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 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 Thursday April 7, 2011 11:45 am|
Democratic leaders in Wisconsin will file petitions to recall Randy Hopper, making him the second Republican state Senator to have recall petitions filed against him.
|By: David Dayen Monday March 21, 2011 1:20 pm|
The controversy surrounding Wisconsin State Sen. Randy Hopper and his girlfriend in Madison has now reached Scott Walker as well. It turns out that Walker helped the woman get a state job, at a time when he was railing against the cost of public employees and claiming that the state was broke.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday March 16, 2011 9:11 am|
Randy Hopper, one of the eight Republican Wisconsin State Senators likely to face a recall by the summer, has no shortage of problems.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday March 15, 2011 7:55 am|
Everyone’s having a laugh about Randy Hopper’s wife joining the recall against him, thanks to his marital indiscretions. And that’s practically poetic. However, there are also serious implications. First of all, if Hopper isn’t living in the district and instead with his mistress in Madison, as his wife apparently alleged, that’s a violation of state law. Second, there is at least some speculation that Hopper could resign the seat before a recall election could take effect, giving a successor a better opportunity to retain the seat for Republicans.