Top GOP contenders seek to change nation’s tune on immigration

By Yaël Ossowski  / February 27, 2015  / Watchdog.org In the wake of a Texas judge’s decision to halt President Obama’s temporary amnesty for illegal immigrants, derided by most House and Senate Republicans, a quartet of top GOP leaders are bringing fresh perspective to the idea of positive immigration reform within their party and, if their chances bode well, into the next presidency. The top four names rumored for presidential bids, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, have so far played to a different tune than […]

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 […]

Preibus meets the troops in Wisconsin

By Yaël Ossowski | Wisconsin Reporter WAUWATOSA — After the tea party tidal wave hit the national and state capitols during the mid-term elections in 2010, establishment Republicans seemed uncertain on what this grassroots energy would become once given the reins of governance. Less than 20 months later, the battle that initially set its eyes on Washington, D.C., has now taken root in the Badger State, where Republican Gov. Scott Walker, a tea party sympathizer and conservative stalwart, is vying to keep his seat against the Democratic mayor ofMilwaukee, Tom Barrett, in Wisconsin’s historic recall election. What has made the race so dynamic and […]

Walker, with SC’s Haley, builds on message at Sussex factory

By Yaël Ossowski | Wisconsin Reporter SUSSEX — Among the humming of printing presses and beeps of forklifts in the distance, Gov.Scott Walker addressed a crowd of factory workers at the Quad Graphics plant here Friday afternoon, playing to a group eager to hear his message on job creation and fiscal restraint. They have lived in the real economy. “What we’ve really got is a guy who’s looking to change the system, put everything back on track,” exclaimed a Quad Graphics employee with the name Dan sewn on his shirt, standing within earshot of at least 10 workers who nodded along. Dan wouldn’t […]

Political reindeer games, crime stats in WI recall race

By Yaël Ossowski | Wisconsin Reporter MILWAUKEE — At the zenith of the hotly contested and increasingly partisan campaign to recall Republican Gov. Scott Walker, who knew the divisive political discourse would center on what constitutes a “violent” crime? This follows an investigation by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, which determined that more than 500 cases of aggravated assault were downgraded to simple assault by the Milwaukee Police Department since 2009, suggesting that violent crimes have risen by 1.1 percent since 2010, instead of the 2.3 percent reported previously. The discrepancies arose when the newspaper determined that cases that should have been categorized as “aggravated” assaults instead were labeled as […]

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 […]