Recall Decided: Walker Retains His Seat

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Demonstrators protest in the capitol rotunda after they were given a deadline by the police to leave the building on February 27, 2011 in Madison, Wisconsin. (Scott Olson/Getty)

Voters in Wisconsin voted yesterday to decide whether their governor Scott Walker stays or goes. After months of political wrangling, state-wide campaigning, and millions of dollars in contributions, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker will keep his seat. Walker beat Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett by seven points, becoming the first governor to win a recall election.

Walker won both the right to finish his term and a voter endorsement of his strategy to curb state spending, which included a measure that eliminated union rights for most public workers.

Shawn Johnson is the capitol reporter for Wisconsin Public Radio. Bob Jauch is a state senator for Wisconsin. Senator Rauch was last on The Takeaway in March 2011, when democrats fled the Wisconsin State House to protest the vote on collective bargaining that first spurred the protests against Walker.


Bob Jauch and Shawn Johnson

Produced by:

John Light

Comments [5]

I don't live in Wisconsin so what the governor did doesn't affect me. I think this will be a good experiment to see how his changes affect the public services offered in that state. Will the effects be good or bad on overall operations and will it actually save taxpayers money. Will the savings get redirected to other things not supported by the people.

Of course, we're talking about Wisconsin. Not to be mean but it's possible the governor can chop government in half and no one would notice.

I also don't see how this affects national issues. Wisconsin doesn't have a military that spends 800 times what the world spends on military stuff. The state doesn't have to directly affect immigration, foreign trade, large public works, innovative technologies, et al. If this is some launchpad for Republicans they're not going to be prepared for the real world.

Jun. 06 2012 10:14 AM

The state senate recall means nothing.

There will be another Senate election in November; with redrawn districts. The numbers in that cycle favor the Republicans.

And can somebody at The Takeaway please tell us why the segment producers invited 1) a reporter from Wisconsin Public Radio; an organization that was central to a badly-reported attack on Republican state supreme court justice David Prosser, and 2) a Democrat state senator? We find balance in that selection...where, exactly?

Jun. 06 2012 08:16 AM

Scott Walker won his state by a larger margin than Barack Obama won the national electorate. Walker increased his margin of victory over his last election.

And Celeste Headlee begins this broadcast with a comment on how Walker outspent his opponent.

Face it; this recall election was a loser. National Democrats didn't like the effort. They didn't want to spend their resources or invest their credibility in it. Look at Obama; flying over Wisconsin on the way to fundraisers in Minnesota and then in Chicago. And sending a Tweet to Wisconsin. what...democracy looks like!

Celeste sounds so depressed. Is she getting the psychological help that she may need?

Jun. 06 2012 08:10 AM
Doug Howell from St Clair Shores, MI

I still think we missed an educational opportunity with the recall situation in Wisc.

Gov. Walker wanted to curtail certain collective bargaining rights of some unions. Those opposed to that framed the conversation as "He wants to get rid of unions." I'd like to see some facts on the history of collective bargaining, who stands to gain the most and why the governor decided to make that bold stance and why he chose only some unions and not others.

As a life long Democrat, I found my self torn on this issue.

Rather than play on emotions, let's leave that to the entertainers, please give us the facts so that you have a significant part in the voters education and thereby a more informed opinion of the subject.

Thanks. Love the show,


Jun. 06 2012 08:04 AM
Nicky McCatty from today I'm in Brooklyn. Usually, I'm in Brookline.

The governor won, but really, did he win more than just barely? In order to obtain this "victory," they had to get $100 million dollars, most of it from out of state. Not only that, this win was engineered in a state that allowed the governor to use unlimited funds, while also maintaining limits on the challenger. If the situation had been more like what one would usually consider normal, the gov would've lost.

I think that the result needs to be reframed.

Jun. 06 2012 06:14 AM

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