Obviously, I’m still basking in the great feeling of seeing Dems run the table for state offices in Wisconsin last night, headed up by former teacher Tony Evers forcing Governor Scott Walker to get his first real job.
In breaking down the numbers, a major part of Evers’ win was an engaged electorate, as shown by this stunning stat.
Votes for candidate - 2014 vs 2018
That right, Walker actually got 34,000 more votes than he did 4 years ago, but Evers won because Dems got over 200,000 additional votes vs 2014. Funny how Dems win when people care to show up. That reality has to be driving Walker, Attorney General Brad Schimel and other WisGOPs up the wall today.
It’s also why you can bet the gerrymandered GOP Legislature is going to try like hell to put in new voter restrictions before the 2020 presidential campaign. We need to be especially vigilant in these next 8 weeks, because Republican legislative leaders have called an “extraordinary session” for next week that’s supposed to be about the Kimberly-Clark bailout.
I was wondering if the Legislature might use this session as an excuse to try to rig things even further in the GOP’s favor and try to keep Evers from replacing the GOP hacks that have been stacked throughout state government by Walker over the years. And Assembly Speaker Robbin' Vos didn't make me wait long to find out.
Go ahead and try, Robbin'. Given that gerrymandering and a ton of special interest money were the only two things that allowed you to maintain your large majorities, you'll find out quickly that GOP thuggery and regressiveness was not what Wisconsinites voted for yesterday.BREAKING: Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says he is thinking of taking power away from Gov.-elect Tony Evers even before he is sworn in.— Patrick Marley (@patrickdmarley) November 7, 2018
This would be done in a lame duck session sometime over the next 2 months.
Senate Majority Ldr. Scott Fitzgerald hasn't said if he is on board.
The irony in how the Governor’s election ended is delicious, with the counting of absentee ballots in the city that Walker has dumped on for decades – Milwaukee. And why were there so many absentee ballots? Because of a successful lawsuit by the man who beat our current vote-suppressing Attorney General.
But 70 percent of the would-be voters who have gone through the [state’s ID petition process] are non-white, plaintiffs' attorney Josh Kaul argued in court. And of 61 denials issued, he said, 81 percent of those who were denied were non-white.
Plaintiffs in the case sought to overturn voting policies signed into law by Walker between 2011 and 2015, including restrictions on early voting hours and locations, the elimination of straight-ticket voting and a photo identification requirement.
Interestingly, Walker got less votes in both Dane and Milwaukee counties in 2018 than in 2014, despite the fact that turnout in Milwaukee County increased by 27,000 compared to 4 years ago, and Dane County turnout spiked by 42,000 (!) compared to the last Governor’s race.
Walker’s strategy to polarize the burbs vs the city didn’t work as well this time, as Evers shaved off 18,000 off of Walker’s advantage in Waukesha County vs 2018, 5,300 from Walker’s win in Ozaukee County, and 3,000 from Washington County. I mentioned yesterday that while Evers was going to lose these counties, it was up to him not be obliterated like Burke was, and he did just well enough to keep that from happening.
And no, Walker can’t tap Diane Hendricks or the Kochs for a recount, because of something Walker himself signed into law less than a year ago.
The state is tightening the rules for conducting election recounts, under legislation signed by Gov. Scott Walker Thursday….
Under the bill, candidates could request recounts only if they lost by 1 percentage point or less in an election with at least 4,000 votes total. For elections that don't receive that many votes, the candidate would need to lose by no more than 40 votes for a [recount].
While the Governor’s race was a lot closer than I wanted or could handle for most of the night, and that I’m displeased that voters gave Evers no help downticket (gerrymandering works in 2018, folks), it’s tremendous to know that Walker’s Reign of Error is going to end. And much of what did in Walker was the partisan and arrogant act that he and the rest of WisGOP pulled for the last 8 years - an act that Robbin' Vos seems determined to continue after Walker is out of office.
This is what you get….