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(AP) Former state Rep. Kristin Dexter has defeated fake Democrat James Engel in a state Senate recall primary. Preliminary results from Tuesday's elections show Dexter, an Eau Claire Democrat, with 63 percent of the vote. Engel, of Fall Creek, had 37 percent. Dexter advances to face Republican Sen. Terry Moulton of Chippewa Falls in a June 5 general recall election.
(AP) State Rep. Donna Seidel has defeated fake Democrat Jim Buckley in a Wisconsin Senate recall primary. Preliminary results from Tuesday's elections showed Seidel, a Wausau Democrat, with 63 percent of the vote. Buckley, of Antigo, had 37 percent. Seidel advances to face Republican Rep. Jerry Petrowski in a June 5 general recall election. Incumbent Sen. Pam Galloway resigned after Democrats forced her into a recall, leaving her seat open.
(AP) Fort Atkinson photographer Lori Compas has defeated fake Democrat Gary Ellerman in a recall primary to earn a chance to face Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald next month. Preliminary results from Tuesday's election show Compas with 71 percent of the vote and Ellerman, of Lake Mills, with 29 percent.
Preliminary results show Tom Barrett had 54 percent of the primary vote Tuesday as he goes on to face Governor Scott Walker in the June 5th recall election. Former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk was second with 37 percent. Secretary of State Doug La Follette got 3 percent followed by state Sen. Kathleen Vinehout with 4 percent. Vinehout says she's proud of the campaign she ran.
Meanwhile, Governor Scott Walker easily defeated former UW-L student, Arthur Kohl-Riggs, a Walker opponent running as a Republican.
You might be able to determine the immediate future of advocacy for Wisconsin AARP by the leadership that has been selected for the organization. Retired Gundersen Lutheran executive and current UWL instructor, Pat Killeen has been picked as the organization's next state president. Killeen served as Executive Director of Gundersen Lutheran Health Plan, Administrator of the La Crosse County
Care Management Program, and taught health care management at Globe University in La Crosse. AARP has recently begun a national awareness campaign about the future of Medicare and was a major player in getting federal health reforms passed.
(AP) One man who has cast his ballot for Scott Walker says the Wisconsin governor was ``duly elected.'' Seventy-seven year-old part-time plumbing and heating contractor Carl Schramm of Whitefish Bay says the recall election is ``stupid'' and ``costs a lot of money.'' But 41-year-old marketing consultant Amy Westrup of Whitefish Bay calls the chance to overturn the 2010 election result ``the ultimate mulligan.'' She voted for Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, one of four Democrats vying for the chance to unseat Walker in the general election on June 5. The others are Kathleen Falk, Secretary of State Doug La Follette and state Sen. Kathleen Vinehout. Gladys Huber is a Republican running as a Democrat. Walker faces token opposition in the GOP primary from Arthur Kohl-Riggs, a Walker opponent running as a Republican. Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and three Republican state senators also face recall elections. There is an election in a fourth Senate district where the Republican incumbent resigned.
(AP) A Minnesota Vikings executive says state lawmakers could sink a stadium deal by making it too hard on the club. Team vice president Lester Bagley made the comments Tuesday as the Senate prepared to vote on a stadium financing proposal. A day earlier, House members approved a stadium deal but added $105 million to the team's share. Bagley says stadium opponents will do all they can to derail the deal. He points to a Twins ballpark bill that cleared the Legislature in 2002, only to fall apart. It took the team another four years to win legislative support for a workable bill.