Democrats outline Walker recall plans

2011-10-10T20:09:00Z 2011-10-11T19:32:06Z Democrats outline Walker recall plansBy MARY SPICUZZA | Lee Newspapers Chippewa Herald
October 10, 2011 8:09 pm  • 

The Democratic Party of Wisconsin unveiled plans for efforts to recall Gov. Scott Walker on its website Monday night, setting Nov. 15 as the date for the long-awaited effort to commence.

“It has become clearer than ever that the people of Wisconsin — the traditions and institutions of our great state — cannot endure any more of Scott Walker’s abuses. To preserve Wisconsin, we must begin the recall of Walker as soon as possible,” said party chairman Mike Tate, on the party’s website.

The Republican Party of Wisconsin responded with a statement from executive director Stephan Thompson: “We welcome and encourage a comparision between the positive results we’re seeing around the state and the failed policies of the past favored by those seeking a recall.“

The Walker recall effort will be led by several grassroots organizations that have formed over the last year in opposition to Walker’s policies, such as United Wisconsin, Defend Wisconsin, Defending Wisconsin, Autonomous Solidarity Organization and We Are Wisconsin. According to its website, the United Wisconsin political action committee already has more than 202,000 people who have signed “pledges” to recall Walker. Those are not the same as official petition signatures.

Public officials in Wisconsin are not eligible for recall until they have served at least one year of their current term in office. Walker was inaugurated on Jan. 3, 2011, meaning recall petitions cannot be filed until Jan. 3, 2012.

Recall offices will be opening beginning Oct. 24. With the effort beginning Nov. 15, all petitions would be due would be Jan. 17, according to the Democratic Party’s recall website.

The number of signatures needed to trigger a recall election for Walker is 540,208, or one-quarter of the 2,160,832 votes cast in that race in the November 2010 general election.

On Monday night, Democratic lawmakers said Walker has brought the recall upon himself with his extreme policies.

“If the governor and Republican legislators were spending this session focusing on putting people back to work, restoring rights and returning to basic Wisconsin values, then we wouldn’t be in this mess,” said state Rep. Peter Barca, D-Kenosha.

“Scott Walker has divided and polarized our state and taken us far off track. Ideally we would not be talking about recalls; we would be working together. But Walker has taken us down such an extreme path, harmed so many middle-class families and strayed so far from our core values that the people of this state feel they have no choice but to recall him,” Barca said.

Walker has been preparing for the impending recall fight, too. Late last month, the governor began shuffling key members of his staff in preparation for a potentially tough campaign. Keith Gilkes, Walker’s chief of staff, left the administration to take over the governor’s efforts to win a potential recall. Moving his right-hand man into campaign mode was the first official sign that Walker is taking seriously the threat of a recall.

— Reporter George Hesselberg contributed to this report.

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  1. Merlin
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    Merlin - October 21, 2011 9:01 am
    misthaufen said: "Where are those "job creators"?"

    We are lucky the Sand Plant came to fruition with all of the hypocritical NIMBY's out there who complain about there not being any "good" jobs here but do their best to chase them away because they didn't mean "those" jobs.

    Wisconsin is not a very favorable place to do business. Take a long look at Texas. They are attracting businesses and jobs because of their favorable tax climate and that state is no where NEAR going broke.
  2. CFDad
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    CFDad - October 20, 2011 8:45 am
    misthaufen said: "Where are those "job creators"?"

    In other states and overseas. That's the problem, they don't choose Wisconsin because the business environment is not pro business. You can even see that in many posts on this board where business is cast as evil. Imagine you're a business owner and you see the union loons in Madison and all of the anti-business regulations. You wouldn't come to Wisconsin, either. Gov Walker is looking to change that and I'm with him.
  3. misthaufen
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    misthaufen - October 19, 2011 5:57 pm
    Where are those "job creators"?
  4. Merlin
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    Merlin - October 18, 2011 12:38 pm
    Stinger said: "Merlin..."


    I have been working extra hours to try and save up for the higher property taxes that are forth coming for this year because of inaccurate and incompetent assessments. I would like this job of making up numbers because they can - 20-40% rise in home values since 2010? How does one keep their job without using reality as a basis for their findings. I would sell my house TODAY if I could get what they assessed it at.
  5. CFDad
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    CFDad - October 17, 2011 10:38 pm
    Stinger said: "... I have been preaching about the rise of national socialism on this site for many years and called a quack. Unfortunately, my fears are coming true"

    So the predictions are true and you've become a quack?! ;-)
  6. Merlin
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    Merlin - October 17, 2011 2:46 pm
    Just spend spend spend, you don't have to pay for it so why should you care?

    It's time to take back this state and this country from these elitist entitlement jack wagon's. If you have time to "protest", than you have time to find a job and pay taxes...
  7. Merlin
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    Merlin - October 17, 2011 2:44 pm
    Where you can waste more of our taxpayers money? And you think WE are the problem? If anything screamed hypocrisy more than wasting taxpayer money than on recalls (least we not forget the mess you left in Madison for the taxpayer to pay for with your "peaceful" protests), I sure would like to know what it is. Not only does it show your hypocrisy, it also shows that you have no idea what you are fighting for because you ARE part of the problem!
  8. Merlin
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    Merlin - October 17, 2011 2:41 pm
    The largest problem facing liberals today is that because of their Federal attempt take all of our money and run all of our lives, the people started to pay attention and got educated about the issues.

    Once that happened, we decided we were sick and tired of being screwed by a small minority of the population. Most people are Center Right, not far left as the Democrats would have you believe.

    Take your best shot and when it doesn't work, then what?

    "Occupy Madison Part Two"?

  9. CFDad
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    CFDad - October 15, 2011 11:40 am
    HuskyJim said: "Boy, with all the mud-slinging in this discussion thread (and others), all I can say is oink, oink! Grow up and stick to the facts, or just keep your smears and name-calling to yourself."

    So did you have facts to contribute to this thread?

  10. CFDad
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    CFDad - October 15, 2011 11:23 am
    Rainmaker I'm part of the electorate and the important thing he did for me was to take the power from the unions and give it back to the voters. The other thing he's doing for me is working with the "corporates" to make Wisconsin's business environment more attractive to encourage more businesses to come here and provide jobs. You really need to do some research and bring some facts to your posts instead of just spouting the DNC's talking points.
  11. HuskyJim
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    HuskyJim - October 14, 2011 1:23 pm
    Boy, with all the mud-slinging in this discussion thread (and others), all I can say is oink, oink! Grow up and stick to the facts, or just keep your smears and name-calling to yourself.
  12. empire 2
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    empire 2 - October 13, 2011 8:34 pm
    If anyone thinks Walker will be recalled you MUST start talking to people who are not union sympathizers. Walker will win by a larger majority than in the first election.More waste of union dues............................morons!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  13. CFDad
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    CFDad - October 13, 2011 4:34 pm
    hometowner, Democracy ALREADY ruled that Walker is our govenor. That's called an election. Or does Democracy only rule when you have it YOUR way?
  14. hometowner
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    hometowner - October 13, 2011 3:15 pm
    Can't wait to sign the petition and vote in the re-call election. Democracy rules!!!
  15. RIP
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    RIP - October 13, 2011 9:52 am
    Wisconsin is a strange state. The people want to recall an elected official because he is doing something to help the people from money grabbing employees and letting the officials that run away from their obligation, under oath, go unscathed. What a shame and it is making Wisconsin a laughing stock but who cares.
  16. CFDad
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    CFDad - October 12, 2011 12:16 pm

    "Reduce all to the status of workers" -> Karl Marx

    See that exactly why socialism/communism doesn't work, right from the mouth of Marx. If everyone is reduced to the status of worker, there is ZERO incentive to go over and above. It doesn't work, it's been proven.
  17. CFDad
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    CFDad - October 12, 2011 12:12 pm
    You don't have proof of anything other than his thoughts and things that every other politician does. Walker could be a crook but I don't seen any proof of that in your links. And like Wikipedia, Huffington does not qualify as journalism.

    Unions have been reaching over the line for years. Walker took power from the unions and gave it back to the voters. That's the bottom line and I support that decision wholeheartedly.
  18. utleysays
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    utleysays - October 12, 2011 11:02 am
    A good way to thin out the 99% croud is to run some dope dogs through I am sure they would be good and busy.
  19. where_there's_smoke
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    where_there's_smoke - October 12, 2011 9:43 am
    Bring it on bullying unionistas and slow witted dems! Keep that union money from O'bummers campaign and we will all be happy! Fair is fair and it is time the rest of us taxpayers seen some love not just the unionized state employees. Doyle left a mess and someone needed to clean it up. Unions belong in privitized business not government. Keep up the great work Walker!
  20. Jamie Friederich
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    Jamie Friederich - October 12, 2011 9:17 am
    The FBI does to get involved. It is the FBI's job to look into state and federal officials if there is any sign that there was laws broken. Normally they do not get the headlines Walker's administration has been getting.

    As for Walker appointing people. Is it any surprise politicans appoint friends? How many people have gotten jobs because a relative or friend put in a good word?
  21. Chuckie
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    Chuckie - October 12, 2011 8:36 am
    The FBI does not get involved for minor violations and phone calls and Governors don't get recalled for doing their job. Pretty plain and simple, the administration in Madison is as crooked as a snake's back. Remember what happened to Kapanke et al? I do. "It's Showtime!"
  22. Jamie Friederich
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    Jamie Friederich - October 12, 2011 6:48 am
    Guitar hero, the entire article is based around staffers writing pro walker comments on blogs during work time. If that counts as corruption, then 3/4 of the people that comment on here would be in a lot of trouble, since many posts are posted between 8am-5pm. Otherwise during normal work hours.
  23. Rainbird
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    Rainbird - October 11, 2011 11:39 pm
    Hahahahaha! Sting, you are nothing if not entertaining...
  24. CFDad
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    CFDad - October 11, 2011 10:21 pm
    I'm with you Rainbird, let's jail all of the dirtbags responsible for the mortgage meltdown. Jail every last one of them. I believe we'd need to start with the liberals who decided that home ownership was a right rather than a privilege and enacted laws to force banks to lend to folks who could not afford. Shall we start there?
  25. CFDad
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    CFDad - October 11, 2011 10:11 pm
    "And thank you Gov. Walker for running one of the most corrupt administrations in WI history"

    Show me the data to back up this slander.
  26. Rainbird
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    Rainbird - October 11, 2011 5:02 pm
    What he might be saying is Walker got 52% of the 26% of eligible voters that turned out. So, far short of any sort of mandate.
  27. reader111
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    reader111 - October 11, 2011 3:30 pm
    youknow me, I am so sorry, he won by 52.29% of the vote. I was not off by much. And what is your point about it anyway? Or did you just have to be exactly right? And by the way, 1% counts. Everyones vote counts.
  28. youknowme
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    youknowme - October 11, 2011 1:01 pm
    Yeah you keep running your mouth on that 1% protest point that the minions are protesting about. How can 1% control 99% at the voting booth? You my friend are clueless. Oh and since 1% have about 36% of the wealth that is nowhere near the 50% the SOCIALISTS on Wall St. claim. There is no need to claim they are "socialist" when they self proclaim. Just read the signs. Reader..that must be a typo because Mr. Walker did not win by 57%. "Pay people to post" Just seems like it when you always lose
  29. Jamie Friederich
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    Jamie Friederich - October 11, 2011 11:46 am
    Unions do not help the talented, they keep them at the same level as the untalented. I have worked hard, received an education, and have a very good paying job with great benefits and did it all without a union. People have are talented and surpass their peers in the work they do not need unions. Unions now are to protect the lazy who worry they would be fired if they didn't put road blocks in the way to prevent it.
  30. Rainbird
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    Rainbird - October 11, 2011 10:19 am
    Some people work hard. They gain education and they do the jobs seemingly other people don't want to do. They band together so they can be rewarded for their effort and their investment. Others, don't think these people should be compensated. They want to drag those workers down to their own level. They want everyone to be paid about the same. And it is funny, that second group are the first ones to shout "SOCIALIST"! When it seems like "Reduce all to the status of workers" -> Karl Marx
  31. Rainbird
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    Rainbird - October 11, 2011 10:10 am
    The fact is 1% of the population in this country control the wealth and power. Now I realize the OVERPAID (under educated), Sting and WISRES all support the rich and want them to be richer. Maybe they even aspire to that club. But I am part of the 99%. I am tired of bankers and stock brokers committing crimes without punishment. I am tired of politicians like Scott Walker who take from the middle class to make his corporate masters richer. I think that is wrong.
  32. Rainbird
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    Rainbird - October 11, 2011 10:03 am
    Ahh, the knuckle draggers are out in numbers here. Opening up with name calling. The ever popular "Union Thugs" to the hard working teachers who trade their life to teach the future generations. And, wow, funding by anarchists! That is particularly amusing! Oh, and of course "socialist" even though I am guessing the author hasn't all that much of a clue what that means. I know the republican party pays big money to hire people to post in forums like this. It all means money to the wealthy
  33. wdasec2
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    wdasec2 - October 11, 2011 9:43 am
    The Democrats are laughable and at the same time pathetic. It has happened several times here and other states. Regardless of which election they lose, they will go through whatever legal process or court action to get an election reversed. A little thing like the people spoke in a fair and honest election doesn't mean anything in their world. The money they spend on trying to have Gov Walker recalled will be less money they will have to re-elect their guy in Wash.
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    - October 11, 2011 9:41 am
    When BIG LABOR looses this personal vendetta called a recall, will they reimburse the WORKERS of Wisconsin for wasting MY money?

    Don't give me this democratic rights BS. Man up and admit what it is.
  35. reddog6
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    reddog6 - October 11, 2011 9:38 am
    The socialists will never gather enough legit signatures for a recall....however if a recall was a reality then after Walker wins, his term should start over again...maybe they would think twice about wasting our tax dollars.
  36. Tucker
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    Tucker - October 11, 2011 9:13 am
    Ya, lets recall him so we can turn our states economy into what it was. Walker is a good man with a big set of Cahoona's! Wisconsin's economy is actually improving because of hard decisions that our Repulicans have stood behind on and not run with their tails between their legs like they have in the past. Go ahead Democrats spend the money we dont have on stupidity. It only proves our point! Im behind you Governor Walker!!!
  37. reader111
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    reader111 - October 11, 2011 9:03 am
    Although I feel he is hurting the state, other people believe he is helping. I feel he is wasting money on things that is not needed at this time, while others feel we need the items. This is purely opinion on all parts. We can show stats that go both ways. We can argue about facts until the next election. The main point is that the majority elected him and if there should be a change, it should come next election, like the rest of the country faces.
  38. reader111
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    reader111 - October 11, 2011 9:01 am
    WISRES, do your research. He is not one of the most popular. He only won by 57% of the vote, and his approval rating is only 43%. Thats 57% dis-approving. I did not vote for him, I don't like his stance and I think he is hurting the state. With that being said, I completly disagree with the recall efforts. Although I did not want him elected, the majority of people did. That is pure and simple democracy. This country is made up of the idea of a person being elected by the majority.
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    OVERPAID - October 10, 2011 9:57 pm
    He campaigned on it.....won the election on it..... and
    unlike most politicians, followed through with it.
    what makes you think he'll be recalled because of it??

    Another waste of taxpayer money by union scroats!!!
  40. reader
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    reader - October 10, 2011 9:17 pm
    How many millions of dollars will be spent on this. How much will the taxpayer be stuck with? Enough of this, an election is not that far away. I for one and hope the majority of the voters in Wisconsin are sick and tired of the recall BS speak loudly and go against this recall.

    It will be interesting to see where the money comes from to fund this recall. How much from out of state and how much from the unions
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