Saturday, June 9, 2012
Recall election brings voters out in big numbers, and a cemetery faces loads of questions.
Miss out on daily coverage? Here are the top stories from the past week: June 2-6: Recall Coverage June 4 - Muskego-Norway Names New Principal for MHS June 4 - Schools See a Surplus; Where to Spend it Remains to be Seen June 5 - Cemetery on Tess Corners Drive Could be Buried Under Questions June 6 - Muskego Posts Big Recall Numbers of Its Own June 6 - Muskego Hopes to Put Cell 911 Matters in Their Own Hands June 8 - Requests for Fireworks Permits are Due June 15
Saturday, June 2, 2012
Polls say there aren't many undecided voters in Wisconsin's gubernatorial recall election, but Patch Editor Andy Ambrosius is on the prowl looking for at least one of them.
For months, polls in Wisconsin's gubernatorial recall election have made it clear that the vast majority of people have already made up their minds on whether they're going to vote for Republican Scott Walker or Democrat Tom Barrett. But there must be at least one undecided voter out there, right? Patch's Andy Ambrosius hits the streets to find that elusive undecided voter.
Friday, June 1, 2012
The South Carolina governor hit the campaign trail with Gov. Scott Walker, landing on the factory floor at Quad/Graphics to implore workers to go out and vote.
Hundreds of Quad/Graphics Inc. workers flooded the factory floor Friday afternoon as Gov. Scott Walker and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley addressed employees, asking for their votes on Tuesday. Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch kicked-off the “grassroots rally” at the factory, introducing Gov. Walker to an enormous round of applause. Just before taking the stage, the governor was handed a traditional dark blue Quad shirt that almost every employee at the factory wears. “I’m here to ask for your vote on Tuesday,” Gov. Walker said. “This shirt – I’ll be proud to wear it on Wednesday morning after the election and still be Governor Scott Walker… Quad is helping Wisconsin move forward.” Gov. Walker outlined his string of successful …
With the recall election four days away, the former president spoke at a rally with Democrat Tom Barrett at Pere Marquette Park.
Former President Bill Clinton visited Pere Marquette Park Friday to support Democrat Tom Barrett as Wisconsin's tumultuous recall election nears its end. Clinton made cooperation the theme of his speech and hammered Gov. Scott Walker for his "divide and conquer" tactics. "Everywhere I go in America, everywhere I go in the world, the only thing that's working is when you get everybody who's got a stake in the game in there, treat them with respect and people go forward together," Clinton said. "That's how you get out of a ditch." Clinton said Barrett is the candidate better for education, the budget and creating jobs. He and Barrett also used the event to urge people to vote early, with absentee voting coming to an end Friday. Hundreds …
Monday, May 28, 2012
Absentee ballots are keeping the clerk's office busy in Muskego, and some feel the number of people willing to cast a ballot before June 5 election could reach 5,000.
Perhaps eager to vote once and for all in the June 5 gubernatorial recall election, or simply too busy with summer and not wanting to forget to vote, Muskego residents casting absentee ballots have been keeping the city clerk's office busy. Standing briefly in the hallway just outside the clerk's window, there was a steady stream of residents stopping in to vote or obtain an absentee ballot on this particular day, more than a week-and-a-half from the election. "We're seeing similar response to this election as we saw for the presidential primary," said Jill Blenski, with the clerk's office. "I wouldn't be surprised if we got in-person and mailed ballots amounting to about 5,000." Blenski said that the Waukesha County Clerk's office is also…
Friday, May 25, 2012
Milwaukee mayor and Gov. Scott Walker exchange barbs over the misreporting of Milwaukee's crime data.
Gubernatorial candidate Tom Barrett Thursday blasted Gov. Scott Walker for vilifying the Milwaukee Police Department for what Barrett says was a miscalculation of crime statistics — an issue that has become political fodder on the campaign trail in recent days. "Shame on Governor Walker if he impugns the integrity of the beat cops of the Milwaukee Police Department because these are men and women that put their lives on the line every single day," the Milwaukee mayor said during a press conference. Milwaukee's crime data became an issue in gubernatorial recall race after the Journal Sentinel published a story earlier this week that indicated the Milwaukee Police Department may have misreported more than 500 assault cases since 2009 to the…
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
According to a St.Norbert-WPR poll released Wednesday, Walker leads Barrett by 5 points going into the home stretch before the June 5 election.
A poll released Wednesday by St. Norbert College and Wisconsin Public Radio indicated Gov. Scott Walker holds a 5-point lead over Democratic challenger Tom Barrett going into the June 5 recall election. In a telephone survey of 406 Wisconsin residents conducted between Thursday and Tuesday, 50 percent of respondents said they would vote for Walker compared to 45 percent for Barrett if the election were held today. Five percent remained undecided. The true gap between the two candidates could be larger or smaller as survey administers said the results included a 5 percentage point margin of error. According to the survey, it appears Barrett has picked up votes since the 2010 election, while Walker lost a few. In 2010, 38 percent of survey …
Sunday, May 13, 2012
Independent candidate Hari Trivedi says his pledge to return his annual salary if job growth fails is not an election gimmick. He challenged Gov. Scott Walker and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett to match his pledge.
Taking a jab at Gov. Scott Walker's record on jobs, independent gubernatorial candidate Hariprasad "Hari" Trivedi says he's confident he can show positive job growth a year after the election — or he will return his full annual salary. "I do not believe either Scott Walker or Tom Barrett are capable of producing sustained job growth, given their records," Trivedi said. "If elected I am confident and committed to resolving this issue." Trivedi, whose campaign got a splash of attention when he aired television ads during the Super Bowl, insisted his pledge was not a gimmick. He challenged Walker and Barrett to match it. "Rhetoric is free. The citizens of Wisconsin deserve a more concrete commitment," he said on his website, trivgov.com. He …
Friday, April 27, 2012
Kathleen Falk leads the way in fundraising with $1 million, while Barrett trails not far behind with $750,000 raised. However, Gov. Scott Walker reported $12 million in the campaign account in January, but has been fundraising around the country since.
The top two Democrats in the May 8 gubernatorial recall primary announced Friday that have have raised nearly $1.8 million in their effort to unseat Republican Gov. Scott Walker. Former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk said she has raised $1 million since she announced her candidacy in January. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett announced his campaign has taken in $750,000 in 25 days between March 30 and April 23. “I’m so grateful for the broad coalition of support that I have received from people all across Wisconsin," Falk said in a statement. "We have built the big tent of support needed to beat Scott Walker. "In an extremely short period of time, we were able to bring people together and raise $1 million dollars because they know I am the …
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Government Accountability Board approves election night procedures that will require municipal clerks in Waukesha County to upload unofficial results directly to the state system.
Changes to the way votes are reported in Waukesha County during the gubernatorial recall elections are going to put added pressure on municipal clerks, those clerks say. The changes, approved by the state Government Accountability Board, require municipal clerks to upload unofficial election results to the state system, a move that puts more responsibility on local election officials. Previously, municipalities sent their votes to the Waukesha County Clerk's Office, which counted them and sent them to the state. After several problems with counting the results in Waukesha County, officials decided to change the process for the May 8 recall primary and the June 5 general recall election. County officials met Monday with clerks from New …