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  •  I'm so mad at Bager State Voters (5+ / 0-)

    After all that's happened, to give a Senate majority back to the Republicons is terrible.  What the heck happened?  Was this due to gerrymandering or just stupidity of voters.  After all, Obama won your state.

    Never be afraid to voice your opinion and fight for it . Corporations aren't people, they're Republicans (Rev Al Sharpton 10/7/2011)

    by Rosalie907 on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 09:10:00 PM PST

    •  gerrymandering (11+ / 0-)

      "They are an entire cruise ship of evil clowns, these current Republicans"...concernedamerican

      by Giles Goat Boy on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 09:36:22 PM PST

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    •  Gerrymandering, no doubt. (9+ / 0-)

      There was only one competitive race, with half of the Senate seats on the line.  Democrat Jess King, who represented the Oshkosh area and had won her seat via the recall elections back in the summer of 2011, lost out to a Teabagger by just over 500 votes.  A ton of money was poured into her race from conservative special interest groups.  Every other race was a complete ass kicking, no matter who won, (D) or (R).

      Wisconsin is going to be facing a good likelihood of a blood red legislature at least until the next census-based redistricting in 2021, and only if we can get a non-partisan committee created to do it, like Iowa has.  But with the Repugs in total control, don't anticipate any redistricting reform to happen.  After all, now they want to make our non-partisan Government Review Board into a haven for politically appointed cronies:

      More Republican shenanigans from Fitzie.

    •  More Democrats voted than Republicans, (9+ / 0-)

      but the redistricting created gerrymandered State Senate and Assembly districts. This isn’t the best article, but it is a start:
      ahref="http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/news/182754381.html">WI GOP redistricting leaves its stamp on 2012 election

      An analysis of the numbers shows that 60 of 99 Assembly districts are more Republican than the state as a whole, based on presidential voting. That’s precisely the number of seats Republicans won last month.

      And 20 of the 33 state Senate districts are more Republican than the state as a whole. The GOP emerged from the election with 18 Senate seats.

      There are now very few districts in Wisconsin that mirror the state’s overall partisan balance. To create more “red” Republican seats, the GOP plan moved Democratic voters from competitive districts into ones that were already very “blue.”
      The end result of gerrymandering: fewer Swing districts, more districts that always vote Republican, fewer districts that always vote Democrat and a Legislature with a Republican majority in both houses.

      "We are slow to realize that democracy is a life; and involves continual struggle." ~ "Fighting Bob" - Robert M. LaFollette Sr.

      by Sand Hill Crane on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 10:08:18 PM PST

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      •  Thanks for sharing, Sandy. (4+ / 0-)
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        AnnieJo, Joy of Fishes, Creosote, kideni

        I thought of including that article as a link in my piece because Craig Gilbert is usually so damn thorough when he writes about Wisconsin's elections.  He doesn't delve too much into the thought process and greater meaning behind the moves made, but he gets most of the finer details down that allow the rest of us to analyze and interpret.

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