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Palladian View on the Ground In Wisconsin for Walker Recall

State is ground zero in the latest political tug-of-war.

For the last two months much of the political universe has been focused on the state of Wisconsin. That’s where Gov. Scott Walker and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch are facing a recall election tomorrow.

Elected in 2010 and facing substantial budget shortfalls, Walker and Kleefisch immediately took an axe to the benefits of public employees, including their health plans and pensions. Since taking office in January 2011, Walker and Kleefisch have been at the center of the national discussion about government spending in sluggish economic times.

The state capital of Madison has seen a series of a mass protests by teachers and other public workers as Democrats set their sights on Walker, eventually getting enough signatures to force tomorrow’s recall election.

Since the recall election was announced, both Democrats and Republicans have poured millions into the state in an effort to save Walker and Kleefisch—or oust them with Tom Barrett, the mayor of Milwaukee and the man who Walker defeated in 2010.

Among those in Wisconsin are a group of staffers from Palladian View, the conservative women’s magazine founded by Karen Floyd. Manager Editor LaDonna Ryggs, Development Director Beverly Owensby and Social Media Coordinator Lauren Luxenburg have been criss-crossing The Dairy State and posting regularly on Twitter and Facebook.

Using the social media tool Storify, we’ve been able to follow their activities. 

For a look at comprehensive coverage from the 16 Patch sites in Wisconsin click here.

toymnatr June 05, 2012 at 01:29 AM
Kinda like the 1% that don't want to give up any tax breaks so the middle class can get a break.
stanley seigler June 05, 2012 at 04:22 AM
@Philliph: "... but not one union employee is willing to sacrifice..." FACTCHK: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2011/10/18/sb5-concessions.html [CLIPs] "Ohio’s public employees, many of them teachers, gave back nearly $1.1 billion in concessions since 2008, according to a report commissioned by police and fire unions" "Jay McDonald, president of the Fraternal Order of Police of Ohio, in a morning press conference called to release the report. McDonald said he’s personally given back $7,000 in concessions to the city of Marion...where he works as a police officer...this year." [end clips] sigh... this anecdotal...but there are numerous examples of union concessions...google for facts. PS. the unions are a scapegoat for the failed T-GOP economic policies.
stanley seigler June 05, 2012 at 05:39 AM
@Robert Kelly: "...federal workers have a much better compensation package..." probably...but as mentioned and to which you allude; difficult to compare 'averages'...need to compare wages (total compensation) for similar public/private sector jobs... not sure which wages enter into the private sector avg...ie/eg, the pay scale for service workers, fast food workers, lower the private sector average... seems the bottom line is: do we want cheap labor handling details of running our government, teaching our children, protecting our streets...
Robert Kelly June 06, 2012 at 01:34 PM
Stanley, I agree with you, and especially about your points about comparing averages. I was a rotating shift federal employee for 30 years, before spending the last 12 as the supervisor for 35 employees. Only 5 of those employees had a base salary in excess of $100K, even though practically everyone I hired in those 12 years had a MS degree. My experience is that they were an incredibly dedicated and focused group of people with excellent education and on-the-job skill development, and when I hear these know-nothings complain about bloated government salaries and disparaging comments about the workforce it really gets to me. On the state level, how much do people think we pay the Forestry Commission park rangers? How much are EMTs getting paid? How much are data entry people behind the scenes getting? Not as much as they deserve, but still voters would rather make them pay the price for bad management at the political level. SC taxes are not low, but they are not progressive either. Someone making $50K pays that same 7% rate as someone making $500K, except that the $500K person probably pays a lower rate to the federal government because much of it is in capital gains. Citizens, voters, should not disrespect the lower income workers and deny them basic rights of collective bargaining and respect for what they do.
SDR June 06, 2012 at 02:24 PM
...and now a word from that extreme right-wing union busting president: http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/index.php?pid=15445#axzz1x1TwZWlM

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