Wisconsin recalls drawing attention nationwide

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June 20, 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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MADISON, Wisconsin: This past weekend saw Wisconsin starring as the center of attention at politically-motivated events in several states across the country.

  • Wisconsin recalls were a major focus at the sixth annual Netroots Nation meeting, a Progressive conference, held June 16-19 in Minneapolis.[1] The first day included a panel titled, "The Wisconsin 14, the Recall and the Impact of National Organizing in Wisconsin," which included speakers from the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, Democracy for America, and MoveOn.[2] Freshman Wisconsin state Sen. Chris Larson was slated to be on the panel but canceled in order to stay in Madison and vote on the state budget.[3] Later in the day the impact of bloggers was the focus of a panel called, "Bloggers Unite! How the Netroots Rallied in Wisconsin."[4]
  • At RightOnline, a Conservative conference that was also held in Minneapolis on June 17-18, Wisconsin was also a central focus. Americans for Prosperity, who funded the conference, sponsored the "Wisconsin Freedom Phonebanks," which AFP-Wisconsin state director Matt Seaholm said was "set up for citizen identification, asking people where they stand on the issues -- just kind of identifying people to see what they think of the recalls going on, but also the governor's plan on collective bargaining."[5] He estimated 150 Wisconsin activists attended the conference.
  • EMILY’s List (dead link), a national organization which lists its mission as "electing pro-choice Democratic women to office,"[7] announced on June 14 that it will donate funds to 5 Democratic candidates in the recalls. The organization has set up a website (dead link) for the campaign, which includes profiles on the candidates - Jessica King, Shelly Moore, Nancy Nusbaum, Sandy Pasch, and Jennifer Shilling. While not disclosing how much they plan to spend, a press release from the group states they will "operate entirely as an independent expenditure organization,"[8] a move which exempts them from the legal limits that campaigns and political parties must adhere to.[9]
  • Democracy for America, a group founded by Howard Dean, promised at the Netroots conference to spend $1.5 million on the recalls, stating that the group already spent $200,000 to support the 14 Democratic state senators while they were in Illinois.[10] On Sunday, the organization bussed activists from the convention to Wisconsin in order to knock on doors for the Democratic candidates in the recalls.[5]
Did You Know?
Wisconsin's state Senate District 12 has been held by a Democrat since 1983. The last Republican to hold the seat was Clifford "Tiny" Krueger, who served from 1947-1955 and 1957-1983.

Democratic Incumbent Recalls

Tomorrow at 5 p.m. CST is the candidate filing deadline for the Democratic incumbent recalls scheduled for July 19. If multiple individuals file for the Republican nomination then that will trigger a Republican primary on July 19 and the actual recall on August 16.

As of 4 p.m. CST today, the candidates who have filed paperwork with the GAB are:


District 22

District 30

  • Josh O O’Harrow

Additionally, the following candidates have previously indicated a desire to run but have yet to file paperwork at GAB.

See also