If the Washington Post is to be believed, Republicans in the Wisconsin State Legislature are making a major push to pass certain legislation before recall elections scheduled for this summer.
Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker and GOP leaders have launched a push to ram several years’ worth of conservative agenda items through the Legislature this spring before recall elections threaten to end the party’s control of state government.
Republicans, in a rapid sequence of votes over the next eight weeks, plan to legalize concealed weapons, deregulate the telephone industry, require voters to show photo identification at the polls, expand school vouchers and undo an early release for prisoners.
Six Republican State Senators and three Democrats may face recall elections starting in July. A net change of three seats would let the Democrats regains control of the State Senate. Both the recall elections and the time crunch to pass legislation can be attributed to the clash with public employee unions along with the walk-out by Democrat members of the State Senate.
It can be expected that both the Democrat Party and the unions will put lots of money into these recall elections as they did during the recent Wisconsin Supreme Court election between Justice David Prosser and his Democrat challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg. While still undergoing a recount, it looks like Justice Prosser held onto his seat despite the opposition’s money. However, in a local election, it could have more of an impact.