11:06 AM, Jun 6, 2012 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
Here's an indication of just how impressive and broad-based Scott Walker's 7-point win was last night: If the Democratic strongholds of Dane County and Milwaukee County had 100 percent turnout of registered voters, and every other county remained the same, Walker still would have won the state by more than 100,000 votes.
In Dane, there are about 322,000 registered voters, and 254,000 people cast ballots there on Tuesday. In Milwaukee, there are about 520,000 registered voters, and 395,000 people cast ballots there on Tuesday. Imagine that Milwaukee and Dane had 100 percent turnout of registered voters (and the Walker/Barrett ratio held constant in each county): Walker would have won by 110,000 votes, rather than 170,000 votes. Walker would have won with 52 percent of the vote, rather than 53 percent.
And even if there had been 100 percent turnout of residents of voting age (not just registered voters) in Milwaukee and Dane, Walker still would have won the state by more than 30,000 votes.
5:00 AM, Jun 4, 2012 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES AND JOHN MCCORMACK
Shortly after 5:30 p.m. Sunday, a flashy two-car motorcade pulled up in front of the Destiny Youth Plaza on the northwest side of Milwaukee. A crowd gathered around the first car to greet the Reverend Jesse Jackson, visiting Milwaukee to speak on behalf of Wisconsin workers and to rally voters to unseat Governor Scott Walker in the recall election here Tuesday. If anyone was bothered by the fact that Jackson arrived to speak on behalf of the working class in a Mercedes Benz S550 (starting price of some $100,000) and that his escort vehicle was a Cadillac Escalade ESV (starting at about $75,000), nobody showed it.
11:24 PM, Jun 3, 2012 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
Public Policy Polling, a Democratic firm that conducts surveys for the SEIU and the left-wing website Daily Kos, reports that its final poll shows Wisconsin governor Scott Walker leading Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett 50 percent to 47 percent. PPP's poll is the only public poll conducted in the past week. The next most recent public poll, conducted by Marquette University from May 23 to May 26, showed Walker leading Barrett 52 percent to 45 percent.
1:37 AM, Jun 1, 2012 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
In the final televised debate before the June 5 Wisconsin gubernatorial recall election, Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett called Governor Scott Walker a "rock star to the far right" and "Pontius Pilate" who used a "dead baby" in a TV ad for political gain.
6:08 PM, May 31, 2012 • By KATE HAVARD
Maryland governor Martin O’Malley is lending last minute support today to Democratic Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett in Wisconsin, days before the June 5th gubernatorial recall election. O’Malley is chairman of the Democratic Governors Association, so trying to get Barrett elected is (at least part of) his job. But will he be of any help?
More reliable report reveals better jobs numbers for Wisconsin.7:58 PM, May 16, 2012 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
In the Wisconsin gubernatorial recall race, Republicans and Democrats continue to spar over the jobs numbers under Governor Scott Walker's administration. Republicans have been touting the fact that the unemployment rate has declined from 7.7 percent to 6.8 percent since Governor Scott Walker took office. But Democrats have countered by pointing to a Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) report showing that the state lost 29,000 non-farm jobs during the past year--making Wisconsin dead last in that category nationwide.
4:28 PM, May 9, 2012 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
An interesting thing happened in the Wisconsin recall primary yesterday: Governor Scott Walker received more votes than Tom Barrett and Kathleen Falk combined, the two leading Democrats fighting to challeng him on June 5. Walker won the votes of 626,538 Wisconsinites, despite the fact that he had only token opposition. The two leading Democrats together had 619,049 votes.
3:23 PM, Apr 16, 2012 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
In February, Public Policy Polling found Wisconsin governor Scott Walker trailing Milwaukee's Democratic mayor Tom Barrett by 3 points (46 percent to 49 percent). But a new PPP poll conducted for the liberal website Daily Kos shows that Walker has retaken the lead:
Dem frontrunner calls Republicans who would change votes on collective bargaining "not brave."12:36 PM, Apr 12, 2012 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
During a Democratic gubernatorial primary debate on Wednesday night, the two leading Democrats vying for a chance to take on Governor Scott Walker in the June 5 recall election strongly disagreed over their abilities to undo Walker's budget reforms if Walker is defeated.
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