The never, ever, ever, ever, ever ending voting, re-voting and re-re-voting continues apace here behind the cheddar curtain. A small update below the fold if you are interested.
The headlines up here concern the recall primary, scheduled for May 8. There are two candidates that are vying to try to unseat Walker. Kathleen Falk, who has already pledged her allegiance to the unions, and Tom Barrett, mayor of Milwaukee.
The Walker camp, I think, has it easy with either candidate. The union issue really doesn’t get too much traction anymore and even the Dems are careful in using it. I think the general populus understands that the govt. unions had to take a slight paycut (ahem) in these tough times. If Falk is the nominee, Walker can pigeon hole her into a pro union corner and make the case that she would undo all of the successful reforms. Barrett, as mayor of Milwaukee, has had nasty ads sponsored by AFSCME run against him – later AFSCME said it went too far, but that damage is done. Barrett himself has used Walker’s reforms to help balance the budget in Milwaukee. Walker can, of course, use this against Barrett if he is faced in the general. As an aside, I deal with guys in the trade unions every day and they have very little sympathy for the government and teachers unions.
Intrade, as of this writing, has Walker at 62% and that has been inching up as of late. Walker has an enormous war chest as there is no limit to campaign contributions in a recall election up here.
June 5 is the general recall election.
Meanwhile, in the senate, there are scads of recall elections all over the state and both parties are running fake candidates in primaries to try to limit crossover. Wisconsin is an open primary state (thanks to Bob LaFollette partially) so you can vote for either party – but not both.
The insanity, I believe, reached its nadir when the Republicans launched recall campaigns against Democratic senators from the northern parts of Wisconsin for vetoing a bill that would have altered DNR restrictions on mining, and perhaps allowing a mine to open in Crandon and bringing many jobs to that area. A recall for policy, just like all the others.
The reasons for recall MUST be addressed or this nonsense will go on forever, just as I predicted. To me, if there isn’t a major crime involved (I am not talking speeding tickets here), there should be no recalls. Businesses such as mine are stuck in the middle, trying to figure out what tax policy will be – not to mention that businesses that are possibly looking at Wisconsin will be discouraged to move here.