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Friday, April 22, 2011

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Recall tally now stands at eight, more likely coming

Eight recall elections have now been filed against state senators, and more may be on the way.

With yesterday's filings, it's now five Republicans and three Dems who face recall elections, if the papers hold up to a review by the Government Accountability Board and possible legal challenges.

In addition to Alberta Darling of River Hills, fellow Republicans Dan Kapanke of La Crosse, Randy Hopper of Fond du Lac, Luther Olsen of Ripon and Sheila Harsdorf of River Falls have been targeted. On the Dem side, it's Dave Hansen of Green Bay, Jim Holperin of Conover and Bob Wirch of Kenosha.

Earlier this week, a Dem operative said he had “every expectation” the efforts to recall GOP Sens. Rob Cowles will proceed to a recall election. Opponents have until May 2 to filed papers against him.

The operative said organizers were still working on collecting signatures against GOP Sens. Glenn Grothman and Mary Lazich. The deadline for them is also May 2.

Meanwhile, Republicans appear to be ramping up their efforts against Dem Julie Lassa of Stevens Point. She has the latest deadline of the any of the Dems eligible for recall, and opponents have until May 16 to file against her.

Organizer Scott Noble said the group has now opened signature collection centers in Stevens Point and Marshfield and is beginning to run a radio ad promoting the effort.

So far, only Dems have formally announced plans to challenge targeted lawmakers. Yesterday, Rep. Fred Clark of Baraboo said he would run against Olsen, while Oshkosh Deputy Mayor Jessica King has said she will challenge Hopper and Rep. Jen Shilling said she would run against Kapanke.

You can follow updates at the GAB site.

-- By Staff

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