Wis. Officials: Dems Can Force Senate Recalls

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin election officials say Democrats have turned in enough valid signatures to force four Republican state senators into recall elections.

A memo Government Accountability Board staff released Friday concludes recall organizers have gathered thousands more valid signatures than they needed to force Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald and Sens. Van Wanggaard, Terry Moulton and Pam Galloway into elections.

The senators had challenged thousands of signatures, but after GAB staff reviewed the names they ultimately didn’t find enough problem signatures to block the elections.

Democrats are trying to oust the senators and Republican Gov. Scott Walker and Republican Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch from office as revenge for passing a contentious law that stripped most public workers of nearly all their union rights.

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  • Bill

    “Democrats are trying to oust the senators and Republican Gov. Scott Walker and Republican Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch from office as revenge for passing a contentious law that stripped most public workers of nearly all their union rights.”

    That’s an unfair statement. This isn’t about “revenge”, it’s about holding the elected officials accountable to their constituents.

    • Robert Radke

      Bruce Doesn’t understand the democratic process. Love the name-calling!

      • Common Sense

        Democratic process, isn’t there where the people voted on the Govenor and representatives and they legally passed a law to try and balance the budget?

        Add Robhole to the list of the inane.

        • Orrest

          More name calling by right wing types. Can’t make a point withoutcalling names.

          • Orrest

            Calling people out for name calling.You prove my point.

    • Common Sense

      You can’t be serious. This is all about revenge and was totally organized by labor unions. It is a waste of taxpayer money, but Democrats prove over and over again they don’t care as long as it is someone else’s money they are wasting.

      I think we have a new term for politically inane people, they should be called Billholes.

    • Elwood

      I think Gribble should be locked up, perhaps in St. Peter.

    • Mr. T

      Mirror, mirror……. Oh, forget it!

  • Tom

    We should have a sign up at the voting booths. Call it the “If my guy doesn’t win, I want to do a do over” sign up sheet. That way the signatures are already collected and verified. (We’ll have to change the 18 month waiting period).

    • Peggy

      I agree! Am not from that state and do not understand. If your elected to a political seat, don’t you finish your term and then people who do not like your views not reelect you?

  • Robert Radke

    Same for Tim.

  • Mr. T

    The law that our governor signed represents 86% of Wisconsin taxpayers who cannot reasonably argue the economical benefits that this law has already had in our state. Teachers in our school district were working 1282 hours a year and averaging $40.00/hour plus unequalled retirement and health insurance benefits. They were also awarded retirement bonus money for two years and $150,000.00 in health care benefits. And they could retire after 15 years in the district, mind you, for a part-time job!

  • The One

    I worked on the signature verification staff for several weeks. I have to stick up for the teachers on this one. Only 10% of them were scratched, either due to stupidity or dishonesty, in signing recall petitions. And now they are mad because Governor Walker signed voter ID into law……….

  • bearmax

    i agree wth mr t part time job making that kind of money but the benefits are the real kill !!!!!

  • truthbtold

    I work for a major medical company in MN, my wife took a job at the local school and we took her health bennies over my. she paid less than $10/mth as a non professional support staff person. we were paying in almost $400/mth on mine, that was with out the retirement perks they were offering her also. We are still AHEAD with her having to pay in to all the other bennies she has to now by more than half.

    • Orrest

      So blame the school boards for acceppting the contracts. It takes two sides to negotiate. When people have complained about executive pay they were shot down by people. Why are these same people shooting at teachers? Theyare doing the same as executives, getting as much as they can. It is the school boardsgiving it to them

  • truthbtold

    The false pretense also about these union items is they can still bargain they just have to do it locally. instead of going to a single source and holding the whole state hostage they would have to ask their neighbors – the people they see everyday who don’t have jobs or are out of work – and ask them for more money…. for me it’s called a reality check. but then again some just don’t get it.

  • KLS

    It isn’t that the teachers are getting too many benefits, it’s that the rest of the workforce aren’t getting enough.

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