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Published: 04/17/11

Sarah Palin Defends Wis. Governor for Controversial Union Bill

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Sarah Palin Defends Wis. Governor for Controversial Union Bill

MADISON, Wis. -- Sarah Palin defended Wisconsin's governor at a tea party tax day rally Saturday, telling hundreds of supporters that his polarizing union rights law is designed to save public jobs. Braving snow showers and a frigid wind outside the state Capitol building, the former Alaska governor and GOP vice presidential candidate told tea partyers she's glad to stand with Gov. Scott Walker. Hundreds of labor supporters surrounded the rally, trying to drown Palin out with chants of "Hey-hey, ho-ho, Scott Walker has got to go!" and "Recall Walker!" "Hey, folks! He's trying to save your...

Published: 04/15/11

Canvass Shows Conservative Wins Wisconsin Court Race

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Canvass Shows Conservative Wins Wisconsin Court Race

MADISON, Wis. -- A conservative state Supreme Court justice overcame efforts to tie him to Wisconsin's polarizing governor and survived a near-upset in a race that drew national attention after a fierce fight over union rights. County tallies finalized Friday showed Justice David Prosser defeated little-known challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg by 7,316 votes. State election officials said they will wait to declare an official winner until the deadline for Kloppenburg to seek a recount passes. She has until Wednesday to call for one. Related Stories Wisconsin Governor...

Published: 04/14/11

Wisconsin Governor Defends Hobbling Unions

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Wisconsin Governor Defends Hobbling Unions

WASHINGTON -- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker defended his school of union hobbling as a route to fiscal discipline to budget-weary Washington on Thursday, telling a House committee that protracted, nail-biting negotiations in tough economic times can produce inaction and bad policy. "Sometimes," the Republican governor told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, "bipartisanship is not so good." J. Scott Applewhite, AP Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday. "Sometimes bipartisanship is not so good," Walker told the House...

Published: 04/8/11

Vote-Counting Error Rocks Wisconsin Court Race

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Vote-Counting Error Rocks Wisconsin Court Race

WAUKESHA, Wis. -- A stunning discovery of votes in Wisconsin could give the state's hotly contested Supreme Court race to the conservative incumbent in an election largely seen as a referendum on Republican Gov. Scott Walker's explosive union rights law. Adding another twist, the county clerk who said she incorrectly entered vote totals in the race has faced criticism before for her handling of elections and previously worked for a state GOP caucus when it was controlled by the candidate who stands to benefit from Thursday's revelation. The corrected totals gave Justice David Prosser a...

Published: 04/7/11

Wis. Corrects Vote Count, Gives Incumbent Big Lead

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Wis. Corrects Vote Count, Gives Incumbent Big Lead

WAUKESHA, Wis. -- A conservative-leaning Wisconsin county on Thursday corrected its count and gave an unofficial 7,500-vote lead to the incumbent in the hotly contested state Supreme Court race seen as a referendum on Republican Gov. Scott Walker's divisive union rights law. Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus said the votes weren't reported to The Associated Press on Tuesday due to "human error." "This is not a case of extra votes or extra ballots being found," she said. "This is human error, which I apologize for." Related Stories Wisconsin Supreme Court Race Too...

Published: 04/6/11

Wis. Voters Send Governor Strong, Angry Message

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Wis. Voters Send Governor Strong, Angry Message

MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin voters sent Republican Gov. Scott Walker a clear message about their unhappiness with his muscling through a law restricting union rights by sending a once runaway state Supreme Court race toward a near-certain recount and filling the governor's former post with a Democrat. While Walker downplayed the significance of Tuesday's elections on Wednesday, saying they were skewed by exceptional turnout in the liberal cities of Madison and Milwaukee, Democrats warned they were only a sign of what's to come. Recall efforts have been launched against 16 state senators from...

Published: 04/6/11

Wisconsin Supreme Court Race Too Close to Call

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Wisconsin Supreme Court Race Too Close to Call

MADISON, Wis. - The race between a conservative-leaning Wisconsin Supreme Court justice and a little-known challenger fueled by a wave of anger over the state's divisive new union rights law was too close to call early Wednesday morning. Unofficial returns from Tuesday's election showed Justice David Prosser and his opponent, JoAnne Kloppenburg, were separated by fewer than 600 votes with 99 percent of precincts reporting. The contest was close enough that a recount appeared likely. Under Wisconsin election law, a candidate has three days after the official results have been tallied to...

Published: 04/5/11

Wis. Democrats Who Fled Quietly Return to Senate

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Wis. Democrats Who Fled Quietly Return to Senate

MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin's Democratic state senators returned to work Tuesday with little fanfare, a stark contrast to the scene in February when their dramatic decision to flee the state in protest over an anti-union bill helped fuel massive protests that made the state the center of a national fight over union rights. The 14 Democrats left for Illinois with no warning on Feb. 17, leaving the Senate with one too few members to vote on the bill. Finally on March 9, Republicans removed some financial provisions from the bill so they could pass it with a lower quorum and no Democrats present....

Published: 04/4/11

Unions Mark MLK's Death With National Protests

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Unions Mark MLK's Death With National Protests

ATLANTA -- The eldest son of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. said Monday if his father had not been killed more than four decades ago, the civil rights icon would be fighting alongside workers rallying to protect collective bargaining rights. Martin Luther King III joined about 1,000 marchers in Atlanta and thousands more across the country to support workers' rights on the anniversary of his father's assassination. King was in Memphis, Tenn., supporting a black municipal sanitation workers strike April 4, 1968, when he was shot to death on a hotel balcony. Andy Manis, AP Union...

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