There is a Partisan Primary election on Tuesday, August 14. This is a Primary for State Assembly, State Senate, County District Attorney, U.S. House and U.S. Senate seats. We urge you to vote on Tuesday.

We regret that we will not be able to provide our usual election coverage for the Primary election. We expect to return to our usual coverage of elections that influence matters in the Fox Valley for the General Election on November 6th.



Our usual practice at is to avoid endorsing candidates for office. Instead, we try to encourage debate about public policy issues that matter to our community, rather than endorsing individual candidates in their bids for public office.

But today, I’ll hang my editor’s hat on the hatrack over in the corner, and just write from my sometimes-partisan perspective about Tuesday’s recall election. Even so, because this is such an unusual election, you may find that my reasons for supporting Governor Scott Walker and Lieutenant-Governor Rebecca Kleefisch in Tuesday’s recall election resonate with you regardless of your party affiliation.

So without further ado, here are my three reasons for voting for Governor Walker on Tuesday.

Reason #1: This election is about Courage

Scott Walker has made the point this year, in numerous speeches around the state, that this recall election is about Courage. It’s about the Courage that every elected official should have, to clearly state his or her policy goals and objectives, and then actually do what he said he’d do after taking office. continue reading…

Click to see a bigger map of the Senate DistrictsTuesday we’ll have Primary elections for Governor across the state. There are also some Primaries in the Senate recall races as well, although not for the Fox Valley area. Click on the image to the left to see a larger map of the Senate districts, and the four Districts that have Primary races on Tuesday.

The purpose of the Recall election of the Governor, is for Democrats to try to unseat our current Governor Scott Walker. Democratic activists collected between one half million and one million signatures on recall petitions, allowing them to force a Recall election under Wisconsin State Law.

On Tuesday there will be both a Republican and a Democratic Primary. There will be a Republican Primary because there is a “protest” candidate challenging Governor Walker on the Republican ticket. More about that candidate later on. While the “protest” challenger in the Republican primary isn’t a credible candidate for Republicans, it’s still remotely possible for the Governor to lose the Republican Primary, if democrats turn out in force and crossover-vote against the Governor in the Republican Primary, and the Republican turnout is lackluster. So if you’re a Republican, be sure to vote for Governor Walker in the Primary on Tuesday. continue reading…

This week is full of questions. And the darndest thing is that good questions often have tough answers, or sometimes, no answers at all.

Take our elections on Tuesday for example. Who do we vote for on Tuesday? How many of us will even vote at all? Will it make a difference who wins?

We have both local elections and the Presidential Primary on Tuesday, of course. Will the outcome of the Presidential Primary determine the fate of this great nation of ours? Maybe not: after all, we’re only one state, and it’s only a Primary election. But then again, maybe so: every vote counts.

But consider this: if we don’t see a clear victor in the primary elections this spring, we may see a “Brokered Convention” for the Republican Party later this year. That is, if there aren’t enough “pledged” delegate votes to elect a Republican candidate on the first round of voting, then there could be multiple rounds of negotiation and arm-twisting and debates and continue reading…

Two more State Senators will face off with their challengers at the voting booths tomorrow (Tuesday, August 16): Jim Holperin versus Kim Simac (district 12, to the North of us) and A Map of Senate Districts involved in Recalls Bob Wirch versus Jonathan Steitz (district 22, in the Southeastern-most corner of Wisconsin). For a quick review of the candidates and the issues, click on the image to the left (or alternately click here). This will open a clickable map of the elections in a separate window. There’s summary information about the races, available by hovering your mouse over a Senate District. Clicking the District connects you to additional candidate information including endorsements of the candidates by PACs, unions and public welfare organizations. There are also links to the Voter Public Access website, that will tell you precisely which Senate District you’re in, and where you go to vote.

Last week’s recall election guaranteed a majority for the Republicans in the state Senate, but a very slim one (17 to 16). If Republicans gain another seat in tomorrow’s elections, the majority will be 18-to-15, a more comfortable margin. If Republicans win both elections (the 12th and the 22nd districts), they will have the same 19-to-14 margin that they held before the recall elections.

On the other hand, if Democrats succeed in holding on to both seats tomorrow, the 17-to-16 majority from last week’s election remains. While we’ve seen slim majorities in the past (see Wisconsin Party Majorities from 1985 through 2009), the slim majority is advantageous to Democrats. Republican party discipline would have to be excellent in order to pass any measure opposed by the Democratic Party as a whole. Any single Republican Senator who voted against such a measure would cause the measure to fail.

Regardless of the outcome of Tuesday’s election, this year’s recall elections have had a powerful effect on Wisconsin politics, which will likely continue for the rest of this year, and well into next.





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