Wednesday, July 11, 2012
A half-dozen Republicans called the 21st District Senate race a "wake-up call to the state" in a letter to the Government Accountability Board.
Republican Legislature leadership on Wednesday requested the Government Accountability Board examine and resolve alleged irregularities at the polls that came to light in the District 21 recall race. Half a dozen Republicans including Rep. Robin Vos and Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald signed a letter to GAB director Kevin Kennedy asking him to detail his specific plans to "restore the trust in our election process." "The situation in the 21 Senate District is a wake-up call to the state," the Republicans wrote. "We have laws in the books that are not being followed and a recall election that made a mockery of our election system." Reid Magney, spokesman for the GAB, said the agency just received the letter and will develop a timely …
John Lehman will officially be sworn into his seat in the 21st Senate District Monday at noon.
John Lehman will once again become Senator John Lehman when he takes his oath of office Monday at noon. Lehman confirmed to Patch Wednesday that Judge George Petak will conduct the ceremony at noon Monday in Branch 1 at the Racine County Law Enforcement Center, 717 Wisconsin Avenue. While residents are more than welcome, they are encouraged to arrive early and be prepared to wait in line as everyone has their bags and purses put through a scanner and they pass through a metal detector. Lehman was declared the winner June 5 election with a lead of 834 votes. Wanggaard requested a recount on June 20, and it completed on July 2 with the same result. Lehman's election night win was confirmed, but with a slightly smaller margin of 819 votes. …
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Patch caught up with both Republican Van Wanggaard and Senator-elect John Lehman just a few hours after Wanggaard announced he will not challenge the results of the recall election against him.
While Republican Van Wanggaard hits the campaign trail again, Senator-elect John Lehman is ready to move to Madison to get to work. Patch caught up with both Wanggaard and Lehman just hours after Wanggaard announced he would not file an appeal with the Racine County Circuit Court to challenge the results of the recall election in the 21st Senate District.
The recall for the 21st Senate District is over now that Republican Van Wanggaard has announced that he will not file an appeal in Racine County Circuit Court.
The election results from both June 5 recall election in the 21st State Senate District and the subsequent recount will stand as incumbent Republican Van Wanggaard decided Tuesday not to challenge the results that show him losing to Democrat John Lehman by more than 800 votes. "My first call this morning was to leave a message for John confirming that I will not file a challenge in the courts at this point," Wanggaard told Patch. However, Wanggaard made it clear that he still has concerns about how the election was run — and he said will run for the seat again in 2014. What his decision came down to, he said, was that the five days he was given between the end of the recount and the deadline to appeal it wasn't enough time to fully …
Monday, July 9, 2012
Republican Van Wanggaard has until end of business on Tuesday to decide if he will challenge the results of the recount he requested for his recall election in the 21st Senate District.
The recall election in the 21st State Senate District could continue to drag on, if Republican Van Wanggaard goes to court before the end of the day Tuesday to challenge the results. By the end of the night in the June 5 election, Democrat John Lehman came out the winner over incumbent Republican Van Wanggaard by 834 votes Wanggaard requested a recount and when it was over, Lehman was still declared the winner, this time by 819 votes. Wanggaard's only recourse to challenge the results is to file a lawsuit in Racine County Circuit Court, and he has until the end of the day Tuesday to do so. At the conclusion of the recount on July 2, Wanggaard attorney Jonathan Strasburg said the campaign would fully weigh its options before making any …
Sunday, July 8, 2012
It’s about more than unsealed ballot bags and missing signatures.
Almost three weeks ago, I asked for a recount in my senate election under the philosophy of “trust but verify.” I stated then that I hoped that a trusted and verified result would allow us to finally move forward as a state. Unfortunately, following the recount, we only have a verified vote tally. Election laws are in place to provide confidence in election results. The Democrats said the recall election was a “trial run” of their ground game for November. Yet, Wisconsin’s long-standing laws prohibiting electioneering, same-day registration requirements, and how to receive and count ballots were widely ignored in this trial run. Election laws are in place to ensure the integrity of the vote. When they are not followed, the results are less…
Saturday, July 7, 2012
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Friday, July 6, 2012
With no limits on contributions, Gov. Scott Walker raised $37 million over the course of the recall — roughly the same amount both his opposition and independent groups spent.
Gov. Scott Walker raised $6.7 million in the final days before and weeks immediately after the June 5 recall election, according to his campaign. That brings Walker's total fundraising during the recall to $37 million and his total cash on hand, accumulated since he took office in January 2011, to $1.6 million. Meanwhile, other candidates and independent groups raised $37.4 million during the recall, bringing total spending to more than $70 million. In May, $62 million had been pumped into Wisconsin recalls. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, a Democrat who lost to Walker in both the 2010 race and the recall, raised about $2.5 million during the recall's home stretch; $6.3 million from March 30 to June 30. He spent $6.6 million and had $250,000 …
Thursday, July 5, 2012
John Lehman has essentially won the Senate seat three times in one election. It is time for Wanggaard to concede.
Senator Mark Miller was recently quoted as saying, “Senator-elect Lehman won by more than 800 votes. It is time for Senator Wanggaard to concede and let the voters of the 21st Senate District have the Senator they chose. Any attempt to delay with court cases is irresponsible and a waste of time and money, not to mention a denial of democracy.” I could not agree more. As most of you probably know, John Lehman won the recall election on June 5, won (again) once the canvass was complete and yet again when the recount commenced on Monday. I think it is time to stop beating a dead elephant. Wanggaard and posse are claiming voter fraud and dragging Racine through the mud as they do it. Lehman said they are “insulting” Racine and that is exactly …
Monday, July 2, 2012
The recount of the 21st District state Senate recall election ended Monday, however, Wanggaard is considering a legal challenge.
The recount in the 21st Senate District ended Monday, with Democrat John Lehman remaining the victor in the recall race against Republican Van Wanggaard. The final vote total: Lehman 36,358; Wanggaard 35,539, a difference of 819 votes. Racine County Clerk Wendy Christensen certified the results shortly before noon Monday and immediately sent the results to the state Government Accountability Board. "It shows that we won the election and all of these allegations of voter irregularities are false and are really much ado about nothing," Lehman said. "The results from election night have been proven correct through tape and tally totals." Lehman defeated Wanggaard in the June 5 recall election by 834 votes, in the only successful Democratic …