Thursday, June 30, 2011

Flyer Circulating On Recall Elections Set For Nine Wisconsin State Senators

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Flyer shows fake candidates in recall elections being circulated on Facebook and the Internet.

By H. Nelson Goodson
June 30, 2011

Madison - The Government Accountability Board (GAB) certified recall elections for nine state Senate legislators. The elections will include primaries on July 12 for candidates facing a challenger and elections on August 9, and August 16 for those not facing a challenger from the same political party. The GAB determined there were sufficient signatures for a recall election for each of the following three Senate Democrats, Dave Hansen, Jim Holperin and Robert Wirch. Also facing recall elections are six Senate Republicans, Alberta Darling, Randy Hopper, Robert Cowles, Luther Olsen, Sheila Harsdorf and Dan Kapanke.
The GAB also decided State Representative John Nygren (R) failed to collect the required 400 signatures to challenge Senator Dave Hansen (D) in 30th Senate District recall. The GAB claims Nygren had 398 valid signatures and not enough valid signatures, but Nygren filed a lawsuit challenging the GAB decision to keep him off the ballot.
The GOP encouraged for fake candidates to run in an effort to allow Republicans more time to campaign.
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.
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. Act 10 became effective on June 29, after it was published in the Wisconsin State Journal. He also signed a two-year budget last Sunday, which eliminates in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants and cuts $800 million from public school districts in the state, but boosts tax credits for businesses.
On Wednesday, the Milwaukee Public Schools District (MPS) Superintendent Gregory Thorton announced, that the district is sending layoff notices this week to 519 employees affected, it includes 354 teachers, 155 teaching assistants and 96 District Divisions will be eliminated. Thorton blamed Governor Walker's budget cuts of $89 million from MPS. At least 418 positions left vacant by retirees won't be filled. About 200 layoff notices could be rescinded, if union workers concede to further contribute to their pensions and health insurance. Union officials say, employees have already conceded to contribute millions into both health and pension plans.

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