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While Wisconsin progressives cheered and embraced each other for a lot of hard ground work in this election cycle re-electing the president, nothing is ever definitive in a swing state. We woke up this morning to a state government completely controlled by the Republican Party once again. Republicans prevailed up and down the state ticket with one race still too close to call between democratic underdog Stephen Smith and (R) Roger Rivard who shockingly commented “some women rape easy”.
Why the schizophrenia?
Simple : partisan redistricting.
After 15 recall elections in 2 years, the democrats were able to win back the control of the WI state senate by the margin of (1) vote and halt the extreme Tea Party agenda spearheaded by Gov. Walker. Yet just prior to that, the republican controlled and newly elected 2010 state government was able to implement “the most radical redistricting in the history of the state” which is now attracting lawsuits for its lack of transparency. The new voting districts will benefit the Republican Party for the next 10 years.
That became apparent last night -
The Badger state not only handily delivered the state to President Obama by a 6 point margin, even with a Wisconsin VP on the opposing ticket, but also elected the first openly gay member of the US senate – Tammy Baldwin. We are clearly not a state best represented by a conservative trifecta in the WI state house, senate, and gubernatorial ranks.
So while progressives across the country celebrate today at the defeat of Tea Party leaders nationwide, remember that yah’ll just sent their leader - Paul Ryan - back to us.