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Victorious Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch Returns To Smart Girl Summit

Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch

Lt. Gov Rebecca Kleefisch, still fresh from her recall victory in June, gave the closing address at Smart Girl Summit held this past weekend.   She joked with the crowd stating that when she addressed the summit last year, many were doubtful she would have a job in the coming months. However, she said she would have come back as “a martyr”.  She is the first Lt. Governor in American history to survive a recall election.  When you turn a $3.6 billion dollar deficit into a $154 million dollar surplus, reform collective bargaining, pensions, health care, take on the special interests, and add 20,000 new jobs, you most certainly deserve to keep your job.  Yet, these initiatives were anathema to the liberals in the Badger State who apparently are hesitant to support anything that is efficient of fiscally sound.

Lt. Gov. Kleefisch was adamant that she wasn’t going to kick the can down the road and it was the unions, not the Walker administration, that picked the fight to keep the status quo.  We all remember the army of left wing protestors that stormed Madison with their horns, signs, chants, and sleeping bags.  It was a nice display of Bolshevik theater.  The Left detailed doomsday scenarios if the Walker/Kleefisch reforms were enacted.  In the end, they were and the sky didn’t fall.  Furthermore, the people of Wisconsin were left with the hotel bills the fourteen Democratic senators racked up when they fled the state and neglected their duty as public officials when they protested the reforms to collective bargaining in 2011.

It was the beginning of a chaotic year.  In 2011, eight recall elections were held to determine the majority of the state senate.  In 2012, six recall elections were held, including the races for Governor and Lt. Governor, to determine the future of Wisconsin. At the end of the night,  the voters of the Badger state were clear that they wanted Gov. Walker, Lt. Gov. Kleefisch, and the Republicans to continue their leadership and bring the state back to fiscal sanity and economic vigor.

In all, Lt. Gov. Kleefisch stated that their reforms at the state and municipal level saved the Wisconsin taxpayer $800 million dollars.  They became the 49th state to pass conceal and carry and Voter ID laws.  She concluded that we should’t be afraid to fight and do what is right in government.  When you have the courage of your convictions and do the right thing, the voters will have your back.  What makes Lt. Gov Kleefisch’s victory so fulfilling is that she was willing to lose for what she believed in and ended up winning for what she believed in.  All I can say is that we need more women, like Rebecca Kleefisch, in public service.

Wisconsin: Tea Party Beats Unions

The Tea Party sparked Conservative wave that swept most of the United States in 2010 was a contributing factor in many races, including the elections of Scott Walker, Rebecca Kleefisch and a Republican legislative majority in Wisconsin. Governor Walker and his fiscally Conservative allies in the State House set about enacting the reforms they promised during their campaign. Balancing the State budget without raising taxes, reigning in spending and creating a more business friendly environment where private sector businesses could create jobs.

Once the reforms were enacted, government sector unions went rogue, holding demonstrations, occupying the State House and basically going out of their way to create a ruckus over perceived wrong doings by Walker and his fellow Republicans.

The allegations were that the Republicans had wrongly stripped the public unions of all their collective bargaining “rights”. This allegation was false on multiple counts.

First of all, collective bargaining is not a right. A right is something that is inherent, which belongs to you without costing another. Wielding monopoly bargaining power to extort exorbitant salaries, pensions and benefits in excess of those enjoyed by the taxpayers footing the bill from politicians seeking re-election to office is not a right.

Second, collective bargaining is a negotiating tool, agreed upon by both sides of the negotiations. A mutually agreed upon negotiating tool, like any such tool, is subject to rejection by one side or the other at any time.

Thirdly, the unions did not lose all their bargaining power. They still retain the ability to collectively bargain for salaries. What changed was their power to collectively bargain over pensions and benefits was removed. Those are budgetary line items that for the State of Wisconsin had reached the point of insolvency. The cost of those pensions and benefits were sending the State of Wisconsin down the fast track to bankruptcy.

In response, every national union in America spent huge bankrolls and invested big muscle in multiple recall attempts within the State of Wisconsin; culminating in the recall attempts against Governor Walker and Lieutenant Governor Kleefisch. In each and every recall attempt, the big, free spending, bullying tactic practicing union failed. The hardest core, institutionalized “progressive” left threw everything they had at Walker, Kleefisch and Wisconsin and fell short. Their noisy, irreverent public displays of selfishness went to no avail.

The win in Wisconsin is a win for the Silent Majority…otherwise known as the Tea Party. Remember them? The “progressive” Party Pravda and “progressive” politicians of all stripes want you to believe they’ve disappeared from the electoral map.

Remember the Tea Party. The ordinary mom and pop citizens who had finally had enough, who got up off the couch, skipped a few of their regularly scheduled activities and demonstrated against big government, big spending, higher taxes and irresponsible regulations.

The Tea Party stood eyeball to eyeball and went toe to toe with the unions in Wisconsin. The Tea Party took the unions best punch and won each and every round. Unions and their incessant demands for more of the fruits of the taxpayer’s labor are on retreat in Wisconsin. Unions and their institutionalized “progressive” allies are on notice. It’s time for them to retreat in America. The people have spoken.

The Tea Party and America are on the rise.

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Walker wins! Democrats get swept

It’s a clean sweep – Governor Scott Walker beat Mayor Tom Barrett in a lopsided 53-46% victory and the four recalled Senators are safe in landslide wins.

Unions and the progressive agenda are taking a huge hit as popular sentiment is falling behind fiscal sanity and a responsible governor. While the election implications are dire for the President and Democrats, the news is good for all of the Republicans also recalled.

Rebecca Kleefisch will remain the state’s Lt. Governor and all  four Republican State Senate seats that were recalled will remain Republican.

  • Scott Fitzgerald handily won the right to keep his position in district 13 by a 60-39% margin.
  • Kristen Dexter was handed a defeat in her bid to take Terry Moulton’s district 23 seat away.
  • Jerry Petrowski beat back the challenge by Donna Seidel with a 66-34% margin
  • Van Wanggaard will hold on to his seat beating out Democrat challenger John Lehman 63-37%

Not to be outdone, CNN projected Walker the winner in the race at .. 10:22pm with an oddly worded tweet:

 

After all the union money and Democrat grass roots effort, it appears that America is looking for less government and more sanity.

Live Blog: Wisconsin Recall Election Results – Live Coverage

The fight between public sector unions and fiscal sanity comes to a head tonight as the union-led recall of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is voted upon by the public.

Early exit polls favored the sitting governor, but only narrowlyand we’ll update this post as results come in.

We’ll also be posting results for the other recall races. CDN Calling Scott Walker, Rebecca Kleefisch the winners in the recall election at 9:48pm

Live Updates Results (98% precincts reporting): Refresh Your Browser to See Updates

Governor:

Gov. Scott Walker(R):    53%

Mayor Tom Barrett(D): 46%

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Lt. Governor:

Rebecca Kleefisch(R):   53%

Mahlon Mitchell(D):      47%

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Senate Races:

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Seat 13:

Scott Fitzgerald (R): 58%

Lori Compas(D):        41%

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Seat 21 (28% reporting)

Van Wanggaard(R):  55%

John Lehman(D):      45%

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Seat 23

Terry Moulton(R):    57%

Kristen Dexter(D):    43%

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Seat 29

Jerry Petrowski(R):  61%

Donna Seidel(D):        39%

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Live Blog (All Times Eastern):

11:22 We’ve corrected our post, apparently an unofficial source gave us bad numbers for district 29 – Wanggaard is up substantially 62-38% over Lehman

10:26 with 36 wards reporting Wanggaard up 8,235 to 5,502

10:22pm CNN calls it for Walker in a “narrow” victory

10:20 Results for district 21 still coming in VERY sloooowly…

10:05pm First results for district 21 coming in – Wanggaard up  with 14 wards reporting

9:59pm Fox News calls it for Walker and Kleefisch

9:55pm ABC calls if for Walker

9:50pm CDN is calling State Senate seats 13, 23, and 29 for Republicans. Results for Seat 21 are coming slowly (20% of precincts reporting).

9:48pm CDN is calling the Governor and Lt. Governor’s races for Scott Walker and Rebecca Kleefisch (19% of precincts reporting).

9:30pm Results are very positive for both Kleefisch and Walker and getting better. May not be as close as we thought. Difficult to find results on the Senate races, but we’re working on it.

9:15pm First results coming in – Walker starts out strong Kleefisch hurting, but it’s early

9:01pm: Ending exit polls show Barrett Ahead with college aged students, while Walker holds larger lead with Catholics.

9:00pm: Polls Closed – waiting for results.