What’s happening in Wisconsin?

On June 5 the state votes in a recall election to choose its governor. The Republican incumbent, Scott Walker, is fighting to keep his job. A Democratic challenger, Tom Barrett, is fighting to take it. It’s a re-match from 2010 when Walker defeated Barrett 52% to 47%.

How come they’re having a new election so soon?

Walker had a four-year term but kicked a hornet’s nest in the form of public sector workers. He sought to remove collective bargaining rights from the unions and to cut workers’ health benefits and pension entitlements. He said it was to make the labour market more competitive and balance the budget. Opponents said it was Tea Party radicalism gone berserk.

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