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State Recall Elections Set for May 8, June 5

Dane County Judge Richard Niess has signed off on dates proposed by the Government Accountability Board.

Well, Wisconsin, we have confirmed recall election dates.

The Associated Press is reporting that Dane County Circuit Judge Richard Niess has signed off on the after attorneys from the GAB, recall committees and recall candidates signed off on the deal.

Republican Party of Wisconsin Executive Director Stephan Thompson issued a written statement saying the party agrees with Niess' decision.

"We're pleased with today’s ruling by Judge Niess, which grants the Government Accountability Board an extension for certification of recall petitions. By aligning all recall elections on the same date, a significant burden on election officials and taxpayers has been relieved," he said.

Gov. Scott Walker, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, and four state senators, and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, are targeted for recall. While the GAB has not finished verifying signatures for Walker and Kleefisch, on Monday the board voted unanimously to order the recalls of the senators.

Primary races will be held on May 8, but races without a primary will use the May 8 date as the general election.

There will be a primary in the gubernatorial election. In addition to Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk, Secretary of State Doug La Follette and state Sen. Kathleen Vinehout have also announced or plan to announce they're running.

Whether there will be a primary in Racine County is still up in the air. Former Sen. John Lehman, whom Wanggaard defeated in Nov. 2010, is going to run and now, with the GAB. Mielke said he's more of an independent but would run as a Democrat against Lehman in a primary to eventually face Wanggaard for the June 5 general election.

Bob McBride March 15, 2012 at 09:02 PM
Bren, For court: Don't dress like you're insane (unless that's what you're pleading). Don't dress in a way that may prejudice anyone against you. Common sense there, Sparky. For Patch: Underwear. Preferably clean. You're welcome.
mau March 15, 2012 at 09:04 PM
@Jay, to the best of my knowledge there are no public utility power plants in SE Wisconsin that use fuel oil as their main source of fuel. Lakeside was that last one and that was fitted to burn either fuel oil or natural gas. Most use fuel oil, natural gas or propane for firing. There are always diesel generators somewhere in the system for a black start. In Lakeside's day natural gas prices were still high so they mostly ran on diesel. It was a coal burning plant prior to the switch-over. Most of the plants have been updated to fire on natural gas or propane. Some of the older units still have the ability to fire on fuel oil. Natural gas is cleaner and can be piped in. With diesel you need storage tanks. You do not want to eliminate any one of these sources in case of an emergency situation. I know that other utilities in the state have some older power plants but I believe the SE Wisconsin had the oldest plants (Commerce, East Wells, Lakeside), many of which are shut down or converted. http://www.we-energies.com/home/power_plants.htm
Bob McBride March 15, 2012 at 09:04 PM
Thanks for sharing those inside tidbits no one else can get their hands on.... http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/legislators-buck-walker-reject-train-maintenance-base-bg4isr4-142671085.html
mau March 15, 2012 at 09:41 PM
@Bob, gotta love this "Under the terms of the company's no-bid contract with the state". Wonder how much money exchanged hands under the table. Imagine if Walker did this.
Midwest George March 15, 2012 at 10:09 PM
Bren, you are missing the point about high speed rail and why it will never amount to anything. At the very lowest level of this argument, you are forgetting the majority of us do not have jobs that are within walking distance of the train station. How do you expect to get to work once you've reached your final destination? Take a bus? Cab? Do you really want to add more time to your work day waiting around for yet another type of transportation to haul your butt off to work and home again? Or do you propose we have train lines running to every industrial park? That would cost billions. Its a great idea for compact areas, but we are too spread out around here.
Bren March 15, 2012 at 10:10 PM
; ) At-work posters had better close their office doors first!
Bob McBride March 15, 2012 at 10:12 PM
That's the "bare minimum", Bren. Feel free to embellish.
Bren March 15, 2012 at 10:23 PM
Steve, I've taken the MegaBus, it's a British transport company. I've used it from Milwaukee-Chicago and also London-Cardiff U.K. I understand the price has also risen considerably which makes it uneconomical for commuting. It's also not allowed to stop at the Intermodal station, and the 13th Street Park & Ride location pick up option has also ended (last I heard). Who "said" anything against mining per se? I personally have a problem with arsenic and sulfur in people's drinking water, and also with river-killing. Not safe, environmentally respectful mining.
Gregory Kluck March 15, 2012 at 10:32 PM
O wow!!! A 19 second clip and the Democratic party in Wisconsin wants me to sign a petition. Good God!
Gregory Kluck March 15, 2012 at 10:40 PM
So what you are saying is that you don't want Negros coming to your whit neighborhood? Really? Good letter choice for your avatar/username...Another White Dummy!
Tim Scott March 15, 2012 at 10:52 PM
Bren: "So tell me why "conservatives" are so against exploring alternate fuels? Realistically, practically, explain this phenomenon." I'm not against that at all. There is a great deal of work that has gone into this. However the underpinning of all so-called alternatives is OIL. Instead of wasting my time trying to educate you, which can't be done, I will direct you to The Oil Drum: http://www.theoildrum.com/ You can gain an education there, and discover for yourself, from experts and those involved in the field, with the problems of other energy sources. In the meantime, if you would provide me with the specific alternative energy sources you are concerned with - I would gladly give you my opinion of them, and if I had any objections. Can you even name any of these you say conservatives oppose?
morninmist March 15, 2012 at 10:55 PM
Shame on Walker and the Republicans! http://www.wispolitics.com/index.iml?Article=264338 WisDems:"Only" 22,000 kicked off, Scott Walker's deepest cuts to BadgerCare thwarted 3/15/2012 Contact: Graeme Zielinski, WisDems Communications Director 414-364-1077; graemez@wisdems.org MADISON—Following is the statement of Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate following news that Scott Walker was forced to roll back his deepest cuts to BadgerCare after the Obama administration opposed plans that would have cut almost 30,000 children from the program for working families. "Scott Walker has given $2.6 billion in tax giveaways to the super-rich and out-of-state corporations and to pay for it, he has attacked the BadgerCare program on which hundreds of thousands of working Wisconsinites rely. Virtually everyone will see lowered benefits, but Walker was hell-bent on kicking some 30,000 children off the program in time for Christmas. Now, "only" 22,000 will be cut off the vital program so that Walker's corporate donors see a little bit more in profit, without creating jobs. Budgets are about priorities and it is clear in his attack on BadgerCare that Walker would rather side with a C.E.O. than a sick child from a working family."............
Gregory Kluck March 15, 2012 at 11:06 PM
In the early beginning of the auto industry, there were many different power sources and ways to propel a car. There was in addition to gasoline, electric cars and steam powered cars. Eventually the most efficient energy source won out...gasoline. Not only that, but much of your car today is made from oil derived substance...plastic, wire coatings, paint, etcetera. Steam was kinda cool but still required a fuel to heat the boiler which was generally gasoline. Plus you needed to take on water. Fuel efficiency was not good. Electric cars using the technology of those days (1900--1920) wasn't that efficient, but better than steam. It took a long time to charge your battery pack. They were quiet and clean and had decent speed but didn't have the range. Today's electrics like the Nissan Leaf are worlds better than the early Bakers, Rausch & Langes and Detriot Electrics. I think even Studebaker had an electric, and there was myriads of truck makers powering with electric. But alas, the gasoline and diesel powered vehicles won out. They weren't successful because of the oil companies, the oil companies were successful because of the auto industry. I am all for alternate forms of energy but until someone can find one that has the efficiency (energy received for energy given) of gas, oil based fuel will always be the main source.
Tim Scott March 15, 2012 at 11:07 PM
Walker is trying to rein in out of control oppression by union public employees whose outrageous benefits and salaries has made private business unprofitable. How can a decent, honest family man make a living when someone like John Dickert, Mayor of Racine, spends $200,000, taken from working people via taxation, to fix up a house, then sell it for $80,000 and call it a success? Governor Pat Quinn is now going to allow Medicare to collapse in Illinois and throw the poor to the dogs , while attempting to preserve the pensions of public employees. He only needs to find $83 billion! It's the Corporate fatcats at RUSD, with a $300 Million dollare budget, stolen through property taxes, that is throwing people out of their homes and into the street. Want to end Corporate tyranny and Slavery? End Corporate RUSD and public Corporation tyranny.
Tim Scott March 15, 2012 at 11:12 PM
Detroit OR Detoilet? Asked if Snyder will compromise, Bing said: "He's already said he's open minded. I don't think this is etched in stone. … We both want the city of Detroit to survive and be healthy." Bing reiterated he does not want the powers of the financial manager or to be the financial manager. "We've got to be part of the process," he said, adding there has been a lot of "unnecessary rhetoric." He also reiterated he thinks the city needs $100 million to $150 million in state funding as part of a deal to put in place structural changes. "I think we'll get behind it. It's not personal as far I'm concerned. As business people, we've got to make the right choices," Bing said. Bing also said he wasn't pursuing a federal bailout of Detroit. "If somebody wants to give us money, I will take it," he said with a laugh. The Fat Lady is singing. It's over for Detroit. http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120315/METRO01/203150508/Bing-Washington-says-he-wants-keep-authority?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE They won't get anything, because they are BROKE!
Bren March 15, 2012 at 11:31 PM
Oil will probably be part of the equation well into the future. Tim Scott, please explain the glee at the failure of Solandra if there isn't ardent "conservative" support for exploring sustainable energy sources?
Steve March 16, 2012 at 01:18 AM
$11 to Chicago $13 or $44 to Minneapolis no promotional code. How much was that train $65 on way? No mining no iron no train. So the safe mining like they do in Minnesota? Why can't we do that here?
Keith Schmitz March 16, 2012 at 01:56 AM
No they don't little man. You have no idea what when on or what was involved. You can stop by Alterra any time and I'll be happy to go over what happened. I doubt if you have the courage to do it or that you even live here. My bet is you are being paid to post. Beyond that, I'm not going to engage. You little creeps can try to intimidate through embarrassment, but notice how much that is working. Don't you all just love how these "patriots" talk about freedom, but would never have the guts to stand up for what they believe in by getting out form behind screen names. Yeah, we've read your pathetic excuses but they don't cut it. By the way Linda, thanks. You have more courage than these weenies. Go to it midgets. I know I hurt your little feelings.
Tim Scott March 16, 2012 at 11:42 AM
Bren - it is painfully obvious that you are WAY above your head. Oil will always be around, because once the EROEI >1 it becomes an energy sink and it is no longer sustainable to produce it. Do you understand what I just said. A. I think you have no clue as to what I said. B. You will ignore reality and the facts and just plow ahead. It is now a fairly universal consensus that we are at the plateau of peak oil - maximun rate of extraction has been achieved. This means that there are limits to growth on a finite Planet. Oil is an extremely dense, highly concentrated, and mobile source of energy. It is irreplaceable. There is no true alternative - all others depend upon it. Bren - do you think a nuclear reactor just comes into being? Didn't you just oppose a mine? Where do you think the materials to build that reactor come from - what mines them, what makes that equipment? What is involved every step of the way? O-I-L You remind me of someone who would condemn Farmers for their practices and then say "screw the Farmers, we don't need them, I buy my food at the Supermarket". That is the mentality you display. Here is a thought for you - how will France maintain and service those nuclear reactors without oil? Better yet - how will they de-commission them and transport the fuel to a safe location - because radioactive material is dangerous for millions of years? Clueless. That's what your posts reveal.
morninmist March 16, 2012 at 11:09 PM
Here is an interesting development from up North (Wausaw area). Ed Schultz ‏ @edshow Wisconsin senator facing recall resigns; GOP loses majority. Will/should others follow suit? #edshow #wirecall http://fb.me/vsBjAlXr John Nichols ‏ @NicholsUprising GOP Senator Galloway, #wirecall target, quitting Senate. GAB says: "recall election... will be held without her name on the ballot."
morninmist March 16, 2012 at 11:12 PM
I wish her family well. http://www.defendwisconsin.org/2012/03/16/state-sen-galloway-to-resign-today-leaving-senate-split/ State Sen. Galloway to resign today, leaving Senate split – March 16, 2012Posted in: Mass Media, Press State Sen. Pam Galloway, R-Wausau,who faces a recall election this summer, plans to resign from the Senate Friday. She plans to speak to voters in her district on Sunday. “After a great deal of thought and consideration, I’ve decided to put the needs of my family first,” the Wausau Republican said in a statement Friday. “My family has experienced multiple, sudden and serious health issues, which require my full attention. Unfortunately, this situation is not compatible with fulfilling my obligations as state Senator or running for re-election at this time.” Galloway’s resignation will cause the Republicans to lose their Senate majority. Republicans would hold 16 seats and Democrats would hold 16 seats. It marks a dramatic change from a year ago, when Republicans held a commanding 19-14 majority in the Senate. It was narrowed to 17-16 in August when Democrats gained two seats in recall elections.................
morninmist March 16, 2012 at 11:20 PM
And a tweet that is spot on! ShooterOneSix ‏ @ShooterOneSix The only way today can get better for us Badgers is if Scooter Walker would ALSO resign! #wirecall #wiunion #p2
morninmist March 16, 2012 at 11:56 PM
Coffee Bean ‏ @CoffeeBean26 Reply Retweet Favorite · Open And Rep Jeff Fitzgerald is gone! CELEBRATE! http://quorumcall.wispolitics.com/2012/03/speaker-fitz-says-good-bye.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter #WIunion #reclaimWI #ALEC
Gregory Kluck March 17, 2012 at 01:06 AM
"And hast thou slain the Jabberwock? Come to my arms, my beamish boy! O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!" He chortled in his joy. 'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves Did gyre and gimble in the wabe; All mimsy were the borogoves, And the mome raths outgrabe. We shall see what we shall see.
Bren March 17, 2012 at 01:35 AM
Tim, I think everyone here knows where nuclear reactors come from, etc., etc. Perhaps it is new to you? Of course you have the right to post what you wish.
Bren March 17, 2012 at 01:42 AM
Does Galloway's "retirement" after only one year in office give her a pension? Wisconsin Judicial Commission files ethics charges against Justice David Prosser: http://media.jsonline.com/documents/J_Dept._complaint_vs_Prosser.pdf I wonder if JoAnne Kloppenburg's hands would have slipped around another Justice's throat if she had won the election...
morninmist March 17, 2012 at 12:40 PM
Vote the scum TeaGOP out of our HOUSE!! Like Palin, Galloway quit!! One down and 3 to go!! PLUS Kleefisch and Walker! http://www.politiscoop.com/us-politics/wisconsin-politics/814-scott-walker-extremism-on-display-as-failure-session-ends.html 16 March 2012 FitzwalkerStan extremismScott Walker Extremism on Display as Failure Session Ends \Following is the statement of Democratic Party Chair Mike Tate following the end of a legislative session that failed to produce any meaningful jobs legislation yet included a full-scale assault on women and other nasty bits of social extremism. "Wisconsin led the nation in job loss in 2011, yet Scott Walker Republicans in the Legislature were more concerned in this legislative session with threatening doctors with felonies, lining the pockets of slumlords and denying health care for 12-year-old girls who are raped. Republicans failed to pass bipartisan mining legislation, after previously failing to pass Scott Walker's promised venture capital fund. They failed to target tax cuts to small businesses that create jobs. They even failed to balance the budget, though Scott Walker wasn't afraid to bring the contrary lie to his omnipresent television commercials. Underlying everything was a hostility toward women that hasn't been seen in Wisconsin in generations, with Republicans litigating arguments about women's reproductive freedom and fair pay for equal work that have been settled with the public decades ago."
morninmist March 17, 2012 at 12:43 PM
Bren. I suspect she will leave with full benefits. We will see. As to the comment "I wonder if JoAnne Kloppenburg's hands would have slipped around another Justice's throat if she had won the election..." Of course not. JoAnne can control herself and it was obvious that Prosser could NOT!
morninmist March 17, 2012 at 12:46 PM
The WI TeaRepugs are a JOKE! Wed Mar 14, 2012 at 03:11 PM PDT For "Sunshine Week", WI Assembly Covers Windows on Gallery Doors with Black Plastic+* http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/03/14/1074417/-For-Sunshine-Week-WI-Assembly-Covers-Windows-on-Gallery-Doors-with-Black-Plastic Did you know we’re right in the middle of Sunshine Week? Sunshine Week is a celebration of the Freedom of Information Act and other open records laws. It's sponsored by the American Society of News Editors and by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. Without a hint of irony, the Wisconsin Assembly decided this week to cover the windows on the Assembly gallery doors with black plastic to prevent people from filming the proceedings from outside the gallery. You may recall that recording quietly from inside the gallery has already been declared “against the rules” by the Republican leaders of the Assembly. They have stationed state troopers inside the gallery to escort out anyone who chooses to exercise their first amendment rights and their rights under Wisconsin’s open meetings law......
morninmist March 17, 2012 at 02:18 PM
Sweet Fri Mar 16, 2012 As of 12:01 a.m. CDT, Scott Fitzgerald is not the Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader+* http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/03/17/1075196/-As-of-12-01-a-m-CDT-Scott-Fitzgerald-is-not-the-Wisconsin-Senate-Majority-Leader As detailed yesterday by Puddytat, Wisconsin Republican State Senator Pam Galloway resigned from the Senate effective midnight CST. She was facing a recall election but stated she was resigning to deal with sudden and serious family health issues. It is now past midnight in Wisconsin. The Senate is officially split evenly, 16 - 16, and Scott Fitzgerald is no longer the majority leader. He is, at best, the co-leader of the Senate along with Democrat Mark Miller. This is a momentous development that happened as most Wisconsinites slept. For all practical purposes, the FitzWalkerstan era is over... The Republicans can pass no new legislation without Democratic cooperation. Scott Walker is likely facing criminal charges and will have to face a recall election. Scott Fitzgerald could easily lose his Senate seat against Wisconsin folk hero Lori Compas. Jeff Fitzgerald, brother of Scott Fitzgerald, is the Speaker of the State Assembly. He is running for a US Senate seat in the fall and therefore will not be running for reelection in the State Assembly. By the end of the year, it is very likely that the capitol building will house no Fitzgeralds and no Scott Walker. FitzWalkerstan is dead. Long live Wisconsin.

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