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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.

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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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Comments | More in National | Topics: campaign trail, Collective bargaining, Divide and conquer

June 5, 2012 at 1:23 PM

Bitter Wisconsin gubernatorial recall election entirely up for grabs: voices from the state

UW Election Eye is on a slow crawl from Wausau to Waukesha, Wisconsin — in search of those unique small town stories that can tilt critical elections one way or the other. Polls close here at 8pm Central, 6pm Pacific. We will be with GOP Gov. Scott Walker — win or lose — later this…

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Comments | More in National | Topics: Appleton, Milwaukee, Scott Walker

May 31, 2012 at 10:09 PM

Sparks fly in more conversational Wisconsin governor recall debate

Barrett & Walker before Marquette debate

Gov. Scott Walker (right) chuckles at the moderator's quip about the bright lights moments before the debate with Tom Barrett (left) in Milwaukee on May 31, 2012. (Photo by Thor Tolo/UW Election Eye)

We were at Thursday’s debate between Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and his Democratic challenger, Tom Barrett. It was a case study in face-to-face verbal combat that sets the tone for the final five days before Tuesday’s recall election.

MILWAUKEE — Marquette University political science professor John McAdams saw it coming: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s internal polling shows a tighter race than the Marquette Law School poll released Wednesday that has Walker up 52% to 45% over Democratic challenger Tom Barrett heading toward Tuesday’s gubernatorial recall election.

If that’s true, McAdams said, Walker would go hard after Barrett in Thursday evening’s debate.

Last Friday in a debate across town, Barrett assailed Walker without much push back. Would things be different Thursday?

Yes.

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Comments | More in National | Topics: Collective bargaining, John Doe investigation, Marquette Law

May 31, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Wisconsin governor’s premature exit from college remains mystery to Marquette professors

It has been 25 years since Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker sought the student body presidency of a large private university. Just days before what could become only the third successful gubernatorial recall in U.S. history, UW Election Eye wondered whether polarizing perceptions of Walker were as prevalent back then as they are now.

MILWAUKEE — Polite. Dishonest. Respectful. Conniving.

Only three men have a chance to wake up next Wednesday as governor of Wisconsin. One is Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. The others are the two personalities of Scott Kevin Walker.

Marquette Professor Emeritus Boles

Marquette Professor Emeritus Janet Boles archived every assignment score of every student she taught between 1980 and 2009. (Photo by Thor Tolo/ UW Election Eye)

Depending on whom you ask, the embattled Tea Party hero fighting for his political life was either an average, well-intentioned student at Marquette University — or a disillusioned, narcissistic buffoon devoid of any moral compass as he walked over friend and foe alike in repeated failed efforts to become student body president.

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Comments | More in National | Topics: Athan Theoharis, campaign violations, Greg Stanton

May 31, 2012 at 10:21 AM

Upset union vet shows disdain for recalled Wisconsin governor

Bill Brewer first drove a Milwaukee shuttle bus in 2009 as a hobby, but now drives to make ends meet. (Photo by Thor Tolo/UW Election Eye) It didn’t take long after landing at Milwaukee’s General Mitchell Airport for passionate opinions to be shared with our UWEE team traveling all over a divided Wisconsin ahead of…

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Comments | More in National | Topics: Local 200, Milwaukee, Recall election