Just a day after Gov. Scott Walker called recent jobs numbers inaccurate and sped up the release of federal statistics, the state Department of Workforce Development reported the state lost private sector jobs for the second consecutive month.
The recall effort against Walker was largely sparked over the passage of the contentious budget bill, which curtailed collective bargaining rights for most public workers, but now the main event’s central issue has shifted to jobs.
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, Walker’s challenger in a recall election set for June 5, has hit the governor on what he calls Walker’s inability to jumpstart the state’s economy and to deliver on a campaign promise to create 250,000 private sector jobs.
In the Los Angeles Times, Jonathan Zimmerman, a lifelong Democrat, says he is “appalled.” The recall, he writes, “epitomizes the petty, loser-take-all vindictiveness of contemporary American politics.” (From NPR)
Politico compares the recall battle being waged in Wisconsin to the final battle to be fought between the forces of goodandevil in an article published Friday.
Take a look at the opening paragraph: “The Koch brothers and Big Labor. The tea party and progressives. Teachers, gun owners, environmentalists, abortion-rights advocates, conservative billionaires, the national parties — name the interest group or outside party and chances are they’ve played a role in the June 5 recall campaign against Wisconsin GOP Gov. Scott Walker.”
A documentary filmmaker Brad Lichtenstein videotaped a conversation between Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and a campaign supporter in which Walker says he would use “divide and conquer” as a strategy against unions.
The West Allis Professional Police Association today announced its endorsement of Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in the race for Wisconsin governor, reversing their support of Scott Walker in 2010 after it says witnessing the governor’s “divide-and-conquer” style over the past 16 months.
On Thursday, he launched his campaign proper from the front yard of a home in Wauwatosa, the first stop on what he promises will be an old-fashioned face-to-face, meet-the-people effort across the state.
Barrett spent close to an hour chatting with about a dozen and a half supporters seated on lawn and deck chairs at the home of Lynn Broaddus and Marc Gorelick in the 500 block of North 68th Street.
On Tuesday, Wisconsin voters will head to the polls in the recall primary election for governor.
Former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk, one of the top contenders for the Democratic nomination, sat down with Patch to talk about why she’s running and what she sees as the key issues in the race.
Remember Vinehout and La Follette? They’re in Tuesday’s Primary, Too
Frontrunners Tom Barrett and Kathleen Falk are getting most of the attention, but state Senator Kathleen Vinehout and Secretary of State Doug La Follette are also in the running to face Gov. Scott Walker in the June 5 recall election.