The Day After Finds Wisconsin Democrats Have One Bright Spot To Celebrate
WISCONSINREPORT.COM (06/06/2012) - The day after the Wisconsin Recalls, Republicans have something to crow about by retaining Governor Scott Walker, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, and three of four state senate seats in the June 5th recall elections, but they seem to have lost control of the legislative process that led to the recalls in the first place. Democrats now have a one seat majority in the senate, if the win by 779 votes stands.
Republican state senators withstood Recall challenges in state senate districts in the Green Bay, Eau Claire-Chippewa Falls, and Wausau areas June 5th, but Democrats won the day in the Racine area. Unofficial returns from Tuesday's election in Racine's 21st Senate District showed Democratic challenger John Lehman leading incumbent Republican Sen. Van Wanggaard by less than 800 votes with all precincts reporting.
If the Racine win stands, Democrats would have a one seat advantage in the Wisconsin Senate. That slim majority could effectively block any future controversial legislation that Republicans may try to push through the process.
Democrats and about half of Wisconsin residents hope the slim Racine senate win may act as a check on future major changes to the Wisconsin way of life that Governor Scott Walker and Republican legislators in the State Assembly and Senate may be contemplating down the road.
It was passage of controversial legislation that stripped public employees of their right to collective bargaining that caused the uproar that led to the Recall election process, following weeks of active protest demonstrations, in the first place.
Many supporters of the Recall are today hoping the Racine win will stand, which will enable nearly half of the state to again have a say in rules and regulations the legislature and governor hand down.
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