Wisconsin citizens are beginning actions to recall eight Republican Senators. Governor Scott Walker will need to be in office for a year before he can be recalled, thus citizens in Wisconsin led by public workers have filed petitions to recall 8 republican senators who are eligible to be recalled.
Grass Roots groups of citizens are being led by the Wisconsin Democratic Party in their recall efforts. They will have 60 days to get the needed signatures to recall the Republican Eight as they have been called. The number of signatures needed in each district varies (based on 25% of the voters in the last election) from about 15,000 to 21,000 per district senator. The nine senators targeted are: Robert Cowles of Green Bay , De Pere, Ashwaubenon area, Alberta Darling of Milwaukee, Shorewood, Whitefish Bay area. Sheila Harsdorf of Hudson , River Falls area. Luther Olsen of Portage, Waupaca, Ripon area, Randy Hopper of Fond du Lac, Oshkosh area, and Dan Kapanke of LaCrosse, Onalaska area.
If enough signatures are collected in support of recall it will result in a “re-do” or “do-over” election. This possible election will include the incumbent being recalled as a candidate in the recall election (unless they resign), and members of other political parties will be able to nominate opponents. The winner of a recall election in Wisconsin is able to be seated as soon as the election results are certified.
This recall effort is in response to Wisconsin Governor Walker’s sweeping changes and reform proposals included in his proposed budget repair bill and proposed budget bill. The budget repair bill essentially demands up to an 18% pay cut for public workers by mandated contributions to health insurance and retirement funds previously negotiated. It also would strip workers of rights to collective bargain, and workplace protection, and could lead to firings without just cause. Further the budget proposed would cut $1.5 billion dollars in aide to already struggling schools and local governments. Walker and his majority Republican legislature insist the changes are needed in order to address a $137 million deficit.
The Protests at the capitol building in Wisconsin have been on-going since February 11 when Gov. Scott Walker unveiled his budget repair bill . Protests have been attended by upwards of 100,000 people. The first week in March has seen changes and judge rulings effecting protests in the Capitol building limiting access and then leading to the removal of those staying in the capitol building being removed Thursday, March 3. At the time of this writing the capitol building will be open to the public during normal business hours beginning Monday, March 7 at 8AM . For more information on the efforts to recall the Wisconsin GOP State Senators go to www.recalltherepublican8.com