (D) victory over Walker ally state Sen. Van Wanggaard. If Lehman’s win holds up, it will give Democrats a one-seat (17-16) majority in the state.
Wisconsin "forced the governor to answer for his efforts to divide the state and punish hard-working people" in today's recall election," AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said tonight following predictions Gov. Scott Walker (R) would retain his seat.
Reports of sketchy robocalls, misleading e-mails and even canvassers urging people not to vote have marred a day of Wisconsin recall elections otherwise notable for heavy turnout and enthusiastic volunteers. If the recall is successful, voters end the short-but-rocky tenure of Republican Gov. Scott Walker.
Reports of sketchy robocalls, misleading emails and even canvassers urging people not to vote have marred a day of Wisconsin recall elections otherwise notable for heavy turnout and enthusiastic volunteers.
As of 6 p.m. in Wisconsin, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law had received 1,310 phone calls. The majority of those calls have been about polling locations and new requirements to vote—mainly a new requirement that voters prove 28-days of residency in Wisconsin. If the recall is successful, voters will end the short-but-rocky tenure of Republican Gov. Scott Walker.
Voters are reported to be waiting in long lines to get into the polls in Wisconsin, where the enthusiasm is high for the recall election of Gov. Scott Walker. Here is a sample of what's happening now in the state via Twitter.
Both players say they are “proud to be union” workers. Four-year veteran Finely has more than 127,000 followers on Twitter; and Finley, entering his second year with the Packers, has more than 12,000. Both are members of the of NFL Players Association (NFLPA) .
Turnout is high across Wisconsin today as working families are getting out the vote to recall Gov. Scott Walker (R) and elect Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett as the state’s new governor.
Voters also are casting ballots in recall races that pit Mahlon Mitchell, president of the Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin, against Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and four state Senate recalls. A pickup of one seat would swing control of the Senate away from Walker’s Republican allies who spearheaded his 2011 drive to eliminate the collective bargaining rights of 380,000 public workers.