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Since U.S. Senator Herb Kohl announced he would not seek reelection there has been much speculation about who would seek to replace him. The field of likely candidates continues to grow, and both parties are expected to hold primary elections.
The last of the nine Senate recall elections are over and the final result is a 17-16 Republican majority. Democratic incumbent state Sen. Robert Wirch and Jim Holperin held their seats in recall elections held yesterday, August 16th.
In the 12th Senate District, incumbent Jim Holperin (D-Conover) defeated challenger Kim Simac (R-Eagle River) by a 55/45% margin. This was the second recall attempt of his political career. In the 22nd Senate District, incumbent Robert Wirch (D-Pleasant Prairie) defeated challenger Jonathan Steitz (R-Pleasant Prairie) by a 58/42% margin.
Wisconsin has been in the national spotlight leading up to yesterday's recall elections. Besides the six Republicans on yesterday's ballot, two Democratic incumbents face recalls next week. A third Democrat survived a recall attempt last month. Below are the results of the races for six incumbent Republican senators.
The Republicans will continue to control the Wisconsin Senate, losing only two seats to the Democrats. Six Republican Senators faced unprecedented recall elections as a result of voting for Gov. Scott Walker's budget repair bill which contained numerous changes affecting public employee unions, including the controversial provision removing collective bargaining for most public employees.
Hamilton Consulting lobbyist and attorney Andrew Cook gave a presentation entitled Fairly Allotting Liability Among Defendants at the August 2, 2011 meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) in New Orleans.
The presentation discusses the different variations of joint and several liability, using Wisconsin as an example of how the law has changed over time.