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Recall Walker Rally at Capitol Draws 25,000 to 30,000

Huge crowds show up Saturday as recall organizers announce they've collected more than 100,000 signatures on petitions.

As tens of thousands of people descended upon the state Capitol Saturday, organizers of the effort to remove Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker from office announced they have collected more than 105,000 signatures on recall petitions.

“As of (Friday) night — the fourth day of signature collection, more than 105,000 Wisconsin residents have already signed their name to a petition to recall Scott Walker," said Heather DuBois Bourenane, a volunteer with United Wisconsin, the group spearheading the recall effort. "Across the state, people are talking with their friends, family and neighbors about Walker’s destruction and are doing all they can to end his days as governor."

Organizers need to collect 540,000 signatures by Jan. 17 to force a recall election. United Wisconsin, which is working with the Democratic Party of Wisconsin on the recall effort, says it hopes to gather between 600,000 and 700,000 signatures by that deadline.

The news came as a crowd estimated at between 25,000 and 30,000 attended the Madison rally, the largest gathering since the huge Capitol protests in March, according to the Wisconsin State Journal.

The State Journal said the rally — like those in March — drew thousands of teachers, union members, labor leaders and students. In addition U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin, a Madison Democrat who is running for a senate seat, and MSNBC talk show host Ed Schultz were on hand, the newspaper reported.

After the rally, the Republican Party of Wisconsin issued a statement that reiterated its position that a recall is a waste of taxpayers' dollars.

"The bill Wisconsin families will receive for the Democrats' baseless recall effort is without precedent," said state GOP Executive Director Stephan Thompson. "While Governor Walker and the state Legislature instituted bold reforms to cut wasteful spending, the Democrats and their liberal special interests simply want to increase it in their selfish pursuit to regain political power."

Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch has estimated the cost of a statewide recall elections at $7.7 million — a figure based on what it cost to hold nine state Senate recall elections over the summer.

Before the rally got under way, former before an enthusiastic crowd of about 300 at a Madison theater.

And while many in the crowd were chanting "Run, Russ, Run!", the Democrat told reporters Saturday that he had no intention of running against Walker if a recall is held.

Polls say Feingold, who was defeated by Republican Sen. Ron Johnson in November, would have the best chance of defeating Walker in a recall election.

Brian Dey November 24, 2011 at 01:33 AM
Ramirez- No, not at all. Thought a little humor was in order and apologize if I offended. I actually believe that some sort of amnesty needs to happen before enforcing the borders can be affective. Might not put me at the top of the list of most conservatives, but I actually think more conservatives share my beliefs than one might think. I hope you and your family ave a happy Thanksgiving!!!
Patriot November 24, 2011 at 01:37 AM
@MrsPeel-Well I have been out of my parents basement for well lets see 31 years now actually 32. Facts are Facts. We are in worse shape today under Obama than we have been since well as long as I can recall. Lets see there is another scandel in the works with another one of Obamas boys Mr Corzine. Seems its one thug after another. The price of food has sky rocketed, the price of energy has sky rocketed, I have less in my pocket today than I did 3 years ago. Lets see 2 failed stimulus programs, Unemployment 9% which we all know its probably more like 12 to 14%, under Obama he continues to shell out tax payer dollars for failed programs that have done nothing for Americans. Facts are Facts MrsPeel............Continue sticking your head in the sand!! Everything will be ok!!
Say What? November 24, 2011 at 02:26 AM
Dave, Your inability as a parent to raise your kids with your belief structure is not societies problem. Our nation was founded on this concept, this exact freedom, and when you fail you want to get rid of those who dont share your beliefs? Kind of the double standard of political beliefs that I have come to accept from the religious right.
CowDung November 28, 2011 at 03:23 PM
G-d forbid we ever look at what works well in other countries and consider if those things might work well in our own... Nobody is advocating 'child slave labor'.
Bucky December 18, 2011 at 05:36 PM
The Third World Dream By the American Tea Party/GOP "We, the people, Unable to think for ourselves, choose to be controlled by those willing to manipulate us. We want out Great Nation to not only have a Economy on par with the third world Nations of this world. But we also look forward to Third world Health Care, Election Practices, and Judicial system. Each one of these shall be the best money can buy, and if you have no money, that is entirely your fault. We dream of the day when the church will take over the government so we can enjoy our own version of the inquisitio­n for you are truly only an American in our eyes, if you believe in everything we do."

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