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    1 Million Signatures to Recall Scott Walker

    Almost twice the signatures needed.

    Reporting from Washington— Organizers of an effort to recall Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker have delivered a petition with more than a million signatures to state elections officials today, a key step in a process that could put the Republican's fate in the hands of voters as early as this spring.

    By law, proponents of the recall campaign -- led by a group called United Wisconsin -- needed to submit 540,000 valid signatures to the state's Government Accountability Board to begin the process of holding a recall vote.

    United Wisconsin announced this afternoon that they would easily surpass that figure -- nearly matching the more than 1.1 million votes Walker received in the 2010 election.

    The group says their effort will be the "most-participated-in major recall effort in American history." The stack of signatures delivered today, a press release notes, weighs more than 3,000 pounds -- or as much as 158 of the heaviest Wisconsin badgers.

    "The collection of more than one million signatures represents a crystal clear indication of how strong the appetite is to stop the damage and turmoil that Scott Walker has caused Wisconsin," Ryan Lawler, a board member for United Wisconsin, said in an emailed statement.

    The group is also seeking to recall the state's lieutenant governor, the state Senate president and three other senators, all Republicans.

    Elections officials will have at least a month to review the signatures. Walker would also have the opportunity to challenge them, though United Wisconsin says that one of every three signatures would need to be invalid to avoid a recall election.

    Once the recall petition is declared valid, an election would be called within six weeks. Democrats would have to put forward a candidate to challenge Walker in that election; if a primary is required, the general election would be held four weeks later.

    The effort to unseat Walker began with his successful effort to pass legislation stripping public employees of collective bargaining rights.

    http://www.latimes.com/news/politics...+-+Politics%29


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    Re: 1 Million Signatures to Recall Scott Walker

    Excellent!

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    Re: 1 Million Signatures to Recall Scott Walker

    I shall tread carefully as I know of only one way to refer to Scott Walker other than his given name, which would be a direct violation of the TAT rules... So I'll just say...


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    Run him out of office. And set a precedent for all the other "$%&/(???!!! that need to be recalled.
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    Re: 1 Million Signatures to Recall Scott Walker

    While I'm curious about others take on this, I'm most interested in craighickman's, as I think he was convinced that Walker was a dead duck once Wisconsin voters had their say on the recall. According to another story on Politico, the unions are withholding support for Barrett because they wanted Kathleen Falk in the primary. And the DNC is not contributing any money to date to Barrett's campaign, despite pleas for cash.

    Poll: Scott Walker widens lead in Wisconsin

    By MACKENZIE WEINGER | 5/16/12 2:48 PM EDT
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has pulled ahead of recall rival Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in a new poll released Wednesday.

    With three weeks to go before the June 5 recall election, the Republican governor holds a 6-point advantage over his Democratic challenger — 50 percent to 44 percent — among likely voters, according to the latest Marquette Law School poll. Just 3 percent told pollsters they are undecided.

    In the previous poll, Walker held a 1-point lead over Barrett, 48 percent to 47 percent, among likely voters.

    Walker also tops Barrett, his 2010 gubernatorial opponent, among registered voters with 51 percent to 43 percent. In the previous Marquette poll, Barrett led Walker by a single digit with registered Wisconsin voters — 47 percent to 46 percent.

    Meanwhile, in the separate recall election for lieutenant governor, Republican Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch leads her Democratic challenger Mahlon Mitchell, president of the Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin, 47 percent to 41 percent among likely voters. Seven percent say they are undecided.

    A whopping 85 percent of those surveyed say they will vote in the June election. Along party lines, 91 percent of Republicans say they are “absolutely certain” they will vote, compared with 83 percent of Democrats and


    Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories...#ixzz1v8AovkhU
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    Anybody but Barrett would beat Walker. I overstate only a bit. Barrett's just not likable enough. I didn't think he would run, actually, but he allowed a single poll to push him into the race and many argue he won the primary by name recognition alone.

    When I saw Walker in Milwaukee in March for the first time in more than 20 years (he was the featured speaker at the Milwaukee Rotary Club where I attended a makeup meeting while visiting my mother who was seriously ill at the time), I had forgotten just how charismatic, charming and convincing he is. He has a magnetic personality which makes him an excellent campaigner who speaks well off the cuff. He's campaigning as a victim and it's working, even as he comes under fire from lying about wanting to bust unions from day one. It will be interesting to see in the lead-up to the election if that comes back to haunt him, but it won't if those who want him ousted don't show up to vote. Walker also has a stellar organization and his supporters will certainly go to the polls.


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    My only thought on this is that if the fine people of Wisconsin leave Gov. Walker and Lt. Gov. Kleefisch in office, they deserve what they get. Despite the alternatives, it's not every day you get a mulligan in state elections.
    Oh Grigor. You silly man.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kirkus View Post
    My only thought on this is that if the fine people of Wisconsin leave Gov. Walker and Lt. Gov. Kleefisch in office, they deserve what they get. Despite the alternatives, it's not every day you get a mulligan in state elections.
    Indeed. Elections have consequences.


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    The Downside of Obama’s Decision to Skip Wisconsin
    by Eric Alterman
    Jun 5, 2012 4:45 AM EDT

    The president’s decision to steer clear of the contentious recall battle in Wisconsin sends a bad signal to his base. Eric Alterman on the downside of staying above the fray.


    It’s not every day that Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, speaks for Wisconsin Democrats, but he almost certainly did this weekend when, on the subject of Barack Obama, he wondered aloud: “He couldn’t drive 15 miles and show his face here?” Should Governor Scott Walker win his recall fight Tuesday, Priebus accurately added, “There are going to be a lot of Democrats in Wisconsin who are going to be pretty disappointed with their president who did not come in and help out.”


    Bill Clinton came by to gin up the troops, but ex-senator Russ Feingold, a hero to populist Democrats, echoed Priebus’s comments as politely as he could. Cheering Clinton, he responded that it would be nice if Barack Obama could make a “few more comments between now and the election. I'm not unhappy about it, but I'm hoping he will weigh in a little more … between now and Tuesday."


    On the day before the big vote, Governor Walker leads Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett by just three points, and the gap was shrinking. Walker has enjoyed visits from New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, among others. But the White House has kept its distance.


    Knowing nothing about Barack Obama, one might initially find this reticence difficult to understand. After all, the battle against Walker is not just a Democratic/Republican fight; it is a fight for the survival of public unions, who just happen to be the most important source of Democratic Party foot-soldiers in national elections and one of the party’s few sources of significant amounts of campaign funds. Recall that this fight began back in February 2011 when Walker, the newly elected Tea Party/Republican governor of the state—and personal favorite of the Koch brothers—demanded not only that public employees contribute more for their health insurance and pension benefits, but most significantly forfeit their right to bargain collectively. Massive protests ensued with as many as 100,000 crowding Daley Plaza. Fourteen Senate Democrats fled the state to try and prevent the legislation from passing. But Walker had votes and within a month, the law was passed, setting the stage for recall petitions and Tuesday’s vote—which would be only the third recall of a sitting governor in American history.


    The stakes, as recognized by both sides, are considerable. And Walker, whose electoral success has always been built on mountain-size loads of out-of-state cash, has enjoyed a massive advantage vis-à-vis his challenger. In official funds, he’s beaten Barrett by an estimated figure of more than seven-to-one, but the grand total of spending is at least $63.5 million when one includes independent groups. There too, Walker enjoys a big edge, as his top three donors combined gave more than challenger Barrett’s campaign raised in its entirety. In fact, however, it’s rather difficult to discern just how much money is being poured into the state as the Citizens United case undid much of Wisconsin’s disclosure law. “Because corporate and labor expenditures were previously illegal, there were no disclosure laws to regulate their spending,” explained Mike McCabe, who runs the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign. “There’s been a precipitous drop off in transparency.” According to the Campaign, Walker’s team is responsible for more than $16 million of the $22 million spent by outside groups.


    So why has Barack Obama made himself so scarce when Democrats have succeeded fighting a tight race while being so persistently and convincingly outspent? According to many pundits, he simply expects Walker to win and would rather not be associated too closely with a losing campaign. Another likely explanation, however, is that Obama doesn’t like to associate himself with such a harshly fought campaign. He needs the votes of not only of moderate voters, but also of people only moderately interested in voting. With public unions fighting for their lives, and corporate and conservative money pouring in to destroy them, Wisconsin is as polarized as any state in America. This is not the kind of image that Obama wishes to communicate. Moreover as his recent moves in the direction of gay marriage and apparent willingness to bargain away not only much of Medicare but also a significant chunk of the legacy of the New Deal and Great Society programs demonstrates, Obama sees the future of the party resting on the backs of social and suburban liberals, rather than the working-class types who have been manning (and womaning) the picket lines against Walker. The president showed a lack of enthusiasm for organized labor’s single most important priority—the so-called “card check” legislation that would have helped with organizing, received almost no serious support even when the Democrats (ostensibly) controlled both houses of Congress.


    But in failing to dance with the ones that “brung him,” Obama is playing a dangerous game. Turning out the base, winning back small contributors, and engaging volunteers will be infinitely more difficult for a president who has disappointed so many of his most devoted supporters in 2008. Sure, they are going to vote for him. But in a post-Citizens United world, as Wisconsin demonstrates better than anywhere, Republicans will enjoy a massive spending advantage in both advertising and organizing efforts this year. A victory for Walker will not only give them the feeling of wind at their back, it will help cement a media narrative that puts such efforts at the center of the story of why Mitt Romney is, in this economic and political environment, a good bet for November. Had Obama thrown himself into the race on the side of the team that fought so hard for him, supporters, opponents and reporters would all understand that this is a candidate who intends to do all he can in this fight and to risk whatever it takes. (emphasis added)


    Instead he chose to make the cautious, tempered decision to remain above the fray and hope things drop his way. Looking back on the past four years, it does not appear a terribly promising strategy.


    http://www.thedailybeast.com/article...wisconsin.html
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    But, it's consistent with who Obama is and how he approaches both politics and governance, like it or not.

    Obama is now and always has been a pragmatic conservative. The most conservative Democratic president in more than a century.

    Walker is going to win because Barrett is an uninspiring candidate and because the Democratic vote will be suppressed, not because Obama didn't show up.


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    Re: 1 Million Signatures to Recall Scott Walker

    Politicians are politicians.
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    Re: 1 Million Signatures to Recall Scott Walker

    CNN projects a fairly clear win for Walker. Presently ahead by 10% with 78% of the vote counted.

    Think Debbie Wasserman Schultz is going to regret that "dry run for the general election" comment? That's a sound bite that will be getting a lot of mileage.
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    Re: 1 Million Signatures to Recall Scott Walker

    There are numerous reports of voter registration form shortages in Milwaukee. Many people waited in line, even after the polls closed (if they were in line at 8 p.m. CST, they were guaranteed the right to vote). But ultimately, reports suggest that a lot of people in line gave up and went home.

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    Re: 1 Million Signatures to Recall Scott Walker

    Quote Originally Posted by dryrunguy View Post
    There are numerous reports of voter registration form shortages in Milwaukee. Many people waited in line, even after the polls closed (if they were in line at 8 p.m. CST, they were guaranteed the right to vote). But ultimately, reports suggest that a lot of people in line gave up and went home.
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