Election Day in Wisconsin, recall style
Thousands of demonstrators protest outside the Wisconsin State Capitol March 12, 2011 in Madison, Wisconsin.
July 19th, 2011
09:51 AM ET
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Election Day in Wisconsin, recall style

(CNN) - The first of nine recall elections will take place Tuesday in Wisconsin, with incumbent Democratic state Sen. Dave Hansen pitted against Republican David VanderLeest, the latest fallout from the bitter state battle over collective bargaining rights that shut down the state legislature for weeks in February and March.

Two other Republican primaries are also slated in the state Tuesday, the winners of which will compete in a recall election on August 16.

The contests follow Democratic primaries earlier in the month for six seats Republicans currently hold. Official results from those contests are not yet available but the winners will face their own recall elections next month.

The elections stem from a law, which was upheld by the state Supreme Court in June that sharply divided the state earlier in the year. Republicans insisted the measure was necessary to control the skyrocketing costs of public employee benefits and close the budget shortfall. Democrats argued that it was an attempt to gut public-sector labor unions, one of their core constituencies.

In the recall elections, state Democrats object to Republican legislators' support of the collective bargaining law while Republicans are critical of Democratic lawmakers who left the state during negotiations in opposition to Republican Gov. Scott Walker's agenda, in an effort to block the bill. While the debate waged on, the fleeing lawmakers and protests at the state capitol made national headlines.

Under the Wisconsin law, all public workers except police and firefighters would be required to cover more of their retirement plan contributions and health care premiums.

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  1. gt

    what a radical idea....state workers will have to pay more for there retirement...rats i wish it was me... i have to pay all my retirement if i have any money left over after taxes....

    July 19, 2011 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  2. kyle

    The Governor crazy agendas are ready to come to an end.

    July 19, 2011 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  3. Rudy NYC

    These special elections and others like are a referendum on the Republican Party and its' Tea Party base. The Republican reactions to these results will show all Americans just exactly where Republican priorities lie, once again.

    July 19, 2011 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  4. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Recall the Republicans because they don't understand who the middle class is made up of and how little money this would help the budget.

    July 19, 2011 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  5. FBMarky

    I'm praying for a sweeping democratic victory. And Jesus loves me more than he does you!

    July 19, 2011 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  6. John

    What Wisconsin should do Is get Rid Of that Tea Party Back GOV ,and than Wisconsin will be better Off. The People will know better to vote for a Republican again or any body back by the Tea Party.

    July 19, 2011 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  7. Old Farmboy

    "During the discovery portion of a pending court case, the blueprint for union disruption of government and businesses and intimidation of individuals has turned up. In a seventy-plus page manual which will be entered into evidence, the SEIU sets out its demands, strategy, and tactics for use by the thugs and unwitting SEIU membership in disrupting civil society in order to strengthen the waning union movement."

    "...the manual goes on to describe tactics that can only be described as "mob-like."

    "Worst of all, it encourages mob action against high-profile business owners and corporate management as well as boycotts and personal action against public officials, at their homes, not at their workplaces."

    Just in case you wondered where the above quotes came from it's the SEIU Intimidation Handbook. I thought I point this out for those that wanted to know how the Unions support you.

    Come on, CNN. Post it... If you have what it takes.

    July 19, 2011 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  8. jean

    Wisconsin, "The American Working Class and the poor,elderly, and Americans concerned about health care and education for their "Children" are behind your recall!!! We are seeing what these teaparty Radical Extremist are trying to do to our country!!!! Wisconsin, "Make us Proud" Vote no on Gop/Tea Agenda!!! Vote them out!

    July 19, 2011 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  9. Chumlee

    Allah, praise the GOP for giving us our daily bread. Forgive them when they tresspass against us. Allah, give the GOP strength and wisdom to administer pain and suffering equally to us heathens. Amen!

    July 19, 2011 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  10. Bill

    The big news will come in January when the recall of Gov. Walker begins.

    July 19, 2011 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  11. GI Joe

    Collective bargaining is NOT a budget issue. It relates mostly to number of hours worked, conditions in the work-place, etc. They had ALREADY agreed to the increased payments for their benefits.

    July 19, 2011 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  12. Bill

    It's over for the these GOP clowns. I can not wait until that reprobate Walker is sent packing.

    July 19, 2011 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  13. cleptublicans

    I wonder how many fake candidates and dead voters the cleptublicans will be bringing to this party.

    July 19, 2011 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  14. MN Mom

    After what the GOP did just a week or so ago when they ran FAKE Democratic candidates in the DFL primaries in an effort to distort or delay the recall elections, I hope the people in Sen. Hansen's district will turn against the deceptive, cheating practices of the GOP in Wisconsin. The GOP feels the need to cheat because they are afraid they cannot win any other way. I think the people in WI (the state I grew up in) are tired of their tea party Governor Walker who gave tax cuts to the richest people in Wisconsin and large subsidies to big companies, then screamed that the state was "broke" and he "had" to attack middle class workers like teachers, clerks, etc., in order to "fix" things. Walker cetainly has other options. How about cancelling the tax cuts he gave to his rich campaign backers? How about taking back the subsidies that have brought no jobs for the people of Wisconsin, only larger bonuses for corporate executives? The people of WI are catching on to the GOP's game and demanding the the budget not be balanced on the backs of middle class workers and that the state not engage in a game of "race to the bottom" so that state services are on par with those of Mississippi. Let's hope the rest of the nation starts to understand the GOP's destructive game as well. The Democrats are the only ones concerned about the future of the middle class at this point.

    July 19, 2011 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  15. Ron

    C'mon Wisconsin! You know better than what the republicans have been doing to the people of WI. They didn't tell you about all of their plans once they defrauded you into voting for them. How many of those gov employees and union members called themselves republicans before Scott Walker? What about now?

    July 19, 2011 11:16 am at 11:16 am |