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Wisconsin recall election tests Obama’s foes

MADISON, Wisconsin — Voters tilted in favor of Republicans in Wisconsin recall elections that were closely watched for signs of a backlash against Tea Party conservatives in a presidential battleground state, results showed Wednesday. Republican candidates successfully defended four seats in the Wisconsin state senate in Tuesday’s elections, retaining control…

Wisconsin Dems file complaint over ‘Koch brothers-funded scheme to suppress votes’

The Democratic Party of Wisconsin filed a complaint on Tuesday seeking to stop what it called a Koch brothers-funded scheme to suppress Democratic votes in upcoming Republican recall elections. Politico reported that Americans for Prosperity sent absentee ballots to Democrats in two Wisconsin state Senate recall districts with instructions that…

Wisconsin governor calls on Democrats to come home

MADISON, Wisconsin (Reuters) – Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker on Monday called for the return of the 14 Democratic state senators who left the state last week to avoid voting on a bill that that severely curbs state workers’ bargaining rights. “They’ve got to come to Wisconsin, do the job that…

Democratic lawmakers leave Wisconsin to protest union curbs

MADISON, Wisconsin (Reuters) – Wisconsin state Senate Democrats boycotting a vote on a plan to curb the union rights of public employees left the state on Thursday in an attempt to force majority Republicans to negotiate a compromise, an online political news service said. Democrat Sen. Jon Erpenbach told WisPolitics…

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