Skip to comments.Wisconsin recall elections something of a mess
Posted on 03/10/2012 7:31:55 AM PST by Kaslin
Lest we lose sight of it amid all of the presidential primary news, Wisconsin is going to hold some recall elections. The people have spoken! Petitions have been gathered and now the democratic process will play out in true blue American fashion. So… just when will we be seeing these elections take place? Even the people in charge don’t seem to be exactly sure.
The head of the Wisconsin state elections board recommended Friday that any recall elections against Gov. Scott Walker and five other Republicans be held on May 15 and June 12…
The full board was to discuss the issue Monday and if it agrees, ask a Dane County judge for more time on Wednesday.
The attorney for Democrats who launched the recall efforts said he would oppose the request in court.
“That seems totally unreasonable and unnecessary and it would change the character of the election,” attorney Jeremy Levinson said. Democrats have consistently argued the recalls should be held as soon as possible.
Republican Party spokesman Ben Sparks refused to comment on the proposed election dates. Instead, he reiterated the party’s position that multiple recalls be held on the same dates to cut down on election expenses. The elections board has also advocated for scheduling only two election dates.
Under the last order we heard about, a primary would be held on May 1st and the general election on May 29th. And let’s not forget that the Badger State has a presidential primary coming up on April 3rd. Are you starting to see why the Republicans might be having some questions which have nothing to do with whether or not the governor is facing a recall?
Wisconsinites (is that even a word?) are now looking at holding three different statewide elections in less than sixty days. Somebody has to pay for all of that, and it’s not as if they’re rolling in money as it is. Oddly enough, astute observers may recall that this is one of the reasons Walker ran in the first place.
Speaking of which, the Democrats who collected all of those recall signatures are still crying foul play regarding Walker’s performance vs his campaign promises. How could anyone have known that the guy was going to go all Walker Texas Ranger on the unions once he got into office? They were tricked!
Earlier this week, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that one of the Democrats hoping to challenge Walker, Kathleen Falk, “repeatedly accused Walker of being dishonest during his 2010 campaign, citing as a prime example his decision to all but eliminate collective bargaining for most public workers even though he didn’t talk about it during his run for office.”
Pretty sneaky, Governor Walker. How did you ever get them to fall for that trick? Oh… that’s right. You told everyone you were going to do it while on the campaign trail.
Yet an August 2010 Sentinel article, written in the heat of Walker’s run for governor, explored his reform plans. Even back then, unions were already signaling their overwhelming opposition:
The state’s powerful teachers union opposes Walker’s plan and is signaling a fight over it if Walker is elected and moves the idea forward.
“Our members oppose taking away their rights to collective bargaining, so they would definitely raise their voices against it,” Christina Brey, speaking for the Wisconsin Education Association Council, said of Walker’s plan.
The August 2010 article went on to say:
Ryan Murray, campaign policy adviser for Walker…said school districts often have some of the most expensive health benefits in Wisconsin and could receive cheaper insurance through the state if they didn’t have to negotiate with unions about who would insure their members.
“The way the proposal would work is we would take the choice out of the collective bargaining process,” Murray said.
I suppose we should feel a little sympathy for Ms. Falk and her current state of confusion. After all, this is American politics we’re talking about here. They’re probably not used to seeing politicians run for office and then actually do what they said they would do once they’re elected. Who could have seen that coming?
Marxists thrive on chaos and confusion.
just wait ,there will be a problem with Walkers paper work ,so sorry can’t run it this one.
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Create a problem and then create a greater problem alleviating the effects of the first problem created and so on and on it goes in a liberal Utopia....
I love the smell of union money circling the drain in the morning.
Earlier this week, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that one of the Democrats hoping to challenge Walker, Kathleen Falk, "repeatedly accused Walker of being dishonest during his 2010 campaign, citing as a prime example his decision to all but eliminate collective bargaining for most public workers even though he didn't talk about it during his run for office." Pretty sneaky, Governor Walker. How did you ever get them to fall for that trick? Oh... that's right. You told everyone you were going to do it while on the campaign trail... an August 2010 Sentinel article, written in the heat of Walker's run for governor, explored his reform plans.IOW, Kathleen Falk is just a liar.
I firmly believe that ifthey succeed in taking Walker down, it is all over for America. And I am not exaggerating. Not only do I believe Walker to be a great Goverrnor, I hope he runs for President one day...
The GAB did everything it could to obfuscate and delay access to the recall petitions, and now it’s whining because it needs more time to do it’s job. It’s a freak show of incompetence and the once good thing out of all this is, the people of WI are so frustrated and fed-up over it all that there WILL be reform of the recall process, hopefully sooner rather than later.
The other good news is that the DEM challenger to Gov. Walker (Kathleen Falk) is a huge lib, and pretty well despised outside the Mad City. A Nancy Pelosi of the Cow Pasture, you might say...and meanwhile Walker’s reforms are producing jobs at the same time the partisan RATs blew both feet off and alienated their Union Pals by killing the mining bill. Who’d have thunk even THEY were that dumb??
If Wisconsin recalls Walker, the people of that State deserves everything that happens. The Unions are nothing but a bunch of moochers, thugs and crooks. Wisconsin will look like Detroit in a short time.
“So just when will we be seeing these elections take place? Even the people in charge dont seem to be exactly sure.”
Hopefully this will turn even more people against the recall. A Scott Walker landslide would be priceless.
They know they are losing. The only way they can win is if they make it difficult for an average citizen to vote while they foist an organized and dishonestly inflated effort. This is about cutting citizen participation with lies, confusion, and fatigue, in that order. How do citizens vote if they don't know when or where?
If Walker holds on, he should purge the entire department of elections, decertify its union (ala Reagan), and start over. If there is a recall process for judges, he should make up a list and get going. This is war. It's time to stop playing like it isn't.
The Milwaukee DA has been investigating Walker’s county administration staff for the past year and a half. They may or may not have informed Walker that he us a target, but it is obvious the intent is to cast doubt on Walker right up until the June 12th election.
The Slave Party doesn’t have to “pull out all the stops.” There aren’t any.
Unions can't exist in today's labor market without compulsory membership, compulsory dues, workplace intimidation and corrupt public officials. The average taxpayer of both parties is learning that public union pension insolvency threatens the survival of government on all levels. Having the majority of rank-and-file news media unionized obscures the growing danger.
The “Stimulas,” ObamaCare and Dodd-Frank were designed primarily to create new bureaucratic monoliths which will be staffed by employees who are union members and Democrats. Only when viewed in that light do these mammoth Rube Goldberg contraptions make sense.
Whether he survives or not Governor Walker, along with Christie, Daniels and others have become the model of what a post-corruption, post-union governor looks like. God bless them all.
“A Scot Walker landslide would be priceless.”
If that were the case, widespread irregularities, disenfranchisement, and general election fraud would be charged on the part of the Republicans.
(The only acceptable outcome to Progressives would be a loss by Mr. Walker.)
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You posted links to a lefty poll and lefty websites.
Walker isn’t losing the base. Period.
I posted two links to outside support for Scott Walker, and one link to a sidebar topic here on FR. I deliberately chose not to make those lefty ones live.
No, people can bitch and moan about a close result. But there’s nothing to do after a big defeat but hang your head.
“No, people can bitch and moan about a close result. But there’s nothing to do after a big defeat but hang your head.”
Progressives don’t accept election results without claiming unfairness, disenfranchisement, racism, or whatever works in order to get a Progressive judge to make a decision about who won.
However, the combination of the vileness of the Union’s reaction and the viciousness of the rhetoric, I believe the Unions have jumped the shark. Now everyone knows exactly what they stand for, legal theft.
BTW, I can’t wait to see what the long term reaction to the mining debacle is going to be...You betcha there will be fallout!
We are facing the same thing here in Gnu Yak...I can’t believe that Andrew Cuomo is going Scott Walker on the Unions here...It has been fun to watch. When faced with REALITY, the change even in the Democrats is astounding!