By Wisconsin Reporter
MADISON — While protesters greeted Gov. Scott Walker this week as he spoke in Springfield, Ill., a new poll bolstered Walker's campaign as he heads toward a June 5 recall election.
Partisans, meanwhile, are bickering over what a new school staffing report indicates, and voter ID lawsuits won’t be skipping any steps, the state Supreme Court said.
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Walker spoke to a crowd of about 300 lobbyists, lawmakers and members of the business community at the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel and Conference Center in Springfield, Ill. Walker's speech was part of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce and National Federation of Independent Business lobby day in the state's capital city.
Walker used the half-hour speech to highlight his fight against “a handful of big union bosses,” while emphasizing budgeting that allowed Wisconsin to dig itself out of a $3.6 billion deficit without increasing taxes.
“There’s always been this false choice, between either raising taxes or cutting core services,” he said. “Who amongst you in business would say, 'You know what, times are tough so I’m going to double the price of my product?’”
Hundreds of union members protested Walker’s arrival, largely due to the changes he pushed through in Wisconsin last year that limited collective bargaining for most public union workers.
“This is Illinois," said Mack Julion, president of the National Association of Letter Carrierswith 46 locals in Illinois. "This is a blue state. This is a worker state. We don’t need those kinds of policies here in Illinois. We sit down at the table. We negotiate. We bargain.”
Walker is gearing up for what may be the ultimate test of the popularity of his governorship — his June 5 recall election.
According to a new poll from Democratic firm Public Policy Polling, Walker leads all of his likely Democratic foes, who will face each other in a primary May 8.
The poll, conducted April 13 through 15 for the liberal Daily Kos blogger site, had a margin of error of 2.9 percent.
PPP's poll also shows Democrats lagging behind in recalls of four GOP senators.
- Kristen Dexter trails Terry Moulton 41 percent to 51 percent, with 8 percent undecided
- Rep. Donna Seidel, D-Wausau, trails Rep. Jerry Petrowski, R-Marathon, (the GOP’s replacement for Sen. Pam Galloway, who resigned), 37 percent to 51 percent, with 12 percent undecided.
- Lori Compas trails Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, 40 percent to 54 percent, with 6 percent undecided.
The margin of error ranged from 3.5 percent to 3.9 percent, depending on the question.
Democrats need to pick up one seat to take a 17-16 majority in the state Senate.