Supporters vow to fight on after Barrett concedes

By Yaël Ossowski | Wisconsin Reporter MILWAUKEE— The crowd downtown was mum by 9 p.m. at the election night rally for supporters of Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Tom Barrett. Eyes were glued to the large plasma screen television in the corner, where MSNBC host Rachel Maddow was breaking the news that projections from her own news organization called a win for Barrett’s opponent, Republican Gov. Scott Walker. The loud cheers and jubilant smiles that once were shared among the crowd were now expressed only on the television, in a live shot of the opposing Republican rally where the more numerous supporters […]

Frustrations, excitement grip voters on election day in Wisconsin

By Yaël Ossowski | Wisconsin Reporter MILWAUKEE — At Marquette University in downtown, the line to vote extended past the entrance of the door and turned left down a hallway of offices. Students with backpacks stood alongside dozens of parents towing child behind them, giving them a glimpse of the tranquil process that has been preceded by so much discord, disunion and disagreement among friends and families in the state of Wisconsin. More than 19 months after voters last where given the option of Republican Scott Walker and Democrat Tom Barrett for governor, they were being asked to make the same choice — and early […]

At small suburban elementary school in Wisconsin, Walker casts vote

By Yaël Ossowski | Wisconsin Reporter MILWAUKEE— Voter number 51 at Jefferson Elementary School in Wauwatosa. As a testament to fair democracy, despite the sea of millions of ballots to be cast in the Badger State gubernatorial recall election Tuesday, this single vote is counted just like any other. Though the ballot cast was that of Gov. Scott Walker, the man facing off against Democratic Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in a high-stakes gubernatorial recall election watched nationwide, the modesty of the voting process was enough to remind supporters and opponents that an orderly process exists for changing political leaders. Without pause, the governor queued […]

In final night, Walker supporters rally to end recall discord

By Yaël Ossowski | Wisconsin Reporter MILWAUKEE —  And so it comes to judgment day. All across Wisconsin, voters head to the polls to record their voice in what has become the most bitter battle for hearts and minds that the Badger State has ever known. On the eve of election day, just nine hours before the first poll opened, hundreds of supporters of embattled Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker gathered to hear his final words of encouragement at Serb Hall in the south side of Milwaukee. After nearly two years of disagreement, distrust and discord, many Walker supporters cheered with […]

Union coalition makes push in last day before election

By Yaël Ossowski | Wisconsin Reporter MILWAUKEE — At canvassing sites across Wisconsin, union-backed coalitions are preparing their final lists of identified voters determined to recall Republican Gov. Scott Walker.  At a downtown field office, We Are Wisconsin, a grassroots voter education and mobilization group functioning as a political action committee, volunteers have erected large poster boards with names and addresses of people pledged to vote for Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.  Stacks of papers and sticky notes with phone numbers are spread throughout the small two-room office on National Avenue, just blocks from the Milwaukee Hilton Hotel where Barrett will hold his election night party […]

Union prep before WI recall vote calm before storm

By Yaël Ossowski | Wisconsin Reporter MILWAUKEE — The skies may be gray and dreary, but the stern faces of union supporters in the Badger State remain as red as ever.   All across Wisconsin, the organized forces of Gov. Scott Walker’s opposition are pledging voter drives and recruiting allies, while undertaking a significant social media campaign aimed at unseating the first-term Republican governor. The lines have been drawn in the sand since early 2011, when Walker and the Republican-controlled Legislature took to restricting the collective bargaining of most public employees.   Now, in the six days remaining before the 2012 gubernatorial recall election, several trade unions […]