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Wisconsin Recall — Stranger Than Fiction

Wis­con­sin Gov. Scott Walker

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…)

David Prosser and the Supremes


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Tomorrow’s Elec­tion Day!

Well, not every­where, but tomor­row, April 5, in Wis­con­sin there’s an elec­tion being held that car­ries enough drama, excite­ment, ten­sion and nation­wide sig­nif­i­cance to glad­den the heart of any polit­i­cal addict.

Nor­mally this would just be a sleepy by-​​election draw­ing, on aver­age, about 10 to 15% of reg­is­tered vot­ers to the polls. But this year, as we all know, is any­thing but a nor­mal polit­i­cal year in Wis­con­sin. The con­tested seat is on the Wis­con­sin Supreme Court. Incum­bent David Prosser, a Repub­li­can, was until recently expected to eas­ily hold the seat. He is being chal­lenged by Demo­c­rat JoAnne Klop­pen­burg, envi­ron­men­tal lawyer and long-​​time state attor­ney, who has strong union sup­port. In this cam­paign the ran­cor is deep and the ten­sion is sky-​​high. The Supreme Court elec­tion is seen as a proxy for the bit­ter bat­tle cur­rently being waged between gov­er­nor Scott Walker and the state’s labor unions.


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