Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Re-election Of State Senate Democrats Sets Momentum To Recall Republican Governor Walker In November

Governor Scott Walker

Wisconsin Democrats concentrate in recalling Governor Walker.

By H. Nelson Goodson
August 16, 2011

Kenosha - On Tuesday, two State Senate Democrats Bob Wirch of Pleasant Prairie, District 22 and Jim Holperin from District 12 were re-elected during a recall election. Wirch received 25,541 votes, 58% and Jonathan Steitz (R) with 18,838, 42% with 100% of princts reporting. Holperin won with 29,750 votes, 55% and Kim Simac (R) and a Tea candidate received 24,069 votes, 45% with 95% of princts reporting.
With last weeks elections, Democrats won two seats in Republican Districts, including keeping three seats and Republicans were re-elected in four Districts. In total, nine Wisconsin state senators faced recall elections.
The Republicans kept control of the state senate with 17 members and Democrats with a mere 16.
Now that the senate recall elections have ended, Democrats and unions will concentrate in recalling Governor Scott Walker (R) in November after he completes one year in office. Recall organizers will have to collect at least 540,000 signatures for a special election to oust Walker.
Last week elections results, two of the Democratic Senators elected were, Jennifer Shilling, 32nd District and Jessica King from the 18th District.
Four Republicans were re-elected to the Senate, Robert Crowles, 2nd District, Sheila Harsdorf, 10 District, Luther Olsen, 14 District and Alberta Darling from the 8th District. Republican Senate incumbents, Randy Hopper 18th District and Dan Kapanke from the 32nd District were defeated.
So far, an estimated $6 million has been raised by recall Senators and more than $30 million has been spent in campaign ads by unions, special interest groups and major political parties including the candidates.
The Republicans were recall for passing Act 10, which eliminated collective bargaining rights for most state employees. The Democrats had been recall for leaving the state for a month to stall a vote to eliminate union state employees right to engage in collective bargaining.
Governor Walker signed into law Act 10, which eliminated most collective bargaining rights for most state employees. Act 10 became effective on June 29.

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