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Turning out the base: Walker and Barrett jostle to get the faithful to the polls

With few undecided voters in the state, turnout is expected to be key in the June 5 recall election between Republican Gov. Scott Walker and Democratic Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. Sparks says much will come down to the fractious nature of the Democratic effort versus the GOP's more centralized get-out-the-vote operation. >More
 Suppressing the student vote? New residency rules could affect Wisconsin's recall election

The voter ID law passed last spring by the Republican-controlled Wisconsin Legislature was widely criticized for requiring that voters show a driver's license or other form of photo identification at the polls. These provisions are now under two court injunctions by judges who found that the photo ID requirements likely discriminate against minorities, the poor and the elderly. Meanwhile, it is the bill's new residency requirements, largely lost in the controversy over photo ID, that are much more likely to keep students away from the polls. >More
 Barrett already fundraising on Walker's 'divide and conquer' comments caught on video

Tom Barrett is already raising money off of potentially explosive video footage reported late Thursday by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, in which a then newly elected Gov. Scott Walker tells his largest donor that he intends to pursue a "divide and conquer" strategy as the first step in diffusing union power. >More
 Exposing ALEC: The Center for Media and Democracy goes after the right-wing powerhouse

It was a rainy spring Friday afternoon, and Lisa Graves was feeling a little loopy. The day before she'd been in Washington, D.C., part of a coalition rallying outside the offices of the American Legislative Exchange Council protesting the conservative organization's role in passing Florida's Stand Your Ground law, now in the spotlight after the shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin. >More
 Huge recall campaign contributions still flowing in to Walker, other Republicans

It's been called a quirk in state law and even "an outrageous loophole." In fact, it was a deliberate change with unintended consequences. The change, passed in 1987, temporarily allows unlimited contributions from individuals for recall-related expenses. >More
 Wisconsin Democrats have work to do, as primary turnout looks good for Gov. Walker

Although Kathleen Falk was trounced in the primary election for governor on Tuesday, the mood at her party at the Edgewater Hotel was surprisingly cheerful. Falk entered the room to hearty cheers and at the podium did her best to rally the troops in support of her opponent, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. >More
 Mahlon Mitchell's recall run for lieutenant governor will also be a referendum on Walker

Union leader Mahlon Mitchell logged his first victory in the effort to recall Republican Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, a race that may well hinge more on how voters feel about Gov. Scott Walker than anything else. Mitchell, a Madison firefighter and president of the Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin, carried the Democratic primary Tuesday with 50% of the vote, according to unofficial results. >More
 Arthur Kohl-Riggs and supporters hope to send recall message to Dems and GOP alike

Arthur Kohl-Riggs won only 3% of the votes in the Republican primary election against Gov. Scott Walker, but he's still celebrating. "This is my victory party, and I'm declaring victory" he said to a group of supporters at the Fountain in downtown Madison. >More
 Live-blogging the 2012 Wisconsin recall primary election

Voters across Wisconsin will go to the polls today to cast ballots in the primaries of six recall elections, for governor, lieutenant governor, and four state senate seats. The principal race is in the Democratic primary for governor, in which Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, former Dane County Exec. Kathleen Falk, Sec. of State Doug La Follette, and state Sen. Kathleen Vinehout will vie for the opportunity to face Gov. Scott Walker in the general election. >More
 Why are fake candidates' names first on Wisconsin recall primary ballots?

Who is Gladys Huber? She appears at the top of the ballot in the Democratic primary for governor in today's recall election, above Kathleen Vinehout, Doug La Follette, Kathleen Falk, and Tom Barrett. Unlike these four candidates, though, she is a Republican, running as a fake candidate along with five others in the races for lieutenant governor and four state Senate seats. >More
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