News Archive for January, 2012

For Immediate Release: January 27, 2012

FM3’s Paul Maslin discusses Wisconsin Recall Election

WTMJ News Team: National pollsters weigh in on possible recall election

January 18, 2012

From the article:

MILWAUKEE- Both sides of the political spectrum seem very passionate, and anxious to get to the polls.

They report there was a full house at the luncheon at the Wisconsin Club Wednesday morning.

Two top national pollsters gave the audience their take on how people are feeling about a possible recall election.

Pollster Gene Ulm says Republicans will fight to keep their candidates in office.  “Republicans cannot be more enthusiastic.  The most dangerous place you ever want to be right now is between a Republican and the polling booth.  You’ll get ran over,” said Ulm.

Democratic pollster Paul Maslin is working with the Kathleen Falk campaign.  He says many Democrats are fed up with Governor Walker’s policies, and just don’t trust him.

Both pollsters say they expect the recall election to be very close, and will probably come down to which side is more enthusiastic.

For Immediate Release: January 5, 2012

Can Paul Ryan be beat? Opponent says he’s too extreme for the 1st District

Joe Tarr, Isthmus:  Can Paul Ryan be beat?

January 5, 2012

From the article:

Congressman Paul Ryan’s star shines bright in Washington. His “Roadmap for America’s Future” made him one of the Republican Party’s “deep thinkers,” and his name has been wistfully bandied about by some, including Sen. Ron Johnson, as a possible presidential candidate.

But Rob Zerban, who is challenging Ryan in Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District, thinks he is out of touch with the people he represents and is ripe for an upset.

“The ideas that he’s coming up with, trying to privatize Social Security and Medicare, these aren’t coming from within the 1st Congressional District,” Zerban says. “Who knows where they’re coming from. He’s pandering to special-interest groups that he’s getting a lot of money from.”

Democratic pollster Paul Maslin said last month that a fall poll of 405 likely voters found Ryan could be beat because his favorable ratings are on the decline. Could Ryan be vulnerable?

Zerban believes he is but knows it won’t be an easy battle, which is why he’s started his campaign early. “When you’re taking on an incumbent, people who wait to announce don’t have a chance of winning.”

Barry Burden, a UW-Madison political science professor, says it’s “not out of the question” that Ryan could lose. “He could be made unpopular with senior citizens. He could be linked to Scott Walker. But it’s a high hurdle.”

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