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Reporter Adam Schrager travels to Appleton to show that while Wisconsin may still be divided, many are yearning to move beyond the recall elections.

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Vice-Chair of the Republican Party of Wisconsin Brian Schimming sits down with Anchor Frederica Freyberg for a post-recall Republican perspective.

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Wisconsin Education Association Council President Mary Bell discusses what the recall election results mean for the state's largest teachers union.

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Reporter Zac Schultz explores the impact the Senatorial recall elections will have on the state legislature.

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Host Michel Martin looks at the Paycheck Fairness Act, which was voted down this week. Disappointed supporters say the bill would have helped close the pay gap between genders. Plus President Obama enlists celebrities like Sarah Jessica Parker and Vogue editor Anna Wintours. Martin speaks with columnists Mary Kate Cary and Connie Schultz.

The final tally for campaign spending on the recall election isn't complete yet. But campaign finance watchdog Mike McCabe says once it is it will be the most expensive election in the state's history.

McCabe directs the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign. He says the final figure for the governor's race will be between $75 and $80 million double the record $37 million spent in the 2010 election. McCabe says 62 percent of Gov. Walker’s campaign contributions reported so far came from outside the state while Mayor Tom Barrett raised only 26 percent from out of state donors, "Most of that money came from people who couldn't vote in this election."

And McCabe expects that level of spending to continue in elections this fall. He says the deep pocket donors will spend that money because they expect a return on their investment from candidates in the form of government policies that will benefit them. He cites a recent report on...

For people who are repelled by recalls, here’s some good news. There probably won’t be a recall of Democratic state Sen. Bob Jauch. A Milwaukee-based group had promised to resume recall efforts of the northern Wisconsin senator as soon as this week’s recall ended, but they’re re-thinking it.

Citizens for Responsible Government spokesman Orville Seymour says they’re still discussing recalling Jauch, but they’re holding off for now, “There is recall burn-out.”

Seymour should know. He’s taken part in 30 recall efforts in the past decade. But he says this week’s recall sent a clear message, “They want the policies that Gov. Walker is espousing. That would include jobs and mining. I would hope, I would sincerely hope, that Sen. Jauch would see the handwriting on the wall. He can be the uniter here.”

For his part, Jauch thinks people resent his recall, “And they’re particularly troubled when a group like this, ideologically, single-interest group decides that...

In Tuesday’s recall elections, voters could pick candidates from two different parties in the governor and lieutenant governor races. Only two counties split the ticket.

It’s been 42 years since the Wisconsin legislature passed a constitutional amendment mandating that the governor and lieutenant governor be from the same political party. But recalls are different. Two out of the state’s 72 counties split the ticket and in both cases the elections were very close. In Eau Claire County, Gov. Walker won by 160 votes and Democrat Mahlon Mitchell won for lieutenant governor by nearly 300 votes. Rodd Frietag chairs the political science department at UW-Eau Claire. He says when the elections are this close mistakes are more visible, “I can only think that they were confused and didn’t quite know who to vote for, for lieutenant governor, and weren’t paying attention to the party label or maybe have some other grand design about what a form of government should...

In Tuesday’s recall race, Republican Gov. Scott Walker and Democratic challenger Tom Barrett for the most part carried the counties they won in the 2010 match up. But, there are some counties that flipped their votes.

In 2010, voters in Eau Claire, Trempealeau, Crawford and Green Counties leaned towards Barrett. This year, they went for Walker.

Walker won the recall race by a couple hundred votes in those counties. But in Trempealeau County, Republicans came out in force, racking up 57% of the vote.

Trempealeau County Republican Party Chair Dave Anderson says membership has really been growing over the last year. He says volunteers worked hard at phone banks, handing out yard signs, and other get out the vote efforts, “Of course we did have two parades prior to the election and we were out in force at those parades.”

Anderson also says they were able to focus their efforts on the recall race, “We didn’t...

Gov. Scott Walker began the day after his re-call election win with a stop at a factory in Oak Creek. There, he predicted creating what he called an "unbelievable" amount of jobs, now that uncertainty over state policy was settled with his win.

The governor says the recall cast a pall over small business owners who didn't know how the outcome may or may not have affected their companies.

Now Scott Walker says his decisive win will let businesses know his ‘reforms will continue,’ "As I heard from small business owners from one end of the state to the other that now they know it's going to continue, they know we're going to go forward and that means I think we're going to see people add an unbelievable number of jobs over the next couple of weeks, next couple of months, and certainly over the next six months."

In an initial campaign promise Walker pledged to...

Defeated gubernatorial candidate Tom Barrett says another state-wide campaign is not out of the question. Barrett says that he is open to future political opportunities, but he also says he’s glad to be back at his post as Milwaukee's mayor, “I’m never going to say no, I’m never going to say yes. I love being mayor. This was never ever about not enjoying this job. And it felt good to come back.”

Barrett is also responding to questions about a woman who slapped him in the face at his campaign party. The incident happened after Barrett’s concession speech and as he was greeting supporters. He says he was surprised by the woman’s actions, but understands her sentiments about the voting results, “Oh she was frustrated. I think she thought that people were still voting. My understanding was that voting had been completed. So I understand that people are frustrated. A lot of emotion has gone into this on both...

Gov. Scott Walker says he and his cabinet may adjust state administrative rules where possible, to help job growth. At least one Democratic lawmaker is concerned.

The Republican governor spent the first morning after his recall election victory touring a small manufacturing company in Oak Creek. During the event, Walker said he and his cabinet secretaries will be looking at changing some administrative rules, or enforcement of them.

Walker contends he's out to help small businesses create jobs and doesn't want to weaken environmental, health or safety protections.

Madison Democrat Brett Hulsey is on the state Assembly Natural Resources committee. He says he's concerned about Walker harming the environment.

Hulsey says Walker doesn't seem interested in compromise, despite the governor's promise of an upcoming brats, burgers, and beer gathering with all 132 state lawmakers.

Morning Edition

Public sector unions in Wisconsin targeted Republican Gov. Scott Walker and lost; he easily survived a recall vote. His victory leaves many asking the question: What's next for organized labor?

Democratic activists in Wisconsin say they're not angry with President Obama for avoiding recall politics. But they worry that the president's absence may have embittered some volunteers the campaign will need for the competitive presidential race in November.

All Things Considered

Robert Siegel speaks with Jeff Roe, Republican strategist and founder of Axiom Strategies. Roe is known for his often no-holds barred approach to campaigning and has been involved with successful wins for Tea Party candidates. He talks about what the results in the Wisconsin recall effort might mean nationally and what to expect in the 2012 race.

Talk of the Nation

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker survived his recall election, a victory that may signal trouble for Democrats at the national level come November. NPR's Political Junkie columnist Ken Rudin and Katrina Vanden Heuvel of The Nation talk about what Walker's victory means for progressives.

Republican state Sen. Terry Moulton beat challenger Kristen Dexter in Tuesday’s recall election.Sen. Moulton walked away with a win last nigh, coming in 14 percentage points over his Democratic challenger, Kristen Dexter. That’s in stark contrast to Dexter’s razor-thin victory over Moulton in a 2010 state Assembly race. At Eau Claire’s Fanny Hill Dinner Club, Moulton hugged his wife and family with tears in his eyes after he heard that he had survived the recall: “This is not the time to boastful or prideful or anything like that. I’m truly humbled that the voters have given me the opportunity to represent them and fill out my turn.”Moulton says his victory was in part due to people being fed up with the nonstop recall elections. He says the Republican wins resonated: “It’s a pretty clear message that people agree with the reforms that we did and those reforms are working, they are saving the state money and I believe we are...

Republican Scott Walker became the third governor in U.S. history to face a recall last night, and the first ever to retain his seat in such an election, defeating Democrat Tom Barrett by an even wider margin than when the two first met in 2010.With nearly all of the vote counted, Walker defeated Barrett by a 53-46 percent margin. Both candidates surpassed their 2010 vote totals but it was Walker who ran them up more.With all eyes on Wisconsin, Walker's victory speech in Waukesha was broadcast far and wide. Walker—the son of a preacher—made frequent reference to his religious faith, opening his speech by saying, “I want to thank God for his abundant grace.”The governor also used the spotlight to paint himself as a national and even a world figure, “Tonight, we tell Wisconsin, we tell our country and we tell people all across the globe that voters really do want leaders who stand up and make the tough decisions.”Walker...

Democrats won one of the four state Senate recall races last night, with John Lehman's very close win in southeast Wisconsin's 21st District. The margin of victory was about 800 votes.Addressing a small die-hard crowd of supporters at Racine’s Labor Center just before 1 a.m., Lehman claimed a razor-thin victory.If the victory withstands likely challenges, Lehman’s win over Republican incumbent Van Wanggaard would shift control of the Senate to Democrats, at least until the next election in November. Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca of Kenosha says he believes the switch will force Gov. Walker to live up to his word.Over at his campaign headquarters, Wanggaard declined to speak to reporters after Lehman’s victory speech.

State Democratic leaders say they have no regrets about the recall campaign against Gov. Scott Walker and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch that failed to remove the two Republicans from office.Walker and Kleefisch won relatively easy victories Tuesday against their Democratic opponents, but state Democratic Party chairman Mike Tate says he has no regrets about initiating the recall.Rashma Mchale says she worked very hard on getting out the vote for the recall. She says her only regret is the result of the election.Republicans and their supporters say the Walker win means good news for the state; Wisconsin Republican Sen. Ron Johnson says Walker and Lt. Gov. Kleefisch are leaders who have set an admirable example for the rest of the nation.The business group Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce says that thanks to Walker, Wisconsin now has a competitive advantage over states that didn’t make the same tough, but necessary choices to balance their budgets.

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