Wisconsin

Eligible for Recall: Ron Johnson (R) elected to first term in 2010, up for reelection in 2016; Tammy Baldwin (D) elected to first term in 2012, up for reelection in 2018

Signature Requirement: 25% of voters in last election for the Senator

Circulation Time: 60 days

Type of Recall Election: Simultaneous with General Election

Constitutional Provision: Article XIII Section 12 (Created November 1926)

Recall of elective officers. Section 12. [As created Nov. 1926 and amended April 1981] The qualified electors of the state, of any congressional, judicial or legislative district or of any county may petition for the recall of any incumbent elective officer after the first year of the term for which the incumbent was elected, by filing a petition with the filing officer with whom the nomination petition to the office in the primary is filed, demanding the recall of the incumbent.

Initial Procedure: An individual or a committee may register with the state to circulate petitions for recall. If an individual registers, he must self-fund, but he may have circulators gathering signatures on his behalf. If an individual receives funding from anyone other than himself, he is considered a committee and has to register as such. A committee is defined as two or more individuals.

There is no residency requirement to establish, be a member of, and/or conduct a committee to recall. Once an individual or committee has registered with the state it has 60 days to collect the required signatures -- so, to avoid wasting valuable time, do not register the committee with the state until all organization is complete.

Before circulating a petition for recall, the circulator must register with the appropriate filing officer. This includes a Campaign Registration Statement along with a second statement indicating: the petitioner's intent to circulate a recall petition; the name of the officeholder for whom recall is sought; and the reason for the recall, which must be related to the official responsibilities of the officeholder.

Signature Requirement

The number of valid signatures required for a recall election is 25 percent of the number of persons that voted in the last preceding election for the office of governor within the electoral district of the officer sought to be recalled. Each signer must be a qualified voter within the district represented by the officeholder being recalled, and the address of each signer must be located within that district.

Circulating the Recall Petition

Those collecting petition signatures must be eligible to vote, but not necessarily registered. Circulation of the recall petition must be completed within 60 days after registration. The completed petition must be returned to the original filing officer no later than 5:00 p.m. on the 60th day from the date of registration. Any signature dated before this 60 day period is invalid. Click here for a petition form.

Preparation and Circulation of Recall Petitions

After the signatures are obtained the certification must be completed by the circulator. Specific requirements of the circulator are:

The circulator must list his or her full address, including municipality of residence, and street and number, if any, or rural route. The circulator must sign and date the certification after they have obtained the signatures. The person signing as circulator must have personally circulated the petition and personally obtained each of the signatures on the paper. The circulator must state that he or she is aware that falsifying the certification is illegal.

Review of Petition by Filing Officer

Within 31 days after the petition (with signatures) is submitted to the filing officer, he or she has 31 days to determine the sufficiency of the petition and also that it meets all necessary requirements. Following this review, the filing officer must attach to the petition either a certificate of sufficiency or of insufficiency, allowing at least 10 days for the officeholder being recalled to file any challenge. If the petition is considered sufficient, the filing officer will submit it to the appropriate local governing body, which will then immediately call a recall election to be held on the Tuesday of the 6th week after the date on which the clerk issued the certificate of sufficiency.

Contact Info:
Wisconsin State Elections Board
17 West Main Street, Suite 310
PO Box 2973
Madison, WI 53701-2973
Phone: (608) 266-8005
1-866-868-3947

Court Activity

Supreme Court Declines to Re-Open Walker Recall Election Campaign Probe

Supreme Court Won't Block Probe of Walker Recall Campaign

Wisconsin Supreme Court Upholds Union Law that Led to Walker Recall

Stay Sought of Injunction Halting Walker Recall Probe

Judge in Wisconsin Recall Probe: No Wrongdoing

Wisconsin Man Fined for Forging Recall Petition Signatures

News & Commentary

Supreme Court Declines to Re-Open Walker Recall Election Campaign Probe | 10/05/16

MADISON, Wis. -- The U.S. Supreme Court declined on Oct. 3 to reopen a long-stalled investigation into Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's 2012 campaign against a recall effort, permanently ending a probe that had dogged the Republican even as he launched a brief presidential bid last year.

Last year, the Wisconsin Supreme Court shut down the so-called John Doe probe into whether Walker illegally coordinated with outside conservative groups. 

Walker, who won re-election in 2014 and is up for a third term in 2018, declined immediate comment Monday through his spokesman Joe Fadness, the AP reported:

The governor, who had been working to prepare Indiana Gov. Mike Pence for the vice presidential debate on Tuesday, had no public events planned.

Prosecutors investigated whether Walker's campaign coordinated with Wisconsin Club for Growth and other conservative groups on advertising during the 2012 recall without reporting the groups' contributions. The recall itself stemmed from Walker's signature law that stripped public unions of nearly all of their bargaining rights.

Those groups challenged the investigation, which was conducted under Wisconsin's John Doe law that allowed secret probes into misconduct by public officials. The judge overseeing the case determined the activity in question wasn't illegal and effectively halted the investigation in 2014.

Conservative-leaning justices who control the Wisconsin Supreme Court agreed and ended it last year. They ruled that the groups and the campaign's coordination on ads that don't expressly call for the election or defeat of a candidate amounts to free speech and isn't subject to disclosure requirements.

The Wisconsin Club for Growth, which fought the investigation, praised the court's decision to end it.

"From its inception, this proceeding was a politically motivated attack and a criminal investigation in search of a theory," said the group's president Eric O'Keefe in a prepared statement. He called for documents seized during the investigation to be given back.

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Recall Effort Begun against Wisconsin Town Board | 05/17/16

PARIS -- Three residents began an effort Friday to recall all three members of the Paris Town Board.

Joseph Kolnik is pursuing the recall drive along with Robert Fliess and Paul Terry. Kolnik is one of the plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the town challenging an Interstate 94 corridor boundary agreement with the village of Somers

With their statement of intent filed Friday, they may now begin circulating recall petitions targeting Paris Chairman Virgil Gentz and Supervisors Ronald Kammerzelt and Kenneth Monson. If they are successful and a recall election ensues, Kolnik plans to challenge Gentz, Fliess would oppose Monson and Terry would take on Kammerzelt.

All three of the would-be challengers are upset about the Town Board's approval of an intergovernmental agreement that would result in some 2,500 acres along the west side of I-94 transferring from Paris to Somers, with revenue generated by new development to be shared 50-50 between the two municipalities.

"I've lived in Paris my whole life," Fliess said, "and that's why I bought my farm -- because of the tax base -- and now my town is throwing me out. It just doesn't seem fair."

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Voters Use Recall Drives to Oust Scores of Officials in 2015 | 12/30/15

More than 100 state and local officials faced recall elections in 2015 and a majority were ousted from their jobs, as unhappy voters vented their frustrations on issues ranging from charter schools to gun rights.

In all, there were more than 400 recall drives, with 108 actually going to voters and 65 officials being tossed from their jobs, according to a tally from Joshua Spivak, who writes the Recall Elections Blog.

Fifteen other officeholders resigned, while just 28 survived the recall vote, according to Mr. Spivak.

The 108 recalls were down from 126 in 2014. There were 107 in 2013, 168 in 2012, and 151 in 2011.

Recalls have become major political news in recent years after Californians voted in 2003 to kick Democratic Gov. Gray Davis out of office and replace him with actor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

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Wisconsin Town Mayor May Request Recall Recount | 12/01/15

ARCADIA -- Mayor John Kimmel has until Thursday to decide if he wants a recount in last week's recall election.

Last week Arcadia City Clerk Angela Berg told WEAU that Kimmel had three business days after the election to make the request. That deadline would have been Monday.

Berg now says Kimmel has until Thursday evening, because the office just finished counting absentee ballots Monday morning.

Read more at WEAU.

Last Tuesday, Rob Reichwein defeated Kimmel in the special election, receiving 69 percent of the vote (373 to 164).

Read more in the Winona Post.

Supreme Court Won't Block Probe of Walker Recall Campaign | 05/18/15

The U.S. Supreme Court refused to end a state investigation into Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's 2012 recall campaign, rejecting an appeal from a conservative group that says its constitutional rights are being violated.

The rebuff leaves the future of the investigation in the hands of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, which is considering a separate bid to stop the probe. The criminal investigation, on hold during the court fight, might complicate Walker's potential campaign for the Republican presidential nomination.

A court-appointed special prosecutor, Francis Schmitz, is tasked with investigating whether Walker and his operatives violated state campaign-finance laws by coordinating their efforts with Club for Growth, an advocacy group.

The Wisconsin chapter of Club for Growth and its director, Eric O'Keefe, are fighting subpoenas they received from Schmitz seeking financial records. The group and O'Keefe sued in federal court to block the probe, and a federal trial judge said the First Amendment bars the state from trying to learn whether the organization coordinated with the Walker campaign.

A U.S. appeals court overturned that ruling, saying federal judges shouldn't entangle themselves in state criminal proceedings.

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Media Ignore Soros Tie-In to Walker, Jindal Recall Attempts | 09/17/14

The group that first filed an indictment charge against Texas Gov. Rick Perry was funded by George Soros, the liberal billionaire, but the trail of his money didn't end there. 

Both the recall election for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and an even less successful recall attempt for Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal were rooted in Soros-funded groups. Among them, these three potential Republican presidential candidates were targeted by groups receiving more than $6.3 million from Soros.

The media should be reporting on this connection, but so far they have completely ignored it. None of the broadcast news coverage of Walker's recall election or Perry's indictment on ABC, CBS or NBC has mentioned Soros. Attempts to recall Jindal weren't mentioned by the networks, although left-wing outlets like The Huffington Post tried to promote them.

Read more at Newsbusters.org.

Wisconsin Supreme Court Upholds Union Law that Led to Walker Recall | 07/31/14

MADISON, Wis. -- The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the 2011 law that effectively ended collective bargaining for most public workers, sparked massive protests and led to Republican Gov. Scott Walker's recall election and rise to national prominence.

The 5-2 ruling upholds the signature policy achievement of Walker in its entirety and is a major victory for the potential 2016 GOP presidential candidate, who is seeking re-election this year.

The ruling also marks the end of the three-year legal fight over the union rights law, which prohibits public worker unions from collectively bargaining for anything beyond base wage increases based on inflation. A federal appeals court twice upheld the law as constitutional.

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Man Charged with Vote Fraud in Walker Recall | 06/24/14

In one of the biggest cases of voter fraud ever in Wisconsin, a Milwaukee area health insurance executive has been charged with casting multiple votes for Republican candidates -- including Gov. Scott Walker in the 2012 recall election.

Robert Monroe of Shorewood was charged Friday with 13 felonies related to his voting a dozen times in five elections between 2011 and 2012, using his own name along with his son's and his girlfriend's son.

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Stay Sought of Injunction Halting Walker Recall Probe | 05/07/14

MADISON -- Wisconsin prosecutors have appealed a federal judge's decision to halt the investigation into Gov. Scott Walker's 2012 recall campaign and conservative groups that supported him.

U.S. District Judge Rudolph T. Randa issued a preliminary injunction Tuesday blocking the probe into whether Walker's campaign illegally coordinated with those groups about the spending. Randa also ordered prosecutors to destroy all their evidence.

Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm asked the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago to stay the injunction on Wednesday, May 7.

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Judge in Wisconsin Recall Probe: No Wrongdoing | 03/19/14

MADISON, Wis. -- The judge overseeing a secret investigation into possible illegal coordination between conservative groups and recent recall campaigns said in a ruling earlier this year he doesn't think anybody did anything wrong, according to court documents.

The documents, filed this week, offer some of the most definitive details yet on the probe. The investigation is being conducted as a so-called John Doe probe, a proceeding similar to a grand jury investigation where information is tightly controlled and witnesses can't speak publicly about their testimony.

The conservative group Club for Growth has filed a federal lawsuit seeking to stop the investigation, arguing prosecutors are harassing conservatives. Attorneys for a state Government Accountability Board investigator working on the probe filed a heavily redacted brief on March 12 asking U.S. District Judge Rudolph Randa to toss the lawsuit.

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Walker Talks about How He Survived Recall | 11/20/13

As the only governor in history to survive a recall effort--one in which he faced $21 million in union funding against him--Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has earned the right to name his new book Unintimidated.

Walker sat down for an exclusive interview with the Sirius XM Patriots Forum hosted by Breitbart News Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon for a wide-ranging chat about the madness of the failed union-led recall against him, his hard path to structural reform, and how he refused the temptation to "go Christie" on protesters.

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Wisconsin Man Fined for Forging Recall Petition Signatures | 06/28/13

A Racine man said he let his "emotions run wild" in the "toxic political environment in the state of Wisconsin" and that's why he forged more than a half-dozen signatures on recall election petitions seeking to unseat Republican Sen. Van Wanggaard.

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Judge Who Signed Walker Recall Petition Ousted | 04/03/13

Three conservatives won judicial seats in Wisconsin on Tuesday, and Gov. Scott Walker's supporters had the satisfaction of seeing a judge who signed a petition to recall the governor turned out of office in a landslide. Tom Wolfgram, a 19-year incumbent, won only 40 percent of the vote in his bid for reelection in Ozaukee County, outside of Milwaukee. He was defeated by Joe Voiland, an attorney and Federalist Society member, who maintained the judge had improperly injected himself into partisan politics.

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Recall Winner Walker Says Romney Shouldn't Avoid Fiscal Specificity | 08/29/12

Republican Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin, who beat a recall election in June, said Mitt Romney needs to be more specific in telling voters how he'd address the nation's fiscal crisis as president.

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Opinion: Recall the Referendum | 07/31/12

During the recall elections of the past year, Wisconsin Democrats were quick to paint the constitutional recall process as sacrosanct; as if "thou shalt recall Scott Walker" was the last commandment cut by Moses in order to whittle down the list to a manageable 10. Yet before the last shred of confetti had been swept up at the Walker victory party on June 5, Democrats had changed their tune.

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Opinion: Wisconsin Recall Losses Signal Trouble for Unions | 07/16/12

The Republican victories in the Walker recall election and the two prior recall elections against Judge Prosser and then against Republican state senators in Wisconsin demonstrates that one of the most unionized states in the nation can no longer defeat sensible and stalwart conservatism.

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GOP Assembly Members Call Senate Recall Election in Racine 'Utter Mockery' | 07/11/12

Citing irregularities in the local Senate recall election in which a Democrat replaced a Republican, several prominent Assembly Republicans Wednesday called on the Government Accountability Board to resolve election issues before November.

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Wisconsin Recall Is Boon for GOP Governors' Fund-Raising | 07/02/12

Buoyed by the high-profile recall election of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, the Republican Governors Association hauled in $16.7 million during the second quarter of 2012 and has raised $29 million total in 2012.

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Final Count Shows Highest Turnout for Non-Presidential Election in 60 Years | 06/28/12

Final results show nearly 58% of voting-age adults turned out for Wisconsin's historic recall election. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that's easily the highest turnout in more than 60 years for a non-presidential ballot in Wisconsin.

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Anti-Walker Group Used High Schools to Recruit | 06/22/12

A group supporting the failed recall of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker used several Racine high schools to recruit students to canvass heavily Democratic neighborhoods.

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Classless Warfare Fails in Wisconsin | 06/08/12

Wouldn't it be awful if an important election hinged on some fat cats outspending the opposition? That was the liberals' excuse for the failure of Democratic Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett to unseat Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker in the June 5 recall election.

Click here for full commentary by Robert Knight.

Walker, GOP Win Big in Wisconsin Recall | 06/06/12

Wisconsin gave Gov. Scott Walker a renewed lease Tuesday, voting to keep the Republican in office in a recall election that amounted to an embrace of his union-busting, government-trimming agenda in this traditionally Democratic-leaning state.

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Wisconsin Recall: Will Scott Walker Survive? | 06/05/12

(CBS News) What some are calling the second biggest contest of the 2012 election cycle - behind only the presidential race - is taking place in Wisconsin today.

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Labor Has Much on Line in Walker Recall Vote | 06/04/12

Organized labor says its fight to oust Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker from office is much larger than just his curtailing its collective-bargaining rights.

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Walker's Lead Appears to Be Growing in Recall Race | 05/19/12

Democrats' hopes of ousting Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker in June's recall election seem to be slipping, as the state's biggest newspaper gave the incumbent a huge boost over the weekend.

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Walker vs. Barrett: Strangely Familiar, but Altogether Different | 05/14/12

For the second time in 19 months, Gov. Scott Walker and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett are in a race for governor. This time, they're facing off in the June 5 recall election.

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Wisconsin Governor's Recall Election to Be Re-Match | 05/09/12

Tom Barrett, the mayor of Milwaukee since 2004, easily won the Democratic primary Tuesday and will take on Republican Gov. Scott. Walker in the June 5 recall election.

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Wisconsin Recall Pits Friends against Each Other | 05/07/12

Janesville -- As battle lines harden heading into the June 5 general election, the little shop on Main Street in this blue-collar city 45 miles south of Madison has become a microcosm of a state so divided over the governor that some friends and family members can barely speak to each other about him.

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Wisconsin Dems Divided over Who Is Best to Beat Walker | 04/29/12

Before Democrats get their shot in a recall election against Republican Gov. Scott Walker, they have to get through a divisive primary between an establishment pick and a union favorite that is threatening to undercut their unified front.

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Wisconsin Election Board Okays 6 Republicans Running in Dem Primary | 04/18/12


The state elections board voted unanimously Tuesday to allow six Republicans to run on Wisconsin's upcoming Democratic primary recall election against Gov. Scott Walker and five other Republicans. The GOP said it is fielding the candidates to ensure that only the primary will be held on May 8 and a general election on June 5.

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Big City Faces College Town in Wisconsin Recall Primary Panel | 04/16/12

Several Democratic candidates who are vying to oppose recall target Gov. Scott Walker appeared at a forum in Madison. On May 8, voters will choose among four Democrats and a Republican-backed candidate to challenge Walker in the third recall election of a U.S. governor.

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Walker Launches Ads Against Opponents | 04/13/12

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's campaign is airing two television ads targeting his opponents in the June 5 recall election.

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Milwaukee Mayor Shakes Up Democratic Primary in Wisconsin Recall Election | 04/01/12

MADISON, Wis. - Unions backing the successful effort that forced Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker into a recall election are suddenly facing an uncomfortable scenario: Their favored candidate may not survive the Democratic primary now that Milwaukee's mayor is looking for a gubernatorial rematch.

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GOP Senator Resigns Before Recall Election, Leaving Senate Split | 03/16/12

Wisconsin State Sen. Pam Galloway, one of several Republicans targeted for a recall election, resigned, ending the GOP's Senate majority.
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Wisconsin Officials Get More Time to Study Recall Signatures | 03/14/12

Wisconsin election officials were given 11 more days to review petitions seeking the recall of Gov. Scott Walker, according to a copy of an agreement provided by the state attorney general's office.
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Donald Duck Remains Valid Signature in Walker Recall Campaign | 02/27/12

Scott Walker's campaign said Donald Duck signed a petition to recall the Republican governor, but unless a state board strikes that signature, the Disney character will be listed as a valid Wisconsinite.
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ACLU Fights Sunshine in Wisconsin Recall | 02/03/12

When should names on public rolls be kept secret? Judging by the ACLU's double standard, secrecy is warranted if exposure might reveal voter fraud. On the other hand, if exposure puts marriage supporters at risk for harassment by radical activists...well, then, that's okay.
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ACLU Raises Concern about Wisconsin Petition Verification | 01/19/12

The ACLU opposed the online publication of two million signatures collected for the recall election of Gov. Scott Walker, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and four Republican state senators, citing a potential threat to privacy.
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Democrats File 1 Million Signatures for Walker Recall | 01/18/12

Madison -- Opponents of Republican Gov. Scott Walker filed more than 1 million petitions to recall him, along with recall petitions against Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and four GOP state senators.
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Walker Says It's All About 'Union Money' | 01/18/12

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says the recall effort against him is about public employee unions seeking to restore 'automatic dues.'
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Wisconsin Judge: Clean Up Walker Recall Petitions | 01/06/12

Waukesha -- A judge ruled Thursday that the state Government Accountability Board needs to take more aggressive action to vet recall signatures that are expected to be submitted in two weeks against Gov. Scott Walker and other Republican office holders.
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Wisconsin Gov. Walker Campaigns Early Against Recall | 11/27/11

MADISON, Wis. Embattled Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker may not face a recall vote until next summer, but he's already campaigning to keep his job in the face of a major challenge by organized labor and the Democratic Party.
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Senate Democrats, Republicans to Be Targeted in Second Round of Wisconsin Recalls | 10/13/11

Madison - Alongside an attempted recall of Gov. Scott Walker, Republicans and Democrats will likely seek in coming weeks to recall state senators in a contest for control of that legislative house.
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Recall Effort to Begin Nov. 15 Against Wisconsin Governor | 10/11/11

Supporters of a recall effort against Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker need 540,000 Signatures by Jan. 17, 2012.
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Wisconsin Recall Spending Nears $44 Million | 09/20/11

MADISON--Nearly $44 million was spent on recall elections targeting nine Wisconsin state lawmakers after a clash over collective bargaining rights, and unions and conservative special interest groups led the way, according to estimates released Sept. 20.
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On, Wisconsin | 08/18/11

"After recalls fail, the teachers union lays off 40% of its staff. The Battle of Wisconsin ended with a whimper on Tuesday as two Democrats facing recall elections for their roles in the fight over union reform hung on to their seats. Four of six Republicans up for recall did the same last week. After Greek-style protests in Madison, a judicial election and tens of millions of dollars spent, voters weren't in the mood for revenge after all."

Read the full story at Wall Street Journal Online (subscription required).

Left-Wing Wisconsin Recall Amnesia | 08/15/11

By Robert Knight. This column originally appeared in The Washington Times on August 15, 2011.

Some stories have "legs." They don't disappear after a day or so but stay in the news, especially if they help move a liberal agenda. Think of global-warming findings or New York's assault on marriage.

Tuesday's recall elections in Wisconsin won't have legs. That's because union-backed Democrats failed to gain control of the state Senate in perhaps the most expensive off-year campaign in history. Of six Republicans up for recall, just two were defeated. One was in a heavily Democratic district that gave President Obama more than 60 percent of the vote in 2008, and the other senator had dumped his wife and moved in with his mistress.

On the day after the election, ABC's "Good Morning America" did not bother to report on it, as noted by the Media Research Center's Scott Whitlock. CBS' "Early Show" gave it a liberal slant while failing to mention that two Democrats would face recall elections in Wisconsin on Tuesday. NBC's "Today Show," a four-hour program, mentioned the vote result only once.

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Unions Lose Big in Wisconsin | 08/10/11

"An energized Democratic base was supposed to turn out yesterday. It was supposed to pry away from Republicans their total control of Wisconsin's state legislature. Republicans had gone after the state's public employee unions, and this was supposed to be an overreach that would cost them dearly in yesterday's recall elections. If Democrats could pick up three of the six seats under recall, they could win back the state Senate and block Gov. Scott Walker's agenda."

Click here for the full story from The Washington Examiner.

Democrats Fall Short in Wisconsin Recall Elections | 08/10/11

"Democrats failed late Tuesday in their effort to gain control of the Wisconsin state senate as Republican incumbents won four of six recall elections. The outcome was a big setback for Democrats, organized labor, and progressive groups who'd sought retribution against six GOP allies of Gov. Scott Walker, who earlier this year enacted a labor law overhaul that ended collective bargaining rights for many public sector workers. The recall elections attracted millions of dollars of investment from both liberals and conservatives across the nation."

Click here for the full story from MSNBC.com.

Democratic Challengers Raise Nearly $1.6 Million | 07/05/11

"Spending reports for state Senate recall elections filed Tuesday showed Republicans were outraising Democratic challengers in at least four races, but not all the incumbents have the financial upper hand heading into the Aug. 9 election. The Republicans took advantage of a state law that allows lawmakers targeted for recalls to exceed normal contribution limits during the period petitions are being circulated and before the election dates are set."

Click here for the full story from Forbes.com.

Wisconsin Senate Recalls: A Recap of Events to Date | 06/28/11

"Barring court challenges, yesterday's rulings by the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board were the final step leading up to the recall elections against 9 incumbent state senators. Following the decision by the Board to deny him ballot access, Assemblyman John Nygren said he was considering his options regarding further actions to reinstate his name on the ballot. Nygren said he did not submit more signatures because he was busy working to re-write the state budget. The GAB initially verified 424 signatures on Nygren's petition to run in the recall targeting Sen. Dave Hansen, but after challenges, it was ruled that only 398 were valid, two short of the necessary 400."

Click here for the full story from Ballot News.

Unions Pour Money into Recall Elections; Nearly All Funds Go to Democrats | 06/27/11

"Union dollars are flowing into the campaign coffers for three Democratic state senators facing recall elections this summer, a largely unsurprising development in a political battle spurred mostly by the passage of Gov. Scott Walker's collective bargaining legislation. For the six Republicans bracing for recalls, union donations are drastically smaller, which election experts say is to be expected, even in a regular election."

Click here for the full story from The Chippewa Herald.

GOP Candidate Disqualified from Wisconsin Recall Election | 06/27/11

"After collecting more than 15,000 signatures necessary to trigger a recall election against Democratic state senator Dave Hansen, Wisconsin Republicans failed to get 400 valid signatures necessary to get their preferred candidate on the ballot. [..] [Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette)] says he will "pursue further legal options" to challenge the board's ruling."

Click here for the full story from The Weekly Standard.

Recall Elections Surge in Local and State Governments | 06/22/11

"The new president of Arizona's state Senate, Russell Pearce, had only 21 days to enjoy that position before opponents began circulating petitions in January to recall the freshly reelected conservative. That's more time than Jim Suttle had. The night the Democrat was elected mayor of Omaha in 2009, backers of his rivals began to talk online about trying to remove him from office. Suttle barely survived a recall election in January."

Click here for the full story from Los Angeles Times online.

Liberal Wisconsin Judge Tipped Off Anti-Walker Suit Was Coming | 06/21/11

"Emails obtained through the Wisconsin Open Records law indicate former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk emailed all county employees and circuit court judges, including Circuit Court Judge Maryann Sumi, with a memo announcing her intention to file suit against Gov. Scott Walker's budget repair bill."

Click here for the full story from Townhall.com.

Board Certifies Recall Elections for 3 Wis. Democratic Senators Who Fled During Union Debate | 06/08/11

"A Wisconsin state board has voted to let July recall elections be held against three Democratic state senators who fled the state during a divisive debate on collective bargaining rights for public workers."

Click here for the full story from The Washington Post.

Record Financial Contributions Expected In Recall Elections | 05/17/11

"Last Thursday, recall petitioner and Northwoods Tea Party leader Kim Simac, of Eagle River, announced her candidacy for the 12th Senate District after volunteers obtained nearly 23,000 signatures in the recall campaign against Sen. Jim Holperin of Conover. The race is expected to be one of many highly-contested races that will take place this summer during a rare election cycle."

Click here for the full story from the Northwoods River News.

Are Recall Elections a Good Idea? | 05/06/11

"The recent controversy over Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's budget plans spurred a round of recall elections in his state. But Wisconsin is not alone, with recalls up around the country. Advocates say recalls enhance democracy, but critics say they cause chaos."

Click here for the full story from US News and World Report online.

Wisconsin Recalls Hit Deadline: Where Things Stand | 05/05/11

"Wisconsin will play host to nine special state Senate elections this summer in what will be viewed nationally as a referendum on Gov. Scott Walker's (R) collective bargaining law passed earlier this year. Petitions were filed against all sixteen state senators eligible for recall, but only nine drives succeeded when the petition deadline passed on Wednesday night."

Click here for full story from The Washington Post online.

Recall Petition Filed Against 5th Wis. GOP Senator | 04/22/11

"Wisconsin recall organizers Thursday added three Democratic state senators and one GOP senator to the list of lawmakers in line for recall elections over their opposition to or support of Republican Gov. Scott Walker's law curtailing collective bargaining rights for public employees. Committees to recall Sens. Dave Hansen of Green Bay, Jim Holperin of Conover and Robert Wirch of Pleasant Prairie filed the signatures needed with the Government Accountability Board. All three groups had thousands more signatures than required to trigger a recall election."

Click here for the full story from CTPost.com.

Incumbent Wins Wisconsin Supreme Court Race | 04/15/11

"In a victory for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, an official tally for a hotly contested Supreme Court election confirmed Friday that incumbent David Prosser defeated his Democratic-backed challenger by 7,316 votes. The slim margin, out of nearly 1.5 million ballots cast, prompted challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg's campaign to say they may ask for a recount. They have until Wednesday to decide. 'We will review the information available to us and carefully weigh the options,' the campaign said in a statement."

Click here for the full story from The Wall Street Journal Online.

Campaigns to Recall 16 Wisconsin Senators Called 'Unprecedented' | 04/11/11

"2011 began with the Green Bay Packers winning the Super Bowl. Then things got really exciting in Wisconsin. Weeks of protests at the state Capitol in Madison over the Republican budget proposal were followed by a contentious campaign to turn out a state Supreme Court justice. Now the state Senate is facing a total recall. Sixteen state senators -- eight Republicans and eight Democrats -- have been targeted by recall committees stemming from the contentious budget-reform debate in March. That's half of the 33-member Senate, and it might have been more but for a state law that prohibits recalls against first-year legislators."

Click here for the full story from The Washington Times website.

Wisconsin Election Results: Conservative David Prosser Retakes Lead in Supreme Court Race | 04/07/11

"Wisconsin's topsy-turvy supreme court race -- widely seen as a referendum on Republican governor Scott Walker -- took another dramatic turn as incumbent justice David Prosser, a conservative, moved convincingly back into the lead. On Wednesday, liberal challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg, an assistant attorney general, had appeared to eke out an upset -- besting Prosser by 204 votes in an unofficial tally. But officials in heavily Republican Waukesha county now say they discovered a counting error that, when rectified, gives Prosser an additional 7,582 votes."

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Democratic Senator Joins Republican on Wisconsin Recall Block | 04/05/11

"The fallout continues from Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker's successful legislation to limit collective-bargaining rights for public unions. Democratic State Sen. Robert Wirch may face a recall election soon, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. Dan Hunt, chairman of Taxpayers to Recall Robert Wirch, says his organization has 'well over' the 13,537 signatures needed to trigger a recall election, though he said the group still has a target of 18,000 signatures, in case some are disqualified. The signatures probably will be submitted to the state Government Accountability Board next week, he said."

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Keeping Score on the Wisconsin Results | 04/05/11

"Public employee unions and tea party supporters have been gathering signatures to trigger recall elections of, respectively, Republican and Democratic state senators in what amounts to a referendum on Republican Governor Scott Walker's policies limiting the privileges of public employee unions. What's the score. The Hill tells us that Democrats have succeeded in getting enough signatures to trigger a recall election on state Senator Dan Kapanke and Republicans have gotten enough to trigger a recall of state Senator Robert Wirch."

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Wisconsin Recall Drive Already Making History | 04/04/11

"Ever since Wisconsin Dems and labor activists announced late Friday that they had already amassed enough signatures to trigger a recall election against GOP state Senator Dan Kapanke -- and filed their petition to make it happen -- political observers have been wondering precisely how many signatures activists had gathered. The number could contain clues as to whether the election will actually happen and how much grassroots energy there remains on the ground in the state."

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Message from Miami | 03/21/11

"Democrats and labor leaders chortling over their supposed popularity in the Wisconsin rift between GOP Gov. Scott Walker and public unions might want to consider a Florida recall vote last week. Miami-Dade voters turned out in huge numbers to oust Mayor Carlos Alvarez in a vote that saw a staggering 88 percent of ballots cast against him. The issues: soaring property taxes and increased public-sector union benefits. Alvarez is a Republican -- but didn't govern like one: He raised property taxes for two-thirds of county homeowners by a whopping 13 percent. He rewarded his political base -- public-employee unions, who pushed for tax hikes rather than spending cuts -- by raising their members' pay and unfreezing some benefits."

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Unions Show No Class in Wisconsin "War" | 03/11/11

By Robert Knight. This article originally appeared on The Washington Times on March 11, 2011.

"I'm not going to lie to you, this is going to get ugly." So predicts "Goldfish," a Daily Kos blogger who boasts of spending two weekends in Madison, Wisc., "on the Front Lines of the Class War." Now, "Goldfish" is predicting a general strike, like the ones in Greece whenever the bankrupt government tries to cut ruinous spending.

A bigger fish, film director Michael Moore, announced on MSNBC's "The Rachel Maddow Show" on Wednesday that, "This is war. This is class war," and that a national walkout of government school students would happen Friday. Jesse Jackson told Fox News that public unions will retain collective bargaining or "you're going to have it through the streets. People here will fight back because they think their cause is moral."

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Wisconsin Recall Bid Picks Up Support | 03/09/11

"Efforts to recall 14 Republican and Democratic senators in Wisconsin picked up momentum Tuesday while Gov. Scott Walker released emails suggesting the two sides discussed compromises in the three-week standoff over the governor's 'budget-repair' bill. A handful of emails between the governor's staff and top Democrats appear to show the governor softening his position on collective bargaining for public employee unions, which has been at the center of the stalemate. Fourteen Democratic senators left the state on Feb. 17 to prevent a vote on Mr. Walker's legislation."

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Recall Drives Could Make History | 03/06/11

"As improbable as the last three weeks have been in state politics, Wisconsin is about to embark on another wild ride into the political unknown -- a series of legislative recall campaigns on a scale the nation has rarely, if ever, seen. 'I don't think there's a precedent for what's going on in Wisconsin,' said Gary Moncrief of Boise State University, an expert on legislative politics. 'I don't think there's ever been a case where pretty much everyone has been subject to a recall attempt at one time on both sides. That's really amazing.' Formal recall campaigns have now been launched against 16 state senators -- eight Republicans and eight Democrats. That's everyone in the 33-member Wisconsin Senate who is legally eligible to be recalled this year."

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Are AWOL Democrats Facing Total Recall in Wisconsin? | 03/01/11

Greta Van Susteren of Fox News interviews Dan Hunt, Chairman of Taxpayers to Recall Robert Wirch, about the recall petition in Wisconsin.

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Petition to Recall Sen. Wirch Filed | 02/25/11

"A petition to recall Sen. Robert Wirch, who represents Burlington and most of Kenosha County, was filed Thursday. Wirch, D-Pleasant Prairie, is one of the 14 state Senate Democrats who fled to Illinois last week, halting a vote on Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to essentially eliminate collective bargaining for public workers. A group called Taxpayers to Recall Robert Wirch out of Pleasant Prairie filed the petition with the state Government Accountability Board on Thursday. The group has 60 days from now to collect about 15,000 signatures, 25 percent of the votes cast for governor in Wirch's Senate District 22, to force a recall election, according to GAB."

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Reckless Congress Makes Case for Recall | 12/17/10

"If ever a Congress epitomized the need for more accountability, it's the 111th lame-duck gang. Sorry, that's unfair to gangsters. With most Americans distracted by holiday plans, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, has sprung another Christmas surprise, vowing to ram through a far-left agenda in the waning days of 2010. Last year, he put a giant lump of coal in Americans' stockings with Christmas Eve passage of Obamacare."

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The Right of Recall | 01/25/10

By Peter Ferrara. This article originally appeared on Fox Forum on January 25, 2010.

Congress is out of control. The public overwhelmingly opposes the pending legislation for a government takeover of health care. But Congressional leaders are telling us they don't care. They know best, and they're going to pass it anyway.

We see the same attitude on other issues, from global warming regulation, to taxes, government spending, deficits, federal debt, energy policy, welfare, corporate bailouts, and beyond. Too many of our Congressional "representatives" seem unwilling to listen to the views of their constituents, insisting that they already know it all. They respond to dissenters with name-calling, labeling them yahoos, Nazis, and tea baggers.

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Elections for Judges Are Getting Nastier | 04/04/08

"Not once in more than 40 years has an incumbent Wisconsin Supreme Court justice lost an election -- not, that is, until this week, when a business-backed circuit judge narrowly defeated the first African-American to serve on the state's highest court. But the victory of Michael Gableman over Louis Butler was important not only because the former district attorney is likely to nudge the court to the right. It stood out because the race came with such cost, partisanship, and confrontation -- hardball trends that are expected to play out in judicial races nationwide."

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Recall of Wisconsin Senator Nearly Succeeds | 04/22/97

Click here to read the article (PDF). Click here to see the petition.

Each state has its own requirements as to the manner in which petitions must be collected, signed and filed. It is imperative that official recall committees are legally formed in each state according to the state laws and regulations. The handling of the petitions must comply with the laws and regulations of each state.