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    E-mailers Strongly Support Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker

    E-mailers Strongly Support Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker

    The polls have tended to show that Democrats in Wisconsin are in a much stronger position than last fall as a result of the budget repair bill controversy.

    I’ve wondered whether voters minds really could have changed that quickly, and whether union intimidation tactics really have worked.  Has the majority really flipped to the side of big government public employee unions?

    While not a scientific measure, a sample analysis of approximately 50,000 e-mails sent to Gov. Scott Walker shows — contrary to the polls — strong support for the Governor’s position, as reported by JSOnline:

    Gov. Scott Walker was right when he said that emailers supported his stance on collective bargaining for public workers, a new analysis has found.

    The analysis of the emails released by Walker Friday was done by the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism.

    Their computer-assisted study of the emails released through a court settlement found strong support among emailers for Walker’s budget repair proposal, which would repeal nearly all union bargaining for public workers. But the margin was closer when only emails from Wisconsin residents were considered, the analysis found.

    The report also noted that public opinion polls don’t mesh with readers’ stances.

    Of all e-mails, the split was 62-32 in support.  While JSOnline correctly characterized the support of Wisconsin e-mailers as “closer,” the support still was quite strongly in favor of the Governor:

    “When the Center looked only at emails from Wisconsin, the margin was much slimmer, with 55 percent favoring his bill and 42 percent opposed.”

    So whether you look nationally or only in Wisconsin, there is a very sizable majority in favor of the Governor.

    Does this mean that the polls may not truly reflect both the electorate and the motivation of the respective sides?

    We’ll find out as the recall efforts move forward.

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    Hey Milwaukeean, after he won the special election, y'all re-elected him as Milwaukee County Executive … TWICE!

    Neomom, I was the first to say — if you read what I wrote before reacting — that Wisconsin has been badly led by governors from both parties for too long now. I begin to see the Illinois way of dealing with governors; they all belong in jail.

    Also read again, please, what I wrote about the requisite statutory trigger for a fiscal crisis. Wisconsin did not reach that. You could look it up.

    That does not mean, of course, that belt-tightening is not required; that's what we voted for in November. But that's why it also makes no sense for Walker to have added to the debt as he did with his initial series of bills. You could look up those, too. I hope that he comes back to his campaign promises.

    And no, I didn't go to MPS. But because I'm in Milwaukee, you and I know what that red flag means in one of the most segregated cities in the country. So I'm glad you're waving that flag in some other state now.

    Segregation? Professor – I believe we have a candidate for the Saturday night card game!

    MPS spends more per pupil than any other district in the state and has the worst results. Maybe that's because they have to spend another 72 cents on every salary dollar for fringe bennies. Because it sure isn't getting spent in the classroom. So yep, I am firmly supporting all of Scott Walker's efforts. Just like I did when in Milwaukee.

    btw – there are charter schools here that have over 70% poor and minority that have fabulous results. And they only receive 3/4 the state money than traditional public schools. Why? Because they focus on educating them, not on cramming for tests squeezed in between social justice lessons.

    Yes, neomom — surely, if you really lived in Wisconsin so recently, you saw the many studies reported in Milwaukee media, Madison media, etc., about the segregation here. Milwaukee is, as you must know, the only "majority minority" city in Wisconsin as of the 2000 census, and the recent census is expected to show increased concentration of minorities in the city of Milwaukee as well as increased white flight to burbs, especially ex-urbs in Waukesha County. (Incidentally, the county credited with electing Walker as governor.) But if you missed them, just google jsonline, for example, for studies by names like Doherty, Levine, Pawarasat, etc.

    As for your statement on charter school funding, now I really have to question that you actually lived in Milwaukee. Those of us who do know that we are taxed for two school systems, public and private (charter, voucher, choice, etc., the church and storefront schools) — and we know the studies that also show that extra money is not making a sufficient difference. And that's even though the charter and other non-MPS schools don't take students with special needs, disabilities, etc. But at least the charter schools did generally comply with accountability assessments required of MPS, while too many other alternative schools did not. So we got those goshawful storefront scam schools, since those who pushed the enabling legislation did not establish any oversight for decades.

    So, yes, K12 education in the city is sad. The Bradley Foundation, Ayres Foundation, and Archdiocesan pushes for school choice has not paid off. But now the plan is being pushed elsewhere in the country, which is even sadder for young students everywhere whose schooling already is suffering, as you say, from Bush's misguided "No Child Left Behind" emphasis on "teaching to the test."

    "Because they focus on educating them, not on cramming for tests squeezed in between social justice lessons. "

    I think you're leaving out some important elements in the public school mission: overpaying bureaucrats and funneling taxpayer dollars to the Democrat party!

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