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Recall Organizers Set Their Sights on Gov. Scott Walker

United Wisconsin will begin collecting signatures Nov. 15 in effort to force a recall election of the governor.

The that captured the attention of the state and country earlier this year might have just been preludes to the main event.

On Tuesday, United Wisconsin announced it would begin collecting signatures Nov. 15 to force a The group, which is collaborating with grassroots organizations throughout the state, is confident it will reach its goal of 700,000 signatures — roughly 160,000 more than the 540,206 needed to force a recall election.

Once the calendar hits Nov. 15, the group will have 60 days to collect the needed signatures, according to state law.

“Governor Walker and his accomplices continue to destroy our state and serve special interests,” said United Wisconsin Co-Chairman Ryan Lawler during a press conference Tuesday. “In contrast, United Wisconsin proudly serves the people of Wisconsin, and will lead the effort to recall Governor Walker.”

Lawler said United Wisconsin is combining the collective efforts of grassroots groups, unions, public and private organizations, political action committees and community leaders to execute their strategy to recall Walker.

What that strategy is, and whom the group is working with directly, is a little less clear. United Wisconsin Chairman Kevin Straka said the organization is volunteer-based, but it has two full-time employees in a Milwaukee regional office. When asked to name four other organizations the group is tied to, Straka named just one: Wisconsin Recall Taskforce.

“We will serve the people and other groups and organizations committed to recalling Governor Walker by unifying these collective efforts,” Lawler said.

The effort to recall Walker comes after he proposed several measures that drew fierce opposition around the state and throughout the country — most notably a budget-repair bill that removed collective bargaining rights from most public employees.

But the effort to recall Walker goes beyond that bill, which is now law. Recall organizers claim most of Walker's policies have been attacks on education, health care, the environment and job security.

Mike Tate, chairman of the state Democratic Party, went on MSNBC's "The Ed Show" Monday night to announce that efforts to gather signatures would officially begin on Nov. 15. After making that announcement, the party said it has raised about $82,000 from 2,933 donors.

“We believe we can do this, and we believe it is too important to wait," Tate said on the show. “There are people in every corner of this state that are excited, ready and mobilized. Groups like United Wisconsin and many others have been working these grassroots.”

Tate said recall organizers need to be ready for a big fight, and estimated Walker would be able to raise about $70 million to defend his governorship.

Stephan Thompson, executive director of the Republican Party of Wisconsin, welcomed the challenge from United Wisconsin to recall Walker.

“Wisconsin school districts and local municipalities have saved millions of taxpayer dollars thanks to the governor's reforms,” Thompson said. “We welcome and encourage a comparison between the positive results we're seeing around the state and the failed policies of the past favored by those seeking a recall."

United Wisconsin was created with the sole purpose of recalling Walker and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch. Lawler said it is not affiliated with any of the recall efforts that launched in spring, when nine state senators were targeted for a recall.

According to its website, United Wisconsin has already collected more than 200,000 pledges to recall Walker.

Jay Sykes October 19, 2011 at 12:38 AM
Anyone care to make a wager on the Walker recall??? I assume those of you who type-up lots of anti-Walker vitriol would give me great odds... 100 or 1000 or 10000 to my 1 that Walker stays put. You know, because it would be easy, slam dunk, cha-ching, money for you... If you don't want to bet me, just please avoid the vitriol. Thanks
Hudsoner October 19, 2011 at 03:49 AM
Duane Michalski. No, I do not consider myself as a liberal. I never gelongt to any party, and I have no plans to change this. I am what the call one of the independents. Sadly, we here in western Wisconsin cannot receive Wisconsin TV, and have no Wisconsin Radio Stations either. we have to rely on printed media or the Twin cities TV Stations to learn what is going on in madison. None of those infromation sources mentioned anything that Walker planned to "dismantle" the unions, or that he wanted to sell-off state assets without a bidding process And just for you information, our taxes will go up this year because Walker reduced the money for our schools. I don't care if he reduces state taxes or not, if his actions will increase my local taxes more than his reduction will safe me, I call this a tax increase! We could see very many similarities in Minnesota over the last eight years. State taxes were kept the same, but all other taxes or service fees doubled and trippled!.
Hudsoner October 19, 2011 at 03:56 AM
Duane Mihalski. For all my life I have worked for private corporations, for really big ones! If you achieve the standard of income and living, I achieved because of my corporate positions, you are very lucky and will not have any financial problems. And I achiebed all this without depending on taxpayers, I achieved this because I am good at what I do. However, event though I always had a very good income, i differ in one area from you, I did not sell out my compassion for fellow humans that were not as lucky as i was. I was always willing to pay a few dollras more in taxes if I could help those fello humans that are in need. I preferred to do that through my taxes to ensure that those people had not to be baggers from some cahritable private institution. I am of the opinion that everybody has the right to live a humane life without haveing to beg for some handouts!
Mrs. R October 25, 2011 at 02:41 AM
Duane Michalski, babe : You worked on the Walker campaign? Wow, now I understand what you have invested here. He's dragged you down with his reputation and you are fighting like a mad person to keep your chin up. I am so sorry he lied to you, as well as, us. Plenty of people who believed he was a real Republican ( a true fiscal conservative without ideological ideations ) are having buyers remorse. Please know that too many of us are reading the facts and these comments which often differ from truth for anyone to lead the voters astray. And remember my request: Watch this documentary: http://yawningbread.wordpress.com/2011/06/25/naomi-kleins-alternative-history-of-present-day-capitalism/ and please, please read the book.....................
ja October 26, 2011 at 01:02 AM
....and our Capitol would still have dignity. Good comment Michael.....you are absolutely right.
ja October 26, 2011 at 01:07 AM
Yes Craig.....stop thinking the world owes them and their entitled to the world. If the left put as much energy in productive goals as they do whining what they don't have.....we'd actually have a successful country. Walker is doing what the people voted him to do.... You can hear the whining in every left comment in these responses...i am so sick of it!
ja October 26, 2011 at 01:13 AM
I agree with you Duane Michalski.....I work for everything I have as well.....I was brought up with strong work ethics......Walker is doing what we voted him to do......no remorse here Mrs. K....keep your pity party to yourself...thanks any way....and please....don't go to the Capitol with your pity party .....and his name is Duane...not Babe
Lyle Ruble October 26, 2011 at 01:21 AM
@Michael Pyter & ja...Are the two of you transplants from 1964 Mississippi?
Lyle Ruble October 26, 2011 at 01:45 AM
@ja...What are you going to do if the recall is successful?
Lyle Ruble October 26, 2011 at 01:47 AM
@ja...If all else fails, blame the press.
Lyle Ruble October 26, 2011 at 01:52 AM
@ja....Where do you get this self-entitlement? That is a fairly strange concept.
Lyle Ruble October 26, 2011 at 02:07 AM
@ja...Do you think that only you who has worked for everything you have. That is something that is shared by most Americans. Also, a strong work ethic is an American characteristic and value. Therefore, that is a characteristic you share with the majority. You don't represent everyone so I would appreciate you limit yourself to I and not we. The only pity I am hearing is pity for yourself that you have to work hard. It is time to reach down and pull out some maturity and curb the anger.
ja October 27, 2011 at 01:02 AM
I didn't vote for Walker by myself ....hence the word "we".....Indicating others do not have a formal education if they don't agree with your opinions ...hmmm maturity? anger??? sounds like you need to curb your comments
Lyle Ruble October 27, 2011 at 02:08 AM
@ja...Of course you didn't vote for Walker by yourself. However, the way you wrote your comment was all inclusive. Walker was not perfectly honest with his plans and now many feel that he deliberately misled the electorate and he was elected under false pretenses. If he had clearly stated before the election that he intended to decertify the pubic employees unions and collective bargaining and he was still elected, then I would agree that he has earned the claim to be supported by the majority. However, until he stands for recall or reelection, he cannot truthfully make that statement and it will always be in question whether he's supported by the majority of voters or not. I made no referral about your formal education and I don't quite no where you came up with that. However, I do find your comments lacking any well thought out positions or any deep understanding beyond sound bite statements. You do project a certain sense of victimization or outright envy by your statements. If qualified, I would suggest you find different employment where you have benefits and rights equal to or better than public employees.
ja October 27, 2011 at 02:45 AM
Lyle.. you must work on your memory..many negative comments made throughout by yourself....telling Duane he lacks a formal education and to "polish his truck" is lacking any well thought out position yet it does convey quite an elitest attitude. Once again, attacking when opnions do not match yours...you really have quite an imagination to assume anyone can receive benefits as plentiful as public employees because many have to work in the private sector and yes, even people with college degrees have to pay for their health insurance, co pays, and retirement. Curb your projection of anger Lyle, everyone doesn't have to agree...thats why its called an opinion. Taking self responsibility and expecting others to do the same is not vitimization; its how America has prospered.
Lyle Ruble October 27, 2011 at 03:12 AM
@ja...Oh, you are referring to Duane Michalski. It is true that Duane is not well educated and short sided in his opinions. Duane continually posts comments that are nothing more than unsophisticated talking points. He was soundly defeated in his attempt to be elected to the Caledonia Board of Trustees. Duane speaks for himself and his comments illustrate my statements concerning him. Many in the private sector have benefits equal or better than public employees. A vast number in the private sector have much higher compensation packages. Possessing a college degree doesn't automatically indicate that people possess an elitist perspective. It is true that generally people with bachelors degrees increase their lifetime earnings from between $1 to $2 million over someone who only possess a high school diploma. ja, I am not angry, just disappointed with your attitude toward public employees. The vast majority do exercise personal responsibility. Comparing yourself with others to build your own sense of self worth is dishonest on your part. You are not exceptional. America has prospered out hard work and a great deal of luck.
ja October 27, 2011 at 11:45 AM
Lyle, You have significant anger issues when you need to deliver continual personal attacks. You want to impress people; that is clear. Then you fail and the desire to attack overwhelms you. I'll pray for you.
Hudson Resident October 27, 2011 at 12:02 PM
@Lyle- "Many in the private sector have benefits equal or better than public employees" Who are you trying to kid Lyle? The gig is up my friend. I don't know one single person in the private sector that has benefits equal or better than public employees. Venture out into the private sector my friend and you'll see how inviting it is. Or perhaps you will stay in your cushy government job and retire on our dime. Or maybe you already have.
Lyle Ruble October 27, 2011 at 12:03 PM
@ja...It is amazing that you would confuse anger with skepticism and cynicism. Also, my general criticism is directed at those who appear to be incapable of making logical arguments and to take into account differing positions. If you truly want to see anger, then check out Duane's posts over time and on a number of issues. I have a different perspective based on my position of supporting social democracy. I am very critical of those who support plutocratic oligarchies and speak out against such plutocrats and oligarchs. It is kind of you to pray for me, but I don't know what you are praying for and to whom.
Jim Bob October 27, 2011 at 01:01 PM
I would venture to guess their are employees in mid to upper level management positions in private sector jobs with benefits that are better than those working in mid to upper level management and administrative positions in the public sector. Why would Lyle be retiring on your dime, if he indeed does work at a government job. He has earned his retirement package as part of the compensation received for working all these years.
Lyle Ruble October 27, 2011 at 01:20 PM
@Hudson Resident...I know quite a few in the private sector who are enjoying equal benefits with public employees and have quite higher compensation. You must not know anyone working in private sector unions or people working for corporations headquartered in Europe. If the benefits that public sector employees receive is so inviting, then why don't you apply and secure one of these "cushy jobs"? It's been well over three decades since I was employed by the public sector. I have been in the private sector and understand all the challenges that people are facing. the abuses that have occurred over the last three decades have set the stage for all workers to be devalued and with the threat of job loss hanging over their heads. Quite honestly I don't understand why people who are of the working and middle class continue to vote against their self interest by supporting conservatives who are only concerned about the welfare of the wealthy.
Terry Burkett October 27, 2011 at 01:30 PM
I think the most revelaing issue here is that corporate money is going to flood into this state to drown out the loud voices of the people. How canm Gov Walker truly say he's representing the "hard working tax payers" of Wisconsin while he happily accepts Koch Brothers money? do the KB's truly care about the issues of families all across our state? Walker's administration is a sure example of New Age Reagonomics. He will show just enough tax breaks and tax freezes to satisfy his own while he further opens up our state for the best interests of corporations. Also he's revealed he will fall far short of his 250,000 jobs promise. If corporate money drowns out the voice of the people, it'll be yet another travesty.
CowDung October 27, 2011 at 01:46 PM
How can any Democrat truly say he/she is representing the "hard working tax payers" of Wisconsin while he/she happily accepts money from the labor unions? According to Opensecrets.org, the Koch brothers rank #78 on the list of top donors. There are a lot of donors that rank much higher and donate much more money... http://www.opensecrets.org/orgs/list.php
235301 October 27, 2011 at 01:50 PM
The humorous thing about the elitist left is that they have to count as their fellow democrats some of the most uneducated and low brow portions of our society. The redistricting plan that puts Shorewood with NW Milwaukee makes me laugh. It's like the Republicans said "let's make a mini-Democratic party right here in Milwaukee". Let's see how they all get along. The elitist academics with the folks on the government handouts. I pray the redistricting plan holds together and we get to see how this plays out.
Lyle Ruble October 27, 2011 at 02:07 PM
@235301...Unlike the Republicans, Democrats have never played well together. The Shorewood population is too small to have a significant impact on how the districts do business. I don't see much change.
Terry Burkett October 27, 2011 at 03:23 PM
There should be no money accepted from corporations or large groups. I'm for complete campaign finance rform. It's institutionalized bribery on both sides of the aisle. If tit for tat is your solution, go for it. I'm tired of tit for tat we need reforms to stop selling our government to corporations. as for you Angry White Dude- it's clear you're just an agitator not to be taken seriously. You don't stand for anything that would align itself to real everyday people. I don't pay any mind to anything you contribute to the conversation.
CowDung October 27, 2011 at 03:32 PM
If you don't want 'tit for tat', then stop your 'we need to stop selling our government to corporations' crap. It's pretty clear to me that corporate money isn't flowing nearly as freely as the money from big labor, yet you choose to keep harping on the Koch brothers donations like they are pure evil, and ignore any groups that donate heavily to your favored candidates.
Hudsoner October 27, 2011 at 06:20 PM
I know a very large company (my employer) across the river, which has benefits that easily match the ones of public employees (I feel they are even better), I know of some other companies in Minnesota that have similar benefits. By they way, why are you so jealous about the benefits of public employees? Why don't you try to find an employer who gives you better benefits?
CowDung October 27, 2011 at 06:30 PM
Considering that the private sector is shedding way more jobs than the public sector (by a 10 to 1 margin), finding employers in the private sector that pay better isn't really an option for most people. It's not a matter of being jealous of the public employee compensation package, it's a matter of who is paying for the public compensation package. Private sector taxpayers have been subject to pay freezes, job losses, benefit cost increases, etc. Doesn't it seem reasonable for the public sector employees to share some of the hardships being faced by those that pay the taxes to support their jobs?
Bucky December 24, 2011 at 02:44 PM
Scott Walkers parents live with him and his family in Wauwatosa. I wonder if Scott takes their S. S. checks every month to allow them to live there. The job loses in Wisconsin have forced many of our children to return home but when your parents are forced to move back in with you now you know Walker has really failed.

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