Recall Dave Hansen update

A couple of updates on the effort to recall Dave Hansen in the 30th Senate District.  As you may have been aware there were in recent weeks two separate efforts taking place to recall Runaway Dave.  The plan is for the two groups to work together and combine signatures.

Sen. Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald spoke Saturday with David VanderLeest, a local activist in charge of the Recall (Sen.) Dave Hansen committee, about combining efforts with the Committee to Recall Hansen and eventually turn in their petitions together. Fitzgerald was in town that day for a rally to recall Hansen, D-Green Bay, near Northeast Wisconsin Technical College.

“(Fitzgerald) agreed that the Committee to Recall Dave Hansen is going to join with the original recall group, which is mine, before April 26, which is my filing deadline,” VanderLeest said Tuesday.

Republicans in Madison were initially behind the Committee to Recall Hansen, and around March 15, they asked individuals working with VanderLeest to branch off and join their cause. The group officially filed with the GAB on March 16. That created some confusion around town about the duplicate efforts.

VanderLeest had been working on collecting signatures since filing with the GAB on Feb. 25.

“It wasn’t really my decision to do that. It was more of a Madison decision. They wanted to have a second group for back up,” said Chad Fradette, listed as the group’s treasurer. “I don’t know what the intention was because I didn’t pull the trigger but my intention the entire time was to combine back with David.

“The party is now on board with the idea.”

That combined effort is now very close to having the required number of signatures after a surprising release of the total this afternoon.

After combining signatures and adding up the total, we are at 12,973. We need 13,851. Victory is a reality with 19 days to go.

The “Recall Senator Dave Hansen” Facebook page also points out how this has been a true grassroots effort.

“Recall Dave Hansen” spent under $1500 to date. This is an average expense of 8.64 cents a signature.

The recall for Republican Senator Robert Crowles spent $57,301 dollar as of their 30 day finance report. The group needs 15,960 signatures to succeed. If the group succeeds with out spending any more money, they will average $3.59 a signature upon success.

If you have completed petitions, want to sign a petition or pick up petitions to go out and collect more signatures be sure to stop by the “Recall Dave Hansen” headquarters at 1136 West Mason St. Green Bay between 8 am and dusk.

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Memo to the GOP

That group that helped return you to the majority in the House, you know the Tea Party, is getting a little irritated with your actions lately.

It’s this simple, the House Republican leaders have no plan to cut real federal spending or to repeal ObamaCare. Repealing or defunding ObamaCare was the ONE priority Americans sent the Republicans to do when they were returned to power in the House. I began to sense how things would be when Republicans pledged to cut spending by only $100 billion. $100 billion? Wow. Veni, vidi, durmi! I came, I saw, I yawned! We have a $1.65 TRILLION deficit this year alone! And, of course, Republican leadership has already retreated from the $100 billion to a measly $51 billion. You have to hand it to Republicans, they never fail to disappoint!

Republicans like Boehner and Cantor are making a very grave mistake counting on the continued support of the tea party. The Texas Congressman I met with told me “Republican leadership takes the tea party vote for granted because they believe the tea party will never vote for a Democrat.” That is true in most cases. However, the tea party will vote for more conservative Republicans in the primary! Boehner, Cantor and the rest of Republican leadership needs to face primary challengers back home. Republicans were not returned to power to be Democrat-Lite! Or RINO Republicans. One would think 63 new freshmen Congressmen who were supported by the tea party movement might wake up a few RINOs in Washington.
But you’d be wrong!

The RINOs in Congress tell us “You don’t understand. You don’t know how it works up here.” You’re right, we don’t know how it works but have pretty much figured out how it doesn’t work! And it doesn’t work with the clutch of lifetime, bureaucrats we are currently stuck with who cannot find it within themselves to cut any more than $51 billion from a $1.65 TRILLION deficit! Boehner, Cantor and the rest of their cronies should understand the tea party is not loyal to the Republican Party! The tea party is loyal to the Constitution of the United States and the principles of limited government, fiscal responsibility, individual freedom and responsibility, and national sovereignty! Right now, all of those are being trampled on by politicians and the negative effects are becoming more evident each day!

At the end of the day it’s simple.  Politics as usual won’t cut it.  Compromise isn’t an option when it comes to the basic principles.  It’s something that not only Republican leadership in the House needs to understand.  It’s something that House members elected last November need to understand as well, if they want to be more than a one-term Representative.

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Tremendous success

The “true” grassroots effort to recall State Senator Dave Hansen is seeing tremendous success.  Since the kick-off event back on Saturday, February 26 numerous residents of the 30th Senate District have signed the petition.  In addition many people have picked up or downloaded the petition to have their family, friends, neighbors and co-workers sign.

The “Recall Dave Hansen” headquarters opened last week at 1136 W. Mason St and has seen a steady stream of petition signers.  According to recall organizer David VanderLeest over 300 signatures were gathered yesterday (3/21) alone.  In addition the signature “blitz” event held Saturday saw overwhelming success as well.

Before the last of the recall Hansen signs were even taped up Saturday morning, people began showing up to Perkins Park in Green Bay, eager to sign the recall petition. “I’m a Vietnam vet and needless to say he’s saying he’s speaking for me, that’s not right, plus he deserts his, goes to Illinois, that’s just not the way it’s supposed to be done,” says Tom Christensen, who signed a petition. “There’s a lot of people I’m sure that are thinking the same way we are.”

What’s being seen in the 30th Senate District is that people are frustrated.  That happens when your state Senator flees the state and speaks only for the unions.

Bramschreiber says he’s tired of Senator Hansen fighting for unions and he believes the majority of District 30 is too. “They certainly don’t speak for me when they say the citizens of Wisconsin want collective bargaining to continue,” adds Bramschreiber.

It’s not the only theme heard.

Another common theme heard during the day was “Mr. Hansen needs to hear our voices too.” It’s a theme heard on a daily basis at the recently opened “Recall Hansen” headquarters at 1136 W. Mason St. when people stop in to sign the petition & take copies to circulate throughout the district. It’s another sign that numerous constituents of Senator Hansen feel unrepresented when the job of an elected official is to represent all constituents.

Want to help in the recall effort?  Check out the information in the sidebar.  Or just go to Recall Dave Hansen.  Or stop by the headquarters at 1136 W. Mason St. in Green Bay which is open from 8 am until dark.

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Signature Collection Event

A reminder to everyone interested in recalling State Senator Dave Hansen, who left his constituents within the 30th Senate District without representation for 3 weeks.

An event to collect recall signatures is being held TOMORROW from 10 am until dusk at Perkins Park in Green Bay.  The plan according to recall organizers is to go out and canvass throughout the 30th District & then meet back at the park for a potluck at dusk.  Circulators who have been out collecting signatures are also encouraged to stop by and drop off their completed petition forms.

Perkins Park is located at the corner of Military Ave and Bond St, so come on out tomorrow and help in the effort to recall Senator Hansen.  Remember you DON’T have to live in the 30th to help circulate the petition.

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