We’ve Got The Numbers

At least that is what the groups recalling four Wisconsin State Senators are stating.

Days before the deadline to turn in petitions, organizers of four state Senate recall campaigns say they’re confident they’ll have the needed numbers.

 

And while the Republican Party of Wisconsin has all but conceded recall elections are coming, a party official and one targeted senator predict voters will push back what they see as a “selfish,” politically driven campaign that could cost taxpayers millions of dollars.

Recall petitions are due at the Government Accountability Board, or GAB, by Jan. 17.

State Senator Vangaard in the 21st Senate District is one of those being targeted.

“We are still collecting, but I am very confident we will be well over the amount to recall (Sen.) Van Wanggaard,” said Randolph Brandt, treasurer of the Committee to Recall Wanggaard.

The committee needs 15,353 valid signatures to force a recall.

Brandt, former editor of the Journal Times in Racine, has been a particularly staunch critic of Wanggaard, blasting the senator’s support of Act 10, the GOP-driven bill – now law – that ended most collective bargaining for most public employees.

In a recent column in the newspaper, Brandt took aim at the Republican-controlled Legislature’s disputed redistricting plan, which changes legislative district boundaries, including altering Wanggaard’s 21st Senate District. The changes would remove from the boundaries the city of Racine, a traditionally Democratic stronghold, placing the city in another district.

“Basically, he’ll desert us, the citizens of Racine, leaving us to suffer for his poor decisions,” Brandt wrote.

As State Senator Wanggaard points out it’s a waste of taxpayer money.

Wanggaard countered that he represents his district, Racine and all of Wisconsin in the Legislature, and that the recall campaign against him is an “attempt at a second kick at the cat” by people who were not happy with the election results of November 2010. The senator said the recall efforts are a waste of taxpayer money that could be going to serve the needs of communities like Racine.

He said he will be vindicated at the polls, should he be recalled.

“I’m confident the silent majority is going to come out and vote,” he said. “They’ll see what we’re doing, that we’re on the right track here.”

As for the other recall campaigns:

Lori Compas, treasurer of the Committee to Recall Scott Fitzgerald, on Tuesday estimated the campaign was at 95 percent of its goal. What that target is however, Compas wouldn’t say. The committee needs 16,742 valid signatures to recall Fitzgerald, and Compas said she wants a good buffer in case some signatures are ruled invalid.

Rita Pachal, treasurer for the Committee to Recall Senator Pam Galloway, sounded as confident that the campaign would collect the required 15,647 signatures.

Pachal said there has been sustained interest despite reported lulls in each of the recall campaigns.

“People are still very anxious to have this recall happen,” she said.

John Kidd, treasurer for the Committee to Recall (Sen. Terry) Moulton, said he went door-to-door Tuesday in temperatures approaching 50 degrees – unheard of for early January in northwestern Wisconsin.

“We couldn’t ask for better weather,” said Kidd, of Chippewa Falls. “People weren’t tied to their houses at 20 below and a foot of snow on the ground.”

Kidd said even the Green Bay Packers helped out last weekend, with the NFL football team taking Sunday off thanks to a playoff bye. That meant fewer voters huddled around their TVs.

The recall campaign needs 14,958, and Kidd said the committee will hit its mark.

And as a result these State Senators will have to spend time that could be spent on continuing to improve things in Wisconsin defending their seats.  All because the liberal left is unwilling to accept that Conservatives won in November 2010 and are doing what they said they would.

 

 

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Court Rules GAB Must Do It’s Job

A win for Governor Scott Walker.

A Waukesha County judge ruled Thursday that the Government Accountability Board has to verify signatures on recall petitions against the governor.

Judge Mac Davis ordered state election officials to “take affirmative steps” to remove fake or duplicate names from recall petitions.

The GAB now has to look for bogus names, duplicate names and check if a signature is from a valid voter on recall petitions.

GAB Director Kevin Kennedy says they have some reorganzing to do.

“We’ll go back and look at the procedures to instruct the staff to do what’s in line with the court order,” said Kennedy.

Joe Olson of “Friends of Scott Walker” told TODAY’S TMJ4, “I think the court made a very firm statement.  The integrity of this process matters and the gab has to take affirmative steps in assuring that valid signatures are the only signatures counted.”

What’s disappointing is that it took a court order to make the GAB do it’s job.

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Governor Walker has kept his promises

Spot on editorial by Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch.

As a mom with two small kids, I’m glad that Scott Walker is looking out for families like ours. As lieutenant governor, I see his leadership skills helping Wisconsin families like mine. It was a rare thing to cover a politician who said what he’d do and do what he said. Walker is that rare type.

He promised to reform government and put it back on the side of the people. He promised to protect taxpayers and truly balance the budget. He promised to help the people of Wisconsin create more good jobs. Walker showed his respect for the hardworking people of our state by keeping those promises.

After taking office, the governor called lawmakers in to start working on jobs. Legislators from both sides of the aisle voted for the strong ideas that have led to more good Wisconsin jobs.

After losing more than 150,000 private-sector jobs from 2007 to 2010, Wisconsin saw a net increase of 20,000 jobs in 2011; 88% of the job creators in our state now say that Wisconsin is headed in the right direction (vs. just 10% last year).

Walker helped Wisconsin balance a budget deficit without massive layoffs or tax increases. He protected important services (adding $1.2 billion to Medicaid) and ensured that more of the resources given to schools go into the classroom to help our students (his kids, like mine, attend public schools).

States such as Illinois passed tax increases and avoided tackling structural deficits. Their deficit problems got worse, forcing talk of massive layoffs and closure of state facilities. Wisconsin avoided that kind of mess because Walker was willing to make hard decisions today so our kids wouldn’t have to tomorrow.

Now, the governor has a plan and a positive outlook for the future.

Go to the source and read the rest.  It may sound cliche, but the reforms put in place by Governor Walker and the State Legislature are working.  State residents who are being honest with themselves see that.

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North Fond du Lac School District Saves Big

Another positive result courtesy of Governor Scott Walker’s reforms.

The North Fond du Lac School District is taking the lead when it comes to saving money on employee health insurance costs.

A new health insurance plan put in place will save the district more than a quarter million dollars next year.

The Board of Education on Monday approved a modified plan with the Wisconsin Education Association Trust that would retain the same physicians and network.

The WEA Trust lowered premiums for next year with the promise the school’s wellness will be monitored to ensure that claims don’t outrun premiums.

Working with consultants Key Benefits Concepts, an insurance committee comprised of administrators, teachers and secretaries sought competitive bids from six insurance carriers, said Superintendent Aaron Sadoff.

“This plan will yield the district significant savings, continue great coverage for our educators and associates and help to transition our district’s view of insurance, usage and wellness initiatives,” he said.

Based on 44 single and 96 family plan enrollments, insurance costs will total $1.89 million this year, $1.6 million in 2012 and $1.8 million in 2013. Combined savings to the district for 2012 and 2013 will equal $339,484.

Further evidence that Wisconsinites should REFUSE to sign a recall petition.  The reforms are working.

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