Joanne Kloppenburg concedes to Prosser. Calls for investigation of electoral process in Wisconsin.

Protest sign from Katy, 05/31/11

Joanne Kloppenburg has formally conceded to David Prosser and said she will not be pursuing judicial review of the recount results due to a high bar set by Wisconsin law. Kloppenburg would have had to catch election rigging actions red-handed to succeed in a challenge of the recount. Or as a judge might say, to succeed in challenging the recount results, Joanne Kloppenburg would have to supply clear evidence of  election “connivance, fraud, or undue influence”.

Ms. Kloppenburg does call for an independent investigation of Wisconsin’s Continue reading

So. About That Waukesha County Clerk. Seems She Made a Mockery of The Audit On Her Procedures

1) Before you read this, take your heart pills and/or make sure you’re not operating heavy machinery. Remain seated. You could get enraged.

2) I lifted this off of a good blog I’ll be returning to called The Brad Blog I see he also does audio (!!!)

So, to what enraged me. First off, when County Board members and the Waukesha County DOA discovered that Nickolaus kept “election data collection and storage system off the county’s computer network – and keep it on stand-alone personal computers accessible only in her office” they were alarmed and conducted an audit of her operations.

Well, that sounds sensible.

But then, when I read this….I do feel a *silent scream* coming on:

“When presented with the results of the audit at a County Board meeting, Nickolaus said only she would take the recommendations “into consideration” and was then taken to task for what one member of the Executive Committee described as her “smirks” during the discussion, as reported by the Journal Sentinel in January of this year:

Several committee members said they were uncomfortable with Nickolaus’ refusal to adopt the recommendations.

During one part of the discussion, Dwyer erupted in exasperation at Nickolaus’ facial expressions.

“There really is nothing funny about this, Kathy,” he said, raising his voice. “Don’t sit there and grin when I’m explaining what this is about.

“Don’t sit there and say I will take it into consideration,” he said, asking her pointedly whether she would change the passwords.

“I have not made my decision,” she answered. After supervisors continued to press the issue, Nickolaus indicated she would create three different passwords.

“This isn’t that big of a deal. It isn’t worth an argument,” she said. “This is ridiculous.”

Nickolaus also said she would make her own assessment of when to back up computer programming for election ballots – and store the more frequent backup in another building, as the auditor recommended.

I don’t know if this person is demented or crooked or both…??  She’s entrusted with votes, for crying out loud. To know that her stubbornness and unprofessional conduct have been beyond frustrating to this very conservative government body in Waukesha – that gives me pause. Those folks are on the same Ruby Red political “side”.

Meanwhile, Caffeinated Politics is calling for the clerk’s resignation.


7,582 Prosser Votes Discovered in Waukesha County. Clerk Kathy Nickolaus blames human error. My notes from the press conference.

I just watched TMJ4 on the internet to hear/watch a press conference delivered by the Waukesha County clerk. County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus delivered a press conference at approx. 5:30PM today 4/6/11.

David Prosser gained 7,582 votes in Waukesha County, according to a summary statement from the board of canvassers.

Canvassers around the state were updating their totals today, with Prosser and JoAnne Kloppenburg each making gains.

Those changes pale in comparison to the change in Waukesha County, where Prosser’s total increased by 11,008 and Kloppenburg’s rose 3,426.

My notes from that prses conference:

What are the reasons for the discrepancy?

1) City of New Berlin: total for 1 ward was recorded at 37, but total showed 237

2) In the Town of Lisbon, a typing error resulted in a change of vote totals. Both sides lost votes there.

3) Finally, and most significantly, the data from the City of Brookfield was not transferred to the media on Tuesday night.

The spreadsheet was imported into a database that was provided by G.A.B. (the Government Accountability Office) but that was inadvertantly not saved. When I ran the report I assumed the City of Brookfield was included

Brookfield delivered 14315 votes on April 5th.

10,859 votes went for Prosser

3,456 went for Kloppenburg

These #’s will be reflected in official results to GAB

“This is not a case of extra votes or ballots being found. This is human error, which I apologize for. Which is common in this process. Which is why the state requires us to conduct a canvass. Every person in Waukesha County that voted, on April 5th –  their votes were counted.”

Verified all of the results. We are confident that they have been properly recorded to the accountability board.

This was an access database file that was on our regular system. It was just human error.

Chris Schmidt (of Brookfield?) said that she was asked for the results a 2nd time. On election night, all the people that were asked to …when the city of Brookfield’s results came in, extra columns were put into the spreadsheet. I called them and stressed that they needed to keep the same # of columns that were in the template.

I saved them but when I imported them into the access database, I thought they were saved at that time, I had no reason to believe that they weren’t. Continue reading

Wisconsin Questions: How long can this go on? Which side are you on?

It’s a legendary song. Now it’s a question that Wisconsinites are asking each other, “Which side are you on?”

But the second question, “How long can this last?”, I don’t hear anymore.

I remember locating temp. space in an office on the square at the start of the protests in Madison. I called WORT-FM and I spoke with a staff person to offer room there and he said, “How long do you think this is going to go on?” He floated the idea that it could be 1 week.

I said, “I think this is going to go on for a long time.”

Now if asked I would say, “This will go on as long as it takes”. But nobody asks that question. I assume because it’s understood that we are in it for the duration.

And “this” has transformed itself from protests at the Capitol building to hundreds of protests around the state of Wisconsin, recalls against 8 Republicans Senators (1 of which has already turned in its required signatures), and a come-from-behind candidate who has won an election she was not wagered to win 6 months ago: Joanne Kloppenburg our newest Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice.

Scott Walker is next. Enough votes were cast in Continue reading

Recount inevitable BUT Unofficial tally and now Rep. Mason announces: Kloppenburg wins by 233. Results Mapped.

Much of Wisconsin has been on the edge of its seat waiting and watching and refreshing the screen at MJS or AP hoping to see Joanne Kloppenburg win.

Based on tweets, a precinct in Milwaukee and the Lake Mills numbers are what we have been waiting for.

And at 12:49PM, a tweet:

“Cory Mason, state assemblyman on FB: Jefferson County in, Kloppenburg wins by 233! #wiunion#wivote #WEareWINNING “- from 2NewEarthRising New Earth Rising  and @PhilipStl:

I am pleased. But I’m not dancing, only because –

1) I’m terribly fatigued and

2) We know there is going to be a recount.

3) I wanted Joanne Kloppenburg to not just win, but *soundly* win.

BUT I know full well that what’s been pulled off by Joanne Kloppenburg and the people of Wisconsin is stunning.

Joanne was not supposed to make it this far.

I hope Joanne Kloppenburg and ther campaign team are feeling some pride in the midst of all of the other emotions they must be experiencing today.

By the way, I don’t blame either candidate for calling an inevitable recount. You’d have to be insane not to demand a recount when your opponent wins by around 0.01 percent of the total vote.

Here is a link to the laws and procedures governing recounts (I will be writing a summary in a bit): Election Recount Procedures from G.A.B.

And below is a map from the It’s Academic blog.

You know I want that whole state to be cobalt blue.

Numbers used were compiled by AP and current as of 11:11AM CST.

Nail biting numbers in Wisconsin–Joanne Kloppenburg vs. Prosser

Sorry-formatting must be screwy because I copied information off a widget program. I’m too tired to fix anything, too. It is 1:11AM. 

Very, very close race.  

Very likely that a recount will be ordered.
At about 1AM there “were a number of wards still outstanding, including a dozen in Milwaukee County and half of Middleton, which is Kloppenburg’s home community”


Brian Schimming, Prosser’s former chief of staff and 1st vice-chair of the state GOP, told the justices supporters should before 1 a.m. that the campaign was ready for a recount if needed. Source

At 1:20AM; “AP reports 585 vote Prosser lead; it’s narrowing” Continue reading

Numbers starting to come in. Kloppenburg gets Columbia County.

PROSSER =5,780   44.14%

JOANNE F. KLOPPENBURG=7,299   55.74%

(with 82.05 of total vote counted)

source: Columbia County Clerk web site

Excellent numbers given the fact that in November of 2010, Walker got a healthy vote there with 58.47% of the vote to win against Democratic Barrett’s 41.06%.

It should be noted – that Columbia voted more conservative than statewide numbers which shook out to a split of 46.79% for Tom Barrett and 51.71% for Scott Walker

Live blogging the Wisconsin Supreme Court vote. Kloppenburg has a fighting chance.

The weather is lovely here in Madison-no wind, overcast sky with the sun now peaking out. Turnout is always high in Madison and it’s breaking records.

What us pro-Kloppenburgers need to see is exceedingly high #’s in blue areas against weaker #’s in red areas. I would like to tentatively report: That is what I am seeing. I am cautiously optimistic.


In my gut, I feel that the conservatives are facing their own “enthusiasm gap” because too many people know how poison anyone tied to the Walker administration is. And Prosser is tied to the Walker administration.

Madison-Record turnout projected 75-80%!: Yesterday the city clerk said 60% was projected. But with 16% turnout by 11am–and new ballots ordered:

“We’re expecting the equivalent of a regular presidential Continue reading

Tomorrow’s April 5 vote in Wisconsin. Voting basics and endorsements!

Some basics on voting and my endorsements.

Details on _why_ I endorse these folks are below, but if you want a brief list, I endorse: Continue reading

Grab bag of solidarity, cooperatives, and the CLAP.

Madison housing cooperatives face threat. Mayor Dave?

A familiar symbol of the co-operative is that of the encircled Twin Pines. The symbol was adopted in 1922 by the Co-operative League of the USA, as the National Co-operative Business Association was then known, as a universal co-operative emblem.  The co-operative emblem displays Twin Pines encircled because the pine tree is an ancient symbol of life and the circle has the endless quality of eternity. Two pines are shown to emphasize the mutual nature of co-operation. The trees and the circle are dark green, which is the colour of chlorophyll, the life principle in nature. The colour within the circle is golden yellow, typifying the sun, the giver of light and lifeThis Tuesday night March 29 at 6:30pm Alder Marsha Rummel will introduce a measure to prevent city zoning from removing “co-op friendly” provisions in city code [the agenda].

April 5th we have a mayoral election. Madison is home to at least 11 cooperative housing sites some of which date back to 1968, I know we have more in the woodwork, and we have a locally beloved & nationally known food coop which recently expanded into Middleton. When Willy St Co-op wanted to raise $600,000 in 60 days—they raised it in 21. Madison and cooperatives are BFF.

Mayor Dave, although I don’t see evidence of it on Soglin’s Waxing America, at least one local labor/co-op blogger I spoke with believes Hizzoner’s been promoting co-ops for months. Candidate Soglin spoke at the Saturday rally for co-ops and workers at the Capitol.

So I’m scratching my head wondering if you’re letting Soglin have what amounts to a  gimme, or you’ve been informed you must slight the co-ops if you want to snuggle up with that Madison Isthmus biz blok ….    From this angle, I don’t see why you can’t have your cooperatively baked cake and eat it too.

“One Issue Doesn’t add up”  Kloppenburg endorsed by the Appleton Post-Crescent

Justice David Prosser has a past as a legislator. Now his days breaking Continue reading

A Friend of FitzWalkerStan: Supreme Court Justice David Prosser

Prosser on April 5th? NOPE. I’ll vote Kloppenburg for Supreme Court.

You’ll note that a lot of us pro-union, anti-Walker types are endorsing Joanne Kloppenburg for Wisconsin Supreme Court in the April 5th election. For many it boils down to Prosser’s Republican backing and the liklihood that collective bargaining legislation will go all the way to the Wisconsin Supreme Court where, frankly, it will probably be approved if Prosser keeps his job.

But if you needed more reasons to doubt Prosser’s worthiness for the post, then read on. I’ve summarized below his protection of a pedophile in 1979, his pro-business agenda, and an allegation that he’s been making unethical threats toward trial lawyers.

(I promise to do a companion piece just on Kloppenburg later).

He’s Who’s Right for the Right Wing

In the video below, Prosser speaks on a local Republican-sponsored show called “Who’s Right”. I really like the host:  Alternate video link.

Prosser tells the host that the chances that Walker’s Budget Repair Bill will come up for Wisconsin Supreme Court review are “About 100%.” Continue reading