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Yes, we have no super PACs in Wisconsin

The other day a reporter from Swedish Public Television contacted the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism regarding the role of super PACs in Wisconsin's historic recall elections. "How much money are we talking about?" the reporter asked. "Which conservative super PAC is the main one? And on the Democratic side?" >More
 $100,000 to Walker's criminal defense fund, $100,000 to Dems for GOTV

After the Government Accountability Board filings late Tuesday, the Barrett campaign drew attention to new information showing that Governor Walker has transferred $100,000 to his John Doe criminal defense fund in the last several weeks. >More
 Wisconsin recall fever: Fundraising, rallies, and an Obama petition

With the polls tightening and the energy picking up, the recall drive against Gov. Scott Walker has shifted into high gear with six days to go before the June 5 election. Scott Walker and Tom Barrett filed their campaign finance reports with the Government Accountability Board Tuesday afternoon. >More
 How does collective bargaining play with the public?

In February 2011, just after Gov. Scott Walker "dropped the bomb" by proposing to curtail the collective bargaining rights of most public workers, a Gallup Poll found that 61% of 1,000 Americans sampled opposed Walker's plan while 33% were supportive. >More
 UW Teaching Assistants' Association won't support Tom Barrett in recall election

The UW's Teaching Assistants' Association has declined to endorse Democratic challenger and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, who faces Walker in the June 5 recall election. The TAA also withheld its support from Democratic primary candidate Kathleen Falk on the grounds that she wouldn't commit to a firm stance against budget cuts and concessionary contract negotiations with state workers. >More
 Will the recall outcome affect the November presidential election in Wisconsin?

In the midst of the highly polarizing and unprecedented gubernatorial recall election, Wisconsin is once again considered a swing state for the 2012 presidential election on November 6. A poll released May 16 by the Marquette Law School shows President Barack Obama and likely Republican challenger Mitt Romney in a tie at 46%. >More
 Live-blogging the first Wisconsin recall debate between Scott Walker and Tom Barrett

Please join Isthmus contributors Dave Cieslewicz and Larry Kaufmann here on Friday night at 8 p.m. (CDT) for the first of two debates between Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in advance of the historic recall election on June 5. The debate will be televised in Madison on WKOW, Channel 27, and we urge you to keep at least one eye on this blog while you watch it. >More
 Do endorsements matter in the Wisconsin recall?

In the primaries, endorsements help voters choose among candidates because the groups or individuals reflect a candidate's qualifications and affiliations, not just their party. But only a few endorsements will carry weight in a general election as polarized as the upcoming recall. Public safety unions' endorsements have an impact, because they are not inherently tied to either party. >More
 What if Barrett wins? What if Walker wins?

Since March 11, 2011, Chris Reeder and a dedicated group of protesters have been coming to the Capitol Rotunda each day at noon, to sing songs of protest against Gov. Scott Walker and his Republican regime. As of last Friday, that was 367 consecutive weekdays of protest singing. "It grew out of the big occupation last March," Reeder explains after a sing-along last week. "It was a way to maintain a peaceful presence. We didn't expect it to be going on 14 months later." >More
 If elected in recall, Tom Barrett would take office by late June

Let's play a game of hypothetical recall. If Tom Barrett beats Gov. Scott Walker in the June 5 election, then what? Under "normal" circumstances, a governor-elect has two months between the November election and inauguration day to take office. If Barrett wins June 5, he'll move in after a maximum of 18 days, the time allotted for the state Government Accountability Board to certify results from special elections, says GAB spokesman Reid Magney. >More
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