The battle for Wisconsin is still going. Whether you call it the working class versus the Republicans or the extreme right versus middle America, Democrats and labor unions are campaigning to put an end to the agenda of Wisconsin governor, Scott Walker, and the Republican controlled State Senate and House. The bout began after Walker signed a bill drastically cutting the bargaining rights of public employee unions. Public outrage which ultimately led to public outrage and recall elections.
According to ABCNews $30 Million dollars poured into the Wisconsin recall elections. Traditional Democratic leaning organizations like Progressive Change Committee, Democracy for America and the Labor Unions battled Republican leaning anti-labor groups like the business supported Tea Party Express and Americans for Prosperity.
Out of the eight Wisconsin recall elections, 2 Democrats defeated two incumbent Republicans to take their seats, 4 incumbent Republicans held their seats and 2 Democrats fended off Republican opponents. Despite the hard work of labor unions and progressive organizations the GOP still maintain control of the State Senate.
After hearing the State Senate election results, Walker told the Associated Press he believed that voters called for bipartisanship. The results of the recall elections may help to establish a campaign to unseat Governor Walker, the crown jewel of the recall attempts.
Even though outnumbered, there’s hope for the Dems. Wisconsin Republican Senator Dan Shultz voted against Walker’s attempt to cut labor union collective bargaining rights. He was the lone Republican vote against the bill. If Senator Schultz continues to vote pro-labor, then the Senate will be friendly to labor causes effectively halting Walker’s war on the middle class.