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June 5, 2012
It ranges from 28 to 42 percent already; it is a huge turnout. We could hit 80 to 88 percent.
Dane County Clerk Karen Peters • Discussing voter turnout for Tuesday’s recall election in Wisconsin, pitting Democrat Tom Barrett against Republican incumbent Governor Scott Walker. Peters’ estimates are based on historical tendencies for polling numbers to double during the 11am-4pm and 4pm-8pm time periods. In addition to Governor Scott Walker, Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch and four state Senators also face recall opponents of their own. Wisconsin readers, how long did you have to wait in line to vote today?  source (viafollow)
17:36 // 1 year ago
May 16, 2012
This is a six point lead and that is clearly an advantage with a little more than two weeks to go.
From Professor Charles Franklin at Marquette University Law School. New poll results were revealed Wednesday that Gov. Scott Walker leads Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett by six points. Professor Charles Franklin and Mike Gousha released the information during “On the Issues.” (via recallcentral)

Captain obvious with, even considering the obviousness of the point, a great point worth heeding. 

(via recallcentral)

20:45 // 1 year ago
May 1, 2012

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker raises $13 million in Q1

That’s approximately seven times what his primary competitors raised during the same period…combined. Tom Barrett, Democratic mayor of Milkwaukee, reported that his campaign has raised $831,508 since he announced his candidacy on March 30. Former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk’s campaign reported that she has raised $977,059 since joining the race on January 17. Outside analysts expect upwards of $60 million to be spent on the Wisconsin recall in total. source

14:17 // 1 year ago
April 20, 2012

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says he’ll prevail in recall

recallcentral:

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said his win in a June 5 recall election will push other politicians to work on reforms. He visited the Illinois Policy Institute, a conservative think tank, and spoke in front of 150 people at a downtown luncheon, the Chicago Tribune reports Friday.

“I think when we win, it will not only reaffirm what we did. It will send a powerful message to every politician…in our state and even in our city governments who are trying to take on the tough issues and do the right thing.”

Gubernatorial recalls are traditionally very difficult for non-incumbents to win, but it’s been done before — most prominently in 2003, when Arnold Schwarzenegger toppled unpopular governor Gray Davis in California.

19:22 // 1 year ago
February 20, 2012
If the unions win the recall, there will be no stopping union power.
Billionaire David Koch • Speaking about the Wisconsin recall efforts against Gov. Scott Walker. Koch made the comments during a recent speech after a benefit dinner, and were quickly backtracked by his spokeswoman, who clarified, “[Koch Industries thinks] the best workplace relationships are fostered when the employer works directly with its employees. It is a mischaracterization of our principles to say this means we oppose unions or want to dismantle all unions.” The Koch brothers find themselves under ever-increasing scrutiny for supporting political causes around the country, most notably the recall campaign of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. source (viafollow)
14:34 // 2 years ago
August 9, 2011
A second Democrat wins in Wisconsin. They need three for a majority. The third race currently favors the Democrat.

A second Democrat wins in Wisconsin. They need three for a majority. The third race currently favors the Democrat.

23:46 // 2 years ago
Know what this means? At least one Democrat won a recall election in Wisconsin. Right now it’s looking like two will probably win, with one toss-up favoring the Democrat.

Know what this means? At least one Democrat won a recall election in Wisconsin. Right now it’s looking like two will probably win, with one toss-up favoring the Democrat.

23:17 // 2 years ago
Don’t forget about Wisconsin today, guys: Today is a pivotal day in the state’s history, with six Republican state senators facing recall elections today. Two Democrats face a recall election a week from now. As a result, tons of money has flowed into the state in recent weeks — far more than one usually sees for elections of this nature. Depending on how things go, this could set the stage for the state’s future. As you might remember, Scott Walker kinda pissed off a lot of people earlier this year for his thus-far successful attacks on unions. We’ll keep an eye on the votes tonight.

Don’t forget about Wisconsin today, guys: Today is a pivotal day in the state’s history, with six Republican state senators facing recall elections today. Two Democrats face a recall election a week from now. As a result, tons of money has flowed into the state in recent weeks — far more than one usually sees for elections of this nature. Depending on how things go, this could set the stage for the state’s future. As you might remember, Scott Walker kinda pissed off a lot of people earlier this year for his thus-far successful attacks on unions. We’ll keep an eye on the votes tonight.

11:23 // 2 years ago
July 18, 2011

A quick-ish update on the Wisconsin situation

  • plan Democrats in Wisconsin are pushing hard to recall Governor Scott Walker for the draconian anti-union bill he pushed through the legislature this past Spring.
  • problem The recall election could fall on the same day as the GOP presidential primary, ensuring a large Republican turnout and possibly carrying Walker to safety. source

The Details: Stick with us here. In order to recall Walker, Democrats need to gather around 540,000 signatures (that number being 25% of the total votes cast for Governor last year); once this process starts, they’ll have sixty days to hit that target. If and when they do, state election officials will likely schedule the recall on the same day as the next major statewide election. The question is: When should Democratic operatives start gathering signatures?

  • on the one hand…This fall, recall elections against several state senators (of both parties) will have wrapped up. Some Democrats want to ride that momentum directly into the signature-gathering process, ensuring that they’re able to collect enough. The thing is, if they do it within that timeframe, the recall will most likely fall on the same day as the GOP presidential primary.
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  • on the other hand…Democrats could also wait longer to gather signatures, timing it so that the recall falls the same day Obama faces re-election. This would result in a much higher voter turnout for Democrats. However, Walker’s anti-union antics may have faded from the public consciousness by then, jeopardizing the Democrats’ ability to get enough signatures.

» The kicker: State Republicans, who would prefer the first scenario, are said to be considering launching a fake “Recall Walker” signature-gathering campaign in the fall, in order to force an early recall. Seriously, guys—who ever said politics was boring?

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23:02 // 2 years ago
May 31, 2011

More on the dueling recalls of Wisconsin state senators

Reader abandonedsandals sends along this note:

"Wisconsin board approves recalls against GOP, but not Dems" — I work part-time for one of the towns in SE Wisconsin, so I’ve been keeping an eye on this. I can tell you that there’s been efforts by those of us against Walker to screw up the petitions to recall the Democrats. Nothing formally organized, but we figure the more invalid signatures, the better it is for us. So for example, I actually live in Illinois, and the Kenosha area gets a lot of Illinois visitors (people who work up here like me, belong to organizations, and there are a lot of family members spread over the two states. You just get an Illinois resident to sign the petition — using their IL street address and a Wisconsin city & state. I’ve also heard at least one rumor of getting convicts to sign! 

Like I mentioned, I never saw any organized effort to screw up the petitions, just a lot of very angry Anti-Walker people talking about good ways to do it. So I suspect there will be a lot of those names being thrown out. 

(I’m old enough to remember Dick Tuck — so I love this.)

A fascinating footnote to our piece from earlier

20:14 // 2 years ago