Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Recall Maneuvers Overtake Wisconsin Battle

The battle over collective bargaining rights in Wisconsin is escalating at warp speed.

A day after Gov. Scott Walker unveiled a belt-tightening, job-slashing budget, the state GOP and Democratic parties in Wisconsin are moving closer towards recall elections for state senators on each respective side of the labor dispute.

Wisconsin Democrats sent out a fundraising appeal today to help pay for their effort to recall Republican senators: "In 60 days we can take Wisconsin back by recalling the Republican Senators who have decided to push Scott Walker's divisive, partisan power grab that strips teachers and other workers of their rights and his disastrous budget that will cut millions from our schools and universities."

And according to The Hill newspaper, the GOP ATM machine in Washington will likely be tapped to help fund the Republican-sponsored recall effort. Republican State Leadership Committee President Chris Jankowski said his group will "do whatever it takes to protect our incumbents."

Another poll, meanwhile, shows most Americans think public employees should pay more into their retirement and health care plans, but those workers should not have their collective bargaining rights stripped away.

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