Archive for recalls – Page 2

Wisconsin recall target State Senator Pam Galloway is resigning. No more GOP majority, for now.


The recall election in Wisconsin is scheduled for May 8th, which can't come soon enough. But, if more than one candidate from a party runs, then that election could become a primary election. Then, the general election would be moved to June 5.

Meantime, Gov. Scott Walker has been stuffing his pockets with all kinds of Koch brothers cash.

All our posts on the Wisconsin recalls are here, including those about the soon-to-be kicked-out Gov. Scotty.

Via JSOnline:

Madison - State Sen. Pam Galloway, who faces a recall election this summer, plans to resign from the Senate shortly, leaving an even split between Republicans and Democrats. [...]

Her resignation would cause the Republicans to lose their Senate majority. Republicans would hold 16 seats and Democrats would hold 16 seats.

The recall election against Galloway will still take place, though, and the repugnant, union-busting Scott Fitzgerald, who is also up for recall, said he would recruit another candidate to run.

Good luck with that.


Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker forms legal fund to pay for John Doe investigation


Nobody has said Scott Walker is the target of an investigation-- ahem, yet-- and he claims that he agreed to meet with prosecutors. That said, things seem to be getting a little sticky in WalkerLand.

More background here. And don't forget, there's a recall looming.


MADISON — Gov. Scott Walker announced Friday he has formed a legal fund to pay for expenses related to the ongoing John Doe investigation into his close associates and former aides, a move that raises questions about whether he is a target of the probe.

"I have repeatedly pledged my cooperation with that inquiry. I also made it clear that no public money has been used, or will be used, to pay for the attorneys needed to review documents and assist me in cooperating," Walker said. "To fulfill my commitment, I have today formed a legal fund to pay for the expenses incurred in cooperating with the inquiry."

Kelly Rindfleisch, a former Walker staffer, was charged with four felony counts of misconduct in public office. Another staffer was charged with two misdemeanor counts of political solicitation by a public employee. And both have been accused of fundraising activities, which is a no-no when you do that while working at a taxpayer-funded job.

Associates of Scotty's were accused of using personal laptop computers and an unofficial "secret e-mail system" to solicit money for Walker's campaign and that of Brett Davis, who was running for lieutenant governor.

All this happened right under Walker's anti-union nose.

And yet, according to the GOP, he's the best governor evah!


VIDEO: Wisconsin Democratic party releases Scott Walker recall ad, "Walkergate"


John Dean, who knows a thing or two about a thing or two about Watergate, tweeted, "PROB: WALKER's WORSE THAN NIXON."

Meantime, John Nichols is reporting that Scottie won't be challenging the recall signatures:

Overwhelmed by Opposition, Wisconsin's Walker Won't Challenge Recall Petitions...

If Walker's campaign continues to stand down—and there is no certainty that this will be the case—the primary election for governor could come in late April, although the more likely date is May 1. The general election pitting a Democratic challenger against Walker would be four weeks late, perhaps as soon as May 29.


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The investigation is getting closer to Scott Walker and as Walter Cronkite once said in 1972 about Watergate, "events have been rushing toward one seemingly inevitable conclusion."

Scott Walker must go.

All our previous posts about Scott "Worse Than Nixon" Walker here.


Former Wisconsin Gov. Walker aide ordered to face trial


via @news3jessica

We've been following this story for some time now, and knowing what kind of person the soon-to-be-out-of-a-job Scott Walker is, this turn of events is not at all surprising.

After all, it was Scott Walker who gave Tim Russell control over the money Russell embezzled.

Via JSOnline:

A Milwaukee County court commissioner decided Monday that there is enough evidence to send Timothy D. Russell, a former top aide to Gov. Scott Walker, to trial on charges he embezzled more than $25,000 from a veterans group and two political candidates.

Russell, 48, the former deputy chief of staff for Walker when he was county executive, was charged this month with two felony counts and one misdemeanor theft count by prosecutors as part of a 20-month John Doe investigation of activities of Walker's current and former aides. [...]

Prosecutors are accusing Russell of taking $21,000 from the Heritage Guard Preservation Society, the fundraising arm of Operation Freedom, an annual appreciation day for veterans held at the county zoo. He also is accused of embezzling $3,550 from two unsuccessful County Board candidates.

He could end up serving more than 13 years and paying a $45,000 fine if convicted.

So I'm reading through this detailed article, and come across this:

Russell is accused of using some of the stolen money to pay for vacations to Hawaii and the Caribbean and to attend a weekend political strategy session with former presidential candidate Herman Cain and his chief of staff, [smoker guy] Mark Block, in Atlanta in December 2010. The complaint also alleges Russell used some of the funds to pay to renew the domain names for several Walker gubernatorial campaign websites.

Hermie Cain is everywhere! Everywhere, I tells ya!


PhotOH! A picture's worth a million anti-Walker signatures. VIDEO ADDED.


Via @news3jessica

Video added. H/t: @jamieharbor

If the Dems can find themselves a few good candidates, it's buh-bye Scottie and Co.

More posts on this topic here.

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Opponents of WI Sen. Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald say they have enough signatures for recall election


Per WisPolitics, Committee chairwoman Lori Compas said ...that volunteers have collected at least 16,742 signatures... The committee will file the petitions Tuesday, along with expected recall efforts against the governor, lieutenant governor and three additional GOP senators.

Compas didn't provide a current total.

However, speaking of totals:

Petition circulators are expected to submit an estimated 1.5 million signatures on the six petitions Tuesday. The verification process will start shortly after that.

Meantime, Fitzgerald filed complaint challenging the end date for recall signatures.

This is what happens when you try to deprive working people the right to collective bargaining. This is what happens when decent working people get sick and tired of abusive officials and their corporate buddies, the Koch brothers, try to crush unions, public education, decent health care, you name it.

This is what happens when the actions of those in power are so vile that people realize they have to speak out.


Scott Walker Recall Watch: Wisconsin petition circulators are expected to submit about 1.5 million signatures



If you're a regular reader, you know we've been all over the recalls of the abominable Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, and four simply awful Republican state senators. Per the Associated Press, Wisconsin Democratic Party chair Mike Tate says they’ve collected at least 507,000 signatures to force a recall of GOP Gov. Scott Walker and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch (as of December 15th), and that they’re on track to get 720,000 signatures just to give Scottie the boot, and will have enough to recall Kleefisch by the January 17th deadline.

720,000? Pretty good, huh?

So here I was, minding my own beeswax, reading this in the Wisconsin State Journal:

An extensive court-ordered review of signatures submitted to recall Gov. Scott Walker will take longer than the planned 60 days and require the state to invest $100,000 in new software, the head of the state board charged with that process said Thursday.

This could push an election into June or later. Phooey.

And then I saw this:

Petition circulators are expected to submit an estimated 1.5 million signatures on the six petitions Tuesday. The verification process will start shortly after that.