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    Senator Pam Galloway Resigns Seat On Wisconsin Legislature, GOP Loses Senate Control

    While it's looking like the Walker recall effort may fall short, it just became much more likely that Democrats will take contrl of the Senate and thus be able to exert some influence.

    A Wisconsin state senator facing a June primary election abruptly resigned Friday, plunging the Senate into a tie and shaking up the state's political landscape. Sen. Pam Galloway (R-Wausau) announced she would be resigning effective Saturday from the seat she has held since her November 2010 election. In a statement on her website and Facebook page, Galloway said that she was resigning in order to deal with family issues.
    EDIT: woops, I should have linked to a different news source for the story, but I can't seem to edit the thread topic line. Sorry, Mods.

    Anyway, here's the huffpo link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/0...n_1354268.html

    And another source: http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepo...142927885.html
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    Re: Senator Pam Galloway Resigns Seat On Wisconsin Legislature, GOP Loses Senate Cont

    Quote Originally Posted by AdamT View Post
    While it's looking like the Walker recall effort may fall short, it just became much more likely that Democrats will take contrl of the Senate and thus be able to exert some influence.
    Why are you thinking the recall may come up short?
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    Re: Senator Pam Galloway Resigns Seat On Wisconsin Legislature, GOP Loses Senate Cont

    Quote Originally Posted by AdamT View Post
    While it's looking like the Walker recall effort may fall short, it just became much more likely that Democrats will take contrl of the Senate and thus be able to exert some influence.
    Well, aren't there also some senate Repubs up for recall election? I'm thinking yes. I find it hard to believe Walker is going to survive this onslaught. When's the election? Do you know?
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    Re: Senator Pam Galloway Resigns Seat On Wisconsin Legislature, GOP Loses Senate Cont

    Quote Originally Posted by haymarket View Post
    Why are you thinking the recall may come up short?
    Polls show Walker well ahead of potential opponents, and he's got tons of cash.
    "The necessaries of life occasion the great expense of the poor. They find it difficult to get food, and the greater part of their little revenue is spent in getting it. The luxuries and vanities of life occasion the principal expense of the rich, and a magnificent house embellishes and sets off to the best advantage all the other luxuries and vanities which they possess. ... It is not very unreasonable that the rich should contribute to the public expense, not only in proportion to their revenue, but something more than in that proportion."

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    Re: Senator Pam Galloway Resigns Seat On Wisconsin Legislature, GOP Loses Senate Cont

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    Well, aren't there also some senate Repubs up for recall election? I'm thinking yes. I find it hard to believe Walker is going to survive this onslaught. When's the election? Do you know?
    Yeah, I think it was expected that one of the Senators up for recall would lose, but this certainly makes it more likely that the Dems will take control of the Senate.
    "The necessaries of life occasion the great expense of the poor. They find it difficult to get food, and the greater part of their little revenue is spent in getting it. The luxuries and vanities of life occasion the principal expense of the rich, and a magnificent house embellishes and sets off to the best advantage all the other luxuries and vanities which they possess. ... It is not very unreasonable that the rich should contribute to the public expense, not only in proportion to their revenue, but something more than in that proportion."

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    Re: Senator Pam Galloway Resigns Seat On Wisconsin Legislature, GOP Loses Senate Cont

    Quote Originally Posted by AdamT View Post
    Polls show Walker well ahead of potential opponents, and he's got tons of cash.
    If he wins wouldnt that be a general indication that the people of the state support what he has done? Democrats ran the state for years and created the problem, not sure why the taxpayers would put them back in charge.

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    Re: Senator Pam Galloway Resigns Seat On Wisconsin Legislature, GOP Loses Senate Cont

    Quote Originally Posted by Fletch View Post
    If he wins wouldnt that be a general indication that the people of the state support what he has done? Democrats ran the state for years and created the problem, not sure why the taxpayers would put them back in charge.
    I think Wisconsinites generally do not approve of his attack on the unions' collective bargaining rights, but apparently they like other aspects of his leadership.

    What created Wisconsins' problem, as in so many other states, was the Great Recession. Before that their finances weren't in too bad a shape.
    "The necessaries of life occasion the great expense of the poor. They find it difficult to get food, and the greater part of their little revenue is spent in getting it. The luxuries and vanities of life occasion the principal expense of the rich, and a magnificent house embellishes and sets off to the best advantage all the other luxuries and vanities which they possess. ... It is not very unreasonable that the rich should contribute to the public expense, not only in proportion to their revenue, but something more than in that proportion."

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    Re: Senator Pam Galloway Resigns Seat On Wisconsin Legislature, GOP Loses Senate Cont

    Quote Originally Posted by AdamT View Post
    I think Wisconsinites generally do not approve of his attack on the unions' collective bargaining rights, but apparently they like other aspects of his leadership.

    What created Wisconsins' problem, as in so many other states, was the Great Recession. Before that their finances weren't in too bad a shape.
    I disagree, many people in the private sector took major paycuts & layoffs during the last few years while still having to pay for these peoples "Cadillac" benefits & pension packages. Its truely astounding the behavior that these people displayed when they were asked to contribute, truely selfish & digusting. I dont think the public sector union employees understand the level of contempt there fellow Wisconites feel for them when they apparently think that even on reduced salaries and benefits ourselves we should still pay for benefits that most of us could only dream of even during good times. No I think it took alot of guts to go up against the thugish unions & admire Walker for doing what had to be done, popular with some or not.

    What created Wisconsins problem was out of control spending in the previous Doyle (democrat) administration which put us in the dire financial straits that we were in, if they wouldnt have spent like drunken sailors for 8 years the state employess benefits would never need to have been cut, recession or not, would they? But yet you see these drones go on & on about Walker, doing what he was forced to do because of Doyles spending, yet they dont say a thing about Doyle. I really think that there is a rather embarresingly large number of fellow citizens of Wisconsin who just dont "get it".
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    Re: Senator Pam Galloway Resigns Seat On Wisconsin Legislature, GOP Loses Senate Cont

    Quote Originally Posted by Iron Yank View Post
    I disagree, many people in the private sector took major paycuts & layoffs during the last few years while still having to pay for these peoples "Cadillac" benefits & pension packages. Its truely astounding the behavior that these people displayed when they were asked to contribute, truely selfish & digusting. I dont think the public sector union employees understand the level of contempt there fellow Wisconites feel for them when they apparently think that even on reduced salaries and benefits ourselves we should still pay for benefits that most of us could only dream of even during good times. No I think it took alot of guts to go up against the thugish unions & admire Walker for doing what had to be done, popular with some or not.

    What created Wisconsins problem was out of control spending in the previous Doyle (democrat) administration which put us in the dire financial straits that we were in, if they wouldnt have spent like drunken sailors for 8 years the state employess benefits would never need to have been cut, recession or not, would they? But yet you see these drones go on & on about Walker, doing what he was forced to do because of Doyles spending, yet they dont say a thing about Doyle. I really think that there is a rather embarresingly large number of fellow citizens of Wisconsin who just dont "get it".
    I completely agree.
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    Re: Senator Pam Galloway Resigns Seat On Wisconsin Legislature, GOP Loses Senate Cont

    Quote Originally Posted by Iron Yank View Post
    I disagree, many people in the private sector took major paycuts & layoffs during the last few years while still having to pay for these peoples "Cadillac" benefits & pension packages. Its truely astounding the behavior that these people displayed when they were asked to contribute, truely selfish & digusting. I dont think the public sector union employees understand the level of contempt there fellow Wisconites feel for them when they apparently think that even on reduced salaries and benefits ourselves we should still pay for benefits that most of us could only dream of even during good times. No I think it took alot of guts to go up against the thugish unions & admire Walker for doing what had to be done, popular with some or not.

    What created Wisconsins problem was out of control spending in the previous Doyle (democrat) administration which put us in the dire financial straits that we were in, if they wouldnt have spent like drunken sailors for 8 years the state employess benefits would never need to have been cut, recession or not, would they? But yet you see these drones go on & on about Walker, doing what he was forced to do because of Doyles spending, yet they dont say a thing about Doyle. I really think that there is a rather embarresingly large number of fellow citizens of Wisconsin who just dont "get it".
    Personally I'd rather fight for those who don't have retirement and health benefits, as opposed to fighting those who do have them because you don't.

    In any case, the unions agreed to make concessions, and there would have been no budget problem but for reduced revenues due to the recession and tax cuts and other "conservative" spending measures favored by Walker. Most of those spending measures were supposed to increase jobs growth ... but Walker scored an epic fail in that regard. Wisconsin was dead last in job creation last year. Number 50 out of 50 states.
    "The necessaries of life occasion the great expense of the poor. They find it difficult to get food, and the greater part of their little revenue is spent in getting it. The luxuries and vanities of life occasion the principal expense of the rich, and a magnificent house embellishes and sets off to the best advantage all the other luxuries and vanities which they possess. ... It is not very unreasonable that the rich should contribute to the public expense, not only in proportion to their revenue, but something more than in that proportion."

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