I’d like to thank Mark Stalker for offering himself as a sacrifice to provide more evidence of how badly Wisconsin’s legislative districts are gerrymandered; unintended consequences and all that rot.
Low voter turnout makes it particularly valuable evidence. It’s not a secret that low turnout favors Republicans. High voter turnouts would have made it even more lopsided.
I do think Tip McGuire would have won regardless. The policies he favors align with those favored by the majority of Wisconsin’s electorate, to the tune of around 800,000 votes statewide for assembly seats.
As it turns out, our legislative Republicans don’t have a popular mandate for anything. That’s why they have to focus so much energy on preventing certain demographics from voting, and then pack any remaining uncooperative voters (still the majority) into a few urban districts that they can safely ignore.
I’m still baffled as to why Republicans so despise the cities that drive Wisconsin’s economy. I’m also baffled about Robin Vos’ laser-like focus on thumbing his nose at 70% of Wisconsinites to protect the private insurance industry that wedges itself between patient and doctor, only to suck money away from those doctors and other providers.
What value does your private insurance carrier add to your healthcare experience? If private insurance was such a great alternative to what every other developed country is doing, we wouldn’t be having this conversation. Medicaid wouldn’t even exist if not for the shortcomings of private insurance.
Unfortunately, Republicans’ contempt for the electorate isn’t limited to voting restrictions and healthcare policy. For instance, see their recent excuses for ignoring the dark store loophole referendums that passed with overwhelming bipartisan support.