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Hope in Wisconsin

Hope in Wisconsin

A PPP poll for Daily Kos shows Gov. Scott Walker in a good position:

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker leads all of his Democratic challengers in the Wisconsin recall election, per a new Public Policy Polling poll out this afternoon.

Walker, the incumbent governor, has a 5-point lead against Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, 50 percent to 45 percent, and a 7-point lead — 50 percent to 43 percent — against Kathleen Falk. Walker has more than 10-point leads over Doug La Follette and Kathleen Vinehout.

Both Democrats have seen their support slide since the last time PPP polled there, which pollster Tom Jensen attributes to the shift in independents back toward Walker…

More good news, the collective bargaining bill is lowering property taxes:

On Monday Mr. Walker’s office released new data that show the property tax bill for the median home fell by 0.4% in 2011, as reported by Wisconsin’s municipalities. Property taxes, which are the state’s largest revenue source and mainly fund K-12 schools, have risen every year since 1998—by 43% overall. The state budget office estimates that the typical homeowner’s bill would be some $700 higher without Mr. Walker’s collective-bargaining overhaul and budget cuts.

(added) But of course, you already knew about the property tax drop from my December post, The photo that could defeat the Wisconsin recall.

One possible shoe to drop is the so-called “John Doe” investigation, and whether the Democratic D.A. will bring charges against former Walker staffers which could embarrass Walker.  Forty-three employees in that office signed the recall petition, so you know where their political sympathies lie.

For now, I’ll take any good news.

Update:  Reader Patricia produced this graphic for the Fox Valley, WI, Tea Party group:


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Half of my relatives live in Wisconsin, and they are keeping their mouths shut about Walker, as people who hate him are so vocal.

They may be silent, but they take action, and show up to vote.
Just like the tea party that everyone thinks has disappeared.

I think Walker is going to win by a landslide. And when he does, the Obama administration is going to go into an attack mode that you’ve never seen before.
Because the entire administration will know that We The People see that they have no clothes.

What about Rebecca Kleefisch?

    Tamminator in reply to RD. | April 16, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    Well, the same people who show up for the polls voting for Walker will vote for her.
    And believe me.
    They are chomping at the bit to show up to vote.

      JackRussellTerrierist in reply to Tamminator. | April 17, 2012 at 2:39 am

      That seems feasible state-wide, but what about the senate? Those are by districts, which places them in a weaker position.

I have sent money to the gov and lt gov. Now solicitations are coming in from Republican senators being recalled. I suppose I should send money to them as well. Does anyone from Wisconsin have information to share about the other recalls?

I’d like to know this as well. Have there been any polls of the Wisconsin senate races?

While this is good news, I think Walker has to win by at least 7 points to avoid the Democrats stealing the election. You just know they will suddenly find a few thousands votes in someone’s trunk a couple of days after the election.

    JackRussellTerrierist in reply to rshayne. | April 17, 2012 at 2:38 am

    Yep, and they managed to run tha Waukesha county clerk off, too. Cathy Somebody. She kept hammering them by not reporting her totals until the very end so they didn’t have a known number to fraud/manufacture votes to.

    My hope is that her successor uses the same technique.

JackRussellTerrierist | April 17, 2012 at 2:35 am

The Milwaukee prosecutor will proceed. They use their authority and power as a political bludgeon against the GOP. They never have passed up a chance before, so they’re surely not going to stop now. They’ll just make it up. The charade only has to last a couple months.

I hope the GOP senators up for recall can hold on. Does anybody know if they’re getting any help, or is the GOP establishment’s Romney swoon sucking up all the oxygen and the money?

This is education’s Little Big Horn. If Walker is successful the fallout will be national in scope. And the fallout will almost certainly migrate to even the bluest states … especially those in the northeast where education costs are funded by property taxes that are strangling folks.

Then watch for the domino effect on other issues as well. Wisconsin’s situation cannot be underestimated … and the unions are NOT underestimating it at all. That’s why they’ve loaded this recall with all their might. But I think a good many posters have it right. That there’s a sort of new “silent majority” who just don’t want to engage in the hot rhetoric, but are saving their shout-out for ballot day.

And that will carry over into this fall’s national election. I think Obama’s in deep mud. The MSM is doin’ all it can to yank his back-side out of his mess, but there’s no traction. Remorse is the new atmosphere as far as Obama is concerned. He’s gonna get Carterized this fall.

Wisconsin can really change the national scene if they hold onto Walker … the fallout will cascade.