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UW Election Eye 2012

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Topic: Divide and conquer

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June 6, 2012 at 1:34 AM

Wisconsin’s governor made history, now he must make amends

For UW Election Eye, it has been an epic two weeks traveling to every nook and cranny of the most divided state on America’s political landscape. Now that Scott Walker has secured a decisive victory, the once recalled — now redeemed — governor of Wisconsin has a second, more important mandate: heal his embittered electorate.

Gov Walker wins

A gentler, more gracious Gov. Walker promised Wisconsin he would learn from his mistakes during his victory speech on June 5, 2012. (Photo by Thor Tolo/UW Election Eye)

WAUKESHA, Wisc. — Scott Kevin Walker brought something to the victory podium last night that few folks had seen him exhibit on the campaign trail: some humility.

I’ve made mistakes, he said, and I’ve learned from them. I didn’t communicate as well as I should. I wish I’d taken more time to work through disagreements.

It seemed a remarkable turnaround for a governor nearly done in by his own wince-worthy words: “divide and conquer.” If Walker keeps his pledge from that podium, it’s now going to be “unite and overcome.”


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May 14, 2012 at 6:30 AM

Monday Eye Openers: Walker wanted to “divide and conquer”; protests Romney

Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) and Tom Barrett (D) will go toe to toe in upcoming recall election on June 5, 2012 (Photo courtesy of and

Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) and Tom Barrett (D) will go toe to toe in upcoming recall election on June 5, 2012 (Photo courtesy of and

Walker Caught on Tape
Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) is against Tom Barrett (D) — Milwaukee Mayor who handily won the Democratic primary last week — for his June 5 recall election. The recall has received heavy national attention and national funds — approximately 2/3 of Walker’s $25 million have come from outside of Wisconsin. UW Election Eye has reported on the election before and will be in Wisconsin leading up to the election.

Recently discovered video footage of Walker has him stating a “divide and conquer” strategy against unions. In the video, Walker is speaking with billionaire Diane Hendricks in January 2011, right before he proposed a bill that curtailed unions’ collective bargaining rights. Hendricks asked: “Any chance we’ll get to be a completely red state, and work on these unions, and become a right-to-work — what can we do to help you?” Walker replied, “Well, we’re going to start in a couple weeks with our budget adjustment bill. The first step is, we’re going to deal with collective bargaining for all public employee unions, because you use divide and conquer.”

Walker has said repeatedly that he is not trying to make Wisconsin a right-to-work state, however, some have noted that his response to Hendricks suggests the beginning stages of a plan toward that end. When asked about the video, Walker has replied in Alberto Gonzales fashion, commenting, “I don’t remember the particulars of that discussion.”


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