Wisconsin Democrats brag: The Walker recall effort has reached 1 million signatures

posted at 8:27 pm on January 17, 2012 by Tina Korbe

Given that the “Recall Walker” effort reached 300,000 signatures in just 12 days, it would have been far more surprising if Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s opponents didn’t manage to collect enough signatures to go forward with the election. Still, 1 million signatures is nearly twice the number needed to trigger an actual election — and Wisconsin Democrats are happy to hammer home that fact to anyone still following the story of their sad, insistent effort to undo what Walker promised to do from Day 1:

More than a million people have signed a petition to recall Wisconsin’s governor, the state’s Democratic Party said Tuesday.

That’s nearly twice the 540,208 signatures required to seek a recall of first-term Republican Gov. Scott Walker, who drew the ire of labor unions and public school teachers after he stripped public employees of their collective bargaining rights.

State Democratic Party officials said they would submit the signatures by close of business Tuesday. The officials also said they would turn in more than the required number of signatures needed for recall elections for the state’s Republican lieutenant governor and three state senators. …

“I think it’s going to be a very impressive number that we hand in, beyond any challenge that this election is going to happen,” Wisconsin Democratic Party Chairman Mike Tate told CNN affiliate WTMJ Monday.

No doubt activists were also emboldened by the knowledge that virtually any signature at all will be accepted by the Wisconsin petition board provided that the signature is accompanied by a valid Wisconsin address.

Walker himself isn’t worried, though, so I won’t be, either. He was quoted by WTMJ as saying, “The optimist in me looks at that and says: The overwhelming majority of the people in the state chose not to sign that, and I earned the trust of the majority the last time. My hope is I will earn their trust again.”

He’s right: Not only did the vast majority of Wisconsinites choose not to sign the petition, but, as I’ve pointed out before, a signature to allow a recall effort to go forward is very different than a vote to actually recall an elected official. It takes very little effort to an answer your front door and sign a petition that commits you to very little; it takes considerably more effort to go to the polls at an odd time to vote against a governor you’d have the chance to vote against in the next upcoming ordinary election anyway.

At this point, Wisconsin Democrats’ desperation to prove a point makes even less sense than it ever did.


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Good thing Adolf Hitler signed the petition. No doubt the one that put the effort over the top.

http://www.wisn.com/r/29987729/detail.html

beatcanvas on January 17, 2012 at 8:29 PM

There are a million people in that state?

RedNewEnglander on January 17, 2012 at 8:30 PM

Gosh Wisc can’t you see how valuable a Governor he is? No one should stay hone when this vote comes up. Just think if michigan or california etc., had a gov like Walker.
You’re wasted on Wisconsin!

Bambi on January 17, 2012 at 8:31 PM

In other news, whacko OWS types are effective at intimidation and Wisconsin residents are wise to just sign the stupid petition. It won’t translate into a vote at the ballot box though – you can take that to the bank.

gatorboy on January 17, 2012 at 8:31 PM

Sore loser Dems.

changer1701 on January 17, 2012 at 8:32 PM

Can’t wait to see how much fraud and corruption is documented and exposed in the signature-verification process. Trumpet that stuff loud and clear, Gov. Walker!!!

Harbingeing on January 17, 2012 at 8:33 PM

The left got a bunch of signatures to put on the ballot our OH version of the WI law that limited the power of unions. Then they reversed the law, reversed Kasich, by winning the vote big in November. I hope history doesn’t repeat itself with Scott Walker. But … they have a strategy and they’re following it. Sigh.

Paul-Cincy on January 17, 2012 at 8:33 PM

There are a million people in that state?

RedNewEnglander on January 17, 2012 at 8:30 PM

Yeah…but you didn’t have to be from the state to sign the petition. The only requirements were that you be 18 years old..not a felon and live in the state for….ready?…28 DAYS.
No possible skewing of the sentiment of WISCONSIN voters in that criteria.

Mimzey on January 17, 2012 at 8:34 PM

MM and Ah are fitting names for this petition. The dims are a Mickey Mouse operation, and their minions employ Hitlerian intimidation tactics.

predator on January 17, 2012 at 8:34 PM

“We have all these signature!”

-Sconni union losers

“We have more money in our wallets.”

-the rest of the Sconni residents

Bishop on January 17, 2012 at 8:37 PM

So they create 1 million mostly fake names, then whine when they lose. They believe their own alternate reality.

SouthernGent on January 17, 2012 at 8:38 PM

What sort of standards are there for verifying that the signatures–and more importantly, the actual voters in a recall election–are living, breathing actual Wisconsin voters, and not names gathered in a cemetery, college kids from out of state, people’s pets, community organizers, and cartoon characters?

MidniteRambler on January 17, 2012 at 8:38 PM

Th-th-th-th-That’s all, Folks!

Electrongod on January 17, 2012 at 8:38 PM

The whole concept of “recall” for a single issue is bogus imo. There already exists the mechanism for recalling a representative..its called an election.

Recall the Recall!..Power to the people!!

Mimzey on January 17, 2012 at 8:39 PM

If the GOP doesn’t get fully behind Walker and take this all the way to the mats, they deserve to be thrown on the trash-heap of politics and replaced by something with a backbone.

hawkdriver on January 17, 2012 at 8:39 PM

I will NEVER understand the liberal mindset. These I.D.I.O.T.S. actually think that because MM and AH sign this S.T.U.P.I.D. petition, the REAL people *cough* conservatives *cough* won’t recognize it for what it really is????????? Pffffftttttt. More things to make you laugh. I need to make a T-shirt outta that statement. What say y’all? :)

sicoit on January 17, 2012 at 8:39 PM

Can we have a recall vote on Obama? I’m sure we could come up with 100 million signatures within 24 hours.

fogw on January 17, 2012 at 8:40 PM

Let them reverse all of Walker’s reforms. The voters spoke when they elected Walker, things got better, and now the union insurgents want to turn back the clock. If Wisconsitonianites want to turn back with them, then oh well; reap what you sow. People either learn or they don’t.

Bishop on January 17, 2012 at 8:40 PM

hawkdriver on January 17, 2012 at 8:39 PM

+ 100..:)

Dire Straits on January 17, 2012 at 8:41 PM

First, they need to find someone to run against Walker, and they have only six months. Second, the voters of Wisconsin will not be happy with the millions of dollars it will cost for a recall. Third, the people of Wisconsin are now realizing that this practice of recall will just continue no matter who wins. When it comes down to the issues, I think Walker wins….

idesign on January 17, 2012 at 8:42 PM

People have been singing other people’s names, so there’s no telling if Dems went through the voting records and signed a bunch of GOP voters with valid addresses.

The GOP should have a list of registered Republicans with them when they check the signatures. Any GOP voter should be contacted to verify the signature.

Wethal on January 17, 2012 at 8:43 PM

idesign on January 17, 2012 at 8:42 PM

Althouse claims Russ Feingold will run, even though he’s currently saying he won’t.

Wethal on January 17, 2012 at 8:45 PM

Trade you a Franken, a Dayton, an Ellison and one of Bret Farve’s gimpy knees for your Walker…

Drink on it, Cheeseheads!

Bruno Strozek on January 17, 2012 at 8:46 PM

Mitt Romney`s dad is a Mexican ya know?- liberal4life. :-P

ThePrez on January 17, 2012 at 8:46 PM

I’m rooting for Wisconsin.

Dr Evil on January 17, 2012 at 8:46 PM

The people of Minnesota would like to propose a trade

Walker for Dayton straight up. Heck we’ll throw in Franken just to sweeten the pot.

gophergirl on January 17, 2012 at 8:47 PM

Why do I think there’s gonna be a couple dozen comp claims for carpel tunnel coming down the pike?

trubble on January 17, 2012 at 8:47 PM

Trade you a Franken, a Dayton, an Ellison and one of Bret Farve’s gimpy knees for your Walker…

Drink on it, Cheeseheads!

Bruno Strozek on January 17, 2012 at 8:46 PM

Great minds and all that…..

gophergirl on January 17, 2012 at 8:47 PM

Good thing Adolf Hitler signed the petition. No doubt the one that put the effort over the top.

http://www.wisn.com/r/29987729/detail.html

beatcanvas on January 17, 2012 at 8:29 PM

Well, Adolph was a leftist…

Bruno Strozek on January 17, 2012 at 8:48 PM

gophergirl on January 17, 2012 at 8:47 PM

SMOOCH!!

Bruno Strozek on January 17, 2012 at 8:49 PM

And when the Dems have to drag the recall election into court to get their desired result, guess who won’t be on the State Supreme Court.

Need to make sure she isn’t on the 4th District Court of Appeals in April, either.

de rigueur on January 17, 2012 at 8:49 PM

All non-Wisconsinites need to know for now is that there are only two “viable” D candidates to run against Walker.

Kathleen Falk and Tom Barrett. Barrett ran and lost the last time. Falk will probably be the unions choice.

Midwestprincesse on January 17, 2012 at 8:51 PM

I await the fair, democratic election to pick his opponents. Oh wait, they will be hand picked by the union with not one vote by the people for them.

tjexcite on January 17, 2012 at 8:52 PM

You’re wasted on Wisconsin!

Bambi on January 17, 2012 at 8:31 PM

The democrat fascists in this state denied me my right to vote on a previous deployment (absentee), but got I got to shake Walker’s hand and tell him I’m on his side when I got off the plane on my last (most recent, anyway) deployment.. Try to take my Governor and I’ll kick your butt across six county lines and hunt down your kin while you try to heal. I’m lookin’ for a fight.

The libs here have started something they can yap about, but haven’t got a clue.how to finish.

M240H on January 17, 2012 at 8:52 PM

Walker is no whimp. If all the signatures turn out to be real (bwahahahahaha) he will give them a real fight.

NickDeringer on January 17, 2012 at 8:52 PM

My collie says:

The Green Bay Packers football team is not the only thing in Wisconson that just isn’t going to go anywhere this year.

CyberCipher on January 17, 2012 at 8:52 PM

. Second, the voters of Wisconsin will not be happy with the millions of dollars it will cost for a recall.

idesign on January 17, 2012 at 8:42 PM

Just about 9 million.

Mimzey on January 17, 2012 at 8:52 PM

The bad news: Walker’s probably gonna lose the recall

The good news: The residents of Wisconsin will see their income taxes quadruple, their unemployment skyrocket, and their school budgets explode.

The better news: Wisconsin voters who sat by and let this happen are going to be so pissed off by November’s general election, that they’re going to turn Wisconsin red.

And I’m just gonna laugh and laugh and laugh.

Rational Thought on January 17, 2012 at 8:53 PM

What is the definition of insanity again….?

Sekhmet on January 17, 2012 at 8:53 PM

A million signatures, wow. I guess there’s not that much snow covering the gravestones yet.

multiuseless on January 17, 2012 at 8:55 PM

Democrats: “This is what Democracy looks like when we don’t get our way”

Grunt on January 17, 2012 at 8:55 PM

Althouse claims Russ Feingold will run, even though he’s currently saying he won’t.

Wethal on January 17, 2012 at 8:45 PM

And I heard Tammy Baldwin, i think that’s her name. She’s a state senator.

idesign on January 17, 2012 at 8:57 PM

OT, don’t want to start a panic, but Sarah Palin on Hannity at 9 and Mark Levin:-)

bluefox on January 17, 2012 at 8:58 PM

There are a million people in that state?

RedNewEnglander on January 17, 2012 at 8:30 PM

5,700,000 as of 2011.

That’s the official number, not those that will swell the state 28 days before an election.

itsspideyman on January 17, 2012 at 8:58 PM

And I heard Tammy Baldwin, i think that’s her name. She’s a state senator.

idesign on January 17, 2012 at 8:57 PM

She is the second district (Madison) US congress critter.

M240H on January 17, 2012 at 8:59 PM

There are a million people in that state?

RedNewEnglander on January 17, 2012 at 8:30 PM

5,700,000 as of 2011.

That’s the official number, not including the numbers that will swell 28 days before the election.

itsspideyman on January 17, 2012 at 8:59 PM

Sorry, double post. :(

itsspideyman on January 17, 2012 at 8:59 PM

Proving … ?

That they know they can’t reach a legislative victory, so they’ll have to settle for a moral one.

Or, I suppose, in the case of liberals they can’t reach an illegal victory, so they’ll have to settle for an immoral one.

logis on January 17, 2012 at 9:00 PM

Rational Thought on January 17, 2012 at 8:53 PM

I think the GOP still holds the House; there are no recall petitions against House members. So nothing can be repealed.

And school districts have found out how much cheaper it is to buy insurance on the open market rather than being forced to buy it through the WEA agency at inflated rates as part of the contract.

A couple of teachers’ unions have even de-certified. They couldn’t see what benefit they were getting from their dues.

Wethal on January 17, 2012 at 9:00 PM

This makes the Packers look good last outing.

kunegetikos on January 17, 2012 at 9:02 PM

As a former Wisconsinite now living in NC, I would gladly trade them our moronette of a Governor for Scott Walker. Bev Perdue would fit right in with recallers. Loves to tax, loves to spend, loves to lavish her political buddies with goodies, corrupt as the day is long.

We’d take the guy with integrity.

Neomom on January 17, 2012 at 9:03 PM

Lower taxes. Lower unemployment. Balanced budgets.

Walkerville – a nice place to live.

BadgerHawk on January 17, 2012 at 9:03 PM

Since the GOP holds the state house, no union legislation can be repealed. People will get used it it (and to the savings)l.

This is really a broader message to the country’s politicians. Do what Walker did, and you’ll end up like him. And look what we did in Ohio. Don’t cross public sector unions.

Wethal on January 17, 2012 at 9:04 PM

The better news: Wisconsin voters who sat by and let this happen are going to be so pissed off by November’s general election, that they’re going to turn Wisconsin red.

And I’m just gonna laugh and laugh and laugh.

Rational Thought on January 17, 2012 at 8:53 PM

How’s that plan workin’ out for California?

pauljc on January 17, 2012 at 9:06 PM

Oh, WOW, Sarah just said if she was a voter in South Carolina, she’d vote for Newt!! I hope I heard that right!! Did anyone else hear what I heard?

bluefox on January 17, 2012 at 9:07 PM

Oh, WOW, Sarah just said if she was a voter in South Carolina, she’d vote for Newt!! I hope I heard that right!! Did anyone else hear what I heard?

bluefox on January 17, 2012 at 9:07 PM

Well that should get HA hopping.

gophergirl on January 17, 2012 at 9:09 PM

Breaking: Recall Walker campaign collects 1,000,000 signatures from 100,000 voters.

Mr. Prodigy on January 17, 2012 at 9:11 PM

Don’t know if anyone has interest in it, rightscoop has the Limbaugh/Walker interview from today.

http://www.therightscoop.com/gov-walker-on-with-rush-limbaugh/

Bmore on January 17, 2012 at 9:11 PM

Take it to bank: Walker will win this recall election and it won’t be close.

PackerBronco on January 17, 2012 at 9:16 PM

So they got the signatures, who’s their canidate?

Kini on January 17, 2012 at 9:17 PM

I smell desperate demonrats. They will NOT prevail. Socialist ‘tards.

Conservchik on January 17, 2012 at 9:19 PM

What sort of standards are there for verifying that the signatures–and more importantly, the actual voters in a recall election–are living, breathing actual Wisconsin voters, and not names gathered in a cemetery, college kids from out of state, people’s pets, community organizers, and cartoon characters?

MidniteRambler on January 17, 2012 at 8:38 PM

TheReps have all kinds of people coming in to verify. I believe a judge said that Mickey and Bugs would be deemed unacceptable, and thus far, no Dem candidate to challenge Walker.

herm2416 on January 17, 2012 at 9:20 PM

Well that should get HA hopping.

gophergirl on January 17, 2012 at 9:09 PM

Just checked with C4P and they confirmed it too. I hope we’ll have a thread on it. Don’t want to hi-jack:-) Couldn’t resist that tho!

bluefox on January 17, 2012 at 9:20 PM

As much as I detest the Libs, I do have to give them credit for never quitting. When they lose, they dig in and continue on. If only the Conservatives would develop the same mentality. *sigh*

thebubbleboy on January 17, 2012 at 9:21 PM

Well, Adolph was a leftist…

Bruno Strozek on January 17, 2012 at 8:48 PM

Excellent point. And true.

beatcanvas on January 17, 2012 at 9:22 PM

If the people of Wisconsin want to bend over for the overpaid, under worked teacher unions of the state then have at it dudes. Remember that when your sales and property taxes go up for the next decade.

Hummer53 on January 17, 2012 at 9:25 PM

This was put out by a local Repub Chairman:

In 2006 the Wisconsin Legislature passed a law that you MUST be registered to vote before you can fill out a ballot:

According to the most recent numbers I could find there are 3,469,443 registered voters in the state of Wisconsin.
… This means that the raw (i.e. unverified) number of signatures collected by the liberals is equal to only 28% of the registered voters in WI. And remember they are just lines on a paper, not registered voters.

It is important to remember that folks DID NOT have to be a registered voter to sign the petition. Nor did they have to prove residency or age in ANY WAY.

There are verified reports of people signing 80 different petition sheets, of signatures being collected from mentally incapacitated seniors (no longer able to legally sign for themselves), and of persons under the age of 18 signing as their parents.

In the 9 recall elections held in the spring of 2011 on average 88% of the recall petition signatures were validated by the GAB. This means that it is likely that at least 12% or 120,000 signatures will be invalidated due to OBVIOUS error. If you then figure a significant % of fraud (that won’t be caught due to the loose nature of the process) the REAL number of petition signatures is considerably less than what was turned in.

Remember that some significant number of people have signed who have no intention of either voting or voting against Governor Walker.

The Democrats have not yet chosen a candidate. Who they choose will make a big difference to many people. So far the top two candidates are persons that the people of Wisconsin have already rejected at least once.

In Senator Moulton’s district they collected 20K signatures. In 2010 Terry won by 8% over Krietlow. Krietlow received 27K signatures! So they fell 26% short of even collecting the same number of signatures as people who voted against Terry last time!

Things are ripe with fraud here. The stench is emanating from Milwaukee and Madison.

Logboy on January 17, 2012 at 9:29 PM

Oh, WOW, Sarah just said if she was a voter in South Carolina, she’d vote for Newt!! I hope I heard that right!! Did anyone else hear what I heard?

bluefox on January 17, 2012 at 9:07 PM

you betcha she did.

Donate to Scott Waler at-http://www.scottwalker.org/

redridinghood on January 17, 2012 at 9:34 PM

http://www.scottwalker.org/

redridinghood on January 17, 2012 at 9:36 PM

Gosh Wisc can’t you see how valuable a Governor he is?
Bambi on January 17, 2012 at 8:31 PM

Yes, many of us do, but the anti-Walker sentiment here is inescapable. I live in possibly the reddest county in the state. The city in which I live is so red that in local elections there are no Dems on the ballot. Yet, there are anti-Walker protests here and recall petitions everywhere.

Last month I attended UW Milwaukee’s commencement ceremony. One of the speakers, rather than congratulate the graduates, went on a tirade against Scott Walker. It was disgusting. That’s what we’re dealing with here.

Italia on January 17, 2012 at 9:37 PM

This will be the first time that I will send money to a candidate who is not in my home state or a Presidential candidate.

CW on January 17, 2012 at 9:45 PM

Just got this from the RGA

When the people of Wisconsin elected Scott Walker asgovernor in 2010, it was because they knew that the status quo in Wisconsinwas unacceptable. The state’s debt wasunsustainable, taxes kept increasing dramatically, and he had inherited a$3.6 billion deficit from his Democratic predecessor.
As governor, Scott Walker has tackled Wisconsin’schallenges head-on, and his plan to turn around Wisconsin isworking.

Within the past year, Wisconsin has paid off nearly $1billion in debt, taxes are being held down, and Governor Walker closed that$3.6 billion deficit without raising taxes.

Thanks to Governor Scott Walker’s leadership,Wisconsin’s future is brighter than ever.

Unfortunately, liberal special interests, powerful laborunions and Democrats want to undo the progress Wisconsin has made over thelast 12 months.

Today, these special interests filed petitions in anattempt to remove Governor Scott Walker from office.

There has never been a more important time to Stand withScott.

Please visit http://www.StandwithScott.comRIGHT NOW to learn more about Governor Scott Walker’s reforms and toshow your support with your friends by sharing this important site viasocial media tools.

The liberal special interests and powerful labor unionshave shown they will spend tens of millions of dollars to turn back theclock in Wisconsin and try to end Governor Scott Walker’sreforms.

Please CLICK HEREto securely contribute to the Republican Governors Association to help usdefend courageous governors like Scott Walker.

gophergirl on January 17, 2012 at 9:45 PM

40% of those signatures can be fake and he will still be recalled. They have more than enough and he’s a goner…

stingray9813 on January 17, 2012 at 9:46 PM

If the GOP doesn’t get fully behind Walker and take this all the way to the mats, they deserve to be thrown on the trash-heap of politics and replaced by something with a backbone.

hawkdriver on January 17, 2012 at 8:39 PM

Absolutely. The Texas Public Policy Foundation just hosted him as keynote for an event in Austin. Texas Republicans have his back. (If Obama beats Romney, Texas under Perry will be even more important as the last refuge for US recovery than it is now). A few of his little creepy stalkers with Nazi insignia protested him there. The demonization he’s been subject to is way over the top, as we all know.

To any who have a few spare bucks to throw his way, it would be a good idea to do so.

He needs volunteers to verify petitions too.

juliesa on January 17, 2012 at 9:49 PM

40% of those signatures can be fake and he will still be recalled. They have more than enough and he’s a goner…

stingray9813 on January 17, 2012 at 9:46 PM

A goner? You need to check your facts. All it does is launch a special election, an election where they fail to have an opposing candidate.

Logboy on January 17, 2012 at 9:49 PM

This will be the first time that I will send money to a candidate who is not in my home state or a Presidential candidate.

CW on January 17, 2012 at 9:45 PM

I sincerely thank you. Your contribution is genuinely appreciated by Wiconsinites who do not want be North Chicago, Illinois.

M240H on January 17, 2012 at 9:58 PM

I believe the 1M sigs represents 46% of the number of people who voted in the election for Gov Walker.

As others have said, a sig on the petition is not quite the same as an actual vote.

Further, if there is no challenger, not much elese will be accomplished.

I believe that Walker will survive, and the only benefit will be to the TV, radio, and printing outlets that will benefit from the campaign spending.

M2inOR on January 17, 2012 at 9:58 PM

Walker will be fine and the Democrats will come to regret this.

Mr. D on January 17, 2012 at 10:00 PM

Although I said I’d never leave Wisconsin until my parents were dead and buried, Democrats managing to pull this recall off may just force my hand.

That being said, there is hope:

–The judge in Waukesha is forcing the GAB to actually be accountable.

–No one here believes they have a million valid signatures by a long shot–especially considering one month in they were still about 40,000 short and they already had all the low hanging fruit signed by then. Seems contradictory that they got more signatures in the last 30 days than the first, unless they were purposely lowballing the initial number.

–The silent majority, of which I consider myself a part of, is just itching to get to the ballot box and vote for Walker all over again. The liberals can claim that Walker’s “tyranny” has turned people who voted for him against him; even if that’s true to a degree, the truly sickening and despicable behavior of the left has angered far more people, including those who may have voted for Barrett last time (or didn’t vote at all).

–In that vein, there are plenty of public workers who support Walker and are glad to be free of da union’s forced membership, but can’t speak up about it anywhere else but the ballot box for fear of one of the lunatic left going after them or their family.

–Voter ID isn’t going anywhere and will be in force for this election.

–Act 10 isn’t going anywhere because they have no shot of taking over the Assembly, which is really the kicker. It makes you wonder what they really hope to accomplish by recalling Walker because he already took the gut shot to the unions. They may staunch the bleeding but their death is inevitable without forced membership. The only thing worse he could do to them (besides making public workers pay even more for their Cadillac benefits) would be to go nuclear and decertify the unions completely.

–They have no viable candidate if Feingold isn’t going to run–and even then, Feingold just lost to Ron Johnson. Barrett has been using Act 10 in Milwaukee to balance his own budget so he’s a hypocrite at best, and Baldwin and Falk may be “moderate” to the Madison crowd, but there’s a reason they call Madison 25 square miles surrounded by reality.

–And last but not least, dozens of towns and school districts have been able to balance their budget thanks to Act 10. People have seen their property taxes go down for the first time in years (certainly in my own adult life). No one really gives a s*$! that public workers have to contribute a small percentage to get their still Cadillac benefits and pensions except them.

This state has been an asylum to live in since 2010, but I have to have faith that the inmates aren’t going to take it over.

Phoenix7 on January 17, 2012 at 10:05 PM

you betcha she did.

Donate to Scott Waler at-http://www.scottwalker.org/

redridinghood on January 17, 2012 at 9:34 PM

Thanks!! Looking forward to a thread. C4P is busy:-)

Hoping for a win for Gov Walker. Strange that the requirements are so much easier to qualify (residency) to sign a petition than to get on the ballot in VA for Presidency. Maybe they will amend that.

bluefox on January 17, 2012 at 10:06 PM

How many times did Mickey Mouse and Adolf Hitler sign?

Marxism is for dummies on January 17, 2012 at 10:09 PM

CW on January 17, 2012 at 9:45 PM

I sincerely thank you. Your contribution is genuinely appreciated by Wiconsinites who do not want be North Chicago, Illinois.

M240H on January 17, 2012 at 9:58 PM

Not since Scott (spits) Brown. But I just did too.

hawkdriver on January 17, 2012 at 10:10 PM

“Not only did the vast majority of Wisconsinites choose not to sign the petition”

How can you make a statement like that? Walker and yourself could have said the vast majority of Wisconsin citizens did not sign the petition. To say that they chose not to sign assumes quite a bit.
There is no way to prove a negative.

smokin hot politics on January 17, 2012 at 10:10 PM

The call went out several weeks ago from two organizations to vet the petitions:

Verifytherecall.org is part of True the Vote. They’re asking from volunteers nationwide to hand-enter names and addresses. All you need is a computer – when you sign in, you’ll get a scan of a petition and you just type what’s on it – it’s fairly easy, just read the instructions.

They’re also running a “didn’t sign” registry. Already reports are surfacing of people being signed up, without their knowledge, at previous addresses. I put my name on this list with any address I’ve ever lived at in Wisconsin.

Secondly, the GOP is using volunteers to hand review all the forms. The turnout for training was so huge that they are doing five more trainings at each center (11 centers).

The rules ARE loose and it seems that almost anyone can sign. Even an “X” is allowed (someone said,”You could put down a dorm address and 50 X’s”… not quite but almost.

I’ll keep you posted.

Daisy_WI on January 17, 2012 at 10:10 PM

Not since Scott (spits) Brown. But I just did too.

hawkdriver on January 17, 2012 at 10:10 PM

Always good to cross-monitor performance- I gave to Rubio. Thanks for the bucks to Walker; he’s given no reason to regret a contribition yet.

M240H on January 17, 2012 at 10:23 PM

smokin hot politics on January 17, 2012 at 10:10 PM

Even if they have 1 million legimate signatures Wi has 5.7 million people, Thus less than 20 % of the population choose to sign.

Gracelynn on January 17, 2012 at 10:41 PM

A great post on the C4P about Wisconsin and the recall. The Tea Party there have 10,000 TP volunteers to help with the petitions.

Said the TP in Wis. is alive & well and it was a very positive post with great comments. Listed the many changes for the better that Gov. Walker has done in just one year.

The post was under the thread about the Tea Party Express article.

bluefox on January 17, 2012 at 10:48 PM

I wonder how many times Mickey Mouse signed the petitions?

One can only hope the voters of Wisconsin have grown so weary of all this, they’re willing to send a message to the Democrats to cease this activity and grow up. The best way to do this is to campaign, win an election, and then make changes. The Democrats just can’t do things the right way.

bflat879 on January 17, 2012 at 11:02 PM

“……… the anti-Walker sentiment here is inescapable. I live in possibly the reddest county in the state. The city in which I live is so red that in local elections there are no Dems on the ballot. Yet, there are anti-Walker protests here and recall petitions everywhere.

Last month I attended UW Milwaukee’s commencement ceremony. One of the speakers, rather than congratulate the graduates, went on a tirade against Scott Walker. It was disgusting. That’s what we’re dealing with here.

I live in Germantown in Washington County, which is the reddest county in Wisconsin, running slightly ahead of Waukesha and Ozaukee. In the Darling State Senate recall last year, I saw far more signs for the Democrat, Pasch, than I have ever seen in Germantown before; they about equaled the yard signs for Darling. But when the votes were counted, Darling had the usual GOP 70+ percent of the vote. So I’m worried but not ready to panic.

Ronald Wallenfang on January 17, 2012 at 11:08 PM

I admire your stiff upper lip, Tina.

He’s right: Not only did the vast majority of Wisconsinites choose not to sign the petition, but, as I’ve pointed out before, a signature to allow a recall effort to go forward is very different than a vote to actually recall an elected official. It takes very little effort to an answer your front door and sign a petition that commits you to very little; it takes considerably more effort to go to the polls at an odd time to vote against a governor you’d have the chance to vote against in the next upcoming ordinary election anyway

That’s what Arizona’s Russell Pearce thought too.

The Klute on January 17, 2012 at 11:26 PM

Ronald Wallenfang on January 17, 2012 at 11:08 PM

I live in Washington County too. Like you, I’m worried about the recall but not ready to panic yet.I’m hoping it doesn’t get to that point.

Italia on January 17, 2012 at 11:46 PM

No since Scott (spits) Brown. But I just did too.

hawkdriver on January 17, 2012 at 10:10 PM

Gave to good Scott and bad Scott. The Demonrats have had a head start highjacking the courts, elections and this country. It’s money well spent if it helps turn this country in the right direction

redridinghood on January 17, 2012 at 11:47 PM

–And last but not least, dozens of towns and school districts have been able to balance their budget thanks to Act 10. People have seen their property taxes go down for the first time in years (certainly in my own adult life). No one really gives a s*$! that public workers have to contribute a small percentage to get their still Cadillac benefits and pensions except them.

This state has been an asylum to live in since 2010, but I have to have faith that the inmates aren’t going to take it over.

Phoenix7 on January 17, 2012 at 10:05 PM

Rush interviewed Walker today on his radio show and Walker re-iterated everything you posted here. Walker is very confident he will prevail here, based on his interview. He said that the property tax bills that were received this year is proof positive that his program is working. People did not see an increase in their property taxes for the first time in years, in fact many had their taxes reduced. And Walker said his budget took a 3.6 BILLION deficit into a 300 million dollar surplus, a turn around of almost 4 BILLION.

What I am enjoying the most is that paying dues is now voluntary. Eventually more and more enforced union members will get brave enough to say “nuts” to the unions and stop auto dues payments from their paychecks. Eventually more and more will stop paying and critical mass will protect them from harrassment. We can only hope.

I am a really busy person, but I plan to digitally enter some of the scanned petitions to help the cause.

karenhasfreedom on January 17, 2012 at 11:48 PM

The democrat fascists in this state denied me my right to vote on a previous deployment (absentee), but got I got to shake Walker’s hand and tell him I’m on his side when I got off the plane on my last (most recent, anyway) deployment.. Try to take my Governor and I’ll kick your butt across six county lines and hunt down your kin while you try to heal. I’m lookin’ for a fight.

The libs here have started something they can yap about, but haven’t got a clue.how to finish.

M240H on January 17, 2012 at 8:52 PM

Thank you for your service.

karenhasfreedom on January 18, 2012 at 12:06 AM

Okay, first I will say I live in WI. Second I live right between the two big cities of Milwaukee and Madison… so I get the feel from both areas.

I would like to point out one thing. If SW was smart he would hammer home one point… and that is that nothing bad like the liberals said would happen… did happen… with one exception and that is in the Milwaukee public school system. Now MPS has ALWAYS been a failing system ( run by liberals ) and has ALWAYS been a black hole in money too ( run by liberals )… and the only thing they can come up with to bring the “children’s education up to average” is to SPEND MORE MONEY! Its a huge bloated system there and of course this did hurt the area. Though it has been shown time and time again more money is NOT the problem there anyways.

With that said… SW can pound home all the other areas which have done wonderful. Those are plentiful. Cops are still there watching our neighborhoods and keeping us safe… along with the fire fighters. Teachers are not getting pink slips and in fact there have been cases where MORE teachers are being added and helping shrink the class size. Now local and state gov are more flexible.

I would love to say that I am not worried, I am though. Stupidity knows no bounds. Though I do have a feeling that the silent majority will show support for SW… like we did for the SC election. We are a state of hard workers ( farmers ) and really the only reason why liberals run crazy in this state is because of cities like Green Bay, Milwaukee, and Madison.

I know that a lot of you non cheese heads love to make fun of us here in WI cuz we are a bit laid back…. but dont let those cities fool you… we want the best for this state… and I think the GOP might be smart this time around.

watertown on January 18, 2012 at 4:38 AM

Eventually more and more enforced union members will get brave enough to say “nuts” to the unions and stop auto dues payments from their paychecks. Eventually more and more will stop paying and critical mass will protect them from harrassment. We can only hope.

karenhasfreedom on January 17, 2012 at 11:48 PM

I work at a union shop and we finally had a guy here challenge the union with the dues. He wanted to only pay the part of the dues and be exempt of the other part that is used for more or less funneling money to the democrats.

Needless to say, union said no, and it went to court… I am not sure what the ruling was… but the poor guy I dont think works for us anymore. In fact a few stewards we asked said we could elect out of the dues… but then plan on losing your job.

I like to add that at least in our union things are starting to change. We are getting the new blood in our place, not that they dont want to be union, but they also understand that the lies that the reps feed us are just lies. We are one of the most profitable plants in the company, yet, those that do the same work as we do get paid much much much more than we do… and they are not union… go figure. O and those are in states where COL is much lower too… so I think people are waking up so much as to still being okay with unions, but also understanding that its not us vs them… more so its what is best for us AND the company down the road… to make sure we all have jobs LATER and not grabbing out of the pot now and pick of the pieces later.

watertown on January 18, 2012 at 4:46 AM

I just think it is a shame that filthy Democrats and the unions that are funding this are able to get away with it. Recall provisions are meant to be a way to get rid of corrupt public officials who refuse to leave office. It is not meant to get rid of public officials who happen to have different public policy ideas from an entrenched minority preying off the public coffers in a state where the laws are designed to protect unions over entrepreneurs, opportunity, jobs, or reality. Quite disgusting.

Happy Nomad on January 18, 2012 at 7:30 AM

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