MADISON, Wisconsin (Reuters) – Activists with the conservative Tea Party movement say they owe a lot to their schooling in left-wing community organizing tactics for the historic Republican victory over the Democrats and their union allies in the Wisconsin recall election.
While the Democrats said huge campaign spending by conservatives supporters of Republican Scott Walker allowed him on Tuesday to become the first governor in U.S. history to survive a recall election, the Republicans point to their grassroots, get-out-the-vote work as more important.
MILWAUKEE, June 6 (Reuters) – The White House on Wednesday
shrugged off the idea that Republican Governor Scott Walker’s
recall election victory in Wisconsin spelled trouble for
President Barack Obama’s Nov. 6 re-election bid, while analysts
said the result may embolden Republican governors in other
states to take on labor unions.
Walker on Tuesday survived a recall election instigated by
liberal critics opposed to his bold moves to limit the rights of
public sector unions in the Midwestern state that could be a key
battleground in November’s presidential election.
MILWAUKEE, June 5 (Reuters) – Wisconsin’s Scott Walker
became the first governor in U.S. history to survive a recall
election on Tuesday in a decisive victory that dealt a blow to
the labor movement and raised Republican hopes of defeating
President Barack Obama in the November election.
Unions and liberal activists forced the recall election over
a law curbing collective bargaining powers for public sector
workers passed soon after Walker took office in 2011.
MILWAUKEE, June 5 (Reuters) – Wisconsin Republican Governor
Scott Walker will become the first governor in U.S. history to
survive a recall election, television networks projected on
Tuesday, a setback for labor unions and a boost to Republican
hopes in November’s presidential election.
Major networks projected Walker would be the winner about an
hour after the polls closed in Wisconsin in the divisive
election that left families at odds and neighbors not speaking
to each over Walker’s push to curtail collective bargaining by
public sector workers.
MILWAUKEE (Reuters) – The outcome of the Wisconsin recall election on Tuesday was too close to call between Republican Governor Scott Walker and Democratic challenger Tom Barrett as polls closed across the state, broadcast networks said based on exit polls.
Walker was forced to face voters in the Midwestern Rust Belt state after he pushed through severe restrictions on the collective bargaining of unionized government workers.
MILWAUKEE, June 5 (Reuters) – Wisconsin voters turned out in
force on Tuesday to decide whether to throw Governor Scott
Walker out of office in a rare recall election forced by
opponents of the Republican’s controversial effort to curb
collective bargaining for most unionized government workers.
The rematch with Milwaukee’s Democratic Mayor Tom Barrett,
who Walker defeated in a Republican sweep in 2010, is the end
of six months of bitter fighting in the Midwestern Rust Belt
state over union restrictions Walker enacted.
MILWAUKEE (Reuters) – Wisconsin voters will decide on Tuesday whether to throw Governor Scott Walker out of office in a rare recall election forced by opponents of the Republican’s controversial effort to curb collective bargaining for most unionized government workers.
The rematch with Milwaukee’s Democratic Mayor Tom Barrett, who Walker defeated in a Republican sweep of the state in 2010, is the end-game of six months of bitter fighting in the Midwestern Rust Belt state over the union restrictions Walker proposed and enacted.
By Nick Carey
(Reuters) – In the 2008 presidential election, conservative grassroots groups were a cottage industry. But with the advent of the Tea Party, these groups have become more prominent and between them could raise more than $140 million in 2012.
Below are some estimates provided by these national groups to Reuters:
Americans for Prosperity. This group, with headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, is backed by conservative billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch of oil and gas conglomerate Koch Industries.
OCONOMOWOC, Wisconsin (Reuters) – Robin Milaeger whoops for joy and punches her fist in the air when the man at her door asks if she wants a yard sign supporting Wisconsin’s Republican governor, Scott Walker, who faces a contentious recall election on June 5.
“I was wondering when you would show up,” Milaeger says to Mike Kozaria, who is canvassing voters in her conservative neighborhood in Oconomowoc, some 30 miles west of Milwaukee. “Walker promised he’d make tough choices to fix Wisconsin and he kept his word.”
, May 25 (Reuters) – Tea Party activist Larry
Gamble has spent the last few months leading an effort to
disqualify the signatures of some of the 1 million residents who
petitioned to recall Wisconsin’s governor, Republican Scott
Walker. The petition protests Walker’s Act 10, which eliminates
collective bargaining rights for most public workers, among
other anti-union measures.
Gamble helped launch a “Verify the Recall” website that drew
in 17,000 volunteer sleuths to scour public records for fraud.
He says they uncovered about 100,000 suspicious signatures using
scanned, publicly available copies of the petitions. Although
the findings were not sufficient to halt a recall election for
Walker, it electrified Wisconsin’s grassroots conservatives by
uncovering the names of judges, journalists and others who
appeared to have signed the recall petition in breach of their
own professional codes of ethics.