Wisconsin Democrats came up just short last night, flipping two seats in recall elections but not the three needed to take back the state Senate. Currently the Senate will have a 17-16 majority for Republicans; there are two recall elections against incumbent Democrats Robert Wirch and Jim Holperin next Tuesday, August 16. It’s possible that the disappointment of not reaching the goal number in the Republican recalls will depress Democratic turnout, but the expectation is that Wirch and Holperin will hold the seats.
|By: Bill Egnor Wednesday August 10, 2011 6:09 am|
|By: David Dayen Wednesday June 8, 2011 3:50 pm|
The Republican Party of Wisconsin’s effort to place “spoiler” candidates on the ballot to force Democratic primaries in the recall elections started with an off-hand comment at a Lacrosse County Republican event. It has quickly become the official policy of the state party. Top leaders now defend the practices, saying there’s nothing cynical about it, nothing wrong with it, and in fact that the recalls themselves are the cynical policy.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday May 11, 2011 6:15 am|
It seems that the Wisconsin State Journal, which first reported on this, now leads on the article linked in my story with a huge caveat.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday April 19, 2011 11:45 am|
Sheila Harsdorf will be the fourth Republican state Senator to face a recall election in Wisconsin this summer, if the signatures filed with a recall petition today get cleared by the Government Accountability Board.
|By: David Dayen Monday April 18, 2011 11:45 am|
Wisconsin Democrats will file their third recall petition against a Republican state Senator today. The woman who initially filed the recall against Sen. Luther Olsen (R-Ripon) will return over 23,000 signatures to the Government Accountability Board today. If successful, Olsen will join Dan Kapanke and Randy Hopper, who have had recall petitions filed against them with the proper amount of signatures. The Kapanke and Hopper signatures are currently under review at the GAB.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday April 6, 2011 2:55 pm|
JoAnne Kloppenburg, the unheralded Assistant US Attorney who just a few weeks ago didn’t seem to have much of a chance in a state Supreme Court election against a longtime Republican stalwart, declared victory today in the election, after all precincts on an initial count showed her leading by 204 votes out of 1.5 million cast.
|By: David Dayen Friday April 1, 2011 3:05 pm|
The chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin is confident that at least six of the eight recall elections of state Senators that the party is seeking will be successful, leading to an unprecedented set of recall elections in the summer or fall.
|By: David Dayen Friday April 1, 2011 11:45 am|
No paid signature gatherers were used in the campaign, just volunteers, according to local Democrats. Organizers say they collected “over 20,000″ signatures, giving themselves a cushion in case some signatures were thrown out. In Wisconsin, after announcing a recall petition you have 60 days to gather signatures. Democrats are turning in the signatures in the Kapanke recall before the 30-day mark.