State Legislative Tracker:Third and final round of Wisconsin recalls begin tomorrow
By Jackie Arthur
The following 7 states remain in regular legislative sessions:
- * California and Wisconsin are both convened in ongoing special sessions, but are still in regular session. California began its summer recess on July 15 and adjourns today. Wisconsin will be in recess until September 13.
- ** New Jersey, Ohio and Pennsylvania are in recess.
- Click here to see a chart of each state's 2011 session information.
Special sessions have been and are expected to be a widespread occurrence in the state legislatures in 2011, in particular due to the necessity of states to conduct the redistricting of state legislative and congressional districts. This week Wisconsin continues an ongoing special session. California's special legislative session is in recess until today.
Special sessions beginning this week:
As of August 15, 24 states' sessions are currently in recess:
Wisconsin: The final installment of the Wisconsin state senate recall elections is set to occur tomorrow in State Senate Districts 12 and 22. District 12 is located in the far northeastern portion of the state, and District 22 is located in southeastern Kenosha county.
Tomorrow, Democrats Jim Holperin and Robert Wirch will fight to keep their seats. Holperin faces challenger Kim Simac, a tea party organizer. Wirch faces Jonathan Steitz, a corporate attorney and political newcomer.
Ballotpedia will detail results as they come in after polls close at 8pm CST. Check our results page here.
|August 16 Recall - District 12|
|Jim Holperin (D)||30,450||55.12%|
|Kim Simac (R)||24,682||44.67%|
|August 16 Recall - District 22|
|Robert Wirch (D)||25,524||57.35%|
|Jonathan Steitz (R)||19,662||42.51%|
|Brian Harwood (Write-in)||23||.05%|
Currently, Senate Republicans hold a razor thin majority of 17-16.
|Party||As of October 2014|
Last week's recalls featured six Republican senators, four of whom won their elections:
- Robert Cowles, District 2
|August 9 Recall - District 2|
|Robert Cowles (R)||27,037||57.44%|
|Nancy Nusbaum (D)||19,974||42.43%|
- Alberta Darling, District 8
|August 9 Recall - District 8|
|Alberta Darling (R)||39,449||53.62%|
|Sandy Pasch (D)||34,071||46.31%|
- Sheila Harsdorf, District 10
|August 9 Recall - District 10|
|Sheila Harsdorf (R)||37,102||57.6%|
|Shelly Moore (D)||27,257||42.32%|
- Luther Olsen, District 14
|August 9 Recall - District 14|
|Luther Olsen (R)||26,553||52.1%|
|Fred Clark (D)||24,355||47.79%|
The two senators who lost were:
- Randy Hopper, District 18
|August 9 Recall - District 18|
|Jessica King (D)||28,191||51.1%|
|Randy Hopper (R)||26,937||48.83%|
- Dan Kapanke, District 32
|August 9 Recall - District 32|
|Jennifer Shilling (D)||33,193||55.38%|
|Dan Kapanke (R)||26,724||44.58%|
A total of 578 seats will be up for general election in state legislatures in 2011.
In this year's 2011 election cycle, two state legislative primaries remain in Louisiana and Virginia. New Jersey held statewide primaries on June 7, 2011, and Mississippi held statewide primaries on August 2.
Next week, Virginia will hold its state legislative primary on August 23. Additionally, Mississippi will hold primary runoffs for several state house and senate seats. Virginia's signature filing deadline was June 15. Virginia's primary was rescheduled to August 23, 2011 instead of its usual date of June 14, 2011 after delays and uncertainty in the redistricting process..
The next state with a signature filing deadline is Louisiana on September 8.
- Democratic Candidate:
- Republican Candidate:
New Hampshire results
Representative Martin Harty (R) resigned after telling a constituent that the disabled should be shipped to Siberia. The constituent responded that this sounded like a position Hitler might take. Harty, 91, acknowledged that he agreed with Hitler on the issue. After the ensuing controversy, Harty said he only made the comments in jest. A special election primary was set for June 7, and a special general election was held August 9.
- Ross McNamara (Declared intent, never filed, not on ballot)
Wisconsin Assembly District 48 results
Assemblyman Joseph Parisi (D) resigned after winning election as Dane County executive. A special election was ordered for August 9, and a special election primary was held on July 12. Although no Republicans were nominated, the August 9 special election was still held. Of the 6,050 votes, 591 were write-in votes against Taylor.
- No Republican candidates filed.
Upcoming special elections include:
- August 30- South Carolina House District 10.
- Wisconsin Government Accountability Board
- Wisconsin Campaign Finance Information System
- Virginia Board of Elections
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- Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "District 32 Recall Election Results," accessed August 19, 2011
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- WMUR, "Lawmaker Resigns Over Comment About Shipping Disabled To Siberia," March 14, 2011
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- Wisconsin GAB, Assembly District 48 Special Election
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