After the recall elections in Wisconsin, which Governor Scott Walker (R-WI) won, our friends on the left took solace in the fact that they took control of the state Senate, 17-16.
Well, the Democratic leadership managed to urinate off state Senator Tim Cullen, a moderate Democrat from Janesville, and he has now withdrawn from the Democratic caucus, making the state Senate 16-16-1. If he chooses to caucus with the Republicans, the Republicans will retain the majority.
State Senator Rich Zipperer (R-Pewaukee) is due to resign on August 6, 2012, to become a deputy chief of staff for Governor Walker, which would leave the Democrats with a slim advantage, 16-15-1. The Lieutenant Governor, Rebecca Kleefisch, is a Republican, but the Lieutenant Governor in Wisconsin does not have a state Senate role, unlike such office holders in other states.
Right now, control of the state Senate depends on just how mad Senator Cullen is with his former Democratic allies. He was one of the fleebaggers who left the state to prevent a quorum, but he was one of the ones working on a compromise. The Republicans can easily offer him inducements to join their caucus as an independent; whether he will or not remains to be seen.