Campaigning continues in Wisconsin recalls
By Greg Janetka
MADISON, Wisconsin: Yesterday, Dane County Circuit Court Judge Richard Niess said voters should assume that primary elections for challengers in the six recalls against Republicans will go ahead as planned on July 12.
During proceedings yesterday, Niess heard arguments for lawsuits regarding the recalls. He said he plans to rule on lawsuits brought by the nine incumbent senators prior to the first primaries, and ordered that all of the lawsuits be consolidated into one case.
Attorneys for the Democrats, Republicans, and Wisconsin Government Accountability Board all agreed to expedite their arguments in the case, with a June 29 deadline for initial briefs, July 5 for responses and July 7 for final arguments.
|Did You Know?|
The last Republican senator to be recalled by Wisconsin citizens was George Petak in 1996. His removal from the Senate gave the Democrats a one-seat majority. At the time, voters were angry because Petak voted in favor of levying an additional 1/10 of a cent sales tax to build a baseball stadium for the Milwaukee Brewers
Campaigning began in earnest this past weekend, as candidates started hitting the streets. Over in the 8th District, incumbent Republican Alberta Darling spent the weekend talking to constituents, while her challenger, Assemblywoman Sandy Pasch went door-to-door asking for support and reminding voters that there will be two elections. Before facing Darling in the recall, Pasch must defeat Gladys Huber in the Democratic primary on July 12. Huber, a "protest candidate" who has a Darling sign in her front yard, was not reported to be out actively campaigning.
The race between Darling and Pasch heated up recently when Pasch issued a press release stating that Darling voted to increase spending by over $1 billion in the new state budget. Pasch states, "This budget makes a mockery of Senator Darling's claims of fiscal responsibility. Voters in our district would be stunned to learn that all the while Senator Darling is talking about getting the budget under control, she actually voted to add more than $1 billion in additional spending."
Darling has not responded to the Pasch press release.
- Green Bay Press Gazette, "Dane County judget to rule soon on Wisconsin," June 23, 2011
- The Republic, "Judge says decision on lawsuits challenging Wis. Recall elections will come before primary," June 22, 2011
- WisPolitics, "Dem, GOP recall challenges consolidated," June 22, 2011
- FOX6 NOW, "Candidates in State Senate District #8 recall election hit the streets," June 19, 2011 (dead link)
- WISN, "Candidates Knock On Doors Ahead of Recall Elections," June 18, 2011 (dead link)
- Sandy Pasch for State Senate, "Darling Votes to Increase Spending by More Than $1 Billion." June 14, 2011
- PolitiFact, "Wisconsin Rep. Sandy Pasch says Sen. Alberta Darling voted to add $1 billion in spending while cutting education and health care," June 20. 2011