Posts tagged Scott Walker
Today marks the second official day of the Republican National Convention, but the first where anything of significance happens. Mitt Romney pollster Neil Newhouse said, “if it doesn’t happen in prime time, it doesn’t happen.” That being the case, it’s a good thing yesterday’s activities were canceled; the networks said they weren’t going to carry the prime time speeches anyway, which would have left First Lady hopeful Ann Romney effectively on the cutting room floor. Now she gets a prime time slot tonight.
Representative Ron Paul (R-Port Jackson, TX) will not be speaking at this convention, despite having a significant number of delegates (who may not be seated). He refused to endorse presumptive nominee Mitt Romney, though, and wouldn’t allow his speech to be vetted by Romney’s crew, so he was denied a speaking slot. Instead, a speech has essentially been grafted onto him, in the form of a video “tribute” to Ron Paul, to be shown tomorrow. (more…)
Today we have two elections of significance. California is holding its primaries, and Wisconsin is holding recall elections for the Governor and four state Senators.
In California, the selections for President are foregone conclusions, and decidedly uninteresting, but there are two other state ballot items, and one local, worthy of examination.
First up is the Class 1 Senate seat, currently occupied by Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein. There’s no serious likelihood that she will lose today, but this is the first election in California in which the two Senate candidates with the most votes, regardless of party, will face each other in November. (more…)
Some men see things as they are and say ‘why’. I dream things that never were and say ‘why not’.
— Robert Kennedy, after George Bernard Shaw
We’re about nine months from the next election. An auspicious number, that — nine months, the human gestation period. To what sort of government will our nation give birth at the end of this year?
A look back is worthwhile. William Faulkner wrote, “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” For as long as I can recall (and it’s a stunningly long time), we’ve been told every election cycle that this is the “most important election we are likely to see in our lifetimes.” There is some truth to that. The world is getting increasingly complex, both its promises and its dangers always growing. Change comes at an accelerating breakneck pace. Perhaps each modern election really does surpass all previous ones in its fateful consequences. (more…)
For those keeping track at home, the score so far, in the six fake Wisconsin primaries (in which Republicans ran faux Democrats) and the one actual recall election: Democrats 7, Republicans 0. All seven of those Democratic wins were blowouts.
I’d think any sane analyst would have expected them to be blowouts. But it would have been a bad sign for the Democrats’ chances in 2012 if they had not been.
These recall elections are a test vote on how Republicans are doing since taking over the House of Representatives, several state legislatures, and a number of Governorships in 2010. The policies of Republicans, both in the States and nationally, have been extremely conservative, and have been closely coördinated at both the federal and local levels. The politics of this year and next are turning into a referendum on how well Republicans are doing.
This reveals a failure of messaging on the part of Republicans, who wanted the 2012 elections to be a referendum on President Obama, and who were certain they could spin the President’s record as something distasteful to the voting public. The combination of extremist policies on the part of Republicans, and the even-handed calm response of the President, seems, however, to be defeating this strategy. (more…)
One of the most amazing political sagas in recent memory is playing out in Wisconsin. Here are a few of the highlights — the full story would fill a novel. And a great novel it would be. Now, I’m a science fiction and fantasy writer, but I wouldn’t touch something like this. It’s too unbelievable for the my own preferred genres.
Newly-elected Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker pushed a serious union-busting measure through the state legislature earlier this year, resulting in massive protests at the state capital, protests which were echoed in other places around the country.
Governor Walker used a projected deficit in the state budget as an excuse for these measures. We know the state budget was really just an excuse, and the real goal was to bust the unions, because the unions agreed to the cost saving measures. Walker still insisted on the measures that would nearly dismantle the unions, and remove nearly all collective bargaining rights for most state workers. (more…)
A complex political dance is taking place in the state of Wisconsin, involving all three branches of the state government, with active participation from the people of the state. The dance has important implications for the nation, dealing as it does with the kind of people we are, with the nature of collective bargaining, with the ways the people interact with each other and with the institutions of government.
On May 26, Dane County Circuit Judge Maryann Sumi struck down Wisconsin’s union-busting bill that had been pushed by Republicans through the state legislature, and signed into law by first-term Governor Scott Walker. (more…)