FROM Monica Davey
Democratic Long Shot Claims Victory in Wisconsin Judicial Race In the presidential battle-ground state of Wisconsin, obscure Democrat Joanne Kloppenburg is claiming victory by 204 votes out of one and a half million over David Prosser , a veteran Republican on the State Supreme Court. The office is actually non-partisan, but it was politics that made the difference, and it's all about Republican Governor Scott Walker's new law restricting collective bargaining for state workers. Monica Davey is Chicago Bureau Chief for the New York Times .
Bad-News Blagojevich Back at Work Barack Obama wants Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich to resign so a special election can fill his vacant seat in the Senate. Meantime, political fur continues to fly. Blagojevich is out on bond on charges of putting Obama's vacant Senate seat "up for sale." Today the governor went back to work, with his attorney saying there are no immediate plans for a resignation. Monica Davey is Chicago Bureau Chief for the New York Times .
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