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Jun 6, 2012

Wisconsin’s Walker makes history surviving recall 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.

Jun 6, 2012

Republican governor survives Wisconsin recall election

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.

Jun 6, 2012

Wisconsin recall election too close to call after polls close

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.

Jun 5, 2012

Voting brisk in closely-watched Wisconsin recall

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.

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.

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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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