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June 14, 2011

By Geoff Pallay and Greg Janetka

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2011 Wisconsin Senate Recalls

Senators Facing Recall
Robert CowlesAlberta DarlingSheila HarsdorfDave HansenJim HolperinRandy HopperDan KapankeLuther OlsenRobert Wirch

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The deadline for candidates wishing to run in the six Republican recall elections ordered for July 12 was 5 p.m. CST today.

According to a GAB file (dead link) published just after 5 p.m. CST, a total of 15 individuals filed nomination papers before the deadline. Candidates were required to submit petitions with at least 400 valid signatures to the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board in order to make the ballot. The deadline for challenges to these petitions will be at 5 p.m. on Friday, June 17.

The 15 potential candidates who filed papers with the GAB are:[1]

District 2

District 8

District 10

District 14

District 18

District 32

Additionally, there are two individuals -- John Michael Curry and BJ Cook -- who filed a declaration of candidacy but did not file nomination papers before the deadline elapsed.

It appears as if Democratic-placeholders were submitted in only three of the six recall districts.

Once GAB details which candidates submitted sufficient, validated signatures, a clearer image will be known of which races will have primaries on July 12 and which might ultimately have the recall election itself.

Supreme Court Ruling

Today the State Supreme Court upheld the collective bargaining law, abandoning a prior lower court ruling by Judge Maryann Sumi.[2] Sumi struck down the law in a May 26, 2011 ruling, stating that the GOP lawmakers violated the state’s open meeting law when they passed the legislation on March 9, 2011.[3]

The introduction and ultimate passage of the legislation is what triggered the recalls in the first place -- of Democrats for fleeing to Illinois and of Republicans for bringing forth the bill itself.

Hansen rally

Dave Hansen officially kicked off his bid to defeat recall, holding a rally on June 11 that drew hundreds in Green Bay. He is being opposed by current state Assemblyman John Nygren and the leader of the recall campaign, David VanderLeest. The two Republicans are expected to face off in a primary on July 19 to decide who will advance to the general election on August 16. Hansen said he normally uses the summer to meet with constituents, but is beginning earlier this year. "Summer elections are extremely rare if ever in Wisconsin--July, August, so it's a different day," he said.[4] While Hansen was holding his rally, VanderLeest spent part of his day campaigning at Copper Fest in Oconto. In regards to the primary, VanderLeest said, "I think it's only good for the people of Northeast Wisconsin to have choices."[5]

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