Recall campaigns in Wisconsin
= The targeted politician resigned after a recall campaign was begun, and before the vote on the recall would have taken place.
= A judge prevented the recall from going forward.
= A recall election is scheduled.
- See also: List of gubernatorial recalls
- See also: State legislative recalls
- See also: Mayoral recalls
State Senate: Dan Kapanke
State Senate: Randy Hopper
State Senate: Alberta Darling
State Senate: Robert Cowles
State Senate: Dave Hansen
State Senate: Jim Holperin
State Senate: Sheila Harsdorf
State Senate: Robert Wirch
State Senate: Luther Olsen
- See also: City council recalls
Lakewood School District: Steve Dunn
Osseo-Fairchild: Charles Lahn, Brian Boehnen, and Harold Mulhern
Johnson Creek: Mark Lemminger
Jackson: Scott Mittelsteadt and Jeffrey Brander
Waukesha: Peggy Bull
Seymour: Kenneth Rottier
Richfield: Rock Brandner
New Berlin: Jack Chiovatero
Tom Spellman recall, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin (2009)
Shannon Hiller recall, Mercer School Board, Wisconsin (2009)
Mike Cone recall, Baraboo, Wisconsin, 2009
Wally Krenzke recall, Price County, Wisconsin, 2009
Recall of Monroe County, Wisconsin Supervisors, 2009
Village trustees recall, Luck, Wisconsin, 2009
Scott Klein recall, Pewaukee, Wisconsin, 2009
Jim Doyle recall, Wisconsin, 2009
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By: Greg Janetka
MADISON, Wisconsin: The fate of three incumbent Republican state senators, along with the balance of power in the chamber, will be determined tomorrow as one fiercely partisan chapter in Wisconsin's history winds to a close. A fourth senator, Pam Galloway (R), was also recalled, but resigned, leaving her seat vacant. Polls will be open from 7 a.m to 8 p.m CST. Sample ballots are available on the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board's website.
Six recalls took place in 2011, with Democrats picking up two seats. The Senate is currently tied 16-16, with one vacancy. Thus, the recalls will determine who controls the chamber. The recalls were sparked by collective-bargaining reforms passed by Republicans in 2011.
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With Gov. Scott Walker (R) and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch also standing for recall, GAB is predicting voter turnout between 60-65 percent - well above the number who showed up for the 2010 general election. According to GAB, the highest turnout in the last 50 years for a November gubernatorial election was 52.4 percent way back in 1962.
Here is an overview of the senate races set to take place on tomorrow.
By: Greg Janetka
MADISON, Wisconsin: Less than two weeks after starting their campaign to recall Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) from office, organizers announced on Monday that they have already collected over 300,000 signatures - more than half of the 540,208 necessary to force a recall election. The exact number of signatures, however, cannot be independently verified. United Wisconsin organizers say they will not be turning in their signatures until the deadline on January 17, 2012. The group did not say how many signatures they collected in their efforts to recall Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, but that the totals were close.
Since the beginning of the campaign, Walker has been actively campaigning as if he expects a recall to take place. He has so far issued two TV commercials - the first featuring a school board member stating Walker's reforms reduced costs allowing more money to go to classrooms, while the second features a high school teacher who says she's "not much on recalls." Additionally, the national conservative group Americans for Prosperity teamed up with The MacIver Institute to air ads in support of Walker.
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The latest commercial by Scott Walker
Democrats have not yet announced a candidate that would run against Walker if the recall effort is successful. Names floated as possible candidates include U.S. Senator Herb Kohl, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, former U.S. Representative Dave Obey, U.S. Rep. Ron Kind, Wisconsin Firefighters Union President Mahlon Mitchel, Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk, state Rep. Peter Barca, and State Sen. Jon Erpenbach. Many observers turned to former U.S. Senator Russ Feingold, but he has repeatedly stated that he will not run.
While many campaigns have occasional reports of incidents such as signs going missing or being vandalized, the recall effort has been rife with these since the beginning. The first day of signature collection saw a rock with an anti-recall message tied to it thrown through the window of a cafe in Madison. Since then a number of volunteers have received anonymous death threats. and there have been reports of petitions being torn up and stolen, something that may be part of a coordinated effort. An anonymous Facebook group called Operation Burn Notice has been set up as with the goal of destroying petitions. In response, the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board has reiterated that providing fraudulent information or destroying a recall petition is a felony, while the organization One Wisconsin Now has offered a $10,000 reward for reports of signed petitions being destroyed. So far no one has been charged in any of the incidents.
If sufficient signatures are turned in by January 17, the earliest a recall could take place would be March 27. However, petition challenges and lawsuits could significantly delay that date.
By Geoff Pallay and Greg Janetka
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|August 16 Recall - District 12|
|Jim Holperin (D)||30,450||55.12%|
|Kim Simac (R)||24,682||44.67%|
Holperin won comfortably by 10 points. In 2008, when Holperin first won election to the Wisconsin State Senate, he won by just two points in a tight race with Tom Tiffany.
- Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Recall Elections June 5," accessed June 4, 2012
- Channel 3000, "Wisconsin Democrats counting on recall elections to win state Senate control," May 26, 2012
- Washington Post, "Wisconsin recall: Two potential surprises," June 4, 2012
- Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "Voter Turnout Estimated at 60 to 65 percent for June 5 Recall Election," May 29, 2012
- WTAQ, "Recall Walker groups says it has 300,000 signatures," November 28, 2011
- Washington Post, "Effort to recall Wis. Gov. Scott Walker says it has more than half of needed signatures," November 28, 2011
- Talking Points Memo, "Wisconsin Dems Kicking Off Walker Recall Effort Tuesday," November 14, 2011
- Green Bay Press Gazette, "Walker opponent has not been named yet," November 27, 2011
- FOX 6 Now, "Political Lowe-down: Who would run against Walker should recall election occur?," November 17, 2011
- WisPolitics, "More than 25,000 gather at Capitol rally to recall Walker, Feingold reiterates he won't run against guv," November 19, 2011
- The Badger Herald, "Recall organizer faces death threat," November 21, 2011
- Channel 3000, "Walker Opponents Plagued By Threats, Thefts," November 21, 2011
- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Recall petition destroyed on Edgewood College campus," November 22, 2011
- WQOW, "Volunteers claim someone stole petition," November 22, 2011
- Caledonia Patch, "Pro-Recall Group Outs Facebook Page That Boasts About Destroying Signatures," November 22, 2011
- Badger Herald, "Group offers $10K for petition crime tips," November 27, 2011
- Huffington Post, "Scott Walker Fights Recall Effort With Early Campaign," November 27, 2011
- Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, "District 12 recall election results," accessed August 26, 2011