“Recall” protestors cross the line

You don’t boo at an event that honors veterans and lights the Capitol Christmas tree.  Unless you’re a Scott Walker protestor.

Protesters turned their backs to Gov. Scott Walker at Friday morning’s Christmas tree lighting ceremony at the state Capitol.

Several dozen protesters did show up at the early morning event, and some booed Walker when he was introduced, but they didn’t cause any interruptions or disruptions. Some 200 people were at the tree lighting, including many members of the military who were being honored during the ceremony.

State Senator Scott Fitzgerald hit the nail on the head:

“They booed and protested a ceremony that honors our veterans and lights the Capitol Christmas tree. Every time you think they’ve crossed the line, it’s like they invent a new line to cross,” said Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau. “Then again, they’re launching recall for the awful crime of balancing the budget, so the words ‘recall’ and ‘common sense’ haven’t been in the same sentence for a while now.”

And afterwards the protestors decided to violate policy.

Controversy continued after the morning ceremony ended, when Jason Huberty and other protesters displayed huge signs of letters spelling “Recall” over the second floor railing in the rotunda.

Huberty said he was told he had to hold the sign or it would be considered a display or exhibit – which would need a permit – and was warned the sign must come down for the noontime ceremony.

Shortly before the second, noontime ceremony began, Capitol police officers removed the “recall” signs.

Guess when it comes to the left one shouldn’t be surprised by what happened today.  To them only one thing matters even during the season of Christmas.

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Kloppenburg concedes!

In a move that likely surprised many, State Supreme Court candidate JoAnne Kloppenburg announced today that she will not challenge the April 5 election results in court.

Kloppenburg made the concession at a Madison news conference just more than a week after the state’s Government Accountability Board reported that the final count showed Prosser with 7,006 more votes – a thin margin but one unlikely to change. She said she had called Prosser on Tuesday morning to congratulate him and say she would not seek to challenge his victory in court.

“It would serve no purpose to bring a suit with insufficient legal basis. That is not the kind of lawyer that I am,” Kloppenburg said.

So almost two months after the election it can be said that incumbent State Supreme Court Justice David Prosser has run re-election to another ten-year term.

Kloppenburg said flatly Tuesday that “David Prosser has won this election.” She said she had made her decisions first to seek the recount and then to concede without consulting with union leaders or anyone else outside of close confidants.

In doing so, she said she had never considered seeking to delay Prosser from taking office or considered the court’s cases, which could include a legal challenge to Walker’s union bargaining bill.

Congratulations Justice Prosser!

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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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True colors of the left?

So the endgame move was employed by Republicans in the Wisconsin State Senate after the stalemate on the budget repair bill reached three weeks.  Seems this move infuriated the liberal left and the unions, despite the fact that collective bargaining is a privilege not a right.  One has to wonder if the true colors of the left are starting to show in the face of defeat.

First an UNEDITED email obtained by WTMJ in Milwaukee that is being investigated by the Wisconsin Justice Department:

Please put your things in order because you will be killed and your familes will also be killed due to your actions in the last 8 weeks. Please explain to them that this is because if we get rid of you and your families then it will save the rights of 300,000 people and also be able to close the deficit that you have created. I hope you have a good time in hell. Read below for more information on possible scenarios in which you will die.

WE want to make this perfectly clear. Because of your actions today and in the past couple of weeks I and the group of people that are working with me
have decided that we’ve had enough. We feel that you and the people that support the dictator have to die. We have tried many other ways of dealing
with your corruption but you have taken things too far and we will not stand for it any longer. So, this is how it’s going to happen: I as well as many others know where you and your family live, it’s a matter of public records.
We have all planned to assult you by arriving at your house and putting a nice little bullet in your head. However, we decided that we wouldn’t leave it there. We also have decided that this may not be enough to send the message to you since you are so “high” on Koch and have decided that you are now going to single handedly make this a dictatorship instead of a
demorcratic process. So we have also built several bombs that we have placed in various locations around the areas in which we know that you frequent.
This includes, your house, your car, the state capitol, and well I won’t tell you all of them because that’s just no fun. Since we know that you are not smart enough to figure out why this is happening to you we have decided to make it perfectly clear to you. If you and your goonies feel that it’s necessary to strip the rights of 300,000 people and ruin their lives, making
them unable to feed, clothe, and provide the necessities to their families and themselves then We Will “get rid of” (in which I mean kill) you. Please
understand that this does not include the heroic Rep. Senator that risked everything to go aganist what you and your goonies wanted him to do. We feel
that it’s worth our lives to do this, because we would be saving the lives of 300,000 people. Please make your peace with God as soon as possible and say goodbye to your loved ones we will not wait any longer. YOU WILL DIE!!!!

Or how about these tweets captured by Pundit Press, calling for Scott Walker‘s death.

Or how about the attempts to break car windows of Republican State Senators as they left the State Capitol last night.

Senate Republicans were harried by swarming crowds. “We tried to get out of the building after the vote, because they were rushing the chamber, and we were escorted by security through a tunnel system to another building. But, after being tipped off by a Democrat, they mobbed the exit at that building, and were literally trying to break the windows of the cars we were in as we were driving away,” Republican senator Randy Hopper tells NRO. Such tactics, he sighs, were hardly unexpected. “I got a phone call yesterday saying that we should be executed. I’ve had messages saying that they want to beat me with a billy club.”

Lots of hate coming from the tolerant, peaceful left.  Apparently nothing is off the table when it comes to wanting to ignore the results of the 2010 elections.  Very sad to see intimidation tactics being used in an attempt to prevent lawmakers from doing their elected jobs.