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Jun 5, 2012

All eyes on Wisconsin governor’s recall election

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.

Jun 1, 2012

Factbox: U.S. conservative grassroots groups’ funding outlook

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.

Jun 1, 2012

Wisconsin recall tests conservative’s ground game

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, 2012

Wisconsin’s progressivism faces a recall

, 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.

May 21, 2012

At least 45 arrests, some injuries in Chicago anti-NATO clashes

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Four police officers were injured and 45 demonstrators arrested after baton-wielding police clashed with anti-war protesters marching on the NATO summit in Chicago on Sunday, police said.

A lawyer’s group assisting protesters challenged police figures, saying at least 12 protesters were hurt, some with head wounds from police batons, and more than 60 people detained.

May 21, 2012

Groups says 60 arrested, some hurt in Chicago anti-NATO clashes

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Baton-swinging police clashed with anti-war protesters marching on the NATO summit in Chicago on Sunday and a lawyers’ group representing the demonstrators said at least 12 people were injured, some with head wounds from police batons.

More than 60 people were arrested in a melee at the end of a march attended by at least 3,000 people, according to Sarah Gelsomino of the National Lawyers Guild, which represented protesters and attended demonstrations.

May 20, 2012

Anti-NATO protesters begin big march on Chicago summit

CHICAGO, May 20 (Reuters) – Protesters marched through the
steamy streets of Chicago on Sunday, carrying an anti-war
message for world leaders at a NATO summit and led by a group of
Iraq War veterans who planned to give back their military
medals.

Police estimated the crowd at 2,500 to 3,000 people in what
was the largest rally so far in the week leading up to the NATO
summit.

May 20, 2012

“Anonymous” affiliate claims hacked Chicago police site as NATO opens

CHICAGO, May 20 (Reuters) – A group affiliated with the
hacking activist group Anonymous said it made a “hacktivist”
attack on the Chicago Police Department and related websites on
Sunday as part of protests against the summit of the NATO
military alliance.

The Chicago City Council web site (www.cityofchicago.org)
was inoperable on Sunday morning for a period, as was the police
department site, which is accessible via the council web portal.

May 10, 2012

Corrected: Veteran Republican Senator Lugar soundly defeated

INDIANAPOLIS (Reuters) – U.S. Senator Richard Lugar, a 35-year Senate veteran and leading foreign policy voice, was soundly defeated in the Indiana Republican primary by a Tea Party-backed rival on Tuesday, jolting the American political establishment during a volatile election year.

Lugar, 80, was the first Senate incumbent ousted this year and his defeat showed that the anti-Washington, small government Tea Party movement is alive and well.

May 9, 2012

Veteran Republican Senator Lugar soundly defeated

INDIANAPOLIS (Reuters) – Senator Richard Lugar, a 35-year Senate veteran and leading foreign policy voice, was soundly defeated in the Indiana Republican primary by a Tea Party-backed rival on Tuesday, jolting the American political establishment during a volatile election year.

Lugar, 80, was the first Senate incumbent ousted this year and his defeat showed that the anti-Washington, small government Tea Party movement is alive and well.

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      "Nick Carey is a Chicago-based, British-born journalist who has covered everything from the near-collapse of the Big Three automakers to the U.S. housing crisis. Nick is currently on general assignment, reporting on the human impact of the recession. He previously spent ten years working in central and eastern Europe."
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