Tuesday, May 31, 2011

GAB Certifies Recall Elections For Six Wisconsin Senate Republicans

Recall elections for six Senate Republicans to be held in July.

By H. Nelson Goodson
May 31, 2011

Madison - On Tuesday, the Government Accountability Board (GAB) certified recall elections for six state senators. The election will take place in July. The GAB determined there were sufficient signatures for a recall election for each of the following Senate Republicans, Alberta Darling, Randy Hopper, Robert Cowles, Luther Olsen, Sheila Harsdorf and Dan Kapanke.
The GAB is delaying recall elections for three Democrats who challenged the petitions and alleged fraud. The GAB will take more time to investigate the fraud allegations and won't certified recall petitions for three Senate Democrats, Dave Hansen, Jim Holperin and Robert Wirch.
Governor Scott Walker (R) will be facing a recall himself after he completes one year in office. Walker signed into law Act 10, which eliminates most collective bargaining rights for most state employees.
Last week, Dane County Judge Maryann Sumi, ruled Act 10 was passed in a state legislative meeting that violated open meetings law, thus voiding Act 10. State legislators failed to give 24 hours notice for the meeting. Republicans are seeking for the State Supreme Court to hear arguments in the case in June and for the court to take up the case.
The Republicans have been recall for voting to eliminate collective bargaining rights for most state employees. The Democrats are being recall for leaving the state for a month to stall a vote to eliminate union state employees to engage in collective bargaining.

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