WI Dem Trounces Seat Held by Republicans for 16 Years

Call it foreshadowing. For 16 years, Republicans have held the seat for the Wisconsin District 94 Assembly, but last night, a Democrat running on Governor Walker's labor-disdain trounced the competition. With 94 percent of precincts reporting, Steve Doyle won 54 percent to 46 percent against GOP candidate John Lautz in a special election to replace Mike Huebsch, the GOP incumbent who left his post after Walker appointed him to serve as secretary of administration. The election hinged on Walker's move to strip bargaining rights from public employees, which Lautz supported and Doyle did not.

Meanwhile, the movement to recall 8 eligible Republican State Senators in Wisconsin has been largely successful, with 6 gathering enough signatures to submit for the recall by Monday's deadline. Now, reports DailyKos' Puddytat, who's worked on the signature-gathering, the focus is being directed towards Governor Walker himself:

Despite keeping his head down lately, Walker remains unpopular.  His 2 year budget proposal is currently having public hearings throughout the state.  If passed, it would be devastating to local economies, the vulnerable, and working people, but really good news for corporations and the already entitled.  It is being met by opposition everywhere.  

So, if you are in Wisconsin, please volunteer here for the Walker Recall.  You can also volunteer for the campaigns of candidates who have already announced to run against the recalled Republicans while you are waiting to recall Walker.  

If you're not in Wisconsin, you can donate to these efforts through the same site.  Remember, we only need to win 3 of these elections to overturn the Republican majority in the State Senate and restore some sanity to our government.

We've got the momentum, now let's keep it moving.

AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at May 4, 2011, 6:32am

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