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  • Reports of Misleading Robo-Calls in Wisconsin Because of Course

    Scott WalkerCan one imagine a mountain without a snow-capped peak? Or a cool spring morn without a dew-laced wildflower? Can one conceive of a cloud that has not lightness? Or a butterfly that has not grace?

    Yes, I say unto thee, yes. Yes! A thousandfold easier than one can imagine a tight political race without allegations of misleading robo-calls from a Republican campaign

    Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said his campaign is contacting Wisconsin residents to counter reports of a robo-call that says anyone who signed a petition to recall Gov. Scott Walker doesn't have to vote in Tuesday's election…

    Walker's campaign pushed back against the allegation, issuing a statement strongly denying any connection with the reported calls.

    "Any accusation that our campaign is making those calls is categorically false and unfounded. Once again Mayor Barrett and his campaign are trying to falsely attack Governor Walker with absolutely no evidence. This is a desperate move by Mayor Barrett to avoid addressing his lack of a plan to create jobs in Wisconsin," the campaign stated.

    And, thus, the world continues its dizzying spin and life continues apace.

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    Tags: Recall, Scott Walker, Tom Barrett, Wisconsin
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    Tags: Recall, Scott Walker, Tweet Untweet, Twitter, Wisconsin
  • Scott Walker v. Tom Barrett, a Wisconsin Recall Primer

    Today over two million Wisconsinites are expected to head to the polls to forever alter the course of their ship of state. And by forever, I mean until 5 months from now, when the state legislature will be up for re-election. Polls close at 8pm Central Time, which means that if the race is close, we'll know the results by sometime in November, when Waukesha County finally reports. In the mean time, here's what you need to know…

    What do the latest polls say?
    All polls show Walker ahead. The latest Public Policy Polling survey has Walker up over Tom Barrett 50-47%. That lead is down from 50-45% in a PPP poll conducted three weeks ago and it's also down from a 52-45 lead that Walker  posted in a Marquette Law poll released last week, but it's at odds with another recent survey, conducted by We Ask America, that has Walker leading by 12%.

    Just how full of shit are Democrats when they claim turnout will make up for their lagging survey numbers?
    In their defense, a lot will depend on the makeup of the electorate. When Democrats won statewide in 2006 and 2008, self-identified conservatives made up only 30% of those who showed up. In 2010, when Republicans swept the state, self-identified conservatives made up 37% of the vote. If Democrats can increase turnout among minorities and young people, they have a shot.

    On the other hand, "it will all come down to turnout" are usually the famous last words spoken by the party before they're melodramatically quoting the end of Gatsby — "tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther" and maybe not lose quite so badly in the Milwaukee suburbs.

    On the bright side for liberals, future generations of Democrats will not have have to read about this potentially painful defeat, since budget cuts will have eliminated schoolbooks and English teachers.

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    Tags: Polls, Recall, Scott Walker, Tom Barrett, Wisconsin
  • Our Endorsements: Veep VP Gets Lipped

    * Bad Lip Reading tries its hand at a fictional Veep.

    * Ann comes to Mitt's defense, from The Onion.

    * News Feed History of the World summarizes May.

    * Here's how to pretend you know something about the Wisconsin recall.

    * Jason Alexander apologizes for calling a sport gay.

    * The coolest cupcakes for your July 4th party, from Laughing Squid.

    Tags: Ann Romney, Barack Obama, Daily Links, HBO, Mitt Romney, Recall, The Onion, vice president, Wisconsin
  • One Million Wisconsinites Sign Petition to Recall Scott Walker

    Aw, look at this. The citizens of Wisconsin are trying to get their state back. Can they actually do that? I was under the impression that Scott Brown sold it off with a no-return policy

    A total of 540,208 valid signatures, or 25 percent of all of the votes cast in the election that put Walker in office last January, were needed to force a recall election, but organizers had aimed for hundreds of thousands more than the minimum requirement to ensure they met the threshold even if some signatures are disqualified.

    The Wisconsin Democratic Party was quick to dub the recall effort — which also targeted Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and a handful of Republican state legislators — the "biggest" in American history and boasted that organizers had gathered a whopping 460,000 extra signatures for the recall of Walker, who infuriated many in his state last year by pushing through a law that ended most collective bargaining rights for many public workers.

    You know, that's fine and all, but I don't think that petition will considered legally binding unless at least a third of those signatures are Charles Koch's.

    And I'm pretty sure the other two-thirds need to be David Koch's.

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    Tags: Charles Koch, David Koch, Democrats, Recall, Scott Walker, Unions, Wisconsin