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According to recent polls, Gov. Scott Walker leads Democratic challengers Tom Barrett and Kathleen Falk, with the recall primary less than two weeks away. Walker had been trailing the leading Democratic opponents, Kathleen Falk and Tom Barrett, in earlier polls.
Although the recall elections have accelerated the process and drawn the attention of election-watchers away from the general elections, the biennial fight for control of the Wisconsin legislature has quietly begun. Candidates for office this fall can now officially circulate nomination petitions.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court declined to hear challenges to the state’s new voter ID law. This means there is not enough time for the cases to be resolved before the May 8 primary and June 5 recall elections, so the injunctions barring implementation of the law will remain in place.
On April 11, 2012, a panel of three federal judges accepted the Democrats' revisions to two Milwaukee state assembly districts. Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen is appealing the panel’s decision to the United States Supreme Court, which will have the final say in where Wisconsin’s voting district lines lie.
Gov. Walker’s Executive Order #61 Relating to Job Creation and Small Business Expansion asks all state agencies to conduct a thorough review of regulations, and to recommend for possible elimination, outdated and overly cumbersome regulations that provide no or little demonstrable benefit.