Daily Recall Election Roundup: May 7

Here are the latest updates from the campaign trail in the upcoming recall elections.

Patch is providing regular updates on what's happening in the campaigns of those who want to be our next governor. Check back with this column throughout the day for the latest from the campaign trail.

2:25 p.m. Walker to be in Waukesha Election Night

Gov. Scott Walker will criss-cross the state Election Day but end up in GOP country, Waukesha County.

After campaign stops in La Crosse, Eau Claire and Green Bay, Walker will wait for results to come in at the GOP Waukesha Victory Center, 1701 Pearl St. in Waukesha. The event starts at 9:45 p.m., with Walker taking the stage at 10.

11:45 a.m.: Falk, Barrett on the trail Monday

If you're having lunch in Kenosha today, there's a chance you could run into Barrett, as he's hitting three restaurants to chat with voters the day before the primary.
Barrett will be at Frank's Diner,  508 58th St., at noon,  then will visit Tenuta's,
3203 52nd St., at 12:30 p.m., before making a final stop at 1 p.m. at Gateway Cafe,  3619 30th Ave.

Falk had two appearances scheduled for Monday: a morning meet-and-greet at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Student Union and at 2:15 p.m. she will meet voters outside of Gaenslen Elementary School, 1250 E. Burleigh St. in Milwaukee.

11:25 a.m.: Walker's newest ad targets Barrett

The day before the Democratic gubernatorial primary, the campaign of Republican Gov. Scott Walker released a new TV ad that it says  "draws a distinct contrast between the records and leadership" of Walker and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.

“Tom Barrett is, for a third time, asking Wisconsin voters to elect him governor of Wisconsin while insisting they ignore his failed record as Milwaukee’s mayor,” said Walker campaign spokeswoman Ciara Matthews. “Barrett’s commitment to undo the governor’s successful reforms, his plan to raise taxes, and his failure to address his city’s unemployment crisis, are exactly why voters will again reject Tom Barrett for governor on June 5.”

In addition to calling Barrett to the carpet for his record as Milwaukee mayor, the new 30-second ad, “Forward, Backwards,” also highlights Walker’s record of lowering unemployment and property taxes as well as saving Wisconsin taxpayers one billion dollars with his successful reforms.

Barrett is one of five candidates who will be on the ballot in Tuesday's Democratic primary in the recall election. A shows that Barrett is the clear frontrunner in the race, leading former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk by double digits. The primary winner is all but certain to take on Walker in the June 5 general recall election.

morninmist May 07, 2012 at 04:30 PM
And smart folks in WI agree it is NOT working here either. Walker will see a pink slip come June 5 regardless of his millions. @Progress2day Austerity backlash: Sarkozy out in France, ruling parties lose in Greece http://bit.ly/IQTN4e COMING TO WI JUNE 5 #WIUNION Ezra Klein ‏ @ezraklein Why’s austerity so unpopular in Europe? Because it’s not working. http://wapo.st/JPxsSk
morninmist May 07, 2012 at 04:32 PM
RightWingWatch MA ‏ @RWwatchMA Zbigniew Brzezinski: austerity requires all people in a society share equally in the pain. (Scotto & GOP argues the 1% should not.) #masen
linda w May 07, 2012 at 04:55 PM
morninmist. i am with you 100%. money won't buy walkers seat. people have had enough of this money crap and walker bragging about his millions turns people off. and people know by the lack of ads that walker is putting out another lie that the big union bosses don't have tens of millions of dollars coming into wisconsin. the only money coming into wisconsin his the money walker begs for every week that he flies to anothe state and not working in his own state doing the work he's supposed to do. that tells everyone he doesn't care about wisconsin only THE HAVES AND HAVE MORE THAT WANT MORE FROM THOSE THAT HAVE THE LEAST.
doug toader May 07, 2012 at 05:22 PM
I am glad I will be able to vote for better wages and benefits for the teachers than I have. They work so hard for 9 months of the year. Who is Walker to stop the gravy train for public workers? I say higher taxes for the community so Govt. workers can have it easy on our dime. Why should anyone be required to pay a small portion to support there own health benefits? Just because the private sector worker have to pay for there own benefits why should teachers? Vote for Falk, a union Mother
Christian May 07, 2012 at 06:04 PM
Stop whining you cheapskate. I'm a proud 1%'er but even I know that Walker is an idiot who needs to go. And if you don't want teachers making an adequate wage, don't complain when you have people even more stupid than you (if that's possible) teaching your children (if you were stupid enough to procreate).
Greg May 07, 2012 at 06:12 PM
LeftgooberGF@ Slochytum Firgle Slog: Gibwiggle hokhui fnktryhcdgv Makes No Sense bujitty bunmdole bahoowah. #mserfs &(*).
Richard Hagen May 07, 2012 at 06:38 PM
So with all his faults, why would Tom Barrett be re-elected again in Milwaukee by a huge landslide. He must be doing something right whereas so many went to the trouble of recalling Scott Walker as governor. Also, unlike Walker, Barrett doesn't need a criminal defense fund. No Walkergate for him!
Greg May 07, 2012 at 06:40 PM
Nobody ran against him?
CowDung May 07, 2012 at 06:42 PM
What are you considering to be an "adequate wage" for a teacher? The $100,000+ compensation package that is enjoyed by the average MPS teacher certainly seems adequate, doesn't it?
Bren May 07, 2012 at 09:06 PM
Greg burbles gibberish because he can't come up with a cogent response?
Bren May 07, 2012 at 09:14 PM
$100,000 salary and benefits is adequate pay for a teacher with an advanced degree. I don't know how else to compensate a teacher in MPS or other urban school districts who have students with many different types of challenges. Problems at home resulting in attendance and behavior issues, etc. I know teachers who collect winter clothing because children come without jackets and mittens in freezing weather. Or hold educational seminars and book drives for families. There's a lot more to being a teacher than what you present, doug toader. And again (yawn), public employees pay toward their benefits through their compensation package. MPS teachers voted several years back to take less net pay and buy better health insurance coverage. Now folks like you villify them for having good benefits. Were you angry with public workers prior to February 2011? Just wondering.
Bren May 07, 2012 at 09:20 PM
Tom Barrett linking to an article that cites a Daily Kos diary! Stop.The.Presses. Clicking through to the Daily Kos article, the writer states that a Unity breakfast is apparently being planned, so don't worry Tom, all is not lost. Hope you're planning to attend! ; )
morninmist May 07, 2012 at 10:03 PM
Gives a good belly laugh. ....... Bren 4:20 pm on Monday, May 7, 2012 Tom Barrett linking to an article that cites a Daily Kos diary! Stop.The.Presses............
MrsPeel May 08, 2012 at 02:49 AM
This likely points out that Tom Barrett doesn't read what the links point to. He likely just lifts them from "Talking Points for Trolls" website.
morninmist May 08, 2012 at 03:07 AM
Yes, Starting tomorrow in WI. June Star ‏ @JuneStar99 Be patriotic. Help your country this year. Vote OUT your local GOP or #teaparty official. #partyoftherich #tcot #wiunion Retweeted by America United
Craig May 08, 2012 at 03:22 AM
Remember it is just the primary. Falk up Wisconsin.
Tom Barrett May 08, 2012 at 03:43 AM
NO PARTY!?!?! Public Unity Rally Party Cancelled!! Private "breakfast" scheduled instead. (Barrett avoids being seen with union bosses.) http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/05/07/1089439/-WTF-Democratic-Party-of-Wisconsin-Cancels-post-primary-Unity-Rally
morninmist May 08, 2012 at 04:00 AM
@Craig It is more than "just" a primary as you say. It is the eve of the day we choose our next governor. ............. Craig 10:22 pm on Monday, May 7, 2012 Remember it is just the primary. Falk up Wisconsin.
CowDung May 08, 2012 at 03:38 PM
I wasn't angry at public workers before February and I'm not angry with public workers now. I don't think it is a 'vilification' or 'anger' to want them to pay a bit toward their benefits--particularly in a time of economic turndown and everyone else is having to deal with shrinking paychecks and contributing more to their own benefits. Some call the idea 'shared sacrifice'. Their contributions are still far below what the average private sector worker pays toward their benefits, and a pension is all but unheard of in the private sector.
Jay Sykes May 08, 2012 at 05:20 PM
@CD... One might look at the size of the pool of applicants to determine if if the compensation level is more / less than it needs to be. Apparently, when last surveyed(prior to the recession) the compensation levels for elementary school teachers is far in excess of what is required to attract those that are qualified;on average 67 teacher applicants per job. http://www.jsonline.com/news/education/92278619.html OR "You're angry with public workers" ....hmm....


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