WI Union Debate Overshadows Politics Across State

By: TODD RICHMOND - Associated Press Writer
By: TODD RICHMOND - Associated Press Writer

The passions that filled the Wisconsin Statehouse with protests have cast a long shadow across the state's political landscape, influencing even small-time races for mayor and village boards.

Those nonpartisan jobs are usually focused on matters such as parking meters, garbage collection and snow removal. But since Gov. Scott Walker's battle with public employee unions erupted, some local candidates have complained that voters don't want to talk about anything else.

In this month's local elections, some candidates seized the opportunity to tap into the fury of Walker's opponents. Others who backed the governor stood their ground and prevailed.

The debate won't end soon. Recall attempts are under way against some state senators. Those efforts, along with a legal challenge to the law, are sure to stir the controversy for months.

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