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On Politics: Elections officials vote to allow fake Dems on recall ballots
Wisconsin State Journal ^ | Tuesday, April 17, 2012 10:16 am | MARY SPICUZZA

Posted on 04/17/2012 9:04:05 AM PDT by knittnmom

The state elections board voted Tuesday morning to allow six Republicans to run as Democrats in upcoming recall elections against Gov. Scott Walker, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, and four Republican senators.

The Government Accountability Board said that the six candidates could not be blocked from running under Wisconsin law. The vote followed a board staff recommendation in a memo Monday that elections officials did not have the legal authority to keep the six fake Democrats, or "protest candidates," from the ballot.

The Republican Party of Wisconsin recruited six candidates — Gladys Huber, Isaac Weix, Gary Ellerman, Tamra Lyn Varebrook, James Engel and James Buckley — to run as Democrats in the recall elections. Republicans said the strategy made sure all six primaries will be held on May 8, and the general elections will be June 5.

Democratic Party of Wisconsin attorney Jeremy Levinson filed a complaint with the GAB accusing the candidates and the Republican Party of committing fraud and said they should be blocked from getting on the ballots. He accused the GOP of manufacturing a false primary.

"We need to take them at their word that this was the scheme to manipulate the elections that they told us it was," he told the board Tuesday.

Levinson added that "these kind of shenanigans and swindles cannot be allowed to continue."

But Joe Olson of Michael Best & Friedrich law firm, the attorney for the Republican Party of Wisconsin, told the board that Wisconsin's open primary system allows anyone to run and the elections are about "the will of the electors, not the will of the political elite." And he said there was nothing secretive about the GOP strategy.

"If it's public and obvious, how can it be secret and nefarious at the same time?" Olson said.

The board voted to deny the complaint after hearing from attorneys for Democrats and Republicans as well as Democratic recall candidate Lori Compas, who is challenging incumbent state Sen. Scott Fitzgerald, the Senate Republican leader, in the recall, warned of widespread confusion among voters.

"Just this past weekend a woman asked me for some sort of proof that I was the 'real' candidate," Compas said. "She asked me if the ballot would indicate which candidates were fake."

But elections staff said in the Monday memo "that Wisconsin law does not permit the board to deny ballot access to the protest candidates."

GAB staff counsel Mike Haas told the board that Wisconsin election laws do not require candidates to be members of the party they file to run as on ballots, and said elections officials can't investigate the motivations of candidates.

Copyright 2012 madison.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


TOPICS: Wisconsin; Campaign News; State and Local
KEYWORDS: governor; recall; walker; wisconsin

1 posted on 04/17/2012 9:04:15 AM PDT by knittnmom
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To: knittnmom
I can't quit laughing. Beat them at their own game, did we now? BWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

How does it feel, Dems? A confused lady asking if the word “fake” would be written next to the candidates that the dems don't want on the ballot. This is just too sweet.

They've managed to block voter ID so they can cheat in Acorn style again for this recall. This election is extremely important for this state. Keep the faith folks and just remember, dems. “ We will NOT stand down”.

2 posted on 04/17/2012 9:16:27 AM PDT by WaterWeWaitinFor (If we don't help make a change, then who will? It starts with us.)
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To: knittnmom

Back atcha, Dems. Remember the little game you played up in New York in 2010?

Payback’s a bitch, no?


3 posted on 04/17/2012 9:17:19 AM PDT by ScottinVA (A single drop of American blood for muslims is one drop too many!)
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To: knittnmom

fake Dems?

Is that anything like RINO’s and leftists who run as Republicans because there are so many Dems on the ballot?

Like Bloomberg or David Duke?

Usually fake Republicans get elected too, ask Sen Collins and Romney


4 posted on 04/17/2012 9:25:35 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: WaterWeWaitinFor
A confused lady asking if the word “fake” would be written next to the candidates that the dems don't want on the ballot.

This is easy to answer, "YES!" The people who are "fake" and lying to you about how much they care and what they plan on actually doing for the people of Wisconsin will have a "D" next to their name!
5 posted on 04/17/2012 9:29:09 AM PDT by ExTxMarine (PRAYER: It's the only HOPE for real CHANGE in America!)
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To: knittnmom

Funny thing is, Republicans were honest about what they are doing. The left invented this game and routinely denies its about “fixing” the election.


6 posted on 04/17/2012 9:35:24 AM PDT by Tenacious 1 (With regards to the GOP: I am prodisestablishmentarianistic!)
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To: Hunton Peck; Diana in Wisconsin; P from Sheb; Shady; DonkeyBonker; Wisconsinlady; JPG; bushwon; ...
"Borrowing" the Wisconsin Ping List.

Anyone have any ideas how we can promote one of the "fake" Democrats to have a chance in the primaries against Barret or Falk?

7 posted on 04/17/2012 10:38:12 AM PDT by knittnmom (Save the earth! It's the only planet with chocolate!)
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To: knittnmom

I don’t think there are any fake dems in the governor primary.


8 posted on 04/17/2012 11:01:29 AM PDT by Jean S
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To: knittnmom

That’s what I’ve been thinking about. Which of the “also rans” should we all vote for? Wouldn’t it be a riot to have Joe Nobody win?


9 posted on 04/17/2012 11:09:49 AM PDT by T. P. Pole
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To: knittnmom
Levinson added that "these kind of shenanigans and swindles cannot be allowed to continue."

Coming from a Wisconsin union-owned democrat.. ain't that rich??

10 posted on 04/17/2012 12:09:39 PM PDT by ScottinVA (A single drop of American blood for muslims is one drop too many!)
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To: knittnmom

Thank you.


11 posted on 04/17/2012 12:15:35 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: ScottinVA

If his statement were real money, we could ALL retire!


12 posted on 04/17/2012 12:26:50 PM PDT by knittnmom (Save the earth! It's the only planet with chocolate!)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

You’re welcome!


13 posted on 04/17/2012 12:28:01 PM PDT by knittnmom (Save the earth! It's the only planet with chocolate!)
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To: knittnmom

:: the strategy made sure all six primaries will be held on May 8, and the general elections will be June 5 ::

Not a move to confuse but a strategy to make certain each recall election would count votes on the same days and not string them out to cause “voter fatigue” (which I assume was the Dhimmicrat/Union strategy).


14 posted on 04/17/2012 12:38:19 PM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alterations - The acronym explains the science.)
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel

I know >I< was glad to hear they’d all be at the same time. I’m an election inspector for my community, and wasn’t looking forward to a string of elections!


15 posted on 04/17/2012 1:24:43 PM PDT by knittnmom (Save the earth! It's the only planet with chocolate!)
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To: knittnmom

ROTFLMAO!


16 posted on 04/17/2012 1:44:10 PM PDT by Ballygrl
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To: knittnmom

Reminds me of a great trick used against Congressman Jack Brooks (dim).

In 1994, Jack had been in Congress for 40+ years. He wielded incredible power, having been a close buddy of LBJ and Sam Rayburn.

Steve Stockman (pubbie) ran against him. Among other tactics, Steve found and recruited another guy named JACK BROOKS to apply and get his name on the ballot. The faux Jack withdrew after some union thugs came after him.

Steve ran a brilliant, grass roots campaign that should be studied by all. Through his church contacts, he recruited hundreds of home school moms who brought their children for a hands-on civics lesson. His campaign had minimal funding but over 2000 volunteers.

Steve was a lightning rod in DC with his zany sense of humor and loud rock&roll blasting down the hallways of the Congressional Office Building.

Sadly, he was ousted in 1996 by vote fraud.

We need more creative thinkers on our side.


17 posted on 04/17/2012 4:15:59 PM PDT by darth
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel

I still don’t get it. What other primary would be strung out? I’m not familiar with all the issues in WI.


18 posted on 04/19/2012 6:31:43 PM PDT by for-q-clinton (If at first you don't succeed keep on sucking until you do succeed)
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel

I still don’t get it. What other primary would be strung out? I’m not familiar with all the issues in WI.


19 posted on 04/19/2012 6:33:03 PM PDT by for-q-clinton (If at first you don't succeed keep on sucking until you do succeed)
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To: for-q-clinton

Not a primary. Recall elections.

If the several elections were separated and held on different days, the strategy would be that by the time the second or third election rolled around, most voters would be fatigued. The union members would then make up the majority of voters in those elections.

Many union members get to take an entire election day off, paid. So, they sleep in, go vote and head for the bar/liquor store and spend the rest of the day drunk as Susan Estrich.


20 posted on 04/20/2012 5:33:44 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alterations - The acronym explains the science.)
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel

Ok, but I’m still missing something.

Are the republicans “fake democrats” currently in office and are now listed as democrats so they can be on the democrat recalls election day?


21 posted on 04/20/2012 6:34:52 AM PDT by for-q-clinton (If at first you don't succeed keep on sucking until you do succeed)
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To: for-q-clinton

In the WI recalls, there must be a qualified competitor on the ballot or it is delayed. Note the term “competitor”. Recalls are non-partisan so party affiliation is moot.

Calling someobne a “fake democrat” is a diversion. One only needs to be a qualified “competitor”. The Dhimmicrat strategy of delaying the recalls by not qualifying anyone in these races backfired.


22 posted on 04/20/2012 9:34:04 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alterations - The acronym explains the science.)
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel
I found this in another article: The Republican Party openly recruited the candidates to run as fake Democrats. The move ensures a Democratic primary will be held in every race on May 8. That means no Republican incumbent will have to face a general election that day, when Democrats will be out in force to pick their gubernatorial challenger.
23 posted on 04/20/2012 10:15:37 AM PDT by for-q-clinton (If at first you don't succeed keep on sucking until you do succeed)
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