Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Six Republicans to be Recalled in Wisconsin

Getting away from Dippers, Khadir, and the National Question for a moment, we switch gears to Wisconsin, where you may remember there was a big protest over an anti-union bill, and now-successful recall initiatives (unlike those in BC) which will pave the way for the voter's anger to be felt against the tiny Republican majority in Wisconsin's state Senate.

From the Political Wire:
Wisconsin election officials approved recall elections "against three Republican senators but put off decisions on certifying recall petitions against three Democrats," the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

The decision follows rulings last week to hold recall elections for three other Republican senators.

"At no time in U.S. history have attempts been made to recall so many legislators at the same time over the same issue. To recall a senator in Wisconsin, recall organizers had to gather signatures from voters in each district equivalent to 25% of the number of people who voted for governor in November. That meant staff for the board had to review more than 18,000 signatures for each recall attempt.
There are some questions over the election commission's impartiality. I won't pretend to understand the ins and outs of Wisconsin's electoral system and partisan meanderings, but I wouldn't put it past the Democrats to pull something like it off.

However, clearly there's enough voters out there, pissed off at enough Republicans to ask for recalls. That's the voter's anger right there, and you don't fight against that.

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