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In all the disappointment of losing the Wisconsin gubernatorial recall, it was easy to overlook that over the course of a year and three recall election victories, Democrats took control of the Wisconsin state Senate.

Republicans tried to shrug it off, saying the Senate was no longer in session anyway, so nya nya nya! Democrats countered with the obvious point that being out of session never stooped any legislature from calling a special session. With control of the chamber came an end to Gov. Scott Walker's agenda ... at least until after the November elections.

But now we see that there's more to controlling the state Senate.

A law firm Republicans hired to draw new election maps is giving Democrats access to its legal file, a move that will allow them - and likely the public at large - to review the steps GOP lawmakers took last year to draw political boundaries benefiting their party.

Some records have previously been released under court order. But Republicans and the law firm they hired, Michael Best & Friedrich, blocked for months the release of a host of other documents Democrats sought, such as those protected by attorney-client privilege.

Democrats are able to get the file now because they took over the Senate this week after John Lehman defeated Republican Sen. Van Wanggaard in a June 5 recall race in Racine County. Lehman wasn't sworn in until Monday because of a recount that took about a month.

During the redistricting process, Republicans kept a tight lid on any information related to their gerrymandering efforts.
[Senate Republican leader Scott] Fitzgerald and the firm tried to keep much of their work on the maps from the public, at one point requiring virtually all GOP members to sign secrecy agreements in order to review maps of their districts. Michael Best resisted releasing documents during the trial and eventually was ordered to pay about $17,500 for filing frivolous motions to prevent their release.
The citizens of Wisconsin will now get to see the documentation Republicans fought so hard to keep from the public eye.

Elections matter. The hundreds of thousands of dollars we helped raise for Wisconsin Democrats made a difference. And our continued fundraising efforts will continue to make a difference as we push toward the November elections.

Originally posted to kos on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 10:42 AM PDT.

Also republished by Daily Kos and Badger State Progressive.

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  •  Taking back the Senate put a leash on Walker (19+ / 0-)

    n/t

    Critical Thinking: The Other National Deficit.

    by cultjake on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 10:51:32 AM PDT

  •  Seeing what Scott Walker and his Republican (9+ / 0-)

    cronies in WI have done in the past, I really don't hold out any hope that anything incriminating will be found since it most certainly has already been destroyed.

    •  I'm amazed they're going to share anything (9+ / 0-)

      Given how obstructive the law firm has been, they can say they were hired by the Republicans and the Republicans are still the client.  I agree that they have either destroyed, altered, or "lost" most of the "useful" information by now.

      And wasn't this firm working hand in glove with the choker on the Supreme Court as well, who then turned around and ruled in their favor?  They're corrupt all the way through.

      In capitalist America, bank robs you!

      by madhaus on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 11:09:08 AM PDT

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      •  It will likely be a weaving of legal fiction (8+ / 0-)

        that the Dems get to see, with some small muddy spots, maybe a few questionable things, and perhaps one thing that looks illegal but not likely to get all the way to the WI Supreme Court, at least in time for the fall election. The worst stuff I fear will be lost...that's the Republican advantage of 'privitaizing' all that messy stuff.  

        If the heat ends up turned on high upon the Michael Best law firm, well, I'd watch for the law firm itself to be dissolved and rearranging the partner players in new or other existing firms, and, well, I'm guessing key pertinent stuff will go missing or be flung far around the WI and IL area as a result, in difficult to track manners.  Keep in mind law firms in IL are also involved with Walker's 'business' and stuff which appears to be crossing state lines will require state legislators to get help from feds and/or cooperation from IL law enforcement.

        When life gives you wingnuts, make wingnut butter!

        by antirove on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 11:19:44 AM PDT

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      •  Not So Easy. (7+ / 0-)

        These guys are lawyers, licensed and subject to disbarment if they violate ethical rules. Destroying documents for political purposes could very well mean the end for them. A politician can take this sort of stuff, but not a lawyer. Besides, there is likely to be too much of a trail for a scrubbing to be effective in hiding their scent.

        There is likely to be a lawyer or two amongst the gaggle of lawyers in the affected firms who are not willing to risk their careers being flushed down the toilet to protect someone else -- politician or other lawyer. Most importantly, the new D majority is clearly now the client, regardless of who or how the lawyers were hired. Stiffing your client is a sure way to get your ass hauled before the bar.

        "Force is as pitiless to the man who possesses it, or thinks he does, as it is to its victims; the second it crushes, the first it intoxicates.” Simone Weil

        by chuco35 on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 11:40:16 AM PDT

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        •  The lawyers have to know.... (1+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          Larsstephens

          It's not the crime, it's the coverup, and they have a lot to lose.

        •  I hope that's right (2+ / 0-)
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          Larsstephens, Creosote

          because I am wondering just who the "client" actually is here.  And it's clear that this firm has its loyalties definitely sitting with elephants.

          In capitalist America, bank robs you!

          by madhaus on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 04:49:21 PM PDT

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          •  No Need To Wonder. (4+ / 0-)

            Just follow the money. The politicians didn't pay the firms, the state did. Since the Rs were the majority, they called the shots for the client. Since the Ds are now in control, they get to call the shots as far as what the client's wants and needs are.

            Indeed, what you raise, where do the loyalties fall, is a lawyer's principal duty. he must be loyal to his client at all costs, on pain of losing her license. Not much wiggle room for these guys now.

            "Force is as pitiless to the man who possesses it, or thinks he does, as it is to its victims; the second it crushes, the first it intoxicates.” Simone Weil

            by chuco35 on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 08:40:34 PM PDT

            [ Parent ]

            •  Thank you for making that clear (0+ / 0-)

              You mean the Repubs were stupid enough to pay the law firm with public funds?  Oh man, they done screwed the pooch.  But I still suspect the law firm won't be as compliant as they should be.

              When will they have to start turning over the goodies?

              In capitalist America, bank robs you!

              by madhaus on Tue Jul 24, 2012 at 09:53:58 AM PDT

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              •  Again, The Client Is The State of WI, Which In... (1+ / 0-)
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                madhaus

                this case is spoken for by the Ds, since they, by virtue of having a majority in the legislature, are calling the shots for the state. In other words, if a majority of the legislature votes to have the D leader represent the client in its dealings with the lawyers, the D leader is the client as far as the lawyers (ie the law) are concerned. That's why the Rs were calling the shots before, which led to the secrecy.

                Rule number one for a lawyer: A client always has access to the file -- after all it is the client's file not the lawyer's. You can argue over who should pay for the copies if the client wants to take it home, or whether your outstanding bill should be paid before you release the file if you want to take it home. Otherwise, it is a breach of a lawyer's ethical duty not to allow his client unfettered access to his file. Simple rule.

                The lawyers are fracked. I expect the file has been turned over by now.

                "Force is as pitiless to the man who possesses it, or thinks he does, as it is to its victims; the second it crushes, the first it intoxicates.” Simone Weil

                by chuco35 on Tue Jul 24, 2012 at 01:16:16 PM PDT

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  •  Just fighting the fight was a win. (24+ / 0-)

    This was a big win for the left, and a big loss for the Republicans.  Keeping Walker's seat means it was a smaller loss than it could have been - but make no mistake, they lost, even with all their money.

    This was a very asymmetrical campaign, with the right using the model of a standard election campaign and the left going back to an earlier, organizing/mobilization-based model.  The tools that the unions, Democrats, and local activists used to fight this fight will continue to pay off in November and beyond.  All of that work was an investment.

    Whereas the zillion dollars the Republicans spent on TV ads are used up.  That wasn't an investment; it was a purchase of something consumable.  Now, what they purchased (That  Guy Sucks! ads) are gone.  Political fights that are fought along an organizing/mobilization model work to our long-term benefit, apart from the question of who wins the election.

    I hope the last year and a half in Wisconsin serves as a model for more such campaigns across the country.

    Art is the handmaid of human good.

    by joe from Lowell on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 10:57:12 AM PDT

    •  When told 'all of your work was wasted, bet you're (5+ / 0-)

      sorry', my reply is 'I'd do it all over again, even if I knew the outcome in advance.'

      AtF is right, they 'redacted' all of the good stuff by now.

      What is making me leery now, after walkermoney 'won' they claimed a mandate, and will take those fascist tactics winning strategy nationwide.

      So much stupid, so little time.

      2, 4, 6, 8...walker still sucks.

    •  I disagree about what the GOP purchased. (5+ / 0-)

      They purchased a narrative.  All those TV ads, running for months before the Dems got in the ad game, purchased a significant swing in public opinion on at least two key issues: the state of the Wisconsin economy ("It's working!") and the appropriateness of the recall process.

      The former, at least, will still be in play for the state legislative elections this November.

      I agree that fighting the fight was a win.  But let's not be naive about what they managed to do to us in the process.

      Oh, and the GOP did significant mobilization work as well.

      If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality. - Bishop Desmond Tutu

      by AnnieJo on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 11:24:26 AM PDT

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      •  It's a sugar high. (1+ / 0-)
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        Larsstephens

        In November, the impression they purchased about the economy will be long-gone.  People will be making up their mind about the economy based on the actual economy.  Worst-case scenario: the Republicans have to spend the same amount of money to purchase the same ad campaign to retake that same ground.

        Art is the handmaid of human good.

        by joe from Lowell on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 12:00:51 PM PDT

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        •  There's a difference between defending (5+ / 0-)

          and re-taking.   How will people lose their "it's working, thank you Scott Walker" impression given the corporate lock on the so-called mainstream media, and the incessant shrieks of the right-wing squawk-media here in Wisconsin?

          The best answer I can come up with is a Scott Walker / John-Doe indictment.  But the investigation process hasn't conformed to our electoral best-case-scenario dreams so far...

          If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality. - Bishop Desmond Tutu

          by AnnieJo on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 12:17:38 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

          •  It would take some major development... (1+ / 0-)
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            radical simplicity

            ...to dislodge the right-wing machine in Wisconsin. I've heard rumors that RW SuperPACs might try to run ads attacking various potential Democratic candidates for governor in 2014 before anyone enters the race.

            A Walker indictment would be a massive game changer, to say the least, as there isn't a Wisconsin Democrat that can ride to the rescue in 2014 and defeat Walker, Kleefisch, or whoever else the Wisconsin GOP might put up as their gubernatorial nominee without a Walker indictment.

            "We don't have government anymore, we have an auction." -Lori Compas

            by DownstateDemocrat on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 12:34:18 PM PDT

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          •  Reality. (4+ / 0-)

            Wisconsin's economy is not actually doing so well.  Any impression of economic progress they were able to create is going to naturally erode as the economy remains distinctly meh.

            You are the very first person I have ever encountered who is assuming public satisfaction with the economy as a factor in the elections this fall.  It's usually quite the opposite.

            Art is the handmaid of human good.

            by joe from Lowell on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 12:47:51 PM PDT

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            •  They've got a lot of people bamboozled (4+ / 0-)

              that Walker is an economic savior, reality be damned.  I've got a diary in the works on this, but here are the numbers on how the ad campaign swung the needle towards their constructed-reality regarding Wisconsin jobs, as evidenced by the Marquette polls:

              Feb. 16-19, 2012
               Thinking about the state as a whole, do you think there are more jobs compared to a year ago, fewer jobs, or about the same?
               More jobs          22%
               Fewer jobs         30%
               About the same  45%

              June 13-16, 2012
               More jobs           35%
               Fewer jobs          24%
               About the same   39%

              Wisconsin has the worst jobs record in the Midwest across the past year, almost the worst in the nation, and yet they managed to cherry-pick, obfuscate and outright lie their way into convincing people that "it's working!"  I'm not assuming public satisfaction.  I'm assuming public disinformation, which is a different animal altogether.  Disinformation is possible to counteract, but it is not an easy prospect.

              You're not from around here, are you?

              If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality. - Bishop Desmond Tutu

              by AnnieJo on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 01:02:05 PM PDT

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              •  And I repeat: (1+ / 0-)
                Recommended by:
                radical simplicity

                To keep them bamboozled, they'll have to spend that money again, to retake the same territory.

                Do you think public disinformation is free?

                No matter where you're from, this point is not nearly as difficult as you're pretending it is.  Sure, they can spend money to convince the public of something that isn't so, but it's not going to stick if reality says otherwise.  They'll have to do the same thing all over again.  Just selling the public on that message in April won't mean they'll still believe it in November.

                Art is the handmaid of human good.

                by joe from Lowell on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 01:43:15 PM PDT

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    •  I do think it had some positives (5+ / 0-)

      It did demonstrate that Dem's aren't spineless or that we'll simply lay-down and shut up.  It also served to help fight technical things like this diary's subject.  It might have been a better use of campaigning energy to raise funds for retraining and start-up funding for public works that then created paying jobs.  I find it amazing how much money is getting collected for donations when we're told that there's no money to generate an economy.  Politcal ads might well be the largest funder of economic expansion this year.

      "Waiting her for Everyman, don't ask me if he'll show...maybe, I don't know." "You might think that it's (Earth) beautiful, if you didn't know. You might think that it's turning, but it's turning so slow." Both from Jackson Browne

      by rainmanjr on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 11:31:48 AM PDT

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  •  Good deal (5+ / 0-)
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    BRog, Puddytat, SammyJames, orlbucfan, Creosote

    my little contributions went a big way and that is always a good deal!

  •  It ALWAYS matters n/t (5+ / 0-)

    When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative. --Martin Luther King Jr.

    by Egalitare on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 11:02:29 AM PDT

  •  Off-topic but nowhere else to put this right now - (0+ / 0-)

    http://www.google.com/...

    This shows the 2004 election at this point in history -- on July 23rd, 2004. Fascinating! I never would have guessed that the two candidates would be, you know, "neck-and-neck," "in a dead heat," or "dead-even."

    Whatever.

  •  hidden benefits (21+ / 0-)

    One positive thing we can't forget - while the Koch's spent a lot of money lying about Fitzwalkerstan, lots of progressive Wisconsinites spent volunteer time building a strong communication and GOTV network.   The money spent by the Koch's is gone, but the energy and organizational lessons learned on the ground by hard-working progressives is still gold to be mined for the next election.

    •  Exactly right (9+ / 0-)

      The organizations built, and tens of thousands of volunteers are already being put to work for the November elections.  Best of all, most of them are regular folks who were politically uninvolved before Walker rolled out his extremist agenda.

      The genie is out of the bottle.

      While the Kochs and other billionaires can roll out tens of millions, astroturf groups, attack ads, and media purchases or influence and use all of that to buy elections, can they do that every single election in every single state in the future without regard for their fortune?

      The radical GOP/Koch/ALEC agenda has been unveiled, can't be squeezed back into the tube, and the propaganda isn't working when people can see the tax inequity and unfairness with their own eyes.  

      Wisconsin might still be in Walkers control, but the country has woken up.

      There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

      by Puddytat on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 11:17:28 AM PDT

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  •  Yes It Was A Big Deal - Despite All The Money The (7+ / 0-)

    Koch brothers spent, the right wing lost control of the Wisconsin Senate. Now the Democratic Party of Wisconsin needs to expand their majority in the Senate and increase their numbers in the lower chamber in the upcoming November elections. I just gave them a donation last week - hopefully the DPW is out canvassing and signing up more Democratic voters. The more Democrats that are elected in Wisconsin, the less damage Walker and his cronies can do to average working Wisconsinites in the future.

  •  Does this change the redistricting plan? (3+ / 0-)
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    orlbucfan, rainmanjr, Creosote

    Has it not been finalized? Or if it has, does this mean there is a way change it? Just wondering, I figured districts would have to be set by now, what with the election only four months away.

    "All governments lie, but disaster lies in wait for countries whose officials smoke the same hashish they give out." --I.F. Stone

    by Alice in Florida on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 11:10:38 AM PDT

    •  I don't think the plan changes, BUT (0+ / 0-)

      the optics are bad.  Perhaps there will be enough Indies in each of those gerrymandered districts that will be PUT-OFF but the entire process enough to vote DEM and foil their plans.

    •  If there's a smoking gun in the documents (0+ / 0-)

      I could see the court going back and redrawing the districts, but it would have to be something egregious, like "make sure to pack those black districts real tight!"

      You don't fight the fights you can win. You fight the fights that need fighting. -President Andrew Sheppard (D-Wisconsin)

      by Gpack3 on Tue Jul 24, 2012 at 01:05:09 PM PDT

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  •  Can the Dems #retroactively redistrict (1+ / 0-)
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    filby

    given the fraud that was going on in the process and the failure to show it to all senators, let alone the voters?  I smell a very important lawsuit.

    In capitalist America, bank robs you!

    by madhaus on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 11:12:03 AM PDT

    •  The Wisconsin Constitution requires (3+ / 0-)
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      rosarugosa, Mike Kahlow, Creosote

      ...redistricting to take place in the first session after the US Census' numbers come out:

      Apportionment. Section 3. At its first session after each enumeration made by the authority of the United States, the legislature shall apportion and district anew the members of the senate and assembly, according to the number of inhabitants.
      Nowhere, however, does it prohibit redistricting in between such times.

      Even if the Act 43 Fitzmandering involved illegal activity, it would seem unlikely that a Wisconsin court could overturn it given that in the case against Act 10 the WisSC ruled that the process of legislating is not bound by law.  Which leaves command of the Senate, Assembly and Governorship trifecta as the most likely means of re-redistricting.

      Fake candidates nominated by the GOP for the recalls: 6 out of 7. Fake signatures on the recall petitions: 4 out of 1,860,283.

      by GeoffT on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 07:34:21 PM PDT

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      •  The only WI re-redistricting scenario (0+ / 0-)

        ...that I can think of is if Wisconsin adopted a unicameral state legislature, which would probably require a state constitutional convention to draft a brand new Wisconsin Constitution, and I don't see that happening anytime soon.

        "We don't have government anymore, we have an auction." -Lori Compas

        by DownstateDemocrat on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 08:48:06 PM PDT

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      •  There's court precedent prohibiting it (0+ / 0-)

        Don't have the citation, but the Wisconsin Supreme Court has read that section to mean it can only be done once.

        You don't fight the fights you can win. You fight the fights that need fighting. -President Andrew Sheppard (D-Wisconsin)

        by Gpack3 on Tue Jul 24, 2012 at 01:06:22 PM PDT

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  •  Lehman's victory in SD-21 was a BFD (5+ / 0-)
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    filby, msdrown, Mike Kahlow, Creosote, WisJohn

    You would not believe how important John Lehman's victory against Van "Crybaby" Wanggaard was in getting possession of the Fitzmander papers.

    Big Fitz, you won your battle against Snapshot Lori but lost the war to Miller, Shilling, King, and Lehman.

    Majority Leader Miller, GET THE PAPERS!!!

    "We don't have government anymore, we have an auction." -Lori Compas

    by DownstateDemocrat on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 11:15:10 AM PDT

  •  Ahhh... the old attorney-client privilege (0+ / 0-)

    canard. What the lawyers used to try to keep records out of discovery in the civil suit. It sure didn't work then.

    What's super interesting is that the R law firms assured their clients that all was protected by the privilege. The lawyers ended up with egg on their face when the court ruled against them. If I was a repub client of theirs I would be highly peeved off, as my "confidential" communications are revealed because of piss-poor legal advice. Given the "relax, your communications won't ever see the light of day" advice, I can foresee there is a lot of stuff to be looked at when the documents come out.

    The lawyers' worst nightmare -- the former clients are pissed at them for their clearly erroneous advice, and now a change of clients, with the new clients looking to cut their throat and the old clients no longer invested in helping them out.

    "Force is as pitiless to the man who possesses it, or thinks he does, as it is to its victims; the second it crushes, the first it intoxicates.” Simone Weil

    by chuco35 on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 11:15:44 AM PDT

  •  The impression I'm getting is that (3+ / 0-)
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    Giles Goat Boy, msdrown, Creosote

    Wisconsonites will get to see a lot less of Scott Walker.  When he's not traveling the country and "tweeting", he's pretty much hiding out in WI. He lost his power and he knows it.

    He and the Koch Bros. know they've lost the Senate and so the Gov. is really just there for show now. I've no doubt that the Kochs have moved on and have pretty much forgotten Walker; they used him, sunk a lot of money in him and when he failed to produce, they moved on.

  •  I am amazed! (1+ / 0-)
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    GrumpyOldGeek

    The people that I know in Wisconsin that voted for the koch brother employee are still pissed at me because I told them not to... Regular middle class hardworking Americans that were getting screwed by that same koch brother employee....

    That is like saying: I wanted the wall blue. Ok, Why did you buy red paint?

    One actually told me that it was not enough of a reason to recall him. Really, he governed on something he never ran on so he could give tax cuts to his rich buddies and that is not enough for you??? Maybe if he hits your foot with a sledge and breaks it, you can give him a pass cause he did not draw blood.

  •  If walker hadn't been recalled (1+ / 0-)
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    filby

    I'm quite sure that senate seat wouldn't have been won. the recall most likely siphoned money away from that effort.

    the dems had a two-pronged approach in that election, which was kept low-key entirely by accident. But it worked.

    •  Had it not been for the unsuccessful SD-13 recall (6+ / 0-)

      ...that forced Big Fitz to use his own campaign staff and resources instead of being able to loan them to Wanggaard, it's quite possible that Wanggaard would have survived his recall attempt in SD-21.

      Lori Compas, for lack of a better term, ran interference for John Lehman by forcing Big Fitz to use his own campaign staff and resources to keep his job. Big Fitz wanted to loan his campaign staff and resources to Wanggaard, however, thanks to Compas getting a petition on Big Fitz, Big Fitz was unable to do so, leaving Wanggaard without help from Big Fitz, and Wanggaard lost.

      Compas herself may have lost on June 5, but she "won" John Lehman his old state senate seat.

      "We don't have government anymore, we have an auction." -Lori Compas

      by DownstateDemocrat on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 11:44:52 AM PDT

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  •  Benefits of being able to see these documents? (0+ / 0-)

    I have an idea or two, but if someone could spell it out for me? Thanks.

  •  Not sure. (0+ / 0-)

    Yeah, this is a benefit but putting all the money spent on these recalls directly into things that would have created or protected jobs might have been more valueable over time.  I don't know and just sayin'.

    "Waiting her for Everyman, don't ask me if he'll show...maybe, I don't know." "You might think that it's (Earth) beautiful, if you didn't know. You might think that it's turning, but it's turning so slow." Both from Jackson Browne

    by rainmanjr on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 11:21:30 AM PDT

  •  This fight goes beyond Wisconsin! (5+ / 0-)

    I'm in Illinois, and this fight for the American middle class isn't just a Wisconsin fight, it's an American fight!

    "We don't have government anymore, we have an auction." -Lori Compas

    by DownstateDemocrat on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 11:34:12 AM PDT

  •  its very hard (1+ / 0-)
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    GrumpyOldGeek

    to recall a politician because people are resistant to that move when an election is usually the vehicle to accomplish that. 37% of one union voted for walker when he was elected according to that union pres.

    i think the money used for the recall could have been used more efficiently for the general election.

    i don't believe the effort is lost to defeat walker because those that were resistant to the recall will most likely be amenable to voting against him in the normal election cycle.

    •  The money was from Koch and the uber-rich (2+ / 0-)
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      Creosote, AnnieJo

      Next to nothing was spent through public funds rerlative to that.

      The concept of "wasting taxpayer money" on actual elections is a negative only in the World of the Right Wing Opposites.

      It's like a recall is somehow unfair? No shit.It's against the bad guys.

      Yet people bought into the Wanker's pitiful victim bullshit and gave him the pity vote that the Kochs bought for him.

      The truth and the facts are so very much different than the Wanker's propaganda that cognitive dissonance takes over. The laundry list of lies is so outrageous that it can't possibly be true. So they feel beeter if they vote for the self-proclaimed victim rather than realizing that they are the victims themselves.

      Even after all of this so far, the Republicans still poll ahead of Democrats in some areas right now. If we learned anything, we learned that money really does trump everything.

      "Never wrestle with a pig: you get dirty and the pig enjoys it"

      by GrumpyOldGeek on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 04:27:05 PM PDT

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  •  Taking back WI Senate neutered Walker. (1+ / 0-)
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  •  Thank you, Kos. (14+ / 0-)

    It mattered a lot. Walker's loss of power means at least 6 months of a breather for us to regroup and get ready for November. No right-to-work legislation. No iron ore mining bill that would have allowed the strip mining of a very sensitive area near a northern Wisconsin Indian reservation. And we get to see the secret redistricting documents which might produce a smoking gun or two going into the November elections for state legislature.

    It also means Scott Walker has very little to do except anticipate when he will be indicted by the Milwaukee County District Attorney.

    It was a huge victory and it took an all-out effort. If anyone thinks unseating 3 state Senators is easy, go try it.

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

    by Giles Goat Boy on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 11:46:22 AM PDT

  •  But, but (0+ / 0-)

    Those nya, nya nyas can hurt, especially if they become infected.

    “I never bought a man who wasn't for sale.” Senator William Clark D-MT 1901-1907

    by Ed in Montana on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 11:55:19 AM PDT

  •  Excellent, thanks (0+ / 0-)

    The radical Republican party is the party of oppression, fear, loathing and above all more money and power for the people who robbed us.

    by a2nite on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 01:37:52 PM PDT

  •  Thank you for writing about the importance of (5+ / 0-)

    the state races in Wisconsin.  The progressives who occupied the Capitol in Wisconsin opened my eyes with their courageous fight over the direction of their state.  

    Two years ago I'm not sure I had heard of ALEC.  Now I am awake to the efforts by ALEC-owned legislators to  demonize teachers and other public employees, cut taxes for their patrons, shred the safety net, grab public assets for personal enrichment, and make it impossible for women to control their own health.  I donated to races in Wisconsin as a way to serve notice that we will fight back from the ground level, even if the upper box seats in the Democratic Party are filled with people who did not help, for whatever their reasons were.

    The Presidential and federal offices are important for obvious reasons.  But rolling up your sleeves for your local state house or senate candidates can make a big difference to people who are not raising the millions that ALEC and its ilk will be spending on behalf of their courtesans in the State legislatures.  

    Right now there is a lot of door-knocking going on.  Yeah, it's hot outside, but this is very very important.  Go give them an evening or a Saturday morning.

    Forward!, as the cheeseheads would say.

  •  Billing statements (0+ / 0-)

    Will show that the lawyers had numerous phone calls and meetings with Republicans, if nothing else.  They also may reveal some of the topics discussed and issues researched.  Good place to start.

  •  Some guy wrote a diary about Wisconsin, (6+ / 0-)

    so I republished it to Badger State Progressive.

    I started with nothing and still have most of it left. - Seasick Steve

    by ruleoflaw on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 04:22:31 PM PDT

  •  ASDF (0+ / 0-)
    The citizens of Wisconsin will now get to see the documentation Republicans fought so hard to keep from the public eye.
    Who's gonna look, though? Will the contents be covered as well as distributed to the Wis public?

    2012 is looking better and better!

    by Erik the Red on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 05:08:36 PM PDT

  •  Been grinning about this for 5 weeks (2+ / 0-)
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    You're behind the curve, kos! :D

    http://www.dailykos.com/...

    Seems that MB&F has chosen the Fitzgerald-not-going-to-jail option.

    Fake candidates nominated by the GOP for the recalls: 6 out of 7. Fake signatures on the recall petitions: 4 out of 1,860,283.

    by GeoffT on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 07:12:32 PM PDT

  •  But then there's this (0+ / 0-)

    Scott Walker's favorite Democrat, Tim Cullen, has quit the Senate Dems.

    http://www.jsonline.com/...

    You don't fight the fights you can win. You fight the fights that need fighting. -President Andrew Sheppard (D-Wisconsin)

    by Gpack3 on Tue Jul 24, 2012 at 01:38:23 PM PDT

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