Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Scott Walker Wins Wisconsin Recall Battle
◼ Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker beat back a recall challenge Tuesday, winning both the right to finish his term and a voter endorsement of his strategy to curb state spending, which included the explosive measure that eliminated union rights for most public workers. - Newsmax
◼ LEFT-WING RECALL EFFORT FAILS IN WISCONSIN - Breitbart News
◼ ELECTION OFFICIALS: 'VERY, VERY HIGH' - Breitbart News
◼ WALKER'S POLICIES WON THE RECALL TONIGHT - Mike Flynn/Breitbart
Scott Walker's win tonight was a resounding victory for political courage and government reform. After more than a year of vitriolic attacks and tens of millions of dollars from union member paychecks, Walker and his GOP allies survived everything unions could throw at them. It was a victory for grass roots activists, the tea party and a newly emboldened Republican party. Most importantly, it was a victory for the common sense reforms championed by Walker.
Democrats claimed that Walker had championed "divisive" polices that sparked a "political civil war" in the state. The reforms required state workers to contribute a little bit more to their benefits and gave local governments the freedom to set their own health care and pension policies. Walker's reforms put Wisconsin government workers on the exact same negotiating footage as federal government workers.
In response, the unions threw a tantrum.
◼ Recall Bid Fails in Wisconsin - Douglas Belkin/Wall Street Journal
◼ Walker, Republicans win big in Wisconsin recall races - Washington Times
In addition to Mr. Walker, Republican Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and four Republican state Senate seats held by the GOP were being challenged. Ms. Kleefisch and three of the Republican Senate candidates had won their races while the Republican was leading in the fourth race late Tuesday.
◼ Wisconsin Was All About the Economy - Amy Walter/ABC News
◼ Walker: Voters want leaders to make hard decisions - AP/SeattlePI
◼ How Scott Walker Helped Unions and Democrats Tonight = Jim Geraghty/National Review Online via Lucianne
Believe it or not, by winning his recall election - by a 57 percent to 42 percent margin at this hour – Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has done his foes – the Wisconsin Democratic Party, the public sector unions, the progressives and angry leftists – a favor. He has liberated them from the soothing illusion that they are popular, and that the public agrees with them.
◼ WI Recall a Tea Party Victory - Dana Loesch/Breitbart's Big Government
If ever there was a measure of the muscle of the tea party movement, let it be judged by this election....
◼ Why Scott Walker won the Wisconsin recall - Chris Cillizza/Washington Post
◼ Walker withstands withering attack, wins in Wisconsin - Jennifer Rubin/Washington Post