Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Data shows that Wisconsin saw an increase of 35,381 private-sector jobs, a 1.5% increase, during a 12-month period ending in June. The top U.S. state saw a 12.1% increase in private-sector job creation.
Gov. Scott Walker won a recall election contested largely on economic issues, but the state ranked in the bottom 20 percent in the nation in private-sector job creation in the nation in the 12 months ending last June, according to government jobs data. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that Wisconsin added just over 35,000 private-sector jobs, according to the Quarterly Census on Earnings and Wages, which covers 96% of the nation's public and private sector employers. That's a 1.5 percent increase. The 12 months of job creation data is considered by economists to be the most accurate information of hiring in the country, according to the Journal Sentinel. And the end of the measuring period coincided with the recall election victory …
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
In first Patch survey of influential Wisconsin Democrats, it's clear most would prefer Senate candidate Tammy Baldwin face someone other than the former governor in the November election.
When it comes to the Republican primary for Wisconsin's open U.S. Senate seat, the state's Democratic political insiders see the race as a two-man contest between former Gov. Tommy Thompson and businessman Eric Hovde. But when asked whom Democrat Tammy Baldwin would have the best chance of defeating in the general election, these influential Democrats made it clear that Thompson would be her toughest opponent. In Patch's first "Blue Wisconsin" Survey of Democratic influencers throughout the state, 47 percent of the respondents said they thought Hovde would win Tuesday's primary election, while 45 percent said Thompson had the best shot. However, when surveyed on which Republican would give Baldwin the best chance to win in November, only …
Friday, July 6, 2012
With no limits on contributions, Gov. Scott Walker raised $37 million over the course of the recall — roughly the same amount both his opposition and independent groups spent.
Gov. Scott Walker raised $6.7 million in the final days before and weeks immediately after the June 5 recall election, according to his campaign. That brings Walker's total fundraising during the recall to $37 million and his total cash on hand, accumulated since he took office in January 2011, to $1.6 million. Meanwhile, other candidates and independent groups raised $37.4 million during the recall, bringing total spending to more than $70 million. In May, $62 million had been pumped into Wisconsin recalls. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, a Democrat who lost to Walker in both the 2010 race and the recall, raised about $2.5 million during the recall's home stretch; $6.3 million from March 30 to June 30. He spent $6.6 million and had $250,000 …
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Turnout of nearly 58 percent was highest ever for a gubernatorial race in a non-presidential year, but still fell short of the numbers in recent presidential elections.
Wisconsin's gubernatorial recall election was historic in more ways than one. Yes, the June 5 election between Gov. Scott Walker and Democrat Tom Barrett was the first attempt to recall a governor in Wisconsin history — and only the third time in the nation. But it also set the record for the highest turnout in a Wisconsin governor's race in which the office of president was not also on the ballot. Final certified numbers released Wednesday show that 2.516 million votes were cast in the recall election — or 57.8 percent of the state's voting-age population, according to the state Government Accountability Board, which oversees Wisconsin elections. That's the highest turnout for a gubernatorial election since 1960 — when the presidential …
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Use Patch's interactive tool to get detailed results on how area communities voted in the recall election.
How did Waukesha County municipalities and the rest of the Milwaukee area vote in the June 5 recall election between Republican Gov. Scott Walker and Democrat Tom Barrett? Here's a breakdown of votes you won't find anywhere else - at look at who carried each of the 89 municipalities in Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee and Racine counties. Use our interactive tool to search for detailed results for the entire metro area or just your hometown.
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Experts, exit polls point to numerous reasons why Republican governor defeated Democratic Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett: money, turnout and displeasure over the recall process.
Tuesday’s recall election was the ultimate course of action that Wisconsin residents could have taken to unseat Republican Gov. Scott Walker. However, the nature of the recall process itself might have been a big reason why Walker became the first U.S. governor to survive a recall attempt when he defeated Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. Just 49 minutes after polls closed, major news outlets across the country called the race for Walker as vote tallies trickled in. Ultimately, Walker posted a 7-point victory — garnering 53 percent of the vote to Barrett’s 46 percent. In 2010, Walker won by an almost identical margin — 52 percent to 47 percent. “Unlike a normal election, a recall puts the burden on the challenger to explain why the incumbent …
After a long, politically charged year, Gov. Scott Walker wins re-election in divisive recall race. Though Democrats congratulated Walker, they say the fight isn't over.
A historic day in Wisconsin ended with even more history made Tuesday as Republican Gov. Scott Walker is now the only governor in the United States to win re-election after facing a recall. Garnering 53 percent of the vote over Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett's 46 percent, Walker will continue in office as the state's governor. "I want to thank God for his abundant grace," Walker said during his victory speech in Waukesha County. Walker said it was the supporters who said they were praying for him who helped him get through the past year of turmoil. "I can't tell you what that means to us," Walker said. "On behalf of our family, we say thank you to all of you. The election is over. It is time to move Wisconsin forward." Walker supporters …
Governor cruises to victory in Waukesha County with no major issues reported out of the clerk's office.
With the two special recall elections of 2012 behind us, Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus has made it through both without incident. Nickolaus’ office reported elections results numbers Tuesday evening without a hitch after she came under scrutiny in the past year for large election night flubs. Results came out in a timely fashion Tuesday evening with final results reported by only delayed by large voter turnouts in areas such as Oconomowoc, where absentee votes were not counted until after the polls closed. "Everything went very well,” said Shawn Lundie, chief of staff for Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas. "We’ve been working hard for the past several months to implement a system that would disseminate election results in a …
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Revisit Patch's real-time coverage of Tuesday's historic recall election in this replay of our Election Night blog.
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Wisconsin voters headed to the polls in huge numbers Tuesday to cast their ballots in the state's historic recall election — and keep Gov. Scott Walker in office. Patch's live blog provided updates from polling places throughout the Milwaukee area and well as reports from the Walker and Tom Barrett campaign parties, and plenty of comments from readers.
State elections officials predict turnout of 60 percent, but some local election officials say the number could go higher.
State election officials were estimating turnout for Tuesday's election at 60-65 percent, but it appears suburban Milwaukee communities could smash that mark. Patch is compiling anecdotes and voter counts from throughout the area. If you have news to share of high turnout or your experience at the polls today, Tweet us @SEWisconsnPatch or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Shortly after noon at McKinley Elementary School in Wauwatosa, 600 of 1,340 registered residents in Ward 17 had voted, or 45 percent, the highest figure in a sampling of voting sites. Shorewood Village Clerk Sherry Grant said turnout was close to 50 percent in the entire village before 2 p.m. "I think we are going to exceed what the state has been predicting (for voter turnout…