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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

 5:39 PM 

GAB announces plans to post Walker recall petitions today

The Government Accountability Board has announced it is posting all pages of the recall petition targeting Gov. Scott Walker later today.

GAB Director Kevin Kennedy said in a statement that after conducting a balancing test, the board determined that posting the petitions without redactions was in the best public interest, even after some signers raised concerns over privacy.

“While individuals with an interest in vetting these petitions have every right to do so, we expect that they will continue to do so in a respectful, lawful manner," Kennedy said in a statement. "All Wisconsin residents ought to agree that we can ensure the rights of individuals to participate in the political process without endangering their safety or giving up their right to personal security.”

See the GAB release

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 11:01 AM 

Senate Dems announce recall candidates

Senate Dems today announced three current or former lawmakers that will challenge GOP senators in potential recall elections.

Rep. Donna Seidel, D-Wausau, will challenge Sen. Pam Galloway, also of Wausau; former Rep. Kristen Dexter, D-Eau Claire, will take on Sen. Terry Moulton of Chippewa Falls; and former Sen. John Lehman, D-Racine, will seek a rematch of his 2010 race against Sen. Van Wanggaard.

Senate Majority Leader Mark Miller, D-Monona, is set to announce the candidates at an event later this evening at the Monona Terrace.

"With the announcement today of Kristin Dexter, Donna Seidel and John Lehman as candidates to replace Walker's blindly loyal lieutenants, Democrats are poised to complete the job of taking back the Senate which was begun last spring," said state Democratic Party Chairman Mike Tate in a statement.

State GOP spokesman Ben Sparks responded in a statement that the challengers are "nothing more than conveyor belt Democrats who boast records of fiscal catastrophe."

A definite candidate to run against Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, has yet to emerge.

-- By Staff

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 10:25 AM 

Fitzgerald raises $77,685, trails GOP rivals

Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald raised $77,685 during the fourth quarter of 2011 for his U.S. Senate bid, according to his campaign.

Fitzgerald, R-Horicon, also spent $4,932 and had $72,753 cash on hand.

Fitzgerald's fundraising significantly trails fellow GOP contenders Tommy Thompson and Mark Neumann. Thompson's campaign says he raised $656,504 in the three-month period and ended 2011 with $544,212 cash on hand. Meanwhile, Neumann's campaign says he raised $518,000.

U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin, the only Dem in the race, significantly outraised them all for the period, pulling in $1.1 million and ending the year with $1.8 million cash on hand.

-- By Staff

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Monday, January 30, 2012

 3:15 PM 

Thompson raised $656,504 in fourth quarter

Tommy Thompson raised $656,504 in the last quarter of the year, according to a campaign spokesman.

In addition, the former guv ended the year with $544,212 cash on hand. The reporting period covered October 2011 through the end of year.

The numbers show that Thompson out-raised former U.S. Rep. Mark Neumann, whose campaign earlier this month said he raised $518,000 in the same quarter.

The campaign of Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald said it hoped to have his numbers by day's end.

-- By Staff

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 1:58 PM 

Worzala leads Dem field on fundraising front in the 2nd CD

Dane County Treasurer Dave Worzala outraised the rest of the Dem field for the 2nd CD in the fourth quarter, pulling in $223,140, according to his campaign.

State Rep. Mark Pocan raised $150,987, while fellow Assembly Dem Kelda Roys raised $76,560, their campaigns said.

The fourth Dem candidate in the race, UW-Madison graduate Matt Silverman, was the only candidate whose reported was posted at the FEC site by mid-afternoon. He reported raising $6,235, spending $1,973 and had $4,262 cash on hand.

Worzala's campaign says it spent $22,824 and had $252,196 cash on hand.

The Pocan and Roys campaigns did not say in their statements how much they spent during the quarter or how much they had in their warchests.

Pocan said he has collected donations from 1,310 individuals and organizations, while 80 percent of the donations received in the quarter were in increments of $100 or less. More than 97 percent of his donors were individuals.

Roys said her receipts from individuals were up over the previous quarter by 50 percent, while her number of donors grew from 323 in the third quarter to 784 by the end of the fourth quarter.

-- By Staff

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 10:17 AM 

San Francisco-based super PAC to target Duffy

A San Francisco-based liberal group today announced it will target U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy as one of its "Take Down the Tea Party Ten" campaign this year.

CREDO SuperPAC said it will provide local organizing support and a "multi-million dollar independent expenditure operation" against the Weston Republican, along with five other incumbents classified as vulnerable "Tea Party Republicans."

"Where Karl Rove and the Koch brothers can use shady money from a few hidden donors to fund a barrage of TV attack ads, this SuperPAC will empower local voters and our list of 2.5 million activists to build a grassroots campaign that is as hard hitting as it is progressive," PAC president Becky Bond said in a statement. "Using innovative tactics, technology, and good, old fashioned grassroots organizing, we’re going to kick Tea Party Republican Sean Duffy out of office."

Other targets include Chip Cravaack of Minnesota, Frank Guinta of New Hampshire, Steve King of Iowa, Joe Walsh of Illinois and Allen West of Florida. PAC supporters will select other targeted candidates later this year.

-- By Staff

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Sunday, January 29, 2012

 6:59 PM 

Lasee suspends U.S. Senate campaign

State Sen. Frank Lasee announced this evening that he is suspending his campaign for the U.S. Senate, saying in a statement it is not the right time to run.

Lasee, R-DePere, has badly trailed the other GOP contenders in recent polling, and his decision to suspend the campaign comes just days before candidates are required to report their fourth quarter fundraising totals to the FEC.

Lasee said he looks forward to continuing his service in the state Senate and thanked his supporters.

"It is important to send a real conservative to Washington to work for us, someone with the right ideas that will get our country working again. A conservative that understands that we most get the government out of the way, balance our budget without raising taxes and create an energy policy that increases supply and lowers costs," Lasee said. "The current path that President Obama and the Democrats have us on, is not sustainable, it will lead to economic ruin."

-- By Staff

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Friday, January 27, 2012

 4:25 PM 

GAB delivers scanned petitions to Walker campaign

The Government Accountability Board announced Friday it has finished scanning all recall petitions filed against Gov. Scott Walker and delivered them to the governor's campaign.

Board staff is just beginning the process of reviewing the signatures, but said copies of the petitions will be posted at the GAB website Monday.

The GAB also said it expects to finish scanning pages submitted against Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch next week.

-- By Staff

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Thursday, January 26, 2012

 12:42 PM 

Wis. Senate race ranks No. 7 among seats likely to change party

Wis. Senate race ranks No. 7 among seats likely to change party
Wisconsin's open U.S. Senate seat remains at No. 7 on the National Journal's Hotline Senate race rankings this month, but Hotline staff writes that the state's race "takes the prize for the most unpredictable."

"On its face, none of the four major candidates seems likely to win -- not the former governor who's lousy on the stump, not the liberal Congresswoman from Madison, not the unknown Assembly speaker and not the guy who lost to Russ Feingold in 1998," the Wisconsin synopsis says. "At least Rep. Tammy Baldwin has a clear primary; Tommy Thompson, Mark Neumann and Jeff Fitzgerald are mere moments from throwing fists on the Republican side."

The state also came in 7th in the first two monthly rankings in November and December. Hotline ranks the Senate seats most likely to flip to the other party by taking into account poll numbers, fundraising, message and "our gut feelings." Nebraska's open seat remains No. 1 on Hotline's list this month.

-- By Andy Szal

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

 11:49 AM 

Judge grants extension for GAB, recall targets to review petitions

A Dane County judge this morning granted requests from the GAB and recall targets for additional time to review petitions filed last week.

Judge Richard Niess agreed to give the GAB 61 days for its review, an extension of 30 days.

He also gave Gov. Scott Walker and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch 30 days, an extension of 20 days, and gave the four GOP senators facing recall 20 days, an extension of 10 days.

Niess said the parties can return to court and ask for additional time. But he denied a request to schedule a hearing now on that possibility.

-- By Jason Smathers

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

 9:21 AM 

Large contributions fuel Walker fundraising total

Twenty-six donors combined to give Gov. Scott Walker more than $2 million over a five-week period, according to a check of his campaign finance reports.

Walker’s campaign stressed he collected 21,443 contributions between Dec. 11 and Jan. 17 with 16,406 of them contributing $50 or less.

Still, 45 percent of the $4.5 million Walker collected during the two reporting periods filed yesterday came from those giving $25,000 or more. Most of his top donors also hailed from outside Wisconsin, according to a WisPolitics.com review.

That includes four individual donations of $250,000 each from: Sarah Atkins, a quality consultant with TAMKO Building Products in Joplin, Mo.; Davis Humphreys, president of TAMKO; Stanley Herzog, chair and CEO of Herzog Contracting Corp. in St. Joseph, Mo., which does asphalt paving and other construction; and Bob Perry, owner of Perry Homes in Houston, Texas.

Perry, one of the major donors to the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth in the 2004 presidential campaign, gave Walker $240,000 in a previous reporting period.

Walker is still in a period when donors can exceed the normal $10,000 contribution limit for individuals and $43,128 from PACs in a guv’s race.

-- By Staff

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Monday, January 23, 2012

 6:29 PM 

Walker raised $4.5 million in five weeks

Gov. Scott Walker raised just more than $4.5 million in a little more than five weeks, according to cover sheets his campaign released this evening.

The campaign released a statement late this afternoon with totals from one of the reports that are due today.

The cover sheets, which together cover Dec. 11 through Jan. 17, show that in addition to raising just more than $4.5 million, he spent almost $4.9 million. He had just less than $2.7 million in his campaign account at the end of the last reporting period.

-- By Staff

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 5:22 PM 

Walker reports $2.5 million raised in latest reporting period

Gov. Scott Walker's campaign today reported raising more than $2.5 million in the the most recent reporting period and had $2.6 million cash on hand.

Recall targets had two reports due today, one covering campaign finance activity between Dec. 11 and the end of the year, and another for activity between Jan. 1 and Jan. 17.

Walker's campaign said numbers from the December report were not immediately available, but would be submitted to the GAB later today. The reports are due at midnight.

UPDATE: This post was corrected to reflect the numbers were from the January period.

-- By Staff

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Friday, January 20, 2012

 4:39 PM 

GAB seeks at least 60 days to review recall petitions

The Government Accountability Board today filed for an extension of at least 60 days to review recall petitions, with the possibility of more time being added.

Dane County Judge Richard Niess has scheduled a hearing on the matter for Wednesday at 9 a.m.

The GAB has also posted more than 18,000 pages of recall petitions filed against four incumbent state senators.

See the files

-- By Staff

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

 11:24 AM 

Spokesman: All four Senate GOP recall targets have six-figure warchests

The four GOP state senators targeted for recall each will report a six-figure warchest on their upcoming campaign finance reports, a Senate Republican spokesman said.

Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald is expected to report about $370,000 cash on hand, followed by Pam Galloway with $134,000, Terry Moulton with $118,000 and Van Wanggaard with $112,000.

The spokesman said all of the figures were rounded to the nearest thousand-dollar mark. The amounts raised during the most recent reporting period would not be available until the reports are filed with the GAB. The deadline to file the reports is Monday.

-- By Staff

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

 9:25 AM 

Neumann raises $518,000 during latest campaign finance period

Former U.S. Rep. Mark Neumann raised $518,000 in the fourth quarter of 2011 in his bid for the U.S. Senate, his campaign told WisPolitics.com.

The campaign said the three-month total pushed his total raised since getting into the raise to $820,000 from 7,460 donors. None of the money came from Neumann, who self funded his 2010 guv campaign.

“People support me because I’m the most conservative candidate in the race. I’m honored that thousands of people have contributed to my campaign,” Neumann said in a statement to WisPoiltics. “I’ve won five straw polls and have collected thousands in small dollar donations because I’m a conservative with a plan to balance the budget and repeal ObamaCare. And people have responded.”

The campaign said 92 percent of the contributions in the fourth quarter were $100 or less.

Campaign finance reports in the race are due later this month.

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 9:06 AM 

Falk announces run for governor

Former Dane County Exec Kathleen Falk announced today in an email to supporters that she will run for governor in a recall election against Scott Walker.

In her email, Falk wrote, “As your Governor, I will make different choices than Scott Walker. I know Wisconsin is a place where we can have good paying jobs…a clean environment…successful schools affordable health care. We can have workers and management talking and working together to solve tough problems. I know we can, because I did it for more than a decade as a chief executive and I know we can do it again. The people of Wisconsin have done a brave thing: demanded change. And together we will continue to make history.”

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

 7:04 PM 

Potential challengers weighing bids against targeted GOP senators

The field of possible challengers to the four GOP state senators facing recall is taking shape.

Former Dem Sen. John Lehman, who lost to Van Wanggaard in 2010, said he’s still weighing a rematch.

Lehman, D-Racine, said he has been waiting to see whether recall organizers would turn in enough signatures and would likely make a decision within the next week or two.

“I am seriously considering running against Wanggaard, and I will have to make a decision shortly because of the unlimited finances on the other side,” he said. “We need to work as long and hard a possible.”

State Rep. Cory Mason, D-Racine, has also been mentioned as a possible candidate in the race.

Lori Compas, who chaired the effort to recall Scott Fitzgerald, said she wasn’t thinking about a possible bid against him, but “If no other suitable candidate can be found, I guess I would be open to it."

Meanwhile, Marathon County Democratic Party Chairman Jeff Johnson announced late last week he planned to challenge Pam Galloway, while former state Rep. Kristen Dexter of Eau Claire has been mentioned as a possible challenger for Terry Moulton.

-- By Staff

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 6:44 PM 

Walker, GOP senators respond to recall filings

Gov. Scott Walker, in New York today on a fundraising trip, said he looks “forward to talking to the people of Wisconsin about my continued promises to control government spending, balance the budget, and hold the line on taxes.”

"In my first year in office, we did just that by eliminating a $3.6 billion budget deficit without raising taxes; all while the state added thousands of new jobs," Walker said in a statement. "Instead of going back to the days of billion dollar budget deficits, double digit tax increases and record job loss, I expect Wisconsin voters will stand with me and keep moving Wisconsin forward.”

Recall targets Scott Fitzgerald, Pam Galloway and Van Wanggaard also issued statements in response to the filings against them.

-- By Staff

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 5:48 PM 

GAB unsure how long recall review will take

Government Accountability Board Director Kevin Kennedy said this afternoon said the agency is unsure how long it will need to finish its review of recall petitions.

Under state law, the GAB has 31 days to review a recall petition, but can seek more time. Kennedy told reporters during a briefing that he expects to go to Dane County circuit court "soon" to request an extension, but said he didn't know when that would be or how long the agency would seek in an extension.

"We're not even sure if we'll give an exact time," Kennedy said of the planned request for an extension.

He said GAB staff began scanning petitions this afternoon utilizing new software purchased after a Waukesha County judge ordered the GAB to strike faulty signatures. Previously, that burden fell to the campaign challenged by the recall effort.

Kennedy said he expected the agency to finish scanning the petitions by the end of the week.

The agency had sought 50 temporary workers to help in the review, but Kennedy said it had 30 on board as of today. The prohibition against hiring temp workers who had signed the recall petitions was a limiting factor in getting temp workers from the Madison area, he said.

Nevertheless, he said he is "confident that we have the people and equipment in place to get the job done."

The petition review process will take place at a state-owned facility in Madison, but the specific location will not be disclosed at the request of law enforcement. Kennedy said a webcast of the process would be available through the GAB's website and that the database of names on the petition would be made available to the public.

Once the scanning is done, Kennedy said two workers would check every petition, and that any suspicious signatures found would then be reviewed by the GAB's permanent staff. All challenged signatures would face a vote before the six-member GAB when the board decides on certification of the elections.

Kennedy said the board is committed to reviewing the petitions as efficiently as possible, but said there's no precedent for certifying an election without reviewing each signature. He said that issue, among others, could ultimately be resolved in court.

Recall organizers submitted more than 1 million signatures for the governor, while just 540,208 valid signatures are needed to trigger a recall in that office.

"We have no dog in this fight. Our job is to do our job," Kennedy said. "That's how we're approaching this, and we do it within the resources that we have."

Listen to the press conference here.

-- By Andy Szal

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 1:30 PM 

Recall organizers say they have more than 1 million signatures against Walker

Recall organizers said they collected more than 1 million signatures to recall Gov. Scott Walker and urged the GAB to quickly certify an election.

State Dem Chair Mike Tate said the party would oppose any efforts by the Government Accountability Board to unnecessarily delay certifying an election. He also suggested the agency should certify an election once it counts the 540,208 valid signatures needed and could then finish going through the rest later.

“We clearly believe there is no challenge, legal or otherwise, that would prevent the recalls from going forward,” Tate said.

Tate said the party did not have exact numbers because signatures continued to roll in this morning. But he said in addition to the more than 1 million against Walker, recall organizers had more than 845,000 against Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, more than 21,000 against state Sen. Terry Moulton of Chippewa Falls, more than 21,000 against state Sen. Pam Galloway of Wausau and more than 24,000 against Van Wanggaard of Racine.

Tate said recall organizers checked petitions in an attempt to strike duplicative or fraudulent signatures. He said he did not have a number on how many were pulled from the petitions, saying some of the inappropriate signatures were caught in the field before the petitions were turned in.

Still, he said he expected some problematic signatures would be found and called for the prosecution of anyone who fraudulently signed the petitions.

-- By JR Ross

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 11:38 AM 

Fitzgerald recall committee files signatures

The Committee to Recall Scott Fitzgerald this morning filed 20,600 signatures against the Senate majority leader with the Government Accountability Board.

Committee chairwoman Lori Compas and dozens of volunteers convened on the steps of the GAB office building before bringing the more than 3,900 pages upstairs.

"We're proud of our accomplishment," Compas said. "This has been serious, difficult work."

She said she was confident all along that the group would reach the 16,742 signatures required to trigger an election against Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, but added that she worried about the margin over that threshold. She called the signature level turned in this morning "comfortable."

Compas said she wasn't thinking about a possible bid in the 13th Senate District, but said, "If no other suitable candidate can be found, I guess I would be open to it."

In a statement, Fitzgerald responded he would "embrace the opportunity to run on my record and the accomplishments Senate Republicans have made over the past year."

“I am proud of what we have accomplished in such a short time, and I welcome a challenge from a Democrat opponent who would only seek to return us to an unsustainable path of big spending, huge tax increases, and taxpayer‐funded favors to unions and left-wing special interests,” Fitzgerald said.

-- By Andy Szal

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 11:01 AM 

PPP poll gives Barrett edge in potential Dem guv primary

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett had the edge in a potential Dem primary for guv in a new survey out this morning from the Dem firm Public Policy Polling.

The survey included head-to-head matchups with Kathleen Falk and Dave Obey, finding Barrett led the former Dane County exec among those polled 46 percent to 27 percent and was up on the former longtime U.S. representative 42-30.

In a hypothetical four-way contest with state Sen. Tim Cullen of Janesville included, Barrett was backed by 26 percent of those surveyed, compared to 22 percent for Falk, 21 percent for Obey and 11 percent for Cullen.

The poll of 522 likely Dem primary voters was conducted yesterday and had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.3 percentage points. PPP said 30 percent of those who said they were likely to vote in the primary identified themselves as independents, while 11 percent said they were Republicans.

-- By Staff

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Friday, January 13, 2012

 10:53 AM 

Fitzgerald opponents say they have the signatures needed for recall election

Organizers of the effort to recall Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald announced this morning that they've surpassed the number of signatures required to trigger an election in the 13th Senate District.

Committee chairwoman Lori Compas said at a Capitol press conference that volunteers have collected at least 16,742 signatures, but declined to provide a current total. The committee will file the petitions Tuesday, along with expected recall efforts against the governor, lieutenant governor and three additional GOP senators.

Fitzgerald, who did not immediately return a call seeking comment, filed a complaint yesterday with the Government Accountability Board arguing the agency had given his opponents a longer window to collect recall signatures than allowed under state law.

-- By Andy Szal

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Thursday, January 12, 2012

 5:47 PM 

Fitzgerald files complaint over signature window

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald opened up a new legal front against the recalls, filing a complaint today over the window in which opponents were allowed to gather signatures.

Fitzgerald alleged in his complaint that the GAB incorrectly set a 61-day, rather than 60-day, window for recall petitioners to gather signatures.

Fitzgerald said that GAB Director Kevin Kennedy told him that Nov. 15, when the Fitzgerald recall committee submitted their paperwork, was "day zero" and that the count started on the next day. Because of that, the recall committee has until Saturday to gather signatures, a 61-day window. The committee has until Tuesday to turn in the signatures because the GAB is closed for the weekend and the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Monday.

Read the complaint

The GAB released a memo this afternoon from the Department of Justice that says the recall window for those who filed Nov. 15 ends Saturday and the petitions must be turned in by 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Read the memo

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 3:15 PM 

GAB lays out method to check for duplicate signatures on recall petitions

The GAB today laid out its plans to scan recall petitions to check for duplicate signatures and officials said the agency's will have to take longer than the 60 days originally projected.

Republicans said they were encouraged by the GAB's decision to create a database to check recall petitions for duplicate signatures, while Dems raised concerns that it would slow down the process.

See the WisPolitics story

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 7:32 AM 

Dem Party announces plans for turning in recall petitions

The state Dem Party today laid out its plans for turning in recall petitions to the GAB on Tuesday.

The party plans briefings Tuesday afternoon for the media before turning in signatures at 3 p.m. The party says it plans to turn in signatures for the recall of Gov. Scott Walker plus three Republican senators: Terry Moulton, Pam Galloway, and Van Wangaard.

Julie Wells, who delivered the recall filing to the GAB in November, will be part of the group that turns in to the agency the scores of boxes from a truck Dems are dubbing the "Forward Flyer."

After turning in the signatures at 3 p.m., the Dems plan a victory party at the Monona Terrace from 5 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

 8:12 AM 

Recall committees look for stay of judge's decision on checking signatures

The committees to recall Scott Walker and three GOP state senators today again asked an appeals court to stay the guv's lawsuit against the GAB over checking signatures on recall petitions.

A Waukesha County judge last week ordered the GAB to do a more thorough check of the petitions after rejecting a request from the recall committees to be involved in the suit.

The committees appealed the latter decision to the 4th District, which has set an expedited briefing schedule for the appeal. But they asked the court a second time for an emergency stay that would put off implementation of the judge's order, noting that recall petitions are due Tuesday. The motion argues the petitions should be treated the same as others before it in which the responsibility for challenging signatures fell to the target of the recall.

Read the filing

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Monday, January 9, 2012

 11:09 AM 

Falk talks potential bid for governor on 'UpFront'

Former Dane Co. Exec. Kathleen Falk says she’s aiming to make a decision within the next few weeks on whether to run in a likely recall against Gov. Scott Walker, expressing confidence a Dem can win the election.

“A lot of people around the state are urging me to run,” Falk said on Sunday’s “UpFront with Mike Gousha,” a statewide television newsmagazine produced in conjunction with WisPolitics.com.

Sen. Tim Cullen has announced he will run, and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett is considering another shot at Walker. Asked about the potential of a primary, Falk said it’s a part of democracy.

“We’re all friends, and the bottom line is I believe we can and will beat Governor Walker,” Falk said.

See the full WisPolitics story

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Friday, January 6, 2012

 11:07 AM 

Judge rules GAB must take steps to strike faulty recall signatures

Waukesha County Judge J. Mac Davis ruled Thursday that the Government Accountability Board must take reasonable, affirmative steps to identify and strike duplicate, fictitious or unverifiable signaturees from recall petitions.

Davis did not specify what those steps must be, but said, "with respect to money and resources, the Government Accountability Board has some, and apparently applied for more out of their usual course of business for this recall -- they're obligated to use what they have."

Earlier, GAB Director Kevin Kennedy testified that the agency has investigated the cost of computer technology to possibly scan pages and compare signatures, but said it would cost more than $95,000 for the equipment and personnel. He estimated it would take 50 people working 40 hours a week for eight weeks.

See the WisPolitics story

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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

 10:03 AM 

Federal court again rebukes GOP in redistricting suit

A federal court Tuesday again ruled that former GOP state Rep. Joe Handrick must give a deposition on his role in the redistricting maps Republican lawmakers drew this summer and scolded the Legislature's attorneys for "sandbagging."

The three-judge panel in Milwaukee ruled twice last month that neither Handrick, hired as a consultant on the redistricting process, nor documents in his possession are privileged and off limits to the Dems who sued over the maps Republicans crafted. In Tuesday's order, the court rejected a third attempt by the Legislature's attorneys to have Handrick and his documents declared privileged.

The sharply worded decision also accused the Legislature's lawyers of trying to "obfuscate the true facts" of Handrick's involvement in the process by changing details about his work in each of the filings "while at the same time suggesting that the Court based its prior decisions on erroneous or incomplete law and facts."

See the order

See the WisPolitics story

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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

 9:01 AM 

Walker releases new campaign ad

The guv’s campaign released a new TV ad this morning in which he says he lived up to his campaign promises to rein in spending, eliminate the deficit and hold the line on taxes.

The spot begins with Scott Walker talking over footage of him at rallies and speaking with workers. He touts fixing a $3.6 billion deficit without raising taxes and says “we saved the taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars and kept thousands of teachers, firefighters and police officers on the job” because government workers are now contributing to their health care and pension costs.

See the spot in AdWatch:
http://www.wispolitics.com/index.iml?Content=24

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