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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 7:22 PM

Tea Party’s Walker wins Wisconsin to become first U.S. governor ever to survive recall

Lori Mallett shouts for joy at the first network projection of a Walker victory at Waukesha Expo Center on June 5, 2012. (Photo by Thor Tolo/UW Election Eye) WAUKESHA, Wisc. – Sixteen months and more than 63 million advertising dollars later, Republican Scott Walker has become the first incumbent governor in U.S. history to survive…

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June 3, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Northwest Wisconsin wrestles with governor’s failed mine proposal as recall election nears

UW Election Eye traveled to Wisconsin committed to reach every region of this state before the June 5 gubernatorial recall election. On Friday we reached the northwest corner and found a number of folks upset with GOP governor Scott Walker after the incumbent tried to rush through an open-pit iron ore mining bill not long after taking office.

Joe Barabe

Wisconsin's longest serving mayor, Joe Barabe, photographed after a day of fishing on June 2, 2012. He told UWEE a governor's aide said Scott Walker doesn't speak directly by phone with his constituents. (Photo by Thor Tolo/UW Election Eye)

MELLEN, Wisc. — In a scene ripped straight out of a script from the Andy Griffith Show in Mayberry, a dusty dinged-up pickup truck pulled up and parked along the shoulder of State Highway 13 in this tiny blue-collar town half an hour south of Lake Superior.

Out stepped the longest serving mayor in Wisconsin, Joe Barabe, holding his favorite fishing pole and looking resigned to a recall election victory this Tuesday by the man he called “an entirely worthless clown.”

Nobody worked harder than Barabe to defeat Scott Walker in his first governor’s race against Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett two years ago.

This 24-year serving mayor is furious over Walker’s attempt to strong-arm a mining bill he calls an “embarrassing act by a disgraceful governor.”

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Comments | More in National | Topics: Ashland, Assembly Bill 426, Chris Cline

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 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

May 26, 2012 at 7:00 AM

Wisconsin recall election exacting a high social toll

On June 5 Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker might become the third U.S. governor to be recalled – ever. Whatever happens to him electorally, the social impact of the recall is straining relationships in this Midwest state.

Madison Labor Protest Feb. 26

Homemade signs with strong messages are common among demonstrators (Photo by Emily Mills via Flickr)

MADISON, Wisc. – The stories are everywhere we turn: friends are becoming frenemies as the gubernatorial recall election in this state cascades toward its June 5 decision.

Here’s the numbers: In a randomly-sampled poll by Marquette University two weeks ago of likely recall-election voters in Wisconsin, there was this question: “Is there anyone you have stopped talking with about politics due to disagreements over the recall elections or Scott Walker?”

A stunning 34% said yes.

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May 14, 2012 at 6:30 AM

Monday Eye Openers: Walker wanted to “divide and conquer”; MoveOn.org 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 http://www.scottwalker.org/ and www.barrettforwisconsin.com/).

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 http://www.scottwalker.org/ and www.barrettforwisconsin.com/).

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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Comments | More in National | Topics: Barack Obama, Betty White, Divide and conquer

April 30, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Pennsylvania parallels with Washington State politics obvious to PA Governor

When UW Election Eye was invited to the residence of Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett, we discovered a remarkable number of similarities between Pennsylvania’s political climate and that of Washington State.

HARRISBURG, Penn. — Gov. Tom Corbett was glued to his son’s big-screen TV on Sunday, April 22, settling in to his rec room’s easy chair for a Stanley Cup playoff game between his two largest constituent cities: Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. That’s just about the time our UW Election Eye team got waved past the plain-clothed state patrolman on the mansion’s front steps and greeted by the Commonwealth’s First Lady, Susan Corbett.

UWEE's Corbett interview site

Mellon Parlor is around the corner from the site of our exclusive interview with Gov. Corbett on April 22, 2012. It was completed in December 1968. (Photo by Derek Walker/UW Election Eye)

“Call me Sue,” she said, reaching for our jackets and hanging them up in the closet of the Grand Hall entrance. The tone was set for our afternoon.

Minutes later, Gov. Corbett strolled across the wooden floor into a spacious, brightly lit Erie Room — wearing a light blue shirt and holding a soft drink in his left hand. If he is losing sleep over his current 39% approval rating, he sure doesn’t look like it. Even Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s approval rating is higher than Corbett’s, despite Walker facing a rare recall election in early June.

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Comments | More in National | Topics: attorney general, Mellon Parlor, Pennsylvania governor

April 5, 2012 at 6:30 AM

Presidential primary leaves Wisconsin, but all eyes stay on state’s governor recall

Scott Walker-Total Recall

Theater sign in Madison, Wisc., on March 12, 2011 (Photo courtesy of Flickr member Render Engine)

Wisconsin voters had their say in the presidential nomination process on Tuesday. OK, did that. Now it’s on to much bigger stuff: a recall election for the governor.

Wisconsin officials announced on Friday that citizens had turned in enough signatures — actually, hundreds of thousands more than necessary — to mandate a recall election of Gov. Scott Walker. If he loses, he would be only the third governor to be recalled in U.S. history, and his fate will tell us much about the political winds of 2012.

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Comments | More in National | Topics: Barack Obama, Collective bargaining, Election 2012

April 5, 2012 at 6:30 AM

Presidential primary leaves Wisconsin, but all eyes stay on state's governor recall

Scott Walker-Total Recall

Theater sign in Madison, Wisc., on March 12, 2011 (Photo courtesy of Flickr member Render Engine)

Wisconsin voters had their say in the presidential nomination process on Tuesday. OK, did that. Now it’s on to much bigger stuff: a recall election for the governor.

Wisconsin officials announced on Friday that citizens had turned in enough signatures — actually, hundreds of thousands more than necessary — to mandate a recall election of Gov. Scott Walker. If he loses, he would be only the third governor to be recalled in U.S. history, and his fate will tell us much about the political winds of 2012.

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Comments | More in National | Topics: Barack Obama, Collective bargaining, Election 2012