Walker Survives Recall Attempt

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Republican Governor Scott Walker defeats Democrat Tom Barrett in rematch of 2010 election.

FILE - Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks to the Illinois Chamber of Commerce in this April 17, 2012 file photo taken in Springfield, Ill. Lost in the hoopla over the effort to recall Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker after he took on union rights is an ongoing secret investigation that has already ensnared a handful of the Republican governor's former aides. Democrats have started playing up questions about why Walker created a criminal defense fund for himself and whether the governor might face charges next. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has survived a recall election, defeating the Democratic mayor of Milwaukee to keep the state's top political job.
Walker becomes the first governor in American history to stay in office after a recall challenge.
The Republican governor rose to national prominence last year after taking on public-sector unions shortly after being sworn in. That fight also triggered the recall and set up a rematch with Tom Barrett, who was defeated by Walker in 2010.
Walker argued his policies were necessary to confront the state's budget problems.
The loss is a blow to Democrats and to unions that spent millions to oust Walker.

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  • by Great on Jun 7, 2012 at 03:48 AM
    So business wins again, basically bout the election. And a lot of the voters got suckered into believing that this is what they wanted. Unions have not been any better stewards. But without unions there is no standard. Don't think business is going to pay you a living wage without the union standard of pay hanging out there as an example. Voters are really the fools here. Business will laugh at you all the way to the bank.
  • by Dan Location: DeWitt on Jun 6, 2012 at 02:11 PM
    Good. He didn't deserve to lose after bringing Wisconsin out of debt for the first time in over two decades. People curse him for what he has done but you all need to realize that the pensions that were dreamed up in the 80s and 90s are completely unsustainable in this economy. You can't maintain a welfare state, maintain lifetime pensions, completely foot the bill for health care AND have low taxes. The economics just don't work.
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      by Anonymous on Jun 9, 2012 at 09:53 AM in reply to Dan
      So Wisconsin was in debt for 20 years? Ran a budget that was in the red for 20 years? I don't think they could actually function that way! Don't write something that isn't factual.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 6, 2012 at 08:32 AM
    The dems only want to rape the us citizens of their hard earn money and give it to those who do not need it. Like solydyn.
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      by Anonymous on Jun 6, 2012 at 09:45 AM in reply to
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      by Anonymous on Jun 9, 2012 at 09:50 AM in reply to
      Spoken like someone who only listens to Fox News and believes everything that Fox says is the truth and can't think for themselves.
  • by Robert Location: Lansing on Jun 6, 2012 at 06:41 AM
    Dems and unions spent about 4 million in the recall effort. Walker spent about 30 million. Mostly in out of state contributions.
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      by Anonymous on Jun 6, 2012 at 09:44 AM in reply to Robert
      Mostly from big business or the big business owners.
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