Wisconsin death trip

Featured image Herewith 10 random thoughts on the election results in the Wisconsin recall election: 1. In a sense the public sector unions that brought it on lost the election before the first vote was counted. Their chosen candidate (Kathleen Falk) could not even prevail in the Democratic primary. Instead Wisconsin Democrats opted for a rerun of the 2010 gubernatorial election between Walker and Barrett. With even higher voter turnout in the »

A note of caution about tonight’s election

Featured image I didn’t watch any coverage of tonight’s recall election in Wisconsin, so forgive me if this point has been made. Forgive me as well for offering a note of caution about the results, particularly since it may be off-base. My note of caution is this: Gov. Walker’s victory may be due in part to the fact that the economy in Wisconsin has picked up and that Wisconsin’s unemployment rate is »

A Smashing Victory In Wisconsin

Featured image Wisconsin looks to exceed our fondest hopes, as everyone has called the race for Scott Walker. With 60% of the vote now counted, Walker leads 57%-42%. That is way too big a margin for the Democrats to make up through fraud. The TV headlines to the effect that “Governor Walker Survives Recall” are really misleading. Walker didn’t just survive, he trounced the greedy union bosses who were fighting for their »

Wisconsin Results Imminent, Join the Crowd at PL Live!

Featured image Hundreds of your fellow Power Line readers have congregated at Power Line Live to await news from Wisconsin and chew over it when it comes. Follow the link to join the conversation! JOE adds: By “hundreds,” what John meant to say was “more than a thousand,” and although the conversation paced up to a rapid clip as returns began coming in (I counted two posts per second, on average), everyone »

UPDATED: Follow the Wisconsin Recall on Power Line Live

Featured image UPDATED by Joe: If you tried to get into PL Live earlier, but could not, try again! We just increased our limit. We are officially launching Power Line Live today. If you missed our preview post, you can check out PL Live by clicking on the “Live” button at the top of our main page, right between “Home” and “About Us.” Or just click here. Some would call PL Live »

Preview of a Coming Attraction

Featured image A couple of weeks ago we did a very soft launch of Power Line Live, which you likely haven’t noticed but is actually quite visible between the “Home” and “About Us” links at the top of our home page. If you haven’t seen it, you can check out Power Line Live by following the link above. It is sort of like a bar, and there may not be anyone hanging »

Democrats Go Over the Top With Last-Minute Walker Smear

Featured image Unbelievable. The Democrats are looking down the barrel of a humiliating defeat in Wisconsin’s recall election on Tuesday, so today they played their last card: they started a rumor that Scott Walker fathered an illegitimate child 24 years ago. The “scoop” comes from something called the Wisconsin Citizens Media Co-op. The “Co-op” attributes the story to a woman named Bernadette Gillick, who teaches physical therapy at the University of Minnesota. »

“Official business” of Obama, and the Star Tribune

Featured image The Star Tribune’s big page-one story on Obama’s stop in the Twin Cities today reads mostly like a campaign press release, with a detour to vent the complaints of advocates of “severely mentally disturbed homeless veterans in Los Angeles.” The story sports the joint byline of Jennifer Bjorhus and Susan Feyder. One reporter is not enough to handle this press release. It takes two Star Tribune reporters to bury the »

Public sector compensation in Wisconsin remains excessive

Featured image As the recall election in Wisconsin approaches, this paper on public employee compensation in Wisconsin is worth a look. Andrew Biggs of AEI and Jason Richwine of Heritage find that even with the passage of Act 10, the Budget Repair Act that led to battle being waged by the public sector unions and their leftist comrades, the average Wisconsin state worker receives total compensation including benefits of $81,637, compared to »

Wisconsin’s “orphan” left-wing activists

Featured image It’s no scoop that the Democrats are expecting an embarrassing defeat in Tuesday’s Wisconsin gubernatorial recall race. More than merely causing embarrassment, the recall campaign has succeeded in mobilizing Republicans to the point that Wisconsin appears now to be in play for Mitt Romney. As the Washington Post reminds us, George W. Bush twice came close to winning in Wisconsin, and the Republicans captured the State’s Senate seat along with »

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel endorses Gov. Walker

Featured image More bad news for the beleaguered anti-Scott Walker forces: the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has endorsed the Wisconsin governor. The paper explains: Walker’s rematch with Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett was prompted by one issue: Walker’s tough stance with the state’s public-employee unions. It’s inconceivable that the recall election would be occurring absent that. And a disagreement over a single policy is simply not enough to justify a vote against the governor. »

National Dems not feeling it in Wisconsin

Featured image According to this report from Greg Sargent of the Washington Post, Wisconsin Democrats are furious with the national party — and the Democratic National Committee in particular — for refusing their request for a major investment in the battle to recall Gov. Scott Walker. According to Sargent’s source, the party has asked the DNC for $500,000 to help with its massive field operation, but the money has not been forthcoming. »

I Don’t Know About Dividing, But Walker Is Going To Conquer

Featured image Much as Mitt Romney seems to be pulling away from President Obama, Scott Walker is pulling away from Tom Barrett, the Democrats’ choice to oppose Walker in the recall election coming up on June 5. Walker beat Barrett in 2010, so this will be a rematch. Given the success of Walker’s policies, it is hard to imagine how Barrett can do much better this time, no matter how big a »

Tommy Thompson holds big lead over Democrat in Wisconsin Senate race

Featured image A new Rasmussen poll shows Republican Tommy Thompson leading Democrat Tammy Baldwin by 50-38 in a potential Senate match-up in Wisconsin. This is an open seat currently held by Democrat Herb Kohl. Thus, Wisconsin represents an opportunity for Republicans to pick up a Senate seat. Thompson’s lead isn’t suprising. Before becoming Secretary of Health and Human Services, he was an election-winning machine in Wisconsin, having been elected governor of the »

Walker Showing Strength in Wisconsin Primary

Featured image There is no real surprise in today’s primary election in Wisconsin. As expected, Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett is winning the Democratic primary and will face Governor Scott Walker in the recall election. What is most interesting is the number of voters who turned out to pull the lever for Walker, even though he has no serious opponent in the Republican primary. One might have assumed that there would be vastly »

Walker Talks Policy, Dems Talk Hooters

Featured image The Wisconsin recall race is nearing a climax, as Democrats will hold a primary on May 8 to select a challenger for Governor Walker, and the general election will take place on June 5. The recall election is expected to be close, with pretty nearly everyone in Wisconsin already having made up his or her mind on the race. On the other hand, one of the Democrats’ problems is that »

Epic Hypocrisy at the New York Times

Featured image When it comes to unions, the New York Times is conflicted to say the least. In the political arena, the paper is vociferously pro-union. Thus, its editorial board has denounced Scott Walker and Wisconsin’s Republicans on a number of occasions, such as this August 10, 2011 editorial titled “Wisconsin’s Warning to Union-Busters:” Five months after Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin pushed through a law stripping public unions of their bargaining »