Sadly, "Democrats win Democratic Primary" is not the title of an article in The Onion
, but something that actually had to be reported
The six Democrats who won on Tuesday — Nancy Nusbaum, state Representative Sandy Pasch, Shelly Moore, state Representative Fred Clark, Jessica King and Jennifer Shilling — will now seek to unseat six incumbent Republicans in recall elections on August 9.
Why is this news? Well, it's because their primary
challengers were actually Republicans who registered as Democrats in order to slow down the recall process.
Here's a list of the results:
* Former Brown County Executive Nancy Nusbaum of De Pere defeated Otto Junkermann of Allouez, a one-time Republican state representative and past supporter of Sen. Rob Cowles (R-Allouez).
* Rep. Sandy Pasch (D-Whitefish Bay) easily defeated Gladys Huber, a Republican Party stalwart from Mequon. Pasch will face Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills).
* Shelly Moore, a River Falls teacher and official in the state's teachers union, defeated Isaac Weix of Menominee, a hardware store owner and former failed candidate in Republican Party primaries for state Assembly. She'll face Sen. Sheila Harsdorf (R-River Falls) in the general election. Weix did the best of all the Republican-backed candidates.
* Rep. Fred Clark (D-Baraboo) defeated Republican Rol Church of Wautoma for the right to face Sen. Luther Olsen (R-Ripon).
* Jessica King, former deputy mayor of Oshkosh, defeated John Buckstaff of Oshkosh and will now go up against Sen. Randy Hopper (R-Fond du Lac).
* Rep. Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) defeated James D. Smith, a hospital technician in La Crosse. She will now take on Sen. Dan Kapanke (R-La Crosse).
If you've been watching only mainstream media for the past five months, you may not know what the big deal in Wisconsin is. Well, basically, new Governor Scott Walker is a longstanding union hater
who got elected as Governor of Wisconsin five months before his actions as Milwaukee County Executive got reversed by the courts
and proceeded to enact a draconian set of conservative policies with the Republican legislature, focussing on, but not limited to, destroying collective bargaining for public sector unions
. This resulted in 14 State Senate Democrats fleeing the state as a legislative trick to slow down the proceedings
and enormous protests
in the state capitol of Madison and around the state, and now, as noted above, recall elections against the eligible Republican State Senators in an effort to stall the Walker agenda. Walker himself can't be recalled until he's been in office a year, but, believe me, the state's Democrats have plans for that, too
When Scott Walker isn't trying to drive the Democratic party from Wisconsin and sell the state's future to the Koch brothers, he likes to sit down with a nice cold beer, as long as it's macro-brew shit
Wisconsin has three tiers, like many other states, for alcohol distribution: a brewer, a wholesaler that distributes the beer and a retailer that sells it. The system was put in place at the end of Prohibition and used by brewers that made Milwaukee famous: Miller, Blatz, Schlitz and Pabst. (They've since moved all or most of their facilities out of the state.)
The proposal was inserted into the proposed state budget by the Legislature's budget committee. It would combine the brewer's permit and wholesale and retail licenses given out by municipalities into a single permit under state control. It would effectively ban brewers from purchasing wholesale distributors — something craft brewers say they might need in the future to avoid getting squeezed out of the market by large corporate brewers.
So yeah. On Wisconsin! Go Badgers!
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