Are conservatives selling a bill of goods again with the Wisconsin outcome? Author Thomas Frank and Harper Magazine's E.J. Dionne join Ed Schultz to discuss the latest.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker prevailed in his state's recall election on Tuesday, but is he now gunning for a prime speaking slot at the Republican National Convention in Tampa this year?
Commentator Abby Huntsman Livingston, MSNBC host Ed Schultz, The Huffington Post's Sam Stein, and MSNBC Political Analyst Richard Wolffe weigh in on Walker's victory during today's NOW With Alex Wagner.
"You got 37% of union households in Wisconsin voting for Scott Walker," Ed said. "The unions need to go back to the classroom and explain to their people that its important to vote for folks who got your best interest at heart."
3171 of 3424 Precincts Reporting - 93 percent
Scott Walker, GOP (i) 1,196,903 - 54 percent
Tom Barrett, Dem 1,010,862 - 46 percent
MORE RESULTS from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Live results for all races
9:51pm: NBC News declared Walker the winner.
9pm: NBC News declare both the governor and lt. governor's races in Wisconsin as 'Too Close to Call.'
Reverend Jesse Jackson told a crowd of voters last night that African-American and Latino votes in Milwaukee County could determine the outcome of the Wisconsin recall election. Rev. Jackson joins Ed Schultz to discuss the importance of the election.
Sunday night, Ed had chance to see firsthand the enthusiasm for the Wisconsin recall election.
The Rev. Jesse Jackson rallied hundreds of voters in northwest Milwaukee, calling this election one of biggest moments in the history of our democracy.
Jackson compared Gov. Scott Walker to the late segregationist Alabama Governor George Wallace.
"So now you have a governor: (George) Wallace did it in Alabama and now Walker in Wisconsin, trying to take back access to vote."
Ed asked Jackson about the comparison on Monday night’s show in Madison.
“Well, one has tried to block the vote and lost. And Walker is trying to stop the vote and will lose,” Jackson said to cheers from the crowd watching the interview in-person.
“The genius of the Wisconsin...here you have on sight, same-day registration, you can literally register and vote on the same day," Jackson continued. "And by using voter ID, he intended, in fact, to suppress that vote and to make it more difficult for seniors to vote, for minorities to vote, and he's losing those battles. So, anyone who seeks to block the vote must be seen as antithetical to democracy.”
MSNBC's Alex Wagner and the NOW panel talks with MSNBC colleague Ed Schultz from Wisconsin about tonight's recall election of Governor Scott Walker, and the lasting implications of the recall on unions and on the middle class in the state.
Watch Ed turn back an attempt by GOP strategist Phil Musser to equate Gov. Scott Walker's 8-1 spending advantage with union "boots on the ground" for Tom Barrett at 8:58 into the video.
A day before the election in Wisconsin, a new report is putting the Governor in a tough spot. Democratic challengers Tom Barrett and Mahlon Mitchell join Ed Schultz to discuss Walker's new problem and the ground game in Wisconsin.
After sixteen months of bitter wrangling over the direction not just of a state but of the national discourse about economic policy, budget priorities, the role of labor unions in the public sector and democracy itself, Wisconsin will decide today on whether to bounce Governor Scott Walker—the primary American proponent of a European-style austerity agenda based on cuts to wages, benefits, public services and public education—from the position he won in the 2010 “Republican Wave” election.
Walker is only the third governor in American history to face a recall election. And he is the first to be challenged by progressives.
So how will it finish? Will it finish?
Ed Schultz, host of The Ed Show on MSNBC, talked with Rachel Maddow Friday about the Republican plan to destroy unions and what's at stake in next Tuesday's recall election in Wisconsin.
Find out where Ed Schultz will be headed to this weekend, as the recall election comes down to the wire in Wisconsin.
Here's where Ed will be today, Saturday, June 2 (all times CDT):
12pm -- Racine Labor Center in Racine, Wisconsin
3pm -- Echo Lake Park in Burlington, Wisconsin
7pm -- Al Ringling Theater in Baraboo, Wisconsin
Democratic Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett showed a lot of "give 'em hell" Harry Truman fight during last night's second and final Wisconsin gubernatorial recall debate.
An amazing exchange began when Republican Gov. Scott Walker, under questioning about the “John Doe” investigation of some Walker’s former aides, brought up a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel story that found the Barrett's police department had under-reported violent crime rates by classifying some incidents as minor assaults.
Barrett accused Walker of running an inappropriate attack ad based on the crime stats story. Watch the Walker ad:
Barrett compared the Walker ad to the infamous Bush "Willie Horton" ad of the 1988 presidential campaign against Democrat Mike Dukakis.
"He’s running a commercial right now that shows a dead baby. He shows a picture of a dead baby. This is Willie Horton stuff,” said Barrett.
“That baby died. The person who killed that baby was arrested by the Milwaukee Police, was prosecuted by the Milwaukee county district attorney. They did their job. But you know what they did wrong? After the baby died, they didn’t change the code. It was a bureaucratic mistake."
"I’ll tell you right now, I had nothing to do with that," Barrett continued. "Look at that commercial. You should be ashamed of that commercial, Scott Walker.”
Walker contended the attack was legitimate because Barrett had campaigned on a downturn in violent crime in Milwaukee.
Barrett retorted: “I have a police department that arrests felons. He has a practice of hiring them.”
Ed will have expanded coverage of the Wisconsin recall with John Nichols, Washington Correspondent of The Nation, tonight onThe Ed Show at 8pET on MSNBC! Ed will also be live from Wisconsin on Monday and Tuesday, June 4-5.