Recalls Pickle the Public, Raise the Dead, Make A Fool of a Professor

(These are a couple of the nasties from a WisconsinReporter article “Dems, GOP trade barbs as state reviews recall petitions”.)

When you need the people power to recall a Democratic Senator in Wisconsin. Who you gonna call? Not local Wisconsin volunteers. You won’t see 100’s of volunteers in a line circling the block the way they did on the first day to help with the Alberta Darling Recall.

You won’t see 100’s of volunteers trying to find a place to sit and stand as they jam offices across Wisconsin in an effort so popular and powerful that it exceeds the grassroots effort of Obama’s 2008 campaign.

Nope! You gotta call the recall for hire firm of Kennedy Enterprises out of Colorado.

“Kennedy Enterprises will work diligently to get people to sign your petition.”

From their site, these are their services:

  • Review all signatures collected by each circulator making a good faith effort to determine their validity
  • Provide weekly delivery of signatures and written reports on progress towards qualifying your inniative
  • Validation of each batch of signatures, utilizing at least a 10% random sampling
  • We guarantee that your negotiated contract rate will never increase for the duration of your campaign – more HERE 

On facebook I am hearing this same story from volunteers who are verifying signatures against Democratic Senators:“Amazing how many of the circulators were from out of state, such as FL, CO, MO and OK to name a few. Funny, we didn’t need that kind of help getting sigs to recall the Repubs!”

Volunteers from Wisconsin who are committed to recalling Republicans are already amazed that Republicans can not find their own local volunteer help. I think it just boggles the mind to think that when Republicans pay for this sort of help, they aren’t getting somebody decent.

According to ballotpedia, Kennedy Enterprises “circulators have associated themselves with benefits for the fire department [in a local Colorado effort] even though the fire department would not benefit nor is associated with the petition. The group works for Kennedy Enterprises. According to the Colorado Springs Gazette, Kennedy Enterprises was involved in an Indiana investigation in 2000 for placing the names of four people who had died on a petition drive to get then-Republican candidate Gary Bauer onto the state’s presidential primary ballot.” – More at 9news.com

Well. People DO die. I thought, perhaps, there’s an explanation. Maybe in a big signature campaign, someone dies who was alive 1 week ago.”  But in the year 2000 Indiana case, the first dead person signature was caught by a clerk who knew that the man, Glen Barnett, had died 6 years previous.

As for the three other signatures: Arnold Moser had been dead 16 years, Lawrence Eberle had been dead for 23 years, and Hershel Engleman had been dead for 25 years. source

Did somebody say to old widows- “Go ahead and write down your dead husband’s name, while you’re at it?”

Here in Wisconsin, not only have dead people shown up on recall papers against Democrats, but booze has been exchanged for signatures.

(there’s audio at that link which is  just sad.)

Republicans contend that the discovery of Bill Pocan’s signature on the recall petition against Democratic state Sen. Bob Wirch is a stunt conducted by the Dems.

Bill Pocan was the father of state Rep. Mark Pocan and he died nearly two decades ago.

Smells of deeply hateful Republican bullshit to me.  It would be easier to turn me into a 911 truther than to convince me that any Dem would put Mark Pocan’s father’s name on such a document.

Interesting that the signature of Mark Pocan’s deceased father turns up on Wirch’s recall, it being the same recall effort that used booze shots to gain signatures.

Side note- a D.C. group called Fieldworks has consulted on the WI Democratic side. But the door-to-door manpower came from homegrown volunteers.

Oshkosh Professor Solicits for Recall Signatures and More in the Classroom

I am very much in support of Progressives and the Dems. However this action from “our side” irks me.

An Oshkosh professor,  Stephen Richards, takes 8 minutes out of class time subtly stumping for the recall of Hopper and yakking about how Republican politics will affect salaries and more  inside the classroom.  A student recorded the incident-  Audio Link Here

It’s skating closely to a conflict of interest. He says “there will be an 8% pay cut for all faculty and staff”. He’s speaking about something which impacts his compensation while at the same time, the audience listening is paying for his time there.

I would feel more comfortable with this if he asked the students to debate the topic – to challenge. But the students seem to have a passive role.

UW Oshkosh’s chancellor said the school would  “implement agreed-upon corrective action”.

Let’s say I were the student, I would simply speak up and ask the teacher to get back to work on what I’d paid him to do.

Are these students overly polite? Nobody told him he was out of line directly? They should speak up.


Wisconsin GAB reports 19 recall efforts against 16 candidates

The Government Accountability Board says the clock is now officially ticking on 19 campaigns against 16 members of the state Senate. Signatures on these efforts are due from April 25 to May 16.

I called David Buerger, election specialist of GAB to get a few details about current recall committee filings.

The Senators that are getting tag-teamed by multiple campaigns are:

Dem Senator Mark Miller of Monona who has 3 filed against him. 1 is named Continue reading

Video: Defend Wisconsin

I made this roughly 3 minute video. William had a lot more to say, which will make its way onto this blog as additional audio recordings  —but for now, a video will do.  (It’s 11:45pm)

Watch, and following, please visit defendwisconsin.org

Direct link to video.

Wisconsin, it’s not about you.

As I finish reviewing this article, 6pm March 9, the Republican GOP assembles to vote.

And 5 minutes, and it’s done. Peter Barca interrupts Scott Fitzgerald to say that open meetings law of Wisconsin is violated. Not even 2 hours of notice was given, and only with “just cause” [usually an emergency] may a government meeting be conducted in under 24 hours.

Barca said he had no idea what was in the bill. Fitzgerald said it’s the same but some things were removed. Barca kept yelling that the action was illegal, not just a rule violation.  Somewhere in the chaos an audience membered yelled “This is wrong” several times.Fitzgerald did the roll vote, gaveled, it was done. Another person yells “What have you done?” over and over after the gavel falls.  Legislators rush away while the crowd literally screams “SHAME” repeatedly at them. Dale Schultz was the one “no” vote.

It is legislation that strips collective bargaining. Doing so violates previous statements that the stripping of these rights was needed for fiscal reasons. Fiscal legislation relies on a quorum of 20–and non-fiscal legislation may be done with the remaining Republican Senators in Wisconsin. I watched the events tonight via Wisconsin Eye, where the footage will be archived.

We’ve been swearing out loud, at each other, yelling at the Capitol, asking ourselves why is the GOP doing this to us? What must the Republicans of Wisonsin be thinking? Wisconsin. I’ve had a break-up like this, too – but of course not on the magnitude of this break-up between the people of Wisconsin and the GOP. You can feel rejected and angry, but it’s not about you. It’s about Obama and the election of 2012.

Fitzgerald told us this on national TV –  that by defunding the unions when they remove collective bargaining rights – and thus dues collection, Wisconsin Republicans are weakening the Democratic Party funding and therefore Obama’s 2012 bid for reelection. Wisconsin is an important piece to capture on a presidential campaign chessboard, and I think we knew that. But we may have not realized that the goal of hobbling Obama would tower over everything else you hold dear.

Or in other words, you’re being used until someone better comes along. Like Washington D.C. [though how THAT’s better…]

I know. Who wants to believe that Wisconsin’s angelic form, charm, education, and plain beauty would not be enough for these GOP men [well, mostly men anyway]? Who wouldn’t want a future with Wisconsin?

Do you now wonder if it matters if we bring 100,000, a million, and even 2 million people to clog up Madison? Or would we still be ignored because Scott Fitzgerald and Scott Walker only have eyes for Mr. Right Wing? [Scott Walker finds his dreamboat in the mirror]

I can’t help but recall that when Scott Walker sent $890 million away to 11 other states, he said that the jobs he sent away were “not the right kind of jobs”.

Now I believe he would call the  majority of the Wisconsin electorate that disagrees with him “not the right kind of people”. Maybe “slobs”?

If I came up to Fitzgerald and said the following, do you think he’d only hear “blah blah numbers blah blah blah” because it’s not about cutting off unions and Obama at the knees?:

Pew poll released yesterday found the unions winning over the public in Wisconsin — they led Walker by 11 points.” These polls and others are in line with earlier polls that suggested Walker’s popularity was already sagging and that a majority of Americans oppose efforts to weaken collective bargaining rights by a margin of 60 percent to 33 percent.”

I’d think a sensible politician who wants to keep his job, would rethink this whole stripping -of-collective-bargaining-rights idea. But in yesterday’s press conference, he ignored the issue of local recalls when asked about them [2 minute video clip]. Meanwhile a vast grassroots recall effort against GOP senators is on fire across the state delivering 15% of the signatures needed in 1 weekend.

But the recalls must’ve registered with him. Just as something to stop. Yesterday Senator Fitzgerald revealed that Republicans are considering changing the rules for recall elections and allowing them only if an elected official has been found guilty of ethical or criminal misdeeds.

Source: WPR.

Again, Wisconsin, this is not about you – or representing you – at all.

Sticking with wildly unpopular plans does not make sense if you’re trying to stick around and have a relationship with your people. Walker and this Senate Majority leader see us as something ugly and cheap to walk on while they ready themselves for one day, and one suitor on November 2nd, 2012.

A former GOP aide to Senate Republicans: “You can beat Walker” by Bob Schwoch

This post by Bob Schwoch appeared on the blog of Jack Craver, otherwise known as The Sconz. I am bogarting his blog, so please do Jack the favor of following him on twitter or liking his facebook page. He’s a very good writer with Isthmus.

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As a former Republican aide in the Wisconsin State Senate, part of my job was to help read the governor, and advise my senator accordingly. If I were still advising a Republican state senator, this is what I’d say right now.

DO SOMETHING.

This governor is not hard to read. He’s a giant fiery ball of ambition. When he sneezes he compares it to how Reagan sneezed. His first major act, after netting a modest 52 percent in a GOP wave election, was to pick the most dangerous and inflammatory political fight he could think of. His next Continue reading