Wednesday, June 6, 2012

On, Wisconsin!

On, Wisconsin! On, Wisconsin!
Grand old Badger State!
We, your loyal sons and daughters,
Hail thee, good and great.
On, Wisconsin! On, Wisconsin!
Champion of the right,
"Forward", our motto,
God will give thee might!

 Last night was a mostly good night for the GOP in Wisconsin. I say mostly because they lost one of the State Senate recall elections which will give the Democrats control of the Wisconsin State Senate by a 17-16 margin.

Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI), Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch (R-WI), and three Republican state senators won their recall elections yesterday. The lone Democrat to win was John Lehman who beat the incumbent Van Wanggaard in Racine. Lehman had previously held that State Senate set so he wasn't an unknown to the voters and, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, that district is one of the most competitive in Wisconsin.

Regarding John Lehman, he had served in the State Assembly for five terms and then one term in the State Senate. The only thing I can find on his campaign website regarding gun rights is this:
We cannot afford to have concealed weapons in our schools and we need to trust our local elected officials when deciding where weapons are permitted or prohibited.
Other than that, I'm not sure how a Democrat controlled State Senate will impact gun rights in Wisconsin. According to Wisconsin Gun Owners, both Lehman and Wanggaard were rated "F" on gun rights in their first match-up in 2010. Moreover, Wanggaard was not one of the sponsors of the bill approving shall-issue concealed carry in Wisconsin though he did vote for final passage of the bill. That bill passed the State Senate 25-8 which means it was passed with both Democrats and Republicans voting for it.

As with anything political, only time will tell how the change in control of the Wisconsin State Senate will impact gun rights in the Badger State.

1 comment:

  1. There are two reasons that you don't have to worry about a "Democratic controlled" State Senate.

    1. They aren't meeting until the next election.
    2. Redistricting

    They appear to have won a single seat to a legislative body that will not be doing anything until the next time they have to be elected, and the Republican controlled redistricting process means that the R's are supposed to pick up two seats just due to the new districts.

    Can you say "Pyrrhic Victory?" I knew you could.