ON WISCONSIN … Once again as Meatloaf sings, two out of three ain’t bad … especially when it means that GOP wins recall election in Wisconsin.
The Wisconsin Recall Election, part 1 is over and the Republicans win a huge victory in a “BLUE” state. Republicans won 4 of 6 elections and retained power by a 17-16 margin, GOP holds Districts 2, 10, 14 & 8 and Retain Senate! It is an even bigger win for the Tea Party and a colossal loss for Democrats and unions.It was billed by Democrats as a referendum on Gov. Scott Walkers efforts to reduce union
Democrats won two state Senate seats in Tuesday’s historic recall elections, but failed to capture a third seat that would have given them control of the chamber.
By keeping a majority in the Senate, Republicans retained their monopoly on state government because they also hold the Assembly and governor’s office. Tuesday’s elections narrowed their majority – at least for now – from 19-14 to a razor-thin 17-16.
Republicans may be able to gain back some of the losses next week, when two Democrats face recall elections.
Democrats had hoped to block the Republican agenda by taking control of the Senate in the recall elections, but the GOP should be able to continue to advance its agenda.
How big a loser were unions, as pointed out by the Gateway Pundit, they spent ten’s of millions of dollars in the recall effort that went up in smoke.
What a huge victory for the GOP in a Blue, Blue state and a massive loss for Democrats. In many districts voting was on par with a presidential election. So what does this tell us … Wisconsin is now a battle ground state for the 2012 election from what was once sure Democrat win. The once birthplace of Progressivism, is not a battle ground state with a huge Tea Party victory. Who needs polls, the people have voted and Obama is in deep trouble in 2012.
As stated at the LA Times, the Cheese head voters gave the GOP a mandate in the 2010 election and just reinforced that mandate last night in the GOP recall vote. Sorry Democrats, as your misleader Obama has stated in the past, elections have consequences.
Wisconsin Unions and Democrats Lose as Senate Voted Wednesday Night to End Nearly all Collective Bargaining Rights from Public Workers
It has finally happened … the Wisconsin Senate passed the Union bill that strips nearly all collective bargaining rights for public workers, without the presence of the Democrat “Fleebaggers. As reported by the AP, the union bill passed 18-1.
The bill had been stymied after all 14 Senate Democrats fled to Illinois three weeks ago, preventing the chamber from having enough members present to pass it. Walker introduced it to plug a $137 million budget shortfall.
The Senate requires a quorum of 20 to take up any measures that spend money. But a special committee of lawmakers from the Senate and Assembly voted late Wednesday afternoon to take all the spending measures out of the legislation and the Senate approved it minutes later, 18-1.
It’s Finally over as the fleebagger are left out in the cold, or Illinois.
Video Hat Tip: The Gateway Pundit
The reaction from Unions … from J-S Online, AFL-CIO says GOP used ‘nuclear option’. However, it is king of hard for those on the LEFT to cry fowl, when 14 Democrat “fleebaggers”ran away from their jobs as Wisconsin Senators and hid out in Illinois. “Rigged the vote”? Who was it that tried to circumvent the democrat process by hiding.
Said Neuenfeldt: “Republicans have exercised the nuclear option to ram through their bill attacking Wisconsin’s working families in the dark of night. (Gov.) Walker and the Republicans acted in violation of state open meetings laws, and tonight’s events have demonstrated they will do or say anything to pass their extreme agenda that attacks Wisconsin’s working families.”
Million man pro-union protest march, eh? Well if you bet the under, you won big.
As reported at Legal Insurection, the 50 state, or the Obama 57 states, pro-union rally in support of the Wisconsin public sector unions came up far short than initially predicted. It was only in Madison, WI where there was any sizable amount of protesters, including those that were bussed in. It would appear that only at ground zero of the debate in Madison, WI is there any traction of protest. The rest of the US was rather apathetic when it came to support of their union brethren. However, when adding the tally for the rest of the major cities across the US, the rally was a complete bust. When will MoveOn and the lib’s learn that astroturfed movements never work.
Other head counts, based on news reports, include: Boston (1000), Portsmouth, N.H. (few hundred), Augusta, ME (small crowd), New York City (“several thousand“), Chicago (1000), Miami (100), Austin (several hundred), Chicago (1000); Lansing, MI (2000), Nashville (hundreds), Los Angeles (2000), Richmond, VA (300), Denver (1000); Frankfurt, KY (several hundred), Jefferson City, MO (several hundred), Harrisburg, PA (several hundred).
In some cities it was hard to tell who were the protesters and who were the folks just enjoying a nice weather day. Then there were the onlookers who is some cases outnumbered the protesters.
The Gateway Pundit reports that there were more Tea Party folks in Jefferson City, MO than union supporters where he spoke. As also reported at Newsbusters, try as the MSM might, embellish all they want and try to inflate the numbers … the rallies were a failure.
Maybe all the pro-union supporters were hiding out with the “Wisconsin Senate fleebaggers in Rockford, IL?
And every one thought that Rockford was just known as the the former home of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League Rockford Peaches, ala ‘A league of their Own’. Not only is their no crying in baseball … there are no Wisconsin state Democrat Senators in Wisconsin.
Looks like Illinois is taking advanatge of Wisconsins AWOL “fleebagger” Senators. This is classic, check out what the Rockford, Illinois Tourism Board did … “Hideaway in Rockford” with a special appearance from Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick.
Hat Tip: Gateway Pundit
Much more at Hot Air …
Not only do elections have consequences, so do actions, or lack of them …
As reported at JS Online, recall efforts have begun on seven of the 14 AWOL Democrat lawmakers that have fled the state to avoid their job duties of representing the people of Wisconsin. They need 16,000 signatures per senator to force a recall election. The people certainly do not approve of the actions of the lawmaker, this might be interesting and send a clear message that this type of behavior will not be tolerated, no matter what the issue is.
The clock is now running for groups trying to collect enough signatures to trigger recall elections against seven Democratic senators, state officials said today.
Reid Magney, spokesman for the Government Accountability Board, said local groups have officially registered recall committees with his agency to try to recall Sen. Bob Wirch of Kenosha and Jim Holperin of Eagle River.
In addition, a Utah group, American Recall Coalition, has registered electronically to set up recall committees against Wirch and five other Senate Democrats – Lena Taylor of Milwaukee, Mark Miller of Monona, Julie Lassa of Stevens Point, Fred Risser of Madison and Dave Hansen of Green Bay.
In a recent Rasmussen poll, 67% of registers voters disapprove of the Wisconsin legislator “Fleebaggers” who first bolted Madison and then the state of Wisconsin to avoid the vote. While Republicans and individuals not affiliated with any party are strongly opposed to the “fleebagger” shirking their responsibilities and acting as if they were in the witness protection program, even Democrats are evenly split with a 44% to 48% disapprove of their actions. Obviously, the “fleebaggers” have failed in a most tremendous way.
Hat Tip: Founding Bloggers
Half of America’s voters favor public sector unions for government workers, but they strongly oppose the tactic by Wisconsin state senators to flee their state to prevent a vote that would limit the rights of such unions.
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that only 25% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of this tactic, while 67% disapprove. State legislators in Indiana have used the same approach to avoid a vote in their state. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
Protein Wisdom asks, where are the Reagan Democrats? The answer probably is, they have already switched parties and became either Republicans or Indies.