Saturday, May 5, 2012
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Bomb Threat Under Investigation at CNH Plant How Much Did Properties Sell For In Caledonia, Mount Pleasant And Wind Point? Union Endorsements May Not Mean Much in the Voting Booth Village Board OKs Siena Center Demo, But Key Approvals Still Needed Is 21st District Fake Candidate Trying to be For Real?
Friday, May 4, 2012
Tamra Varebrook was tapped by the state GOP to run as a "protest" candidate in Racine County to force a primary. Is she going above and beyond the call by hosting fundraisers and now running an attack ad against John Lehman on YouTube?
She might be running as a "fake" Democrat, but Tamra Varebrook appears to be for real about wanting to keep former Sen. John Lehman from retaking his seat in the June 5 recall election. Lehman is presumed to be the Democratic candidate who will face state Sen. Van Wanggaard (R-Racine). Varebrook was tapped by the Republican Party of Wisconsin to run as a "protest" candidate to force a primary so all general elections are held the same day. She has served as a volunteer at the GOP Victory Center in Mount Pleasant, helping verify the signatures on recall petitions. Had there not been a primary, Wanggaard would have faced his general election the same day as the Democratic gubernatorial primary — something Republicans wanted to avoid at all …
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Tamra Varebrook is holding a fundraiser at Fountain Hall in Sturtevant on Thursday. Donations over $50 are considered "host" contributions, but aren't necessary to attend.
**Updated 9:50 pm, April 18. Tamra Varebrook, the "protest" candidate for the 21st Senate District, is hosting a fundraiser Thursday, but the state GOP had no idea and has no involvement. Varebrook's name was placed on the ballot for the May 8 primary with the support of the state Republican party. The GAB Tuesday voted to allow the "fake" Democrats to remain on the ballots for all six recall primary elections - one each for governor, lt. governor, and four state senators. State Sen. Van Wanggaard is under recall here in Racine County. On May 8, voters will choose between Varebrook and former Sen. John Lehman, whom Wanggaard defeated in Nov. 2010. After first reading about the event on the Root River Siren blog, a quick check of Varebrook'…
Monday, April 16, 2012
Patch and WGTD are hosting and broadcasting live a candidates forum for the recall election in the 21st Senate District on Thursday.
State Sen. Van Wanggaard and former state Sen. John Lehman will participate in a live candidates forum Thursday, May 24, in the recall election in the 21st Senate District. Sponsored by the Caledonia and Mount Pleasant-Sturtevant Patch sites, with help from WGTD Radio, the debate is scheduled from 7 to 8:30 pm at the Mount Pleasant Village Hall, 8811 Campus Drive. WGTD will broadcast the forum live on 91.1FM, and Patch will do a live blog of the event. Lehman came out the winner of the May 8 recall primary against Tamra Varebrook, the "protest" candidate tapped by the Republican Party of Wisconsin. Our moderator for the evening will be Patch Regional Editor Mark Maley, and our timekeeper will be Bob Haggarty, president of Haggarty …
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
The candidate names have been submitted for the various state recall elections, including members of the state GOP. Are they breaking the law by swearing that they're Democrats when they really aren't?
Update, 9:20 am: A story in The Journal Times says that Levinson, the lawyer quoted below, will file challenges to keep the "protest" candidates off the ballot. Citing the state statute 12.13, Levinsin states again that the GOP's "protest" candidates are breaking the law. If he is successful, there will not be a primary in the recall election for state Sen. Van Wanggaard in the 21st District. Instead, Wanggaard's general election would take place on May 8, the same day as the Democratic primary for the governor's and lt. governor's races. Original Story: When is a protest candidate a fraud? It's a question being taken up by the Government Accountability Board at the same time the agency is verifying the number of signatures needed to be a …
Saturday, April 7, 2012
John Lehman and volunteer supporters take a targeted approach to canvassing. They split up to talk to voters who are considered "unidentified" or "irregular," to talk with them about why Lehman is running in the recall election for the 21st District.
Former Sen. John Lehman bundled up and headed out Thursday for another day of canvassing. He is running against Van Wanggaard (R-Racine) in the recall election for the 21st Senate District. He said despite having one or two potential rivals for the May 8 primary, he's looking ahead to the June 5 general election. Caledonia resident Andrew Mielke announced last month that while he is not affiliated with either party, he intends to run as a Democrat against Lehman in the primary to then face Wanggaard in the general election. The state GOP, however, wants to guarantee there is a primary here so they're running protest candidate Tamra Varebrook of Union Grove. "We're not working toward the primary, we are focused on June 5," Lehman told Patch…
Thursday, April 5, 2012
Six Republican "recall protest candidates" will run for the various governor and senator seats facing a recall election, likely forcing a primary race even in races where a primary was already expected, including in the 21st Senate District.
The "fake Democrats" are coming out again. Six of them, in fact, who plan to get their names on the ballot in the upcoming recall elections, according to an Associate Press article. Though they've been labeled "fake Democrats," GOP spokesman Ben Sparks calls them "recall protest candidates." The group includes: Gladys Huber, running who is running for governor; Isaac Weix, running for lieutenant governor; and Gary Ellerman, Tamara Varebrook, James Engel and James Buckley, who are running as Democrats in four state Senate recall elections. Gov. Scott Walker, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, and four state senators, including Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, Van Wanggaard, Pam Galloway and Terry Moulton are targeted for recall. The state …
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Whether or not Andrew Mielke, the surprise candidate from Caledonia, files papers is irrelevant now that Tamra Varebrook of Union Grove has been tapped to run against John Lehman in the May 8 primary leading up to the recall election of Van Wanggaard.
It's official. The Republican Party of Wisconsin has provided a protest candidate to run in a primary against John Lehman on May 8 for the 21st Senate District. An anonymous source sent photos to Patch of a packet they received in the mail - unsolicited - to help circulate signatures for Tamra Varebrook of Union Grove. Now, a story in The Journal Times confirms that Varebrook was recruited to run as a protest candidate to make sure the recall election against Van Wanggaard (R-Racine) takes place on the same day as the recall elections for Governor and Lt. Governor. The party will not actively campaign for the protest candidates, but they will help collect the 400 signatures needed to get their names on the ballot. Last week, Ben Sparks, …