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Recall Roundup: Primary election time

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By Wisconsin Reporter

The Rolling Stone talks “potty democracy”— from each according to his need to go really bad, to each stall that opens up — in a piece that sums up the recall from the perspective of a protester.

Moving to the shirtless investigator, Glen Beck TV tonight airs “Showdown Wisconsin,” a documentary that claims to look at “the truth about the recall efforts.”

In a more traditional spot, a fully clothed AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka discusses the Wisconsin recall among other issues on C-SPAN (recall talk begins about 6:45).

The Washington Examiner highlights Trumka’s argument that, win or lose in June, public sector unions already have succeeded by intimidating other state governments that might contemplate reforms similar to Walker’s Act 10.


Kathleen Falk, preferred candidates of said unions, turned heads by calling herself the mother that can unite the divided family that is Wisconsin. Earlier Tuesday, she voted — presumably for herself — in Madison.

Meanwhile, Tom Barrett brushed Falk aside and focused his attention squarely on Walker in an interview on MSNBC on Tuesday.

“For me, it’s really about ending the civil war here in the state of Wisconsin that Scott Walker began,” said Barrett, who has been pushing the “civil war” rhetoric hard in recent weeks.

Maybe he took a cue from Arthur Kohl-Riggs, the self-styled “Lincoln Republican” who doesn’t stand much of a chance in Tuesday’s primary against Walker, but has run some pretty entertaining ads on a tight budget.

Should Barrett win the recall primary as expected, look for him to shift his focus from the economy to the ongoing John Doe investigation, which involves alleged illegal campaign activities taking place in Walker’s office while he served as the Milwaukee County Executive.

Setting aside the emotive, divisive ideological battle over the governor’s seat, Wisconsin Taxpayer Alliance president Todd Berry said that, logistically, the recall election outcome doesn’t matter one way or the other. Wisconsin politics is broken and one election won’t fix it.