Comprehensive look at Wisconsin’s 22nd Senate District Recall Race
By Kay Nolan, August 8, 2011
Kay Nolan is a contributing writer for WisPolitics.com. This article ran in the August 8, 2011 issue.
In 2011, Wisconsin experienced an unprecedented nine recall elections of state legislators in one year, after newly elected Gov. Scott Walker and the GOP-controlled legislature rushed through a state budget that carried a provision that virtually ended collective bargaining rights for public employees. When Republicans refused to allow debate on the measure, a group of 14 Democratic state senators fled to Illinois for nearly three weeks to prevent a quorum and stall for time. Meanwhile, voters reacted strongly, and the state became highly divided.
This overview offers a comprehensive look at one district where a longtime Democratic senator faced recall, and was challenged by a political newcomer. The article and sidebar offer a look at the district and its voters, historical trends, and current campaign strategies by each party. Each candidate is interviewed, as are other area legislators and voters throughout the district. Candidates’ answers to a list of questions is provided in the sidebar. Audio of each interview is attached.