Uh oh: Wisconsin board ratifies six recall elections against GOP — but delays ruling on Dems

posted at 9:05 pm on May 31, 2011 by Allahpundit

No proof of shenanigans yet, but let’s put this on people’s radar now in case all hell breaks loose tomorrow or Thursday.

State election officials on Tuesday approved recall elections against three Republican senators Tuesday but put off decisions on certifying recall petitions against three Democrats…

In April, Dane County Circuit Judge John W. Markson agreed to extend the deadline on calling the elections until this Friday.

Now, board officials plan to return to court to ask for another extension because they say they can’t meet the Friday deadline for the three Democrats. Falk said a court hearing was likely Wednesday or Thursday, and at that time the board will request permission to certify any additional recall elections next week.

The board had been working under a plan to hold all recall elections on July 12. If there were more than one challenger in any race, the July 12 election would become a primary, and the general recall election would be Aug. 9.

If the judge agrees to the new deadline, and the board found recall elections should be held against the Democrats, those elections would be held a week later – on July 19. If there were multiple challengers, the July 19 election would become a primary and the general recall election would be Aug. 16.

In other words, the board’s been reviewing signatures on recall petitions to make sure that they’re not fraudulent. Somehow they’ve managed to complete their review of all of the petitions against Republicans but not a single petititon against Democrats — even though the deadline is just three days away and even though some of the anti-Republican petitions were submitted after the anti-Democratic ones. I had hoped that Steve Eggleston, who did a bang-up job guestblogging for us about the Wisconsin supreme court recount, would tackle this one since, as a Wisconsinite, he might have insight into the impartiality of the Government Accountability Board. Unfortunately he’s unavailable, but follow the link up top and read down and you’ll find local polisci professors insisting that the GAB is nonpartisan. Although…

Rick Esenberg, a visiting assistant professor at Marquette University Law School who teaches election law, said he knew of no evidence that the board was biased, and he wouldn’t level that accusation.

“But,” he added, “I would say that from a public relations standpoint and a public confidence standpoint,” the decision to go ahead with recalls of Republicans while delaying a decision on Democrats “looks just awful.”

The board’s not supposed to meet again until June 8, which means if the judge decides this week that time’s up and that there’ll be no more extensions for reviewing petitions, then the recall effort against the Democrats is dead and the mother of all conservative protests shall descend on Madison. As for the bizarre possibility of the Democratic recall elections being held a week after the GOP ones, I’m momentarily okay with that only because I think it gives conservatives a slight advantage. If the left turns out en masse and recalls a bunch of GOP senators on July 12, the right will suddenly be frantic to undo their new advantage in the senate by turning out en masse themselves a week later. It can only goose turnout, in other words. If all the elections are held the same day, you’d lose the potential for that effect, which is precisely why I’d expect Democrats to challenge any staggered election scheduling in court — assuming there are any elections against them at all. Long story short: Blog traffic windfall on the way this week.


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Now, board officials plan to return to court to ask for another extension because they say they can’t meet the Friday deadline for the three Democrats.

How convenient.

amerpundit on May 31, 2011 at 9:09 PM

ROFL….just when you think Wisconsin might yet pull itself from the liberal mire.

The left just can’t help themselves when they lose, they are willing to do anything, ANYTHING, to get back at the GOP.

Bishop on May 31, 2011 at 9:09 PM

“Don’t blame us because Republican’s have bad handwriting”

-Shenanigans Board

portlandon on May 31, 2011 at 9:10 PM

“… the decision to go ahead with recalls of Republicans while delaying a decision on Democrats “looks just awful.”

I was wondering what the unions were up to…

Seven Percent Solution on May 31, 2011 at 9:11 PM

This is democracy!

strictnein on May 31, 2011 at 9:11 PM

Now, board officials plan to return to court to ask for another extension because they say they can’t meet the Friday deadline for the three Democrats.

I’m callin SERIOUS BS on this one…..uh huh….very convenient of them, no?

sicoit on May 31, 2011 at 9:12 PM

‘It’s Not the People Who Vote that Count; It’s the People Who Count the Votes’

Joseph Stalin

sharrukin on May 31, 2011 at 9:14 PM

The board’s not supposed to meet again until June 8, which means if the judge decides this week that time’s up and that there’ll be no more extensions for reviewing petitions, then the recall effort against the Democrats is dead and the mother of all conservative protests shall descend on Madison.
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TEA PARTY PATRIOTS,ITS TIME FOR A RALLY….SADDLE UP!!

canopfor on May 31, 2011 at 9:16 PM

This explains Kloppenberg’s decision not to challenge.

SouthernGent on May 31, 2011 at 9:19 PM

“But,” he added, “I would say that from a public relations standpoint and a public confidence standpoint,” the decision to go ahead with recalls of Republicans while delaying a decision on Democrats “looks just awful.”

Pitifully awful……

Rovin on May 31, 2011 at 9:19 PM

The cool thing about being a fascist, is that you don’t even have to pretend to play by the rules.

Rebar on May 31, 2011 at 9:19 PM

BTW,Progressives have found a way to Nullify/Void
the Election Process…..

ALL HAIL SOCIALISM/SOCIAL JUSTICER’ERS,

takin it to da streets,ugh!
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Doobie Brothers – Takin’ It To The Streets (with McDonald piano diddy) – 1977
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zUE0r3fsWdg&feature=related

canopfor on May 31, 2011 at 9:21 PM

Unreal. Too bad Eggleston’s unavailable. What’s Althouse saying?

conservative pilgrim on May 31, 2011 at 9:21 PM

What do you expect from a bunch of cheeseheads?

txag92 on May 31, 2011 at 9:23 PM

Will the steady stream of things that piss me off never end?

Mark1971 on May 31, 2011 at 9:27 PM

If WI voters don’t stand against this…

ladyingray on May 31, 2011 at 9:27 PM

From:
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WEAC
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‎”Today the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board announced that they have now approved the signatures required for recall elections against the following six GOP senators: Rob Cowles, Alberta Darling, Sheila Harsdorf, Randy Hopper, Dan Kapanke, and Luther Olsen. That means these six elections are definitely moving forward.”

Posted at 03:24 PM ET, 05/31/2011
Wisconsin Dems 6. Wisconsin Republicans 0.
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/post/wisconsin-dems-6-wisconsin-republicans-0/2011/03/03/AGDOWdFH_blog.html

canopfor on May 31, 2011 at 9:28 PM

Where is csdeven to lecture us on civility and that we are in a “boxing match” with sissy rules and not a fight for our lives?

arnold ziffel on May 31, 2011 at 9:29 PM

I’d be pissed if I were a Wisconsin citizen. That means they would have to pay for two elections instead of one election with all the recalls. It’s not like they have a lot of extra cash laying around.

nogooddeed on May 31, 2011 at 9:29 PM

This is complete BS.

The campaign to recall Wirch had more than enough signatures weeks ago.

tetriskid on May 31, 2011 at 9:29 PM

Dangit,forgot other linky,from Wisconsin Teachers Union
Facebook!

http://www.facebook.com/MyWEAC

canopfor on May 31, 2011 at 9:29 PM

Kloppy seconds

Roy Rogers on May 31, 2011 at 9:30 PM

Will the steady stream of things that piss me off never end?

Mark1971 on May 31, 2011 at 9:27 PM

Nope. Just now learning that myself.

Bee on May 31, 2011 at 9:31 PM

Going forward, someone needs to add a “first in/first out” provision to the recall law. Even without this provision, you’d think the appearance of impropriety alone would compel these jokers to work things in the order they come in.

Exit question of my own: Tools, fools, or both?

massrighty on May 31, 2011 at 9:32 PM

Liberal Stacking/Planting/Seeding of the Courts,
like Elana Kagen,as an example,continuing the
Community Organizational Social Justicing!!!!

Control the Money,Control the Courts!!

Its PROGRESSIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on May 31, 2011 at 9:33 PM

The people of the Recall Wirch Campaign and several other recall campaigns are having their civil rights violated.

The GAB is not following the law as written. They are simply ignoring recall petitions against Democrats.

The Wirch Recall team met the requirements weeks ago.

These people are incredibly corrupt.

tetriskid on May 31, 2011 at 9:35 PM

Seriously, it is time for these lawmakers to step up, revote on this stuff, and do the right thing, regardless of their seats.

WI is NOT going to get the federal bailout it NEEDS…

ladyingray on May 31, 2011 at 9:35 PM

Message for Teachers/Proxies/Union Goons!

You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’ – Judas Priest
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XWhInhE6emE

(sarc).

canopfor on May 31, 2011 at 9:37 PM

Suppose one day liberals will have the same moment the Imperial Japanese Navy had when they realized they had simply awoken a sleeping giant?

I hope not.

Roy Rogers on May 31, 2011 at 9:37 PM

Why bother with the cost. If they lost the SC judge vote, they will just lose the recall vote to keep the R in. Getting a small % of the people needed for recall is not going to win the vote.

tjexcite on May 31, 2011 at 9:39 PM

Ummmmm,the AWOL Jack*ss 14,that fled Wisconsin,
ummmm,

NO REPRECUSSIONS!!!!!
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Weird Wisconsin
Wisconsin 14 missing senator photos: Have you seen these politicians?
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http://blogs.citypages.com/blotter/2011/02/wisconsin_missing_senator_photos.php

canopfor on May 31, 2011 at 9:41 PM

Why bother with the cost. If they lost the SC judge vote, they will just lose the recall vote to keep the R in. Getting a small % of the people needed for recall is not going to win the vote.

tjexcite on May 31, 2011 at 9:39 PM

I wonder if some internal polling has shown that the repubs look like they’ll survive while the flee-baggers appear to be in trouble. Hence, the delay on the dims.

predator on May 31, 2011 at 9:42 PM

Where is csdeven to lecture us on civility and that we are in a “boxing match” with sissy rules and not a fight for our lives?

arnold ziffel on May 31, 2011 at 9:29 PM

Heh!

darwin-t on May 31, 2011 at 9:42 PM

Suppose one day liberals will have the same moment the Imperial Japanese Navy had when they realized they had simply awoken a sleeping giant?

I hope not.

Roy Rogers on May 31, 2011 at 9:37 PM

Roy Rogers:Could be!!
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Dec 7th 1941(November 2 2010)
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Today,November 2 2010

a date which will live in infamy – the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Liberal Party.

The DNC, therefore, undertaken a surprise offensive extending throughout the Tea Party area. The facts of yesterday speak for themselves. The people of the United States have already formed their opinions and well understand the implications to the very life and safety of our nation.

As Commander-in-Chief of the Army and Navy, I have directed that all measures be taken for our defense.

Always will we remember the character of the onslaught against us. No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory.

I believe I interpret the will of the Tea Party and of the Patriots when I assert that we will not only defend ourselves to the uttermost but will make very certain that this form of treachery shall never endanger us again in our
Voting!!

Hostilities exist. There is no blinking at the fact that our people, our territory and our interests are in grave danger.Make Damn Sure You Vote.

With confidence in our armed forces – with the unbounded determination of our people – we will gain the inevitable triumph – so help us God.

I ask that the Congress declare that since the unprovoked and dastardly attack by the DNC on Sunday, December seventh, a state of war has existed between the United States and the Democrat Party.—-(Snark)

canopfor on November 7, 2010 at 10:43 PM

canopfor on May 31, 2011 at 9:44 PM

Leftists are the scum of the earth. They can never be trusted to act in good faith.

This is religion to these people and we are the infidels. We must give no quarter and ask none.

Really Right on May 31, 2011 at 9:44 PM

New Wisconsin Bus stop added to Palin Express in 5…..4….

PappyD61 on May 31, 2011 at 9:49 PM

Public sector unions are organized crime.

forest on May 31, 2011 at 9:50 PM

The dems in Wisconsin are becoming more annoying than the ones in California.

tommer74 on May 31, 2011 at 9:51 PM

New Wisconsin Bus stop added to Palin Express in 5…..4….

PappyD61 on May 31, 2011 at 9:49 PM

PappyD61:Lol:)

canopfor on May 31, 2011 at 9:57 PM

Progressive Packages Unleashed!!

canopfor on May 31, 2011 at 9:58 PM

Ugh,sorry,WRONG THE THREAD!

Progressive Packages Unleashed!!

canopfor on May 31, 2011 at 9:58 PM
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canopfor on May 31, 2011 at 10:01 PM

The problem appears to be the company that the Wisconsin GOP hired to collect signatures for the recall, Kennedy Enterprises. Here’s a list of some of the complaints against them:

Senate District 12: Of the 534 people contacted who had signed the petition, 9.2% indicated they were misled into signing the petition or asserted they had never signed.

Senate District 22: Of the 225 people contacted who had signed the petition, 6.6% indicated they were misled into signing the petition or asserted they had never signed.

Senate District 30: Of the 372 people contacted who had signed the petition, 8.6% indicated they were misled into signing the petition or asserted they had never signed.

Affidavit of a World War II veteran from Green Bay who was misled into signing a recall petition. Upon learning he had been duped, veteran called the sheriff to get his name removed. When confronted, the circulator claims he will remove the name, but a later review of the petitions reveals the veteran’s name was never crossed off.

Many affidavits attesting that Circulator Sherri Ferrell – who gathered nearly 3,000 signatures in two districts — gathered signatures on Indian reservations claiming petitions were to support “schools,” “Democrats,” and “tribal rights.”

Affidavit of voter in Senate District 22 attesting that circulator John Prijic claimed the petitions were for work to be done on a local park.

Affidavit of voter in Senate District 30 attesting that circulator Annette Lord claimed the petitions were to recall Republican Senator Cowles.

Affidavit of voter in Senate District 30 attesting that circulator Richard Madrill claimed the petitions were to recall Republican Gov. Scott Walker.

William Pocan’s forged name appears on line 10, page 362 of circulator Kevin Pursell’s petition. As his widow Corinne Pocan’s affidavit attests, William Pocan has been deceased 20 years, although his name remains in the phone book.

If these accusations are true then it appears that Kennedy Enterprises took the 100k that the GOP payed them to collect signatures and pulled an ACORN job. Either way there ought to be an extension to see if the legit signatures add up to enough for a recall election.

Tim-in-NJ on May 31, 2011 at 10:03 PM

Battle of Athens

fossten on May 31, 2011 at 10:04 PM

This is democracy Democratsy!

strictnein on May 31, 2011 at 9:11 PM

(Corrected spelling error)

landlines on May 31, 2011 at 10:07 PM

Tim-in-NJ on May 31, 2011 at 10:03 PM

Interesting… where is that information from?

malclave on May 31, 2011 at 10:15 PM

Sorry MadCon, Wisconsin is a freaking Banana Republic.

hawkdriver on May 31, 2011 at 10:16 PM

sorry, should have linked story originally. It is from the Democratic Party of Wisconsin website.

Tim-in-NJ on May 31, 2011 at 10:26 PM

Ratified based on what? Petitions? No hearings? No testimony? No evidence?

Key West Reader on May 31, 2011 at 10:28 PM

OOPS, my bad. Jut saw that by a unanimous vote by one party, they managed to ratify their own recall.

/Wow. That’s funny. Is it legal?

Key West Reader on May 31, 2011 at 10:31 PM

If these accusations are true then it appears that Kennedy Enterprises took the 100k that the GOP payed them to collect signatures and pulled an ACORN job. Either way there ought to be an extension to see if the legit signatures add up to enough for a recall election.
Tim-in-NJ on May 31, 2011 at 10:03 PM

Rule 1) Always read what you sign.
Rule 2) If they say you don’t need to read it don’t sign

Gwillie on May 31, 2011 at 10:32 PM

It all boils down to the voting booth. I heard about some of those things Tim in NJ said, but I don’t know if they are true. Kind of funny that Dems would complain about it, they have done that for years with Acorn.

wi farmgirl on May 31, 2011 at 10:34 PM

I wonder how many people these days realize that the term “liberal judge” is supposed to be an oxymoron?

logis on May 31, 2011 at 10:43 PM

So I take it the GOP will re-pass the union bill tomorrow then?

One can hope right.

angryed on May 31, 2011 at 10:43 PM

Does anyone still believe that the election night vote tally in the judge election was a mistake?

Buddahpundit on May 31, 2011 at 10:44 PM

If what Tim in NJ says is true, I have to shake my head that there are that many cretins in the population that will just sign their name to anything. Then again this country elected Obama, so yea there are about 55 million or so cretins running around.

angryed on May 31, 2011 at 10:45 PM

If they contact you about signing the petition against the Democrats, then you know the psychotic union parasites know where you live. It’s not surprising that you’d get some denials at that point.

The tone of the voice of the person doing the contacts will depend on the number of denials. People worry for their families.

Buddahpundit on May 31, 2011 at 10:57 PM

‘It’s Not the People Who Vote that Count; It’s the People Who Count the Votes’

Joseph Stalin

sharrukin on May 31, 2011 at 9:14 PM

Bingo.

iurockhead on May 31, 2011 at 11:01 PM

“But,” he added, “I would say that from a public relations standpoint and a public confidence standpoint,” the decision to go ahead with recalls of Republicans while delaying a decision on Democrats “looks just awful.”

Oh, no. Not at all. Don’t be silly.

SukieTawdry on May 31, 2011 at 11:27 PM

Meanwhile, somewhere deep in Wisconsin…

“Wait, what? We’re supposed to be nonpartisan…? Really?

TallDave on May 31, 2011 at 11:30 PM

Get the ropes

Sonosam on June 1, 2011 at 12:42 AM

So what’s the point to having an election. Lose the election, do a recall. All it is a way to gum up the works until the next election which like

sharrukin on May 31, 2011 at 9:14 PM says,

‘It’s Not the People Who Vote that Count; It’s the People Who Count the Votes’

Joseph Stalin

We’ve got a recall effort going on here in AZ as well for the author of SB 1070. Some BS on how by protecting AZ citizens State Senator Pearce is creating a “toxic enviroment” in AZ.

Until we start dropping the gloves (hockey reference for tonight’s Cup Finals!) and wading in to drop these “people” like bad habits, we’re always going to be on defense and you don’t win by playing defense.

http://www.azcentral.com/community/mesa/articles/2011/05/31/20110531russell-pearce-recall-petitions-filed.html

VikingGoneWild on June 1, 2011 at 6:18 AM

“But,” he added, “I would say that from a public relations standpoint and a public confidence standpoint,” the decision to go ahead with recalls of Republicans while delaying a decision on Democrats “looks just awful.”

I’m sure CNN has a poll showing them with a 54% approval.

John Deaux on June 1, 2011 at 8:42 AM

This explains Kloppenberg’s decision not to challenge.

SouthernGent on May 31, 2011 at 9:19 PM

Yep. They are going to steal control of the Senate through the recall process. GOP cannot defend six seats and must defend four to keep numerical control, although with Sgt. Schultz, the western Wisconsin RINO, they’d need to defend five. Two GOP Senators are dead ducks (Kapanke and Hopper), so the Republicans have to run the table on the other four. Good luck with that.

pdigaudio on June 1, 2011 at 9:30 AM

The first thing that needs to be overhauled in this country are the byzantine procedures for elections, top to bottom.

They need to be constructed so that incumbents are in no way involved in the execution of an election other than speeches and glad-handing.

BobMbx on June 1, 2011 at 9:32 AM

This is the same GAB that allowed former Gov. Jim Doyle to turn his campaign warchest over to the Greater Wisconsin Committee to run attack ads against conservatives/Republicans. It was a Diamond Jim tool when he was governor and still is.

pdigaudio on June 1, 2011 at 9:37 AM

This reeks of corruption. There really isn’t any other way to look at it. It’s dirty!!!

capejasmine on June 1, 2011 at 10:07 AM

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