By Bill Hudson

MENOMONIE, Wis. (WCCO) — In the rented offices of the Dunn County Democratic party, the signs and posters are put away, and stacks of “Recall Walker” cardboard pickets are neatly stacked in piles, leaning against the walls.

Why? Because thousands of signatures on paper petitions speak the loudest.

Paul Hambleton, a union organizer for the West Central Education Association, said the effort to recall Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker had a grass-roots beginning.

“This is one of those things that was self-organizing,” he said.

When Walker, a Republican, and the Republican controlled Legislature stripped collective bargaining rights from teachers and other public employees, it brought a firestorm of protest.

Opponents of the law quickly descended on Madison and began a lengthy occupation of the capitol building. Democratic lawmakers fled to Illinois to avoid a vote on the bill, but to no avail.

Gallery: Protests In Madison

So when the bill passed and Walker signed it into law, unions responded with a recall election. Beginning Nov.15, 2011, the recall organizers had 60 days to collect 540,208 signatures statewide.

Once officials certify that the signatures are correct and that the opposition has reached the required number, the Government Accountability Board (GAB) will then schedule an election, organizers said.

Organizers in Wisconsin’s 72 counties expect to deliver 200,000 more signatures to the GAB than would be required to force a recall election.

Hambleton said the reason so many signatures came in was because the appeal went beyond teachers and public employees. The effort did not center on pitting democrats against republicans, but rather, right against wrong.

“Do we want to be a state that demonizes, or a state where we sit down and talk about the concerns and problems we have and then resolve them?” he said. “That’s the Wisconsin our members have known and the Wisconsin we want back.”

Comments (12)
  1. Phid says:

    Is it strange that we only get the anti-Walker quotes put into this story? We only hear from the unions. Where are the pro-Walker quotes? Is this a simple journalistic oversight or a reflection of media bias?

  2. Hal says:

    What pro-walker quotes?

  3. JD Paulson says:

    Well if they vote him out they deserve a bankrupt state. They will join the likes of California, Michigan, and New York. They will be letting prisoners out because they have no money. They will close parks because they have no money. They will increase taxes and lose business and people. But they will have a wealthy union. Go for it cheese heads.

  4. Kevin says:

    Of course there were 5,000 dead people, 50,000 illegals, 10,000 inmates…..or and a gay guy named Roberto…….nice….

    1. sick of people's BS says:

      Don’t forget 50 Mickey Mouse, 50 Donald Duck, batman, robin ect….

  5. GN says:

    Let’s see a $49,000 salary equates to around $150,000 when you take into consideration the heath care benefits and the pension plans fully paid by taxpayers. If you consider that most government employees can retire after 30 years they retire around 52 , they tend to live quite long,with most living into their 80’s, and we wander why taxs are so high. With unions taking control of state and federal government we have an inverted society. Minnesota is very similar to Wisconsin in that unions control the state and have done a fair job of buying the government with the true working class being the economic slaves. The working class slaves get to retire between 65 and 70 if they live that long with most trying to survive off social security that the public sector has done such a fine job of stripping. Note: folks in the media tend to unionized so we should all understand what type of media coverage will be presented to the public!!

    1. G Dog says:


      Get some real facts from somewhere other than Ruch Limbaugh’s underwear.

  6. Murph says:

    The pro Walker votes? Grover Norquist don’t live in Wisconsin,Atilla the Hun is gone,Jack Abramhoff is out of prison,but felons can’t vote! All of Walkers pals are under investigation or out on bail,1,115 campaign contibutors are under Federal investigation along with Walker.So that leaves the Koch’s,one of whom accidently blasted some brown splotches on the tie Walker wore to the MLK shindig.That’s probably not the effect the puckered Walker expected when he knelt back there! But it is running pretty true to the trajectory his politic career is headed!

  7. Penny says:

    I love how cco takes out my comments that they’re liberal and that teachers make $100,000+ with benefits per year. Thanks cco. You truly are liberal.

  8. Citizen says:

    A quote from another poster a while back:

    ““Remember when teachers, city, county, state and federal employees crashed the stock market, or when public employees wiped out half of everybody’s 401Ks, took trillions in TARP money, spilled oil in the Gulf of Mexico, gave themselves billions in bonuses, moved most of the good paying private jobs overseas and paid no taxes? Yeah, me neither.”

    And I personally will add that “corporate welfare” is way, way, way more expensive to the taxpayers than any other tax bill out there!

  9. Murph says:

    Finding a pustual on your privates is the same reaction some of the casual [non billionaire] GOP voters will have when the Walker house of cards falls.Sorry people but the GOP is full of Wallkers.Hopefully there is enough room in the federal prison system to hold them all.This latest crop is gargantuan! The country will rejoice their departure,the sooner ,the better!

    1. sick of people's BS says:

      We’ll see Murph. We’ll see. I can’t wait to be a pustual on your privates you thug.

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