Featured St. Norbert’s College Lecturer: Dr. Ivy Cargile
Date: Saturday, January 24, 2015
The eyes of the nation, once again, fell on Wisconsin’s gubernatorial election. The incumbent governor, Scott Walker who is a Republican candidate with a national name, landed in a tough race against the Democratic challenger Mary Burke. The polls have continuously showed how unpopular Scott Walker is with some Wisconsin voters. For several reasons, some Wisconsin voters are weary of another four years with Walker. As a result, he landed in a tight race for re-election in the 2014 Midterm elections. Mary Burke, the state’s former Commerce Department secretary rivaled him in what became a difficult election for both camps. Throughout the remaining weeks of the election Wisconsin voters, and the nation, are focused on what issues – pay equality, job growth and many others – will tilt the election in any direction. Several different aspects of this contested battle for the governor’s mansion will be discussed along with the issues that matter to voters. Some of the questions considered are who did voters elect and why? How did the issues that voters care about fare in this election? Is the state ready for a change in statewide politics?