Dear Commons Community,
The Wisconsin recall election of Governor Scott Walker (Rep.) and challenger Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett (Dem.) will be the political story today and tomorrow. Various polls show Walker edging out Barrett by a few percentage points. In addition to the governorship, there are four state senate seats also being contested. While substantively important in Wisconsin, this election also carries a lot of symbolic importance nationally as a referendum on state and local social programs, fiscal austerity and the influence of public employee collective bargaining.