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New Marquette poll finds Scott Walker, Tony Evers in statistical tie in governor's race

New Marquette poll finds Scott Walker, Tony Evers in statistical tie in governor's race | Politics and Elections | Scoop.it

The poll found Walker getting 47 percent support, 46 percent for Evers and 5 percent for Libertarian Phil Anderson, all among likely voters. In the U.S. Senate race, Democrat Tammy Baldwin leads Republican Leah Vukmir, 53 percent to 43 percent. 

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Data Wonk: Gerrymander is Alive and Well

Data Wonk: Gerrymander is Alive and Well | Politics and Elections | Scoop.it

"Data from November election tells a tale of totalitarian tendencies."

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Report: 2018 sets record for school referendums

Report: 2018 sets record for school referendums | Politics and Elections | Scoop.it

"Voters this year signed off on more than $2 billion in debt and revenue increases for local schools, according to a new report by the nonpartisan Wisconsin Policy Forum. Residents across the state were asked to approve 157 referendums in 2018, the highest number since 2001. The approval rate was 90 percent, the highest on record."

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Report: Tony Evers carried young Wisconsin voters by 23-point margin

Report: Tony Evers carried young Wisconsin voters by 23-point margin | Politics and Elections | Scoop.it

"A group that tracks the influence of young voters throughout the country says voters under age 30 played a decisive role in Democratic Governor-Elect Tony Evers' victory in Wisconsin."

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GOP Attorney General Brad Schimel concedes re-election bid to Democrat Josh Kaul

GOP Attorney General Brad Schimel concedes re-election bid to Democrat Josh Kaul | Politics and Elections | Scoop.it

In a statement released Monday, Schimel said, "My team and I believe the 17,000 vote gap is definitive."

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Did Marijuana Help Tony Evers Defeat Scott Walker? Data Says Yes

Did Marijuana Help Tony Evers Defeat Scott Walker? Data Says Yes | Politics and Elections | Scoop.it

"16 Wisconsin counties had cannabis ballot measures. Here's how voter turnout was affected in the Governor's race in each of these counties."

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What sank Scott Walker? His ambition, his record, Tony Evers, and the Donald Trump backlash

What sank Scott Walker? His ambition, his record, Tony Evers, and the Donald Trump backlash | Politics and Elections | Scoop.it

"In Gov. Scott Walker's quest for the political pinnacle, his foes and friends alike now see the makings of his untimely defeat."

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Democrats speak out against effort to curtail new governor's power

Democrats speak out against effort to curtail new governor's power | Politics and Elections | Scoop.it

"Democratic state lawmakers say a Republican effort to curtail the power of incoming Gov. Tony Evers may be illegal, is 'embarrassing' and amounts to 'political shenanigans.' "

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Scott Walker lost because his war on the public sector came back to bite him.

Scott Walker lost because his war on the public sector came back to bite him. | Politics and Elections | Scoop.it

"He crippled unions and starved school budgets. It was the schools that got him."

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Scott Walker, who rose to prominence attacking teachers unions, toppled by a former teacher

Scott Walker, who rose to prominence attacking teachers unions, toppled by a former teacher | Politics and Elections | Scoop.it

"Evers has supported raising the minimum wage, cutting taxes for the middle class, and spending more on public education and infrastructure. He proposes an increase in school funding of $1.4 billion over two years. He has also vowed to 'take immediate action”' to accept federal Medicaid expansion dollars and invest in preventive health programs."

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Sen. Tammy Baldwin helped lead Democrats' success

Sen. Tammy Baldwin helped lead Democrats' success | Politics and Elections | Scoop.it

"U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin said her decisive re-election can serve as a blueprint for Democrats in Wisconsin."

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Election results strengthen partisan gerrymandering case, says group that sued over maps

Election results strengthen partisan gerrymandering case, says group that sued over maps | Politics and Elections | Scoop.it

"Tuesday’s election, in which Democrats won every statewide race but failed to gain any ground in the state Legislature, illustrates again the degree to which legislative maps are rigged against Democratic voters, according to a group suing over the fairness of those maps."

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Wisconsin's Scott Walker defeated by Democratic anger

Wisconsin's Scott Walker defeated by Democratic anger | Politics and Elections | Scoop.it

"Walker's longtime opponents, including a core group who sang protest songs daily in the rotunda of the state Capitol, could barely contain their glee. They danced, hugged, cried and beat on drums for an hour Wednesday."

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Nearly 1,800 educators ran for office in the midterms. Here's who won

Nearly 1,800 educators ran for office in the midterms. Here's who won | Politics and Elections | Scoop.it

"This year's midterms saw more educator candidates than any other election cycle. How many will serve in public office?"

 

One that stands out is Tony Evers, elected governor of Wisconsin.

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Anti-Trump protests gave way to local fervor that helped turn Wisconsin back to blue

Anti-Trump protests gave way to local fervor that helped turn Wisconsin back to blue | Politics and Elections | Scoop.it

This Washington Post article, which is focused on the increasing progressive political activism in the Eau Claire area, says, "New activists said the presidential contest brought them into politics, but their focus stayed closer to home."

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A look into Tony Evers' past, from three educators who used to work with him

A look into Tony Evers' past, from three educators who used to work with him | Politics and Elections | Scoop.it

Channel 8 in La Crosse interviewed three former educators who had nothing but praise for the leadership qualities that Governor-Elect Tony Evers displayed when he was the local school district superintendent in Tomah.

 

"He always wanted to learn more, do more, make life better for others. He was always very encouraging,” said Retired fourth-grade teacher Barb Rowan.

 

Sandy Murray, another retired teacher, said: "I very much enjoyed him as a principal. I always liked the fact that he was open. He'd listen to you, he was fair, he was friendly. I was a young teacher, I was a new teacher and he helped me become who I am."

 

And Paul Wolf, a former agriculture teacher at Tomah High School, says Evers wanted to find a solution to every problem.

 

"I knew the type of person he was at Tomah, and those things don't change. He will govern in a collaborative way, and he will try to seek out the best answers. He will work across the aisle, partly because he has to, but because he would have no matter what,” Wolf said.

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Palmyra-Eagle school district may dissolve if spring referendum fails

Palmyra-Eagle school district may dissolve if spring referendum fails | Politics and Elections | Scoop.it

"The results of a spring referendum might determine the fate of the Palmyra-Eagle Area School District."

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In 2020, Wisconsin will be hugely important despite no big state races.

In 2020, Wisconsin will be hugely important despite no big state races. | Politics and Elections | Scoop.it
In 2020, Wisconsin won't have a race for governor or U.S. senator. But it will be one of the top battlegrounds in the presidential race.
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Victory! Educators ran and won in critical races across the country

Victory! Educators ran and won in critical races across the country | Politics and Elections | Scoop.it

"The historic wins of Election 2018 include hundreds by educators who will serve in state legislatures, where critical education decisions are made."

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Now that Evers Is Governor-Elect, what happens to State Superintendent?

Now that Evers Is Governor-Elect, what happens to State Superintendent? | Politics and Elections | Scoop.it

"Thanks to this week’s midterm election results, Tony Evers will move from one statewide elected office to the other. What will happen to the position of state schools superintendent when its current occupant becomes the governor? The short answer is that Evers can appoint his own replacement."

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With a schools superintendent running the state, what lies ahead for Wisconsin?

With a schools superintendent running the state, what lies ahead for Wisconsin? | Politics and Elections | Scoop.it

"Evers realizes the way in which you return morale within the schools, within the teaching profession, is you make sure they have a voice at the table," said Ron "Duff" Martin, the president of the Wisconsin Education Association Council. Martin said Walker "never reached out" to him in Martin’s three years heading the union.

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Fitzgerald: Republican lawmakers plan to curb governor's authority

Fitzgerald: Republican lawmakers plan to curb governor's authority | Politics and Elections | Scoop.it

"Let me be clear: the Republicans and Speaker Vos should stop any and all attempts to play politics and weaken the powers of the governor’s office in Wisconsin before I take the oath," Evers said. "This is a complete violation of the separation of powers in our system. Wisconsin voted for a change from the years of naked partisanship and divide-and-conquer politics. That must end."

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The poetic justice of a former teacher defeating Scott Walker

The poetic justice of a former teacher defeating Scott Walker | Politics and Elections | Scoop.it

“It’s time for a change, folks,” Evers said Tuesday evening. ”I will be focused on solving problems, not on picking political fights.”

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Wisconsin elections expose state's shifting political fault lines

Wisconsin elections expose state's shifting political fault lines | Politics and Elections | Scoop.it

"So many factors figured into the narrow defeat of GOP Gov. Scott Walker on Tuesday, among them a tsunami of Democratic votes in the blue bastions of Dane and Milwaukee counties. Also, Waukesha and Ozaukee counties underperformed for Walker on Tuesday."

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How the Democrats finally defeated Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker

How the Democrats finally defeated Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker | Politics and Elections | Scoop.it

"Progressives around the state, including teachers, still speak bitterly of the episode that propelled Walker to the national stage — 2011 legislation that eliminated most collective bargaining for public employees, known as Act 10, that sparked days of protest at the Capitol and eventually a failed recall effort backed by big labor.

'He made us the enemy. That was very hurtful,' said Jane Roberts, 76, a retired public school teacher."

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GOP Assembly Speaker Robin Vos threatens to limit power of Tony Evers

GOP Assembly Speaker Robin Vos threatens to limit power of Tony Evers | Politics and Elections | Scoop.it

"Less than 24 hours after Tony Evers was elected governor, the Republican leader of the state Assembly threatened to take power away from him even before he is sworn in. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) said Wednesday he would discuss whether to look at limiting Evers' power with Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau). FItzgerald is open to the idea, according to an aide. "

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