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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.

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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