The Rockin Johnny B

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Well, Well, Lookee Here...

6 Republican senators face recall in Wisconsin
   The Associated Press
   Turnout was strong in the morning and steady in the afternoon in communities like Whitefish Bay, Menomonee Falls and Shorewood, where Sen. Alberta Darling was one of six Republicans trying to hold onto her seat.
   Tony Spencer, a 36-year-old laid-off carpenter from Shorewood, voted for Darling’s challenger, Democratic state Rep. Sandy Pasch.
   “I’m in a private union, so they haven’t necessarily come after me,” Spencer said. “But everybody should have the right to be in a union. I came out to stop all the union-bashing stuff.”

   MADISON, Wis. — Six Wisconsin state senators targeted by a recall election fought to keep their jobs Tuesday, trying to beat back Democratic challengers who stoked a backlash against Republicans and Gov. Scott Walker for their efforts to strip public employees of most union rights.
   Fueled by millions of dollars from national labor groups, the attempt to remove GOP incumbents could shift control of the Wisconsin Senate to Democrats and provide a new gauge of the public mood less than a year after Republicans made sweeping gains in this state and many others.
   opposition’s anti-GOP rhetoric, which went far beyond collective bargaining.
   “This was all supposed to be about the workers’ rights, so to speak. But that has not been brought up one time. It’s all been misleading, the attack ads, things like that,” Gill said. “The one reason they started this recall, they didn’t bring up once.”
   Besides the six Republicans on Tuesday’s ballot, two Democratic incumbents face recalls next week. A third Democrat survived a recall attempt last month.
   Republicans hold a 19-14 advantage in the Senate, so Democrats need to win five of the eight elections to take control.

This is a very important development and needs to be kept up with in the future.  If they are recalled, this would send a very powerful message to other Reps that think they can bury collective bargaining.  Go American Unions.

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