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justinspoliticalcorner:

It is 11 days away from the critical, all-important recall election that will decide the fates of not only Gov. Scott Walker and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch; but the 4 GOP State Senators under recall (Scott Fitzgerald, Van Wanggaard, Terry Moulton, and Jerry Petrowski)

The polls open at 7AM CDT and close at 8PM CDT, on June 5th, 2012.

Donation Links from ActBlue (Desperately needed to counter the Koch Brothers and their cronies):
Governor/Lt. Governor:
Tom Barrett (WI-Gov)
Mahlon Mitchell (WI-Lt. Gov)
Donate to Defeat Scott Walker group
Daily Kos Wisconsin Recall Fund
Wisconsin Democratic Party
DFA Wisconsin (Recall Campaign)

State Senate:
Lori Compas (WI-SD13)
John Lehman (WI-SD21)
Kristen Dexter (WI-SD23)
Donna Seidel (WI-SD29)
Flip The Wisconsin State Senate

Remember NOT to let Kathy Nickolaus, Karl Rove, The Koch Brothers, and their buddies win this battle! Wisconsin’s sanity is counting on every single voter and the GOTV operation.

Handy Hashtags on Twitter to use: #wirecall#recallwalker#wiunion#recallkleefisch,#reclaimwi#unitedwi

cross-posted from Daily Kos

quickhits:

Wisconsin Democrats and unions have been the big winners in Wisconsin recalls. We may not have retaken the Senate, but Republicans won nothing and lost two seats. Gov. Walker’s assembly line of rightwing legislation is shut down, as moderates take center stage and the debate gets pulled to the left.

We may not have gotten everything we wanted, but we got a lot. We changed the political landscape in Wisconsin and we neutered Scott Walker. We stared down corporate millions and made it harder to buy legislation.

We won big and we feel great because we are great. We are the voters. We are the power. We are Wisconsin.

And we’re coming for you, Scott Walker. The state motto of Wisconsin is “Forward,” not “Backward.” We intend carry that motto out.

Polls closed in Wisconsin

quickhits:

Results of last two recall races coming in. Dems defending in both races.

Yeah!  Just got home and ran to Tumblr to find out what was happening.

I only really watch the Fox News so I really don’t even get that other side.

Kim Simac, 29 January 2011 (via stuffsimacsays)

ATTENTION WISCONSIN! The recall extravaganza culminates tomorrow. Please, don’t elect this woman. 

For more, please see Success for Simac would be gun powder for Wisconsin’s Tea Party 

(via cognitivedissonance)

Democrat Recalls: (August 16th)

  • Kim Simac (R) v. Jim Holperin (D)
    Vilas, Oneida, Lincoln, Langlade, Shawno, Menomoniee, Oconto, Marathon, Forest, Florence, and Marinette Counties - District 12

The first from Democratic firm Public Policy Polling. PPP reports Democratic Senator Jim Holperin ahead over Republican challenger Kim Simac 55% to 41%. 4% of those polled say they are undecided. Public Policy Polling reports a margin of error of 2.6%.

Meanwhile, GOP firm We Ask America reports a statistical tie between Holperin and Simac. Pollsters report 51% of those surveyed going for Holperin and 49% going to Simac. We Ask America also puts their margin of error at 2.6%.

via WAOW

A poll released the day before the election shows Wirch leading by 13 points. The survey from Public Policy Polling shows Wirch with 55%, Steitz with 42% and 3% undecided. The poll’s margin of error is +/-2.9%.

via TMJ4

Relevant information:

If you are in Wisconsin, you can look up your voter registration and polling place location here.

Questions?  Problems?  Need to file a complaint?  You can call the ACLU’s Election Protection hotline: 866-687-8683.

On Wisconsin!

Wisconsin Recall Elections Tues. Aug. 16th

Democrat Recalls: (August 16th)

  • Kim Simac (R) v. Jim Holperin (D)
    Vilas, Oneida, Lincoln, Langlade, Shawno, Menomoniee, Oconto, Marathon, Forest, Florence, and Marinette Counties - District 12

The first from Democratic firm Public Policy Polling. PPP reports Democratic Senator Jim Holperin ahead over Republican challenger Kim Simac 55% to 41%. 4% of those polled say they are undecided. Public Policy Polling reports a margin of error of 2.6%.

Meanwhile, GOP firm We Ask America reports a statistical tie between Holperin and Simac. Pollsters report 51% of those surveyed going for Holperin and 49% going to Simac. We Ask America also puts their margin of error at 2.6%.

via WAOW

A poll released the day before the election shows Wirch leading by 13 points. The survey from Public Policy Polling shows Wirch with 55%, Steitz with 42% and 3% undecided. The poll’s margin of error is +/-2.9%.

via TMJ4

Relevant information:

If you are in Wisconsin, you can look up your voter registration and polling place location here.

Questions?  Problems?  Need to file a complaint?  You can call the ACLU’s Election Protection hotline: 866-687-8683.

On Wisconsin!

What Al Franken used to call the “Boring Correction of the Day”

quickhits:

In my “Stories to Watch,” I wrote that there would be three recall elections tomorrow. Don’t know what I was thinking, there are only two.

as they say in the papers, “we regret the error.”

I pray that Democrats will turn out and protect those seats.

Democrat Recalls: (August 16th)

  • Kim Simac (R) v. Jim Holperin (D)
    Vilas, Oneida, Lincoln, Langlade, Shawno, Menomoniee, Oconto, Marathon, Forest, Florence, and Marinette Counties - District 12

The first from Democratic firm Public Policy Polling. PPP reports Democratic Senator Jim Holperin ahead over Republican challenger Kim Simac 55% to 41%. 4% of those polled say they are undecided. Public Policy Polling reports a margin of error of 2.6%.

Meanwhile, GOP firm We Ask America reports a statistical tie between Holperin and Simac. Pollsters report 51% of those surveyed going for Holperin and 49% going to Simac. We Ask America also puts their margin of error at 2.6%.

via WAOW

A poll released the day before the election shows Wirch leading by 13 points. The survey from Public Policy Polling shows Wirch with 55%, Steitz with 42% and 3% undecided. The poll’s margin of error is +/-2.9%.

via TMJ4

Relevant information:

If you are in Wisconsin, you can look up your voter registration and polling place location here.

Questions?  Problems?  Need to file a complaint?  You can call the ACLU’s Election Protection hotline: 866-687-8683.

On Wisconsin!

I only really watch the Fox News so I really don’t even get that other side.

Holperin has a legislative record of working hard for his constituents. He has been a loud and frequent critic of state funding decisions that shortchange Northwoods municipalities. He lobbied for the state to keep open the juvenile jail at Lincoln Hills School, a major employer in Lincoln County.

He’s also a highly accessible legislator, and this matters. In this recall campaign, Holperin made public appearances across the district. He said yes to every proposed forum or debate that would have brought the candidates together. By contrast, Simac declined all except a single radio-broadcast debate, pleading scheduling conflicts.

Accessibility matters, and the way a candidate campaigns often squares with the way that person behaves in office. Ironically, considering the stated reason for the recall, Holperin is more likely than Simac to be around when constituents need him.

He has been present in this campaign, while Simac has appeared closed-off and defensive. Her campaign frequently did not return phone calls, ducked public appearances and cut short scheduled interviews.

Holperin also knows much more about the job. In the Wausau Daily Herald Editorial Board’s interview with her, Simac could not get beyond superficial ideas like lowering taxes and reducing regulation. We’re not opposed to either of those goals, but we expect candidates to be able to articulate something specific about how they would achieve them.

Simac also proposed to us the idea that BadgerCare eligibility should be determined on a “case by case” basis, something that is both impossible practically and undesirable as a policy. Like any government program, BadgerCare needs to root out corruption and abuse, but it needs to treat every recipient according to a set of rules. Simac did not offer her idea of what those rules should be.

On Wisconsin!

Don’t forget there is another Wisconsin recall election coming up on Tuesday. 

Wisconsin Republican Kim Simac has encountered plenty of problems in her bid to unseat Democratic State Senator Jim Holperin in one of the Badger’s State final two recall elections on Tuesday. It emerged that she once compared public education in America to Nazism. And her 32-page children’s book, “American Soldier Proud and Free,” a self-published ode to patriotism, turned out to have been published in China.

But from a policy perspective, those gaffes pale in comparison to what Simac said—or failed to say—earlier this week. As part of a forum hosted by the WJRO radio station, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports, Simac was asked what particular legislation she would support or challenge if elected to the State Senate. Amazingly, Simac could not name a single bill. Not one.

A few thousand votes.

That, in the end, was all that separated Wisconsin Democrats from winning three of Tuesday’s six recall elections and reclaiming the majority in the state Senate. Democrats won two races, in the 18th and 32nd districts, but fell short in the remaining four, including a gutting loss in the most high profile election. That race, in the 8th District on the northern outskirts of Milwaukee, pitted Democratic Rep. Sandy Pasch against GOP Sen. Alberta Darling. Democrats called Darling’s seat the “crown jewel” of the recalls, given the veteran senator’s role as the co-chair of the powerful Joint Finance Committee, which stood behind Gov. Scott Walker’s anti-union budget repair bill.

With tonight’s results, Democrats have shrunk the GOP’s state Senate majority to a single seat.

[…]

[Despite] the disappointment, there was already talk of the next fight—recalling Gov. Scott Walker—among the stragglers heading home in the wee morning hours on Wednesday.

wisconsinforward:

I don’t know how many times I can stand to get my hopes up, but I’m reblogging this because Nate Silver is wise.
quickhits:

Forward

wisconsinforward:

I don’t know how many times I can stand to get my hopes up, but I’m reblogging this because Nate Silver is wise.

quickhits:

Forward

The fact that all these recall elections happened at all was itself a genuine achievement. The sudden explosion of demonstrations in opposition to Walker’s proposals, followed by activists pulling off the collection of many thousands of recall signatures in record time, represented an undiluted organizing triumph. At a time of nonstop media doting over the Tea Party, it was a reminder that spontaneous grassroots eruptions of sympathy and support for a targeted constituency are still possible and can still be channeled effectively into a genuine populist movement on the left…

What’s more, no matter how many times conservatives falsely assert that labor and Dems subverted the popular will by fighting Walker’s proposals, in reality precisely the opposite happened.

By staging a fight that drew national attention, labor and Wisconisn Dems revealed an unexpected level of national sympathy for public employees, and, yes, for unions and their basic right to exist. This alone was an important achievement, flummoxing pundits who had confidently predicted that public employeees would make easy public scapegoats for the national conservative movement in dire economic times.

Even if Dems fell short of their objective in Wisconsin, what happened was, in fact, a referendum on Walkerism — one that conservatives lost in the mind of the broader public.

That’s it for me…

quickhits:

This probably isn’t going to be decided until either stupid o’clock or tomorrow. I leave you with one thought; Republicans claim that Voter ID is necessary for people to have faith in elections. But again and again, we see that it’s not the voters who are at fault for sketchy election results, it’s Republicans.

Don’t regulate voters, regulate vote counters.