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demnewswire:

Democrat Ron Barber Wins Arizona-08 Special Election
View official results here

demnewswire:

Democrat Ron Barber Wins Arizona-08 Special Election

View official results here

therepublocrat:

The Koch Brothers Plan for education.

therepublocrat:

The Koch Brothers Plan for education.

2

Sitting US governors before Scott Walker who faced a recall via ballot box. Those two governors are North Dakota’s Lynn Frazier, whom voters recalled in 1921, and California’s Gray Davis, who got the boot in 2003.
 

6.4 percent

Walker’s lead over Barrett in RealClearPolitics' polling average, a number that takes into account polls from as early as August 2011.

$63.5 million

Total spending on Scott Walker’s recall election by candidates and outside political groups through the final days before the election. That sum shatters the previous record of $37.4 million in the 2010 gubernatorial election.
 

7.5 to 1

The margin by which Walker is beating Barrett in the political money wars. Since January 2011, Walker’s campaign has raised $30.5 million; Barrett has raked in $4 million since entering the race in March.
 

$3 out of every $5

The proportion of Scott Walker’s recall donations that have come from donors outside of Wisconsin. Walker’s opponent Tom Barrett has highlighted this statistic to back up his attack on Walker as a right-wing “rock star.”
 

50,000

Volunteers signed up for the labor-backed We Are Wisconsin coalition. In the 96 hours before Election Day, that volunteer army knocked on 1.4 million doors throughout the state and made 1.5 million calls to eligible voters.
 

3.5 million

The number of voter contacts the Republican Party of Wisconsin made in the past year. Spokesman Benjamin Sparks describes it as “the largest grassroots campaign Republicans have ever had in the state.” (In the most recent count, there were 3,270,637 registered voters in Wisconsin.)
 

1 in 3

The proportion of people who say they’ve stopped discussing politics with someone because after a disagreement over Walker or the recall elections.
 

13

Current and former Walker aides, associates, and supporters granted immunity by a circuit court judge in exchange for testifying in the two-year-old “John Doe” investigation examining activities that took place in Walker’s office when he was Milwaukee County executive.
 

60 to 65 percent

Official projected turnout among voting-age adults in Tuesday’s election. The highest recorded turnout in a Wisconsin midterm gubernatorial election was 52 percent in 1962. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel political guru Craig Gilbert writes that the 60-to-65-percent-turnout forecast is “more or less insane.” But then again, these are not normal times in Wisconsin.

See more stats on Dark Money behind the Walker recall.

toyotabedzrock:

SCOTT WALKER PLAYING TRICKS WITH THE JOB NUMBERS - Prosecutors (by BarrettForWisconsin)

climateadaptation:

This terribly reported and frankly lazily written article shows that old-dog journalists are not only out of touch with readers, they have utterly lost their way. The story should be about the United States’ first wind turbine testing facility. Here’s a video. Here are photos of the facility’s ribbon cutting, with none other than Deval Patrick (Obama’s friggin reelection campaign co-chair) and other state politicians and leaders.
The facility will save millions of dollars for wind turbine manufacturers in the US. MILLIONS. Like an airplane wing, wind turbine blades have to be stress-tested in wind tunnels. The only viable tunnels for stress testing are in Europe. So, a US manufacturer would have to ship their blades - by boat, then rail - to Denmark or Germany for testing.
This is the first and only wind turbine testing facility in the United States. THAT’S HUGE NEWS!
Read the article - did the above come through? No. But, you do get to hear some random critics’ opinions without the reporter questioning, challenging, researching, or cross-referencing to their claims - or stating their relevance to the story (aka “the other side” - you know, to “balance” the article. Bullshit).
This so-called “balanced reporting” methodology is a trend that started in the ’90s and for cry-eye it has to stop! Report the f&cking story. Stop giving the mic to any Joe-blow opposition to fill requisite space because yrr too darn lazy to dig deep.
I love my home state, but that doesn’t mean I’m obligated to read garbage articles on important issues that affect the entire fucking country’s economy. Manufacturing is down. And this early-home-run project adds to the nation’s upswing (hint: that’s the nut, Globers).
This story demonstrates why I’m increasingly turning to the hotties at Los Angeles Times (great tumblr!), Reuters, Slate, Al Jazeera, and even the stodgy The Hill.
Anyway, read the story below if you can bear it… </rant>
boston:

Harnessing the winds of change 
- The sprawling Wind Technology Testing Center in Charlestown aims to help the wind industry develop turbines better able to survive blizzards and other tests of nature.

climateadaptation:

This terribly reported and frankly lazily written article shows that old-dog journalists are not only out of touch with readers, they have utterly lost their way. The story should be about the United States’ first wind turbine testing facility. Here’s a video. Here are photos of the facility’s ribbon cutting, with none other than Deval Patrick (Obama’s friggin reelection campaign co-chair) and other state politicians and leaders.

The facility will save millions of dollars for wind turbine manufacturers in the US. MILLIONS. Like an airplane wing, wind turbine blades have to be stress-tested in wind tunnels. The only viable tunnels for stress testing are in Europe. So, a US manufacturer would have to ship their blades - by boat, then rail - to Denmark or Germany for testing.

This is the first and only wind turbine testing facility in the United States. THAT’S HUGE NEWS!

Read the article - did the above come through? No. But, you do get to hear some random critics’ opinions without the reporter questioning, challenging, researching, or cross-referencing to their claims - or stating their relevance to the story (aka “the other side” - you know, to “balance” the article. Bullshit).

This so-called “balanced reporting” methodology is a trend that started in the ’90s and for cry-eye it has to stop! Report the f&cking story. Stop giving the mic to any Joe-blow opposition to fill requisite space because yrr too darn lazy to dig deep.

I love my home state, but that doesn’t mean I’m obligated to read garbage articles on important issues that affect the entire fucking country’s economy. Manufacturing is down. And this early-home-run project adds to the nation’s upswing (hint: that’s the nut, Globers).

This story demonstrates why I’m increasingly turning to the hotties at Los Angeles Times (great tumblr!), Reuters, Slate, Al Jazeera, and even the stodgy The Hill.

Anyway, read the story below if you can bear it… </rant>

boston:

Harnessing the winds of change

- The sprawling Wind Technology Testing Center in Charlestown aims to help the wind industry develop turbines better able to survive blizzards and other tests of nature.

Get the word out to your friends and family in Ohio - voting is today.

The candidacy of an immigrant from Mexico who was running against the leader of Arizona’s crackdown on illegal immigration appears to have been a trick to split the pro-immigration vote.

cognitivedissonance:

In this election, Provisional Ballots should NOT be given out for people without ID - there is NO requirement for photo ID in this election. If you see someone receiving a provisional ballot for any reason, Wisconsin Election Protection wants to know! Encourage that person to contact Wisconsin Election Protection at 1-866-OUR-VOTE or @EPWisco on twitter (or they can post on this page).

Clerks may still ask for photo ID; however, this is not a requirement for voting in this election. If you’re unsure of where to vote, go here and type in your address.

The polls will open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. ANYONE in line at 8 p.m. can still vote. If that right is denied, call the number above.

Stand up for the workers of Wisconsin! Get out the vote and protect the rights of your fellow Wisconsinites. Here’s information on voting restrictions and requirements.

Here’s a list of the counties involved in the recalls, taken from the Wisconsin Legislative District Almanac

Note: some counties are split into separate districts, so if you live in one of the listed ones, make sure you check the map to see if you reside within the appropriate district. Also, these maps appear to have been updated to the new redistricting plans. In the event you live in an area that borders any of the listed districts, it may be worthwhile to call your local clerk’s office to check if you will be able to vote.

Republican Recalls: (Tuesday, August 9th)

  • Nancy Nusbaum (D) v. Robert Cowles (R)
    Shawano, Outagamie, Oconto, Waupaca, and Brown Counties - District 2
  • Sandy Pasch (D) v. Alberta Darling (R)
    Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Waukesha, and Washington Counties - District 8
  • Shelly Moore(D) v. Sheila Harsdorf (R)
    Burnett, Polk, St. Croix, Pierce, Fond Du Lac, and Dunn Counties - District 10
  • Fred Clark (D) v. Luther Olsen (R)
    Waupaca, Outagamine, Waushara, Green Lake, Colombia, Sauk, Adams, and Marquette Counties - District 14
  • Jessica King (D) v. Randy Hopper (R)
    Fon Du Lac, Winnebago, Dodge Counties - District 18
  • Jennifer Shilling (D) v. Dan Kapanke (R)
    La Crosse, Monroe, Vernon, Richland, Crawford Counties - District 32

Democrat Recalls: (August 16th)

  • Kim Simac (R) v. Jim Holperin (D)
    Vilas, Oneida, Lincoln, Langlade, Shawno, Menomoniee, Oconto, Marathon, Forest, Florence, and Marinette Counties - District 12

  • Jonathan Steitz (R) v. Robert Wirch (D)
    Racine and Kenosha Counties - District 22

Wisconsin Supreme Court Election

Apr 06, 2011 at 7:14 am CDT

REPORTING 99%

David Prosser (inc) 733,074 50%
Joanne Kloppenburg 732,489 50%

TODAY’S TMJ4 Election

Wisconsin’s fight over union rights came to a head at the polls as voters split almost evenly over whether to re-elect a conservative-leaning justice or give his little-known opponent his seat on the state Supreme Court.

The race between Justice David Prosser and challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg was too close to call early Wednesday morning. With 99% of precincts reporting, Prosser led Kloppenburg by fewer than 600 votes. Final, official results could vary and a recount appeared likely.  (via AP)