Saturday, November 10, 2012
Just five months after Republican Gov. Scott Walker handily won his recall election, GOP nominee Mitt Romney didn't have the same success in the presidential race.
- Lisa Sink
Saturday, November 10, 2012
It's a lost prize that stings for Republicans: How could Mitt Romney lose Wisconsin just five months after Gov. Scott Walker won it? While nationally Romney barely surpassed GOP nominee John McCain's popular vote total in 2008 (58.6 million votes for Romney vs 58.3 million for McCain), in Wisconsin, the former Massachusetts governor surged past McCain by about 11 percentage points. Romney had more votes than McCain in the bright red suburban Milwaukee counties. He even gained votes in dark-blue Milwaukee and Dane counties. Meanwhile, President Barack Obama didn't perform as well as he did in Wisconsin in 2008 — his vote total was 4.4 percentage points less Tuesday than it was in 2008. But statewide, neither Romney's gains nor Obama's …
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
City of Pewaukee alderwoman Kathleen Novack will replace embattled Waukesha Coutny Clerk Kathy Nickolaus, who decided to not seek re-election.
City of Pewaukee Alderwoman Kathleen Novack will be the new clerk of Waukesha County. Novack, 62, won 71 percent of the vote, or 155,430 votes, in Tuesday's county clerk race, beating Town of Lisbon business owner Jessie Read, 52, who collected 63,575 votes, or 29 percent of the vote. The results are unofficial. Novack, is a retired federal employee who was first elected to the City of Pewaukee Common Council in 2006 and lost her re-election bid in 2009. She was elected to the council again in 2010 and said she planned to run for another term unless, if elected as county clerk, it interferes with the county job. Novack is the second City of Pewaukee alderman to serve dual elected roles in recent years. Ald. Mike Hasslinger served as …
Friday, November 2, 2012
Two Waukesha County legislators – Paul Farrow and Chris Kapenga – are running for vacant seat in a special primary election on Nov. 6.
The road to Tuesday’s election has been a long partisan battle as voters will pick either Mitt Romney or Barack Obama for president. But for some in the Sussex and Waukesha area, one race will be between two Republican candidates. State reps. Paul Farrow and Chris Kapenga are running for the 33rd Senate District seat that was vacated earlier this year by former Sen. Rich Zipperer. Zipperer was appointed as the deputy chief of staff and senior counsel for Gov. Scott Walker in July. Because the election is to fill the remainder of Zipperer’s term – through 2014 – a special election will be held Dec. 4. While Tuesday’s election is a Republican primary, there is no Democratic candidate, which signals for a win for whoever emerges from Tuesday’…
Candidates seeking election to state offices representing parts of Greendale, Greenfield, Waukesha and Muskego sparred on issues, including the blocked Voter ID bill, at a candidates forum Thursday.
The Democrats said mass voter fraud is a myth, while Republicans argued that voter fraud exists, but is nearly untraceable. The topic of the state's voter ID law ignited passion from area state Senate and Assembly candidates, as well as audience members, at a forum held Thursday in Greenfield that was sponsored by Patch and the League of Women Voters of Milwaukee County. “The reason I proposed it is because I think voting is the most precious right we have as citizens of democracy,” said State Rep. Jeff Stone, who authored the voter ID bill and running for re-election in the 82nd Assembly District, which includes Greendale and Greenfield. State lawmakers passed a bill requiring voters to show IDs before they cast their ballots, but two …
Sunday, October 28, 2012
A Waukesha resident urges support of Tommy Thompson for U.S. Senate on Nov. 6th, saying he has a proven record of working across the aisle and eliminating job-killing regulations.
Letter to the Editor: The Nov. 6th election is fast approaching. I am writing in support of Tommy Thompson for U.S. Senate. I remember when Tommy Thompson eliminated job-killing regulations that helped create 740,000 new jobs! Today he can help Scott Walker bring jobs back to Wisconsin! He was the tax cutter extraordinaire saving taxpayers more than $16 million, he knows the danger of the growing national debt and he’s prepared to cut spending and reform entitlements ASAP! If Harry Reid is still Majority Leader after Nov. 6th, moving forward with reforms will be so much more difficult; legislation will be blocked. We not only need to win the Wisconsin Senate seat to help gain the majority, we will need Tommy Thompson in the U.S. Senate …
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Capital funding would "increase efficiency, accuracy and timeliness of vote reporting," Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas says.
Waukesha County should budget funds next year to study and potentially upgrade its election equipment, Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas said Tuesday. Vrakas included $70,000 in the capital budget he plans to introduce Friday, according to a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel report. Vrakas said in a press release that he wants to study ways to better automate election results and avoid manual counting by municipalities. "Waukesha County is a rapidly growing County and in recent years the number of reporting units in the County has increased," Vrakas said. "This, coupled with the collecting, tallying and reporting vote totals, have made the process cumbersome. The goal is to automate and streamline the system as much as possible to prevent …
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
It was a tight race throughout the evening, but Wisconsin voters chose to go with a familiar face to challenge U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin in November.
There was only one thing certain heading into the U.S. Senate Republican primary election Tuesday — and it was that nothing was certain. Throughout the state’s five elections this year, perhaps no election gave voters such a perplexing choice as the four GOP candidates for U.S. Senate. Every candidate received an endorsement of some sort, and a clear favorite never emerged. But by the end of the night, former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson did something he had done many times before — win an election. Final unofficial results from the Associated Press show that Thompson posted a 3 percentage-point victory over his top rival, hedge fund manager and businessman Eric Hovde. Finishing in the second tier were state Assembly Speaker Jeff …
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Rep. Paul Ryan - just two days on the campaign trail with Mitt Romney - returned to thousands of supporters in Wisconsin Sunday during a homecoming rally in Waukesha.
There was no question Sunday: Presumptive Republican candidate Mitt Romney energized a Wisconsin conservative voting base by adding Wisconsin native Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate. Bumper-to-bumper traffic snaked along Highway 164 in Pewaukee all the way to the gates of the Waukesha County Expo Center. An estimated 13,000 supporters gathered to get a glimpse of the new Republican duo they hope to send to the White House in November. “What a homecoming for a terrific guy. I guess you think I made the right choice?” Romney asked the crowd – which responded with roars of approval. “I know I did.” Romney announced Ryan would be his running mate Saturday in Virginia, and the pair immediately hit the ground running making two campaign stops …
Friday, June 1, 2012
Voting in person at your municipal clerk's office ends at 5 p.m. today. Absentee ballots returned by mail must be postmarked by Election Day Tuesday and received by the clerk's office by June 8.
Today is the last day to vote absentee for Tuesday's historic gubernatorial recall election. Voting in person at your municipal clerk's office ends at 5 p.m. today. Absentee ballots returned by mail must be postmarked by Election Day Tuesday and received by the clerk's office by 4 p.m. June 8, according to the state Government Accountability Board. Other things to keep in mind if considering voting absentee: More information, including the "Top 10 Things a Wisconsin Voter Should Know for Election Day," is available on the state GAB website.
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
County Clerk Nickolaus under the spotlight again as changes in election procedures mean lengthy delay in tallying votes throughout the county.
Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus, who has been under fire for past election snafus, is at the center of attention again because new procedures in tallying votes resulted in lengthy delays in getting election results Tuesday. Nickolaus, who garnered national attention last April when her office made a mistake that flipped the outcome of a hotly contested state Supreme Court race, said she introduced new procedures Tuesday to follow guidelines set forth by the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, which oversees elections in the state. As a result, some elections results were not posted on the county's website until 6 a.m. Wednesday. Her office, which said it would post local results online, posted few results and asked the media …