June 6, 2012 Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's victory Tuesday wasn't the only defeat for organized labor. Adding to the day being a memorably rotten one for unions were voter initiatives in two of California's largest cities, San Diego and San Jose, aimed at reducing the burden of public employees' pensions on taxpayers.
Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker (right) celebrates his win over Democratic challenger Tom Barrett at Tuesday night's victory party in Waukesha, Wis.
June 6, 2012 Gov. Scott Walker's recall election victory might not seem like it would have much relevance outside the Badger State. But the outcome may embolden other governors to follow Walker's lead and move against public employee unions. It also could boost conservatives and disrupt President Obama's re-election strategy.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) after his victory Tuesday.
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June 6, 2012 The morning-after analyses are focusing on the lift Republicans have gotten. But bear in mind that a lot can happen between now and November.
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Getting out the vote: In Janesville, Wis., on Monday, Democrat Wanda Sonnentag was calling voters.
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June 5, 2012 Polls are opening in Wisconsin, where the bitter battle over whether to recall Republican Gov. Scott Walker is finally coming to a conclusion.
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May 30, 2012 Wisconsin's Republican Gov. Scott Walker holds his lead over his Democratic challenger, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, in a new statewide poll of registered voters.
May 25, 2012 The divisive battle to recall Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker moves into its final phase Friday with the first televised debate between Walker and Democrat Tom Barrett. Some predict as much as $80 million will be spent on the race, as Walker tries to avoid becoming the third U.S. governor ever recalled by voters.
March 30, 2012 Republican Gov. Scott Walker ran into voter backlash last year after he signed a law stripping public employees' unions of collective bargaining rights.
March 28, 2012 The election to recall Wisconsin's Republican governor is a much bigger deal in the state than the Republican presidential primary even though the contest to name a challenger to President Obama occurs on Tuesday and the recall is in June.
Volunteers at the Wisconsin Democratic Party's recall office in Waukesha entered names from petitions to recall Gov. Scott Walker into their voter databases on March 20.
March 21, 2012 The contest consuming most potential voters is not the state's April 3 presidential primary when 42 potentially crucial delegates will be awarded. It's the June 5 recall election of Gov. Scott Walker.
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January 20, 2012 The state of Wisconsin has a webcam streaming as workers process more than 300,000 petition pages from the effort to recall Gov. Scott Walker (R). It's silent. You don't know who these people are. They're pushing papers. And it's mesmerizing.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, seen here in Maple Bluff, Wis. in December, expects opponents to force a recall election against him.
January 5, 2012 Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker came to Washington on Thursday to talk up the merits of the anti-union legislation that has landed him in hot water — and to raise funds to save his job.
December 13, 2011 Voting-rights groups are launching what could be the opening round in a lengthy legal challenge to new state laws requiring voters to show photo ID. The ACLU — along with the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty — filed suit in federal court claiming Wisconsin's new voter ID law is unconstitutional, the equivalent of a poll tax.
November 16, 2011 Gov. Scott Walker tells NPR that his political foes are camouflaging their true intent with platitudes about workers' rights, among other things. And he says he did what was right for Wisconsin during the battle he led earlier this year to weaken the state's public-employee unions.
November 15, 2011 Opponents of Republican Gov. Scott Walker have formally launched their effort to turn him out of office before his term ends, starting the process of collecting the signatures required to get a recall election on the state ballot.
September 30, 2011 While Florida threw the political calendar into confusion Friday by moving its primary up to Jan. 31 from March, Wisconsin is going in the other direction, moving its primary back as a cost-savings measure.
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