Mary Burke, a Madison School Board member, has been busy this summer meeting with Wisconsin's largest union, Democratic lawmakers, and operatives with ties to President Obama and groups like EMILY'S List, exploring a possible run for governor. While Burke has not officially announced, she is considered likely to face Governor Scott Walker in 2014.
Marquette Law School professor Ed Fallone today announced he'll challenge Supreme Court Justice Patience Roggensack in this spring's high court race, saying "we need a change in the Supreme Court."
Fallone, who also practices law with Gonzalez, Saggio & Harlan in Milwaukee, says he would be the court's first Latino justice.
A law-school professor at Marquette University said he is considering running for the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
Ed Fallone said Friday that he is looking at running against Justice Patience Roggensack next year. The election is April 2.
Fallone joins Dane County Circuit Judge Maryann Sumi as potential candidates in the race. Sumi said Thursday she was considering running.
A Wisconsin judge ruled Friday that a controversial state law limiting unions’ rights is unconstitutional, a decision Gov. Scott Walker is “confident” will be overturned on appeal.
Dane County Circuit Judge Juan Colas struck down the law, which essentially eliminated collective-bargaining rights for most public employees, as a violation of the state and U.S. Constitution, according to The Associated Press.
Walker won a June recall election that was widely viewed as a referendum on the law, which he had proposed. After Friday’s ruling, the governor called Colas “a liberal activist judge” who “wants to go backwards.”
“The people of Wisconsin clearly spoke on June 5th. Now, they are ready to move on. Sadly, a liberal activist judge in Dane County wants to go backwards and take away the law-making responsibilities of the legislature and the governor,” Walker said in a statement. “We are confident that the state will ultimately prevail in the appeals process.”
La Crosse's 32nd Senate District seat is now held by Democrat Jennifer Shilling. She defeated Republican Dan Kapanke in a special recall election last August. This fall she'll be on the ballot against former La Crosse County Republican Chair Bill Feehan. So that'll be two elections in just more than a year. ...
Meanwhile her challenger, Bill Feehan is also busy campaigning. Feehan says he's spending hours going door to door in what he hopes will soon be his district; trying to meet as many people as possible.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, now secure in his post for another two and a half years, said Wednesday he wants to move beyond the partisan rancor of the recall campaign and, most of all, get back to work.
The first step, as is to be expected in Wisconsin: bipartisan bratwursts.
"The election is over and we're no longer opponents in this state -- we're Wisconsinites," he said Wednesday morning on MSNBC's "Daily Rundown." So, he plans to "invite all of the legislators, Republican and Democrat alike, over the next week for some brats, burgers, and maybe a little bit of Wisconsin beer to talk about where do we go from here."
Big Labor went all in on the Wisconsin recall — putting millions of dollars, months of organizing and its reputation as a political superpower on the line to defeat GOP Gov. Scott Walker.
Then they got trounced on Election Day.
Walker’s decisive victory over Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett on Tuesday has demonstrated the vulnerability of a long-formidable movement whose ranks are thinning across the country. The failed recall attempt has energized organized labor’s foes and emboldened lawmakers to pick fights with unions in other states. And it has underscored the fact that unions — a potent source of political power and dollars for Democrats — aren’t going to be the left’s counter to conservative groups’ outside cash in November.
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker said today his victory in yesterday’s recall election sets the stage for Mitt Romney to be competitive in his state in November’s election, while the presumptive Republican presidential nominee saw broader national implications to the result.
“I think he’d acknowledge he’s an underdog, particularly here in Wisconsin,” Walker said of Romney on MSNBC. “But I think anyone looking at the results last night would also acknowledge that it’s now competitive in Wisconsin.”
Romney, speaking at a fundraiser today in San Antonio, Texas, said the Wisconsin vote will “echo” throughout U.S.
Democrats and the public employee unions have lost the battle of ideas over the issue that sparked the recall, Walker’s legislation to restrict the bargaining powers of public employee unions.
That’s supported by a Marquette University poll showing 75 percent of Wisconsin voters favoring increases in public employees’ contributions for health care and pensions. It also showed 55 percent limiting collective bargaining for public employees and only 41 percent opposed.
But the strongest evidence is that Barrett and the Democrats have been avoiding the issue. They’ve been trying to make the election about anything else, such as an investigation of staffers for Walker when he was Milwaukee County executive.
Scott Walker on Tuesday became the first governor in the country's history to survive a recall election, besting his 2010 rival in a contest that broke spending records and captured the nation's attention.
"Tonight we tell Wisconsin, we tell our country, and we tell people all across the globe that voters really do want leaders that stand up and make the tough decisions," Walker told an overflow crowd at the Waukesha County Exposition Center.