The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s political bias is again on display in its coverage of
’s assembly elections held yesterday. Wisconsin
Three special elections were held in districts that had been represented by Republicans. Two of districts are so reliably Republican that the outcome was never in doubt.
But the 94th Assembly District which has been held by the Republicans for 16 years is more evenly divided.
The seat opened up when 94th District incumbent Mike Huebsch was appointed secretary of the Department of Administration by Governor
. Here the election became a referendum on Walker. Walker
The winner- Democrat Steve Doyle, an attorney and the Onalaska County Board chair, who won with 54% of the vote despite being heavily outspent by the Republicans.
Doyle’s victory was a decisive repudiation of the Governor and his war on public employees in a community that had long leaned Republican.
The 94th Assembly District is one of three assembly districts in the 32nd Senate District where incumbent Republican Senator Dan Kapanke is being challenged by Democratic State Representative Jennifer Schilling in a July recall election. As a result, this assembly race was an especially important preliminary event for both parties.
Doyle’s decisive victory demonstrates that the anger over
Walker’s effort to strip public employees of their collective bargaining rights remains high; that the opposition to Walker has become a potent electoral force; and that political momentum, at least in Western Wisconsin, is with public workers and their allies.
Yet the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel doesn’t mention that Doyle’s election was a repudiation of
’s agenda. In fact, the headline, “GOP wins 2 of 3 assembly seats” suggests that the election was a victory for the GOP and Walker. Walker
Nothing could be further from the truth.