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Wisconsin Playing the Recall Card. Dems Mount Recall Effort Against 8 GOP Senators.
National Review ^ | 03/11/2011 | Katrina Trinko

Posted on 03/11/2011 7:18:18 AM PST by SeekAndFind

Because of their vote on Wednesday night to limit collective bargaining for some public workers, eight GOP Wisconsin state senators may face recall elections in the coming weeks.

“The national unions and the Democrats nationally have really decided that they’re going to try to make Wisconsin an example for other states,” says Mark Jefferson, chairman of the Wisconsin Republican party. Their message is, he says, “If you intended to pursue these reforms, we will intimidate you as best we can, and there will be retribution.”

To recall a state senator in Wisconsin, a group needs to file a petition, and then collect signatures from eligible voters in the senator’s district. The number of signatures required is 25 percent of the number of votes cast in that district in the last gubernatorial election. Wisconsin law also requires that a politician have been in office a year before any recall election can occur, which is why not all 18 GOP senators are facing recalls.

On Tuesday, the Wisconsin Democratic party reported that it had about 15 percent of the signatures it needed. On Thursday, Democratic spokesman Graeme Zielinski reported that updated numbers were not available, but that the number of signatures “absolutely has increased.”

“We raised $250,000 in the last twelve hours alone [i.e., the hours immediately after the vote] to support these recall efforts,” he adds, “because people are spitting mad. People are itching for some way to talk back to Scott Walker. The recall is now the most immediate way that they can help.”

Jefferson acknowledges that the recall efforts against Republicans “are clearly very real.” “The Democrats have raised a couple million dollars already, when you put together what the state Democratic party has raised and the Democratic senate campaign committee,” he says. “And the outside groups, they’ve turned their stunt into a campaign cash cow. They’ve got the resources to pump out there.”

“We’re definitely taking it seriously,” agrees Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald.

After filing a recall petition, organizers have 60 days to collect signatures. If they gather enough signatures, state law requires a period of at least 31 days for reviewing and validating those signatures. If the result is that there are enough legitimate signatures, an election is scheduled for six weeks later.

Republicans have mounted recall efforts of their own against the eight Democratic senators eligible for recall. Jefferson says there’s “a lot of enthusiasm on the ground right now” for the recalls of Democrats, but he has not yet released any numbers on how many signatures have been gathered.

Republican state senator Randy Hopper, who is being targeted for a recall, says that recall threats had been used earlier to “to try to bully members of my caucus into voting a different way.” He adds that the prospect of a recall election is “really the last thing on my mind.”

“My colleagues and I have received substantial death threats today,” Hopper says. “So thinking about politics right now really isn’t something that is a priority to me.”

He also sees significant differences between the Democratic and Republican recall efforts. “My colleagues and I are being targeted for standing up and doing our job,” he says. “We’re being targeted because people don’t like the decisions we’ve made or the votes that we’ve cast. I think that’s very different from the recalls going on against a group of people who refuse to do their jobs, who refuse to be here working on behalf of their constituents.”

For the Democrats, the magic number is three: If they succeed in recalling three Republicans, the senate will flip to Democratic control. And they are not concerned about losing any seats themselves through recall elections. Talking about the Republican recall efforts, Zielinski says, “They have no momentum.”

Gov. Scott Walker will not be eligible for a recall effort until next year. But Zielinski says the Democratic party will definitely target him then.

Jefferson calls the possibility of a Walker recall “not likely at all.”

“I think people are going to, over time, appreciate the reforms that will have been implemented,” he says.

Jefferson is also confident that if recall elections occur, the Republican senators “will survive.”

“I think we’ll withstand it, but only if we are able to mobilize our people and counter what the Democrats are doing,” Jefferson explains. “We’re never going to match them dollar for dollar. We know that. But we do have a lot of taxpayers out there who have been waiting for these types of reforms to take place. And we think they’re going to stand strong on election day.”

— Katrina Trinko is an NRO staff reporter.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: Wisconsin
KEYWORDS: democrats; gop; recall; wisconsin; wisconsinshowdown
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1 posted on 03/11/2011 7:18:20 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Why arent R’s talking recall for 14 senators????


2 posted on 03/11/2011 7:19:16 AM PST by GoCards (Why me? Why not me?o)
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To: GoCards

I believe they are..............


3 posted on 03/11/2011 7:19:52 AM PST by Red Badger (How can anyone look at the situation in Libya and be for gun control is beyond stupid. It's suicide.)
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To: SeekAndFind
The democrats are determined to make this a fight to the death.

Its one the republicans cannot lose. All they need to do is SHOW UP.

4 posted on 03/11/2011 7:20:17 AM PST by skeeter
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To: SeekAndFind

Watch the money roll in for this from the unions and all the democrat organizations.

Union people are so abused but they will give up the grocery money for this effort...


5 posted on 03/11/2011 7:21:40 AM PST by Thank You Rush
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To: GoCards

They are.


6 posted on 03/11/2011 7:21:40 AM PST by SeaHawkFan
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To: SeekAndFind

I’d send them money to help the GOP.


7 posted on 03/11/2011 7:22:34 AM PST by Lazamataz (NPR is the ACORN of the media world.)
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To: SeekAndFind

The Democrats may be able to unseat a few RINOs but basically they’re wasting their money recalling senators from safe districts.

All this to overturn a law they don’t like. Now they know how we feel about Obamacare.

What I can say is, welcome to the club!


8 posted on 03/11/2011 7:23:36 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: GoCards

There are 8 Dems that are eligible for recall and 3 that will likely have to face a recall election. The others are in strong D’ districts.

Sen. Fitzgerald just mentioned on Sykes that the R’s are already activating their election teams from last year in preparation.

A couple of R’s may make it to recall election, but I think there’s a danger of losing only one seat if any...Dems would be vulnerable in all 3 recalls.


9 posted on 03/11/2011 7:24:56 AM PST by MNlurker
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To: Thank You Rush

It’s OK for them and Soros and other rich Socialists to send money to the Unions, but God forbid that any Conservatives support the WI GOP.


10 posted on 03/11/2011 7:27:52 AM PST by mortal19440
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To: MNlurker

The Democrats effort may enhance the WI GOP Senate majority.

But when you’re in a temper tantrum, its hard to think long term.

And will their union buddies have enough cash on hand to help them by the time a recall election is held?

The upside is they’ll have less money on hand for the 2012 general election and without enough money in the till, WI could even go Red. That should scare the bejesus out of them!


11 posted on 03/11/2011 7:30:34 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: SeekAndFind

Palin - Walker 2012?


12 posted on 03/11/2011 7:32:35 AM PST by Walts Ice Pick
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To: SeekAndFind
They're desperate. One recall would be hard enough.

This will just burn through what remaining extorted cash they have.

13 posted on 03/11/2011 7:32:35 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum ("If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun." -- Barry Soetoro, June 11, 2008)
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To: SeekAndFind

What a childish move on the part of the rats...you LOST the election; deal with it.


14 posted on 03/11/2011 7:33:07 AM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: SeekAndFind

all being led by this white house.

Time for the GOP to do ethic complaints and do recalls on those who run away and not do their job but then say and moan about the republicans have ruined the democratic process.

You couldn’t even make this stuff up when it comes to hypocrisy.


15 posted on 03/11/2011 7:33:32 AM PST by manc (Shame on all who voted for the repeal of DADT, who supported it or never tried to stop it. Traitors)
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To: SeekAndFind

I got an email that says Democrat organizations like Organizing for America have already raised $1.5 million. I don’t think our side is raising similar amounts.


16 posted on 03/11/2011 7:34:04 AM PST by lasereye
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To: GoCards

The Rs tried. The union thugs, under the watchful eyes of the union police, busted up the petition efforts.


17 posted on 03/11/2011 7:36:10 AM PST by Ingtar (Together we go broke (from a Pookie18 post))
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To: SeekAndFind
GOP wake up - fight fire with fire. Recall the RAT FLEEbaggers.
18 posted on 03/11/2011 7:36:23 AM PST by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: who knows what evil?

I always try and turn the facts 180 to see how it would work and how it would be reported.

so lets say the MA GOP who are in a minority left for NH.
The republican voters storm the state house,.
trap Barbey frank, Kerry etc in their offices.
Republicans then threaten those reps
Republicans then protest outside their houses thus causing grief to their families.
Then death threats are done to the reps.
Republicans damage the state house

Would the media then cover that angle the very same as they are now?

HELL NO
The corrupt media even named the tea party as dangerous, violent etc with no evidence and yet they say this is peaceful.

Obama would get his knockers in a twist and say knock it off and that the Govt will not back down to tuggery


19 posted on 03/11/2011 7:38:44 AM PST by manc (Shame on all who voted for the repeal of DADT, who supported it or never tried to stop it. Traitors)
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To: goldstategop

What happened to the recall the democrats that fled move?

Given their stupid comments on the floor and in the media, it should be very straight foward to recall the flea bag democrats.

AND

remember union dues are now VOLUNTARY, people can ask for those dues to not be taken out of their paychecks!


20 posted on 03/11/2011 7:40:07 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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