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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.