Now it's easy to tell the way various news agencies lean by how they're reporting the recent special elections for the Wisconsin Assembly. Left-leaning: Another Loss for Walker! Right-leaning: GOP Wins 2 of 3 Assembly Seats.
The elections were to fill Assembly seats left vacant by incumbents being appointed to other positions. Republicans kept the 60th and 83rd districts in southeastern Wisconsin, while Democrats won the 94th District in the western part of the state, traditionally a Republican stronghold; and also the same area where Republican Senator Dan Kapanke will have to face a recall election, hence the excitement among Democrats.
Thankfully, none of those elections were close enough to warrant a recount. At least I hope not.
The Waukesha County recount for the supreme court race isn't going to make the deadline of 9 May -- as of yesterday, only 12% had been recounted. Otherwise, the recount is about half done overall, with no major changes in the totals, as expected by all.
The recalls are still moving fast and furious, amidst increasingly nasty accusations on both sides. One of the Republicans being recalled wants a professor at the UW-Oshkosh fired
for urging his students to sign that Republican's recall petition, while the Democrats are saying that the GOP used mainly out of state "hired guns"
to circulate petitions, one of whom was a Colorado man with a felony record, now accused of stealing from a couple at Lambeau Field
, where the Packers play. Around here, that's sacrilege.
Then there's the whole debacle over the signature found on the petition to recall Democratic senator Bob Wirch, D-Kenosha -- the signature of a man dead for twenty years
. Weirder still, it's also the signature of a man whose son is currently a Democratic assemblyman. You can't make this stuff up.
Recall petitions have been filed for six of the eight GOP senators (the other two, Glenn Grothman and Mary Lazich, were less seriously targeted and those recalls missed their signature quota):
Randy Hopper, R-Fond du Lac
Dan Kapanke, R-La Crosse
Luther Olsen, R-Ripon
Robert Cowles, R-Green Bay
Sheila Harsdorf, R-New Richmond
Alberta Darling, R-Menomonee Falls
And for three of the eight Democratic senators:
Jim Holperin, D-Conover
Robert Wirch, D-Pleasant Prairie
Dave Hansen, D-Green Bay
The only recall with time left before the filing deadline is the one against Democrat Julie Lassa of Stevens Point.
And that's the current chaotic state of Wisconsin Politics. The Daily Show
must love this.