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A brutal night in Wisconsin as Scott Walker wins the recall election

Tuesday night was a brutal, brutal night for progressives in Wisconsin. I was stuck in a local TV studio watching the dismal returns roll in, and it felt like someone was kicking me in the teeth over and over again. After a historic uprising in February and March of 2011, after months and months of organizing for this recall, when all is said and done, Scott Walker remains governor of Wisconsin. >More
 Shame on Obama for abandoning Wisconsin during the recall

Shame on Barack Obama for forsaking progressive forces in Wisconsin in their hour of need. It was bad enough that Obama or Joe Biden never showed up during the historic protests in February and March of last year. But it is unforgivable that they've failed to show up during the last weeks of this crucial recall campaign. >More
 Defeating Scott Walker would be a blow against corporate greed

What a difference a week makes. The polls showing Gov. Scott Walker six points up on Mayor Tom Barrett and the buzz that the Democratic National Committee had decided not to put money into the Wisconsin recall election cast a pall over Democrats and progressives last week. >More
 Looking for the undecided voter in the Wisconsin recall

Former University of Wisconsin-Madison political science professor Ken Goldstein loves to tell of the time he went out hunting for undecided voters in Wisconsin. It was in the midst of the 2004 presidential election, and a public radio station asked him to talk to voters who couldn't decide between President George W. Bush and Sen. John Kerry. The only problem was, they couldn't find any undecideds. They searched the state far and wide, and virtually everyone had made up their mind. >More
 The Walker recall effort is fueled by the grassroots, not outside money

Like you, I am completely caught up in the Wisconsin recall. And like you, I can't imagine considering any other political battle more important, including the 2012 presidential election. So I was taken aback when Greg Sargent wrote a column in the Washington Post this week headlined "Wisconsin Democrats furious with the DNC for refusing to invest big money in Walker recall." >More
 Walker's millions will have little effect on Barrett in the recall election

As it turned out, the primary itself was no problem at all. The candidates did not attack each other and, in fact, the exercise gave Tom Barrett a higher profile and a chance to test some arguments. It also kept Walker's attack machine at bay. Though he did figure out that Barrett would be the nominee and did run some attack ads against him, it's nothing compared to what might have happened if there had been a clear Democratic nominee from the start. >More
 GOP won't win the war on women

Ever since Gov. Scott Walker's so-called jobs session in the state Legislature devolved into a prolonged attack on Planned Parenthood -- closing clinics, eliminating funding for routine cancer screenings and making felons of abortion doctors whose patients won't jump through medically unnecessary hoops -- our state has been on the leading edge of the national Republican anti-woman attack. >More
 Eric Hovde is the latest outsider with a shot at a Wisconsin Senate seat

In April 2010, Ron Johnson was a relatively obscure Oshkosh businessman, but seven months later he defeated Russ Feingold and became Wisconsin's junior senator. Will lightning strike twice, with another renegade outsider winning the state's remaining Senate seat in 2012? Since the outsider in question is Eric Hovde, there's a good chance the answer will be yes. >More
 Walker's lying ads: The governor slimes his recall opponents on jobs and taxes

We knew it was coming. The negative TV ads have begun -- and we're not even done with the recall primaries yet. Spending some of the millions he's been collecting from out of state, Gov. Scott Walker decided to take on two of his possible Democratic challengers at once, rather than waiting to see who wins the May 8 election. >More
 How to win a recall election

It's all about the 4.1%. Any Democrat running against Scott Walker in the recall election will get about 46% of the vote by virtue of the fact that they're not him. And the governor will get 46% on the other side because he is who he is. So the question for the Democrats is: Who can win a majority of the 8% or so of Wisconsin voters who are up for grabs? >More
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