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Wisconsin: Worked-Up Unions

Wisconsin is the republic of political unhappiness. Six of 10 voters disapprove of Republican Governor Scott Walker, who picked a fight with public-sector unions by curbing their collective-bargaining rights. Labor mobilized, and voters bounced two state senators in recall elections in August. A campaign to oust Walker gets under way in November.

If unions succeed in getting the signatures necessary to put a Walker recall on the ballot next year, it could provide a boost for President Obama. “We’ve seen record turnouts since Scott Walker declared war on working people, and there is no sign of dissipation,” says Stephanie Bloomingdale, secretary-treasurer of the state AFL-CIO. “Scott Walker started something he never intended to start.”