Victory for Pro-Union Lawmakers in Wisconsin

Democrats proved triumphant in two recall elections prompted by the Republican Party in the state of Wisconsin.

Senators Bob Wirch and Jim Holperin were among the 14 senators who left the state in February in protest of Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s plan to strip state workers’ of their collective bargaining rights. Both lawmakers beat Republican challengers.

This week’s Democratic wins come on the heels of two additional recall wins last week and a fifth win last month. Even though they remain the minority, Wisconsin Democrats narrowed the Republican Senate majority from 19-14 to just 17-16.

“This week’s election wins continue to show that the people of Wisconsin are looking for a check on Scott Walker’s reckless and radical agenda,” said Phil Neuenfeldt, President of the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO. “This turning tide shows that voters in Wisconsin are sending a clear message: the rubber-stamping of Walker’s extreme agenda by the Wisconsin Senate is not the way forward.”

Wisconsin Democratic Party Chairman Mike Tate says working families have “fundamentally changed the face of power in the Wisconsin legislature” through the recalls. The party is moving ahead with plans to recall Gov. Walker next year.

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