Wisconsin’s Walker works to the right

March 12, 2015

What does a new Wisconsin law have to do with the 2016 election? As this Reuters graphic shows, this week it became the 25th state to enact a ‘right to work’ law. Signing the law, which absolves workers from paying union dues, even when they when they benefit from union contracts, bolsters presidential hopeful Governor Scott Walker’s anti-union bona fides.

NPR points out that ‘right to work’ legislation has been introduced this year in states as diverse as Maine, West Virginia, Missouri and New Mexico. But it isn’t coincidence that the map of current ‘right to work’ states fairly closely mimics the stark blue/red divide of the 2012 presidential election. Conventional wisdom suggests that both parties’ 2016 candidates would do well to abandon the center and cater to their respective bases—MSNBC called a cadre of GOP contenders ‘pander bears‘—so Walker’s doubling down on conservatism is smart politics.

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